Baja California and the Sea of Cortez

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    BAJA CALIFORNIA & THE SEA OF CORTEZ

    Explore along Baja’s Pacific Coast and the Sea of Cortez to exponentially increase your chances of seeing humpbacks, gigantic blue whales, sperm, pilot whales, and more.  Your floating base camp (ship) brings you into the breeding grounds of gray whales to observe their calves on intimate water-level encounters, and from the ship’s bow along with expert naturalists.  Go snorkeling amid sea lions and schools of king angelfish in the Sea of Cortez and in extraordinary Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park. Kayak clear blue waters on the lookout for a variety of bird species including magnificent frigate birds.  Hike or walk diverse landscapes, including sand dunes, a cactus forest, and deserted islands.

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    BAJA CALIFORNIA & THE SEA OF CORTEZ: AMONG THE GREAT WHALES:

    This is an 8-day cruise/tour from San Carlos to Loreto where you fly home after a morning of sight-seeing.

    EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS

    Explore along Baja’s Pacific Coast and the Sea of Cortez to exponentially increase your chances of seeing humpbacks, gigantic blue whales, sperm, pilot whales, and more.  Your floating base camp (ship) brings you into the breeding grounds of gray whales to observe their calves on intimate water-level encounters, and from the ship’s bow along with expert naturalists.  Go snorkeling amid sea lions and schools of king angelfish in the Sea of Cortez and in extraordinary Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park. Kayak clear blue waters on the lookout for a variety of bird species including magnificent frigate birds.  Hike or walk diverse landscapes, including sand dunes, a cactus forest, and deserted islands.  Stroll the “Malecon” in vibrant La Paz and dine splendidly; in Loreto visit the first mission in the New World.  Of course, on board, all meals are included.

    DAY 1: LORETO/SAN CARLOS/EMBARK Upon arrival in Loreto, transfer to San Carlos and embark our ship. Tonight, we’ll anchor on the coast of Isla Santa Margarita.

    DAY 2: BAHÍA ALMEJAS/REHUSA CHANNEL/ISLA MAGDALENA Awake in Bahia Almejas, the southernmost part of the Bay. We’ll observe a large frigatebird colony enroute to the spectacular whale grounds of Bahía Almejas. Whales here tend to be very active, seemingly oblivious to our presence so settle in for some great experiences. Later we’ll reposition to Isla Magdalena to explore the ever-shifting sand dunes, on a cross-island walk to one of the most pristine beaches in the Pacific. Birdwatching can be excellent here.

    DAY 3: BOCA DE SOLEDAD Each winter, gray whales travel south from their Arctic feeding grounds to breed, give birth, and raise their calves in these sheltered waters. We’ll spend the full day interacting with these majestic creatures. Together with savvy local Mexican fishermen, we’ll venture out in local pangas to view the numerous mother-calf pairs. We will likely encounter a variety of shorebirds while frigatebirds and pelicans soar overhead.

    DAY 4: THE HULL CANAL & CRUISING Kickstart your day with a morning stretch hosted by our onboard wellness specialist on the sun deck. After breakfast, we’ll explore the vast mangrove system via kayak, stand-up paddleboard, and Zodiac, and learn how these massive ecosystems support their surroundings. This afternoon, we’ll sail out through “La Entrada” as we leave Magdalena Bay.  Traveling south along the coast of the peninsula, there is a chance of seeing a wide variety of marine life. Hear naturalist talks and learn photography basics.

    DAY 5: GORDA BANKS/CABO PULMO Awake to a majestic sunrise over the iconic Friars Rocks at Land’s End. We’ll spend the rest of the morning searching the seas of Gorda Banks seamount, a renowned gathering place for whales, dolphins, and other sea life. Later we’ll set out to snorkel the pristine reefs of Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, one of the most successful national marine parks in the world, and chat with locals about their advocacy to protect this unique place.

    DAY 6: LOS ISLOTES AND LA PAZ Awake this morning othe rocky island of Los Islotes, where we’ll don flippers, a mask, and snorkel and swim with curious sea lions. Then we’ll reposition to the colorful city of La Paz to garner insight into the culture of Mexico, soak in the vibrant street art, and stroll the lively “Malecon” on a guided walking tour. Dinner will be an unforgettable cultural experience, featuring local cuisine, dancing, and folklore.

    DAY 7: EXPLORING THE SEA OF CORTEZ Our plan is flexible as we explore some of the Sea’s many uninhabited islands. We may go ashore at Isla San Francisco, where a sweeping arc of white sand beach beckons you to kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Or, hike to the nearby ridge for unparalleled views over Isla Danzante with your naturalist. You may also visit the abandoned salt works on Isla Carmen. You’ll get a chance to see the great diversity offered in the Sea of Cortez, and with some luck, spot the amazing wildlife.

    DAY 8: LORETO/DISEMBARK Disembark in Loreto after breakfast and transfer to the city center. Visit the first mission in Baja California and the nearby museum to learn more about what makes this town so special. Enjoy free time to explore the quaint shops and vibrant side streets. After lunch, transfer to Loreto Airport for flights home.

    We would encourage you to arrive a couple of days early in order to enjoy all the benefits of being in Baja California, Mexico.  There is also the option of remaining in Loreto for a couple of days to see the sites there, too.  Either way, give us a call – 352-277-7300 and either Kathryn or Sandra will help you plan this fantastic cruise to the Baja Peninsula.  Bring the children for a real educational experience.

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    I accompanied a group of 12 to Alaska this past summer.  We flew into Seattle, saw some of the sights, and then flew to Juneau to start our Adventure Cruise.  What a wonderful Adventure. We saw glaciers, hump-back whales and other fascinating things...we would do this again. Thank you for such a great time!

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