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Baja – Photography Retreat by Land & Sea

Baja California Cruise

Summary : Discover the splendid seclusion and pure wildness of Baja California. This one-of-a-kind photo expedition includes three days at a private seaside resort and four days aboard National Geographic Sea Bird. Set on five miles of beachfront property, the secluded Rancho Las Cruces was once frequented by Hollywood elites including Bing Crosby and Desi Arnaz, and still full of the charm of their era. Four nights aboard National Geographic Sea Bird on a Sea of Cortez cruise will put your skills to the test. Kayak beautiful coastlines, take photos from Zodiacs, and snorkel with sea lions in a sea teeming with marine life. Photo workshops and editing sessions throughout are crafted to take your photography to the next level.  Join National Geographic photographers Flip Nicklin and Ralph Lee Hopkins for this specially crafted Photo Expedition.

Activities : Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling


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Day 1
Los Angeles / Los Cabos / Rancho Las Cruces

Fly into Los Cabos and transfer to Rancho Las Cruces.

Day 2 – 3
Rancho Las Cruces

Begin your days with sunrise photography sessions followed by workshops designed for what you’ll encounter on the voyage – composition, light, workflow and editing. In the evenings, practice long exposures and “painting” cacti with light to create unique shots. Kayak pristine waters, hike with a naturalist and see endemic flora, or horseback ride.

With special permission, tour the homes of Bing Crosby and Desi Arnaz, with its guitar-shaped pool, and the property’s chapel. On the final night, enjoy a traditional dance performance under a blanket of stars.

Day 4
Rancho Las Cruces / La Paz / Embark

Start the day with specialized instruction to prepare for your photography and editing in the field. Then, if conditions are right, board local boats and search for whale sharks that are known to migrate into La Paz Bay. Embark National Geographic Sea Bird and begin exploring the Sea of Cortez.

Day 5
Isla Santa Catalina

Search the waters south of Isla Carmen for whales and bottlenose and common dolphins. Hike a forest of towering cacti, snorkel or swim at Isla Santa Catalina.

Day 6
Exploring the Sea of Cortez

With nature as your guide and cameras on hand, explore the Bahía Loreto Marine Reserve, a rich area for whales and dolphins. Anchor at Isla San Jose or a nearby island with a dramatic shoreline to explore by kayak and snorkel in bays of turquoise waters. Enjoy a beach barbeque underneath a starry sky.

Day 7
Los Islotes / Isla Espíritu Santo

Experience the delight of snorkeling with curious sea lions at Los Islotes. An indented shoreline and dramatic cliffs make Isla Espíritu Santo among the Sea of Cortez’s most beautiful islands, ideal for photography. Enjoy the views as you kayak, snorkel or relax on deck at leisure.

Day 8
La Paz / Disembark / Los Cabos / Los Angeles

Disembark and board return flights home.


Photo Expedition:
National Geographic photographers and a National Geographic certified photo instructor offer in-field instruction and review sessions. An editing specialist from B&H photo will teach Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom image-processing techniques used by the pros and share the latest high-end photography gear for you to try out in the field.

Joining the expedition team will be National Geographic photographers Ralph Lee Hopkins and Flip Nicklin, plus a National Geographic certified photo instructor and photo editing experts from B&H Photo/Video.

Accommodations aboard ship and hotel as noted in itinerary; meals and non-alcoholic beverages; shore excursions; sightseeing and entrance fees; special access permits; transfers to and from group flights; use of kayaks and snorkel gear; tips (except to ship's crew); taxes and service charges; services of your expedition staff.

Not Included:
Air transportation; passport; visa; immigration fees; baggage/accident/travel protection plan; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, email, laundry; gratuities to ship's crew at your discretion; fuel surcharge may apply.

PHOTOS: © Michael S. Nolan (Common Dolphin)

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