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Baja California: A Remarkable Journey

Baja California: A Remarkable Journey

At a glance

Duration: 16 Days, 15 Nights

Coverage: San Carlos to La Paz, Mexico

From: $11,990

Season: March

Activities: Culture, Wildlife

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Lindblad Expeditions, in Partnership with National Geographic

Among the gray whales and into the Sea of Cortez

Unique, immersive style of travel

A Remarkable Journey offers the most comprehensive Baja California and the Sea of Cortez experience available. It is a photo expedition that begins in the gray whale birthing lagoons on the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula and then ventures into the Sea of Cortez for over a week of exploration. The itinerary offers the rare opportunity to:

  • Get up close with California gray whales, and search for sperm, blue and fin whales
  • Hike the islands of the Sea of Cortez, searching for a variety of plant and bird species
  • Learn photo techniques from National Geographic photographers and photo instructors that will last a lifetime and create stunning images
  • Snorkel among playful sea lions and explore several idyllic sea gardens
  • Benefit from our 30+ years of experience and relationships in Baja California to see all you came for and more.

Special access in the California gray whale lagoons

Each year California gray whales pause during their migrations to birth and nurse their calves in the same lagoons. We are the only foreign company permitted to enter the whale birthing lagoons with our own expedition landing craft, meaning you get more up close encounters with these gentle and curious creatures when you travel with us. We are also the only company that visits lagoons in the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, ensuring more opportunities to see whales.

Hop among the islands in the Sea of Cortez

The desert islands in the Sea of Cortez are home to a variety of plant and animal species. Hike desert arroyos and forests of cacti in search of them. And between islands, keep an eye out for the incredibly diverse population of marine mammals—you may see fin, pilot, Bryde’s, sperm, or even blue whales.

Every day is active and engaging

You’ll be able to hike through forests of towering cacti and up striking desert canyons. You’ll take expedition landing craft along the shore to see and shoot photos of plunge-diving pelicans and blue-footed boobies, and each day you’ll have the option to walk or kayak, and to join a different naturalist as you choose: there are no assigned groups.

Travel in excellent company

Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, six veteran naturalists, including two Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructors, an undersea specialist, a National Geographic photographer and a wellness specialist. Their knowledge and passion for Baja California is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

This is a true expedition, where we plan our day-by-day movements and itinerary according to the conditions that will offer us the best sightings and up close encounters with wildness. After exploring the whale birthing lagoons, our day-by-day itinerary will be flexible in the Sea of Cortez. We’ll take advantage of a sighting of Bryde’s whales or drop our expedition landing craft to get a closer look at a school of dolphins. Extraordinary Baja adventures are a guarantee.

Day 1 — Depart U.S./San Jose Del Cabo/La Paz

Be our guest in La Paz

To provide you with more flexibility, more comfortable transfer arrangements and a better overall experience, we’re offering a full day and night on us, at the lovely CostaBaja Resort & Spa. Located on the shore of the Sea of Cortez, just south of Espiritu Island, CostaBaja.

Upon arrival in San Jose del Cabo, transfer to La Paz and and check in to the CostaBaja Resort & Spa (D)

Day 2 — La Paz/San Jose Del Cabo/Embark

This morning is on your own to relax and take advantage of the resort and spa amenities. Check-out in the late morning and depart for lunch at a local restaurant in La Paz. After lunch, transfer to San Carlos and embark the National Geographic Venture. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Bahia Magdalena

Explore the ever-shifting sand dunes of Isla Magdalena, on a cross-island walk to one of the most pristine beaches in the Pacific. Bird watching here can be excellent—magnificent frigatebirds, pelicans, cormorants, terns and great blue herons, ibis, whimbrels and willets are among the species we might see. It’s not unusual to see forty species of birds in just one day along these fertile shorelines where they refuel for their destinations ahead. (B,L,D)

Day 4-5 — Laguna San Ignacio

Laguna San Ignacio is a large bay and favored haunt of the gray whales in Baja. The ship will linger in this remote and important locale, while we observe the mother and calf pairs—from the ship, and from water level in our expedition landing craft and local pangas. For some reason, the whales here seem to be friendlier than they are elsewhere. It’s not unusual for mothers and calves to approach our boats, the calves often playing hide and seek—sometimes even wanting to be petted and scratched. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — At Sea

As we travel south along the Pacific coast of the peninsula, there is a chance of seeing a wide variety of marine life, including the largest animal on Earth, the blue whale. (B,L,D)

Day 7-15 — Islands of the Sea of Cortez

Cruise past the spectacular Friars Rocks at Land’s End. For those who wish, we will arrange a visit to the historic town center of San José del Cabo. Espíritu Santo, Los Islotes, Santa Catalina—these are some of the melodious names of these islands scattered throughout this beautiful sea. After over 20 years of exploration here, we are still discovering new places and experiencing exciting events: bowriding bottlenose dolphins, or sperm whales near our ship; a pod of fin whales feeding around a convergence zone. The best areas for whale watching remain consistent—the waters south of Isla Carmen, Canal de Ballenas up north, and near the mouth of Bahia Concepción. Whether on the bridge of the ship, on expedition landing craft or kayaks, we will be in prime position to observe them all. (B,L,D)

Day 16 — La Paz/San Jose Del Cabo/Home

Disembark in La Paz after breakfast and transfer to Los Cabos airport for flights home (B)

A Remarkable Journey

Dates & Rates

Dates Direction 1 2 3 4 5 Single 1 Single 2
Mar 17, 2019 La Paz to San Carlos $11,990 $13,260 $14,160 $15,790 $17,420 $17,990 $19,890
Mar 30, 2019 San Carlos to La Paz $11,990 $13,260 $14,160 $15,790 $17,420 $17,990 $19,890
Mar 15, 2020 La Paz to San Carlos $11,990 $13,260 $14,160 $15,790 $17,420 $17,990 $19,890
Mar 28, 2020 San Carlos to La Paz $11,990 $13,260 $14,160 $15,790 $17,420 $17,990 $19,890

Ships

National Geographic Venture

National Geographic VentureNational Geographic Venture is the perfect ship to explore Alaska’s Inside Passage and beyond. Designed with over 50 years of expedition heritage, National Geographic Venture is able to explore the same remote locations we’ve sought out for decades while setting a new standard in comfort and style. View ship details...

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