Summary : Embark on an expedition bound for discovery. Sail the Sea of Cortez, exploring its many islands—designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. See an extraordinary amount and variety of marine mammals as you spot whales and dolphins from the deck of an intimate 62-guest expedition ship and at water level from Zodiacs, including fin, sperm and possibly the great blue whale. Hike miles of uninhabited beaches and desert, observe a myriad of seabirds, kayak in pristine waters, snorkel among reef fish, and enjoy the serenity of a sunset beach barbecue. This unique journey is designed with no set itinerary, adding a stimulating sense of adventure to each day.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling, Triple/Quad Cabins
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Fly into Los Cabos and transfer to La Paz to set sail on the Sea of Cortez. (D)
Your route is designed with flexibility in mind, to maximize opportunities for wildlife sightings. It will include the islands listed below, although the order may vary. (B,L,D)
Islas San Esteban and San Pedro Martir:
Walk up a desert wash, to search for desert birds and the endemic pinto chuckwalla — a desert lizard. Later visit Isla San Pedro Martir, a 1,000-foot-high guano-covered island that is home to thousands of seabirds. Blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropic birds, pelicans and frigate birds are all found here.
Isla Santa Catalina:
Search for marine life and hike among the giant barrel cactus on one of most dramatic islands in the Sea of Cortez.
Isla San Marcos:
Explore via kayak, walks, swimming and opportunities to snorkel.
Isla San Jose:
One of the larger islands in the Sea of Cortez, San Jose offers several landing possibilities depending on conditions and the whim of the moment. Photograph the ochre cliffs of the island's eastern shore, hike an "enchanted" arroyo, or visit the abandoned salt works to the west.
Los Islotes / Espiritu Santo:
Swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters, perhaps with some curious sea lions. Zodiac rides, rare bird sightings, the possibility of spotting an endemic black rabbit, or simply some relaxing beachcombing are all possibilities today.
Disembark in La Paz and transfer to the airport in Los Cabos for flights home. (B)
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Accommodations aboard ship; meals as per itinerary; non-alcoholic beverages; shore excursions; special access permits; use of snorkeling equipment and wetsuits; use of kayaks; taxes and service charges; services of your expedition staff. Subject to change without notice.
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: © Sven-Olaf Lindblad (Dolphin and Zodiac); Ralph Lee Hopkins (Sunset, Photographer, Cactus, Zodiac); Michael S. Nolan (Gray Whale and Calf, Whale and Zodiac, Sea Lion): Jack Swenson (Kayaking)