Summary : Stocked with supplies and a bountiful sense of adventure, follow Steinbeck’s path into the protected waters of the Sea of Cortez—a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dubbed “the world’s aquarium” by Jacques Cousteau. Active exploration and a menagerie of wildlife await you! Watch for whales, mobula rays, dolphins, and a variety of bird species. Hike, kayak, paddle board, and explore by skiff. Ride a mule into the arroyos with local rancheros. Search for gentle whale sharks in Bahía de La Paz (Nov to mid-Jan, and Mar), or watch for gray whales at Bahía Magdalena (mid-Jan to early-Mar). Snorkel with sea lion pups and colorful reef fish.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
$4,395 to $7,995
You will be met at the Los Cabos International Airport in San José del Cabo and transferred to the hospitality area. Joined by your expedition team, an overland transfer to La Paz acquaints you with the dramatic Baja landscape and the week that lies ahead. The captain and crew welcome you aboard just in time for a cocktail and dinner with your new mates.
In a playground of steep red bluffs and sweeping desert beach, kick off your week-long adventure with a day of play. Don some flippers for a snorkel among colorful sea life, put on your walking shoes for an exploratory hike, grab a paddle, or relax on the beach with the sand between your toes. The rugged beauty of the island makes it an ideal spot for escapades.
At Bahía Agua Verde, clear waters are bordered by sparse craggy mountains hemmed in green. Explore the coast by small skiff, visit with a local ranchero and his family, and take to the canyons and mountains on a mule ride to experience the “real Baja.” Scenic vistas, outstanding exploration, excellent birding, and unmatched camaraderie—the day is done.
While it’s unlikely you’ll find any black pearls, today you’ll sail among islands once explored by early conquistadors. Your expedition team will be at-the-ready with more adventurous options to choose from—kayaking, hiking, stand up paddleboarding, or beachcombing. Discover nature’s diversity and learn about the geologic forces that formed these islands.
Magdalena Bay (mid-January—early-March) Mother Nature is your guide today. The gray whales arrive each year on Baja’s west coast—migrating more than 12,000 miles—to calve in Bahía Magdalena. Dock in Puerto Escondido, then drive across the peninsula to ride in a panga and observe these mammals and their babies in the lagoon.
Bahía de la Paz (November—mid-January, March) Whale sharks—the largest known species of fish—are known to frequent the bay. Keep watch for the watery “footprints” of these gentle giants and, conditions permitting, gear up for an unforgettable swim alongside this colossal creature. Or, observe from aboard the panga.
At Los Islotes—a steep craggy mount leaping straight from the sea—observe a sea lion colony from the boat and skiff or slip into a wetsuit for an early morning snorkel with curious, agile young sea lion pups. Afterwards, heave anchor and set sail for Isla Partida, for an afternoon of water play or island hikes along desert beaches or into rocky arroyos.
Tuck into a secluded cove surrounded by long fingers of red rock and a golden beach. Spend your last full day enjoying the feel of warm sand under your feet on a beach walk, investigate nooks and crannies in the rocks by kayak, or explore a little further afield on a guided hike. Celebrate your week at tonight’s special Farewell Dinner with an entertaining slideshow by your expedition team.
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the San José del Cabo airport.
Read this itinerary as a guide only. Itinerary subject to change due to weather, sea conditions, season, and/or in order to maximize wildlife sightings or natural encounters. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Birding: 1/4/2020, 3/21/2020
Join renowned bird experts on a discovery of the unique habits and characteristics of the winged creatures you encounter.
A professional photographer guest host guides you on capturing the perfect shots—onboard, in-the-field, and one-on-one.
Exclusive transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark days; shipboard accommodations; all from-the-vessel activities; most spirits, wine, and beer; gear on loan (snorkeling gear, wetsuit, stand up paddleboards, kayaks, hiking poles, binoculars, yoga mats); wellness amenities (hot tubs, yoga, fitness equipment); on board presentations; entry fees to national parks/preserves; all meals onboard the ship; non-alcoholic beverages. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; port fees and taxes; super-premium wine, beer and spirits; discretionary gratuities to vessel's crew; travel protection; fuel surcharge may apply.