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Journey in the Sea of Cortez

Journey in the Sea of Cortez Cruise

Cruise Highlights:

  • Snorkel with acrobatic sea lions— gear provided, no need to pack your own
  • Explore water-level caves, hike a desert canyon and a forest of cacti; stroll the streets of a historic town
  • Seek thrilling encounters with dolphins, sea lions, and seabirds

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip La Paz

From: $4,990

Season: December - January

Activities: Photography, Wildlife

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Lindblad Expeditions, in Partnership with National Geographic

We invite you to celebrate the holiday season in an extraordinary way when you sail on this holiday Baja Mexico cruise this December.

See Baja’s vibrant living sea from the deck of our nimble expedition ship and at water level in Zodiacs and kayaks. Go deeper, and see it through your snorkel mask, hear the communications of marine life through our hydrophone and watch a live undersea feed from beneath our ship in the comfort of the lounge. Learn what makes this ecosystem unique from a robust team of five naturalists, undersea specialists, horticulturalists and an expedition leader with immense regional knowledge.

Embark on an island-hopping adventure exploring the wild and cultural highpoints of the Sea of Cortez. Embrace the holidays in a whole new way—a shipboard adventure is the perfect opportunity for families to make memories. Each day presents an array of options to do together, or separately, with the chance to regroup and share stories at dinner.

Shoot photos with National Geographic photographer Michael Melford on the December 14 only.

Shoot photos with National Geographic photographer Flip Nicklin on the January 4 only.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 — US/Los Cabos or La Paz/Embark at La Paz

Fly to Los Cabos and transfer to La Paz, where we'll board the ship and sail into the Sea of Cortez in the late afternoon. (D)

Day 2 — Isla San Jose

Isla San Jose has a highly varied mixture of habitats. You’ll take Zodiac cruises and kayaks into mangrove channels in search of shorebirds and waders. Nearby are ancient shell mounds, or middens, that reveal traces of former occupation by the Guaicura Indians. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Isla Ildefonso

Isla Ildefonso is a small and rugged island that is home to many nesting seabirds, including blue-footed and brown boobies. You will have the opportunity to take a zodiac cruise along the shoreline to closer observe the birdlife. Marine life also awaits our discovery, by way of snorkeling we can reveal this colorful underwater world. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Isla Santa Catalina

This morning we search for marine life in the waters around Isla Danzante, another rich area for dolphins. In the afternoon, we visit Isla Santa Catalina for walks among huge cacti, snorkeling in the clear waters of our anchorage along the rugged shoreline. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Isla San Francisco

Isla San Francisco and its natural harbor, a calm crescent-shaped bay, will allow us to consider activities such as Zodiac cruising, kayaking or relaxing on the beach. Walks ashore allow us a different perspective in exploring the island and always provide spectacular views. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Exploring the Sea of Cortez

The shores surrounding the sea of Cortez have many beautiful bays where there are beaches for swimming and long, gently sloping arroyos for walks inland. This time of year cacti may be in flower and wildflowers in bloom. No matter where you explore, you will have an opportunity for one last vigorous paddle in the kayaks. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Islas Los Islotes and Espiritu Santo

With deeply indented shorelines and dramatically eroded cliff faces, Islas Los Islotes and Espiritu Santo are two of the most beautiful islands in the Sea of Cortez. Here you will be able to 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. Dinner this evening will be a beach barbeque and campfire under the star-filled desert sky.(B,L,D)

Day 8 — La Paz/Disembark/La Paz or Los Cabos/US

After breakfast, disembark in La Paz and tansfer to the airport for your flights back home. (B)

Dates & Rates

National Geographic Sea Bird Categories
2013 1 2 3 Solo 1 Solo 2
December 14photo cruise, 21, 28 $4,990 $5,770 $6,790 $7,490 $8,650
2014 1 2 3 Solo 1 Solo 2
January 4photo cruise $4,990 $5,770 $6,790 $7,490 $8,650

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Holiday Journey in the Sea of Cortez


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