Wild Islands & Treasures of Baja California
- Visit art galleries and meet the artists in Todos Santos, a Pueblo Magico.
- Search for humpback whales, active off the southern coast of the peninsula.
- Snorkel at Cabo Pulmo, a vibrant reef and model for ocean conservation.
At a glance
Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights
Coverage: Roundtrip La Paz
Activities: Photography, Wildlife
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Fall under the spell of Baja on an expedition that unities its twin facets: culture and wildness.
Hop among pristine desert islands rife with endemic species, rare plants, and towering forests of cacti. You’ll find the air so clear and clean that on some evenings a green flash will burst on the horizon at sunset—a phenomenon so rare some people refuse to believe it exists. Search for migrating humpback whales on their way to the Sea of Cortez. Hike a desert arroyo to see ancient art, handprints hidden in a cave for millennia, and feel a connection to the ancients in this high, remote desert. Visit Todos Santos, a Pueblos Magico—a small Baja town with outsize charm. See the unique architecture, stroll the sleepy streets, and meet contemporary artists who live and exhibit their work here. Snorkel with sea lions (at Los Islotes), and explore fantastic Cabo Pulmo, where ten years ago local fisherman chose to stop fishing, declaring the region a “no-take zone” to attract divers and snorkelers. Today it is one of the most vibrant undersea sites in the region.
Discover the pure wildness of Baja’s desert islands and the living sea, and then go further and delve into the Peninsula’s unique culture and art from ancient times to modern. You’ll find the dolphins, seabirds, and extraordinary marine life enchanting and the region’s history and culture rich and intriguing. And when you see Baja’s islands with rugged cliffs and white sand beaches reflected in an azure sea, you’ll understand immediately why UNESCO designated them a World Heritage Site.
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 1 — La Paz / Embark
Embark National Geographic Sea Bird from downtown La Paz.
- Day 2 - Isla San Jose / Isla San Francisco
Explore two gems of the Sea of Cortez. UNESCO World Heritage site islands, Islas San Jose and San Francisco with abundant opportunities to snorkel, kayak, beachcomb, or hike. (B,L,D)
- Day 3 — Bahia Agua Verde
The small bay and white sand beach of Agua Verde is set among the dramatic mountains of the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range. Hike up volcanic cliffs to a series of caves painted with ancient red handprints or kayak the dramatic shoreline. We’ll also search for whales and dolphins, known to inhabit the region. (B,L,D)
- Day 4 — Los Islotes / Isla Partida
Snorkeling with playful and curious sea lions—a highlight. Tuck into a shallow, emerald green anchorage at Ensenada Grande, where we can snorkel once more or hike the island’s beautiful arroyo. (B,L,D)
- Day 5 — Todos Santos / La Paz
Transit the narrow peninsula to Todos Santos, a charming town filled with art galleries. Stroll the town, meet the artisans, and dine locally. Take an evening stroll along the malecon and enjoy evening drinks while taking in a ballet folklorico. (B,L,D)
- Day 6 — Isla Espiritu Santo
Explore the island’s beautifully indented bays by expedition landing craft, kayaks, or snorkeling. Go beachcombing or opt for a hike along the rocky coast, keeping your eye out for brown pelicans, gulls, wandering tattlers, great blue herons, and blue-footed boobies.(B,L,D)
- Day 7 — Cabo Pulmo / Gorda Banks / Lands End
Learn the inspring story of Cabo Pulmo National Park conservation, and snorkel the reef among red fan corals and large schools of fish. Meet some of the people responsible for protecting Cabo Pulmo and learn how it has become a model for reefs around the world. Search of humpback whales before taking in sunset at Lands End. (B,L,D)
- Day 8 — San Jose Del Cabo / Disembark
Disembark this morning in San Jose del Cabo and transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)
Dates & Rates
|Dates||Ships||1||2||3||Single 1||Single 2|
|Dec 17, 2016||National Geographic Sea Bird||$5,990||$6,890||$7,730||$8,990||$10,340|
|Dec 24, 2016||National Geographic Sea Bird||$5,990||$6,890||$7,730||$8,990||$10,340|
|Dec 31, 2016||National Geographic Sea Bird||$5,990||$6,890||$7,730||$8,990||$10,340|
National Geographic Sea Bird / Sea Lion
Our twin expedition ships, National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Lion, can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to their small size, yet each comfortably accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. The feeling, we’re told, is often compared to that of a large private yacht, with everyone integral to the adventure. Accessibility means freedom. Our captains have decades of sailing experience in the regions we explore. They know when and where to navigate so that you feel the places we visit are all ours. View ship details...