Steinbeck, Cousteau… now it’s your turn to explore the “world’s aquarium” in the Sea of Cortes. Greet sea lions from the boat or skiff, or slip into a wetsuit for an even closer encounter. Getting your sea legs is easy too—relax with toes in the sand, on a hike, or atop a mule through the canyons of Baja. Land and sea are a step, or kayak, away.
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Get a glimpse into Mexico’s Sea of Cortés the UnCruise way.
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2020 Departure Dates:
- December 19, 26
- Sea of Cortes UNESCO World Heritage Site—a marine life–rich natural aquarium
- Snorkel with sea lion pups and colorful reef fish
- Mule ride into the arroyos with local rancheros
- Search for whales in the Sea of Cortes or Bahía Magdalena
- Watch for mobula rays, dolphins, and whale sharks
- Birding–hummingbirds, cormorants, Great Blue Herons, Blue- and Red-footed boobies, pelicans, and Magnificent Frigatebirds
- Hike among desert shrub, cacti, along ridges, and take on a rock scramble
- Explore rugged shores by skiff
- Kayak, paddle board, snorkel, and play at a beach party
- Watch for gray whales at Bahia Magdalena (mid-Jan – early-Mar)
- Snorkel with sea lion pups and colorful reef fish
- Convenience of flying in/out of Los Cabos International Airport
DAY 1: San José del Cabo / La Paz – Embarkation: Bienvenidos! You will be met at the Los Cabos International Airport in San José del Cabo and transferred to our hospitality area. Joined by your expedition team, an overland orientation transfer to La Paz acquaints you with the dramatic Baja landscape and the week that lies ahead. The captain and crew welcome you aboard just in time for a cocktail and dinner with your new mates. (D)
DAY 2: Gulf of California Biosphere Reserve: Settle into the desert-sea environment at a tucked away, remote beach like Bonanza or Ayla. Get a few tips with a snorkeling 101 lesson or just dive in. Hikers trek among the Palo Blanco bushes and cactus with interpretive guides. Whichever your option for adventure, relish in the privacy from other busy beaches. We bring the beach toys, chairs, and refreshments—you just kick back and play. (BLD)
DAY 3: Bahia Agua Verde: At Bahia Agua Verde, clear waters are bordered by sparse craggy mountains hemmed in green. Explore the coast by small skiff, visit with a local ranchero and his family, and take to the canyons and mountains on a mule ride and experience the “real Baja.” Scenic vistas, outstanding exploration, excellent birding, and unmatched camaraderie—the day is done. (BLD)
DAY 4: Isla San Francisco: Adventure in a playground of steep red bluffs and sweeping desert beach. Don some flippers for a snorkel among colorful sea life, put on your walking shoes for an exploratory romp along the ridge, grab a paddle and kayak, hop on a paddle board, or relax on the beach with the sand between your toes. The rugged beauty of the island makes it an ideal spot for escapades. (BLD)
DAY 5: Marine Life Search: Mother Nature is your guide today. Take your adventurous side and your binoculars in search of the largest baleen whales in the world. The Sea of Cortes is home to fin, blue, and sperm whales, and the dolphin pods number in the hundreds. Or, if the gray whales have arrived on Baja’s west coast (from mid-January to early March)—migrating more than 12,000 miles to calve in Bahía Magdalena—you’ll drive across the peninsula for a panga ride to observe these mammals and their babies in the lagoon. Whichever the day brings, there’s also a chance to head into the Sierra La Giganta Mountains for a tour of the crown jewel of Baja’s historic missions, San Javier; time for a brief exploration in magical Loreto; or more water play and hikes. Bring it on! (BLD)
DAY 6: Los Islotes / Isla Partida: At Los Islotes—a steep craggy seamount leaping straight from the sea—slip into a wet suit for a snorkel with curious, agile young sea lion pups. At Isla Partida, get set for water play (kayaking, snorkeling, and stand up paddle boarding are all on the menu) and island hikes along desert beaches or into rocky arroyos. Or, kick back with a beach party—complete with a cool drink and sun-soaked lounge. (BLD)
DAY 7: Isla Espiritu Santo: Tuck into a secluded cove surrounded by long fingers of red rock and a golden beach. Spend your last full day enjoying the feel of warm sand under your feet on a beach walk, investigate nooks and crannies in the rocks by kayak, or explore a little further afield on a guided hike. Celebrate your week at tonight’s special Farewell Dinner with an entertaining slideshow by your expedition team. (BLD)
DAY 8: San José del Cabo / La Paz – Disembark: After breakfast, it’s “adios” La Paz, as you transfer back to San José del Cabo for your flight or UnCruise hotel stay. (B)
A passport is required on this itinerary. Itineraries are guidelines and variations and the order of days will occur to maximize your experience.
Check out NPCA’s full tour lineup at www.npca.org/trips