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, and explore by skiff. Ride a burro into the arroyos with local rancheros. From mid-January to early March, journey to Bahía Magdalena to search for gray whales. Snorkel with sea lion pups and colorful reef fish. Kayaking and snorkeling included.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
$4,395 to $8,195
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.
Settle into the desert-sea environment at a tucked away, remote beach like Bonanza or Ayla. Get a few tips with a Snorkeling 101 lesson or just dive in. Hikers trek among the Palo Blanco bushes and cactus with interpretive guides. Enjoy a relaxing day on the beach with chairs, refreshments, and beach toys while relishing the privacy of a remote stretch of sand.
At Bahía Agua Verde, clear waters are bordered by sparse craggy mountains hemmed in green. Explore the coast by small skiff or kayak, visit with a local ranchero and his family, and take to the canyons and mountains on a burro or mule ride to experience the “real Baja.” Scenic vistas, outstanding exploration, excellent birding, and unmatched camaraderie—the day is done.
Adventure in a playground of steep red bluffs and sweeping desert beach. Don some flippers for a snorkel among colorful sea life, put on your walking shoes for an exploratory romp along the ridge, grab a paddle and kayak, hop on a stand up paddleboard, or relax on the beach with sand between your toes. The rugged beauty of the island makes it an ideal spot for escapades.
Mother Nature is your guide today. Take your adventurous side and your binoculars in search of the largest baleen whales in the world. The Sea of Cortez is home to fin, blue, and sperm whales, and the dolphin pods number in the hundreds. Or, if the gray whales have arrived on Baja's west coast (mid-January to early-March)—migrating more than 12,000 miles to calve in Bahía Magdalena—you'll drive across the peninsula for a panga ride to observe these mammals and their babies in the lagoon. Whichever the day brings, there's also a chance to head into the Sierra La Giganta Mountains for a tour of the crown jewel of Baja's historic missions, San Javier. There may also be time for a brief exploration in magical Loreto or more water play and hikes.
At Los Islotes—a steep craggy seamount leaping straight from the sea—observe a sea lion colony from the boat or skiff. Or slip into a wet suit 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, investigating nooks and crannies in the rocks by kayak, or exploring 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 the ship and say goodbye to your captain and crew. An included transfer will take you 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.
Photography: 1/11/2020, 1/9/2021
A professional photographer guest host guides you on capturing the perfect shots—onboard, in-the-field, and one-on-one.
Insider departures take you behind the scenes with people who have firsthand, boots-on-the-ground experience and have lived and breathed life in the places you explore.
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; gratuities; travel insurance (highly recommended); fuel surcharge may apply.
Photos: © UnCruise