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Baja California and the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales

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February 03 - 11, 2018 (9 Days)

Day 1 — U.S./La Paz, Mexico

Arrive in La Paz and drive along the beautiful Malecón to meet our ship.
National Geographic Sea Bird/Sea Lion (D)

Day 2 — Exploring the Sea of Cortez

Today is a day with the luxury of no specific plan. You may spend time on the lookout for whales, bottlenose and common dolphin, or explore some of the many uninhabited islands such as Isla San Francisco or Isla San Jose, known for its sweeping beaches and arroyos. Birdlife may be plentiful, and the nutrient-rich sea is home to an overwhelming variety of fish: king angelfish, surgeonfish, butterfly fish, damselfish, and the beautiful parrotfish.

Day 3 — Los Islotes and Isla Espiritu Santo

At Los Islotes, don flippers, a mask, and snorkel (which we’ll gladly provide) and swim with curious sea lions. We’ll have a leisurely afternoon to swim, kayak, or hike at Isla Espíritu Santo. Brown pelicans, gulls, and boobies are all part of the landscape. Finish the day with a relaxing beach barbecue complete with a campfire and a star-filled sky.

Day 4 — Gorda Banks and Los Cabos

This morning cruise past Friars Rocks at Land’s End and visit the historic town center of San José del Cabo. The afternoon is spent at the Gorda Banks seamount or La Fortuna—gathering places for humpback whales, dolphins, and other sea life.

Days 5, 6, & 7 — Bahía Magdalena

Navigate through an immense system of protected coves and channels, surrounded by a fringe of mangrove channels at one edge of a vast, windswept plain. Each winter, during their long migration, gray whales travel south from their Arctic feeding grounds to breed and raise their calves in these sheltered waters. Observe migrating whales from the ship and up close from our expedition landing craft. Watch for magnificent frigate birds, pelicans, cormorants, terns, great blue herons, ibis, and willets.
(B,L,D daily)

Day 8 — San Carlos/La Paz

Disembark the ship in San Carlos and transfer to La Paz, where you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant before checking in to the CostaBaja Resort & Spa. This afternoon is on your own, to relax and take advantage of the resort and spa amenities.

Day 9 — La Paz/Los Angeles

Transfer to San Jose del Cabo airport for your flight home.