EXPEDITION CRUISE | CRUISETOUR

Baja California and The Sea of Cortez – Among The Great Whales (10 Days)

Cruise Line: Lindblad Expeditions
San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico to San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico
DAY
PORT
Tour Segment  Cruise Segment
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Air travel
San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico
La Paz, Mexico

Upon arrival in San José del Cabo, transfer to La Paz and check into the CostaBaja Resort & Spa, located on the shore of the Sea of Cortez, just south of Espíritu Santo Island. (D)

DAY 2
La Paz, Mexico
San Carlos, Mexico

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
Isla Magdalena, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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, 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
Laguna San Ignacio, Mexico

Protected since 1993 as part of UNESCO's Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaíno, Laguna San Ignacio is one of the world's most important breeding sites for California gray whales. 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 local pangas and our Zodiacs. Watch for osprey, brant geese, and countless other breeding and migratory bird species, as well as bottlenose dolphins, during our explorations. (B,L,D)

DAY 5
Laguna San Ignacio, Mexico
DAY 6
Day-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. Hear naturalist talks, and learn photography basics during a day at sea. (B,L,D)

DAY 7
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Gorda Banks, Mexico

This morning cruise past the Friars Rocks at Land's End and choose to visit the historic town center of San José del Cabo, or join a birdwatching walk along the local estero. The afternoon is spent at the Gorda Banks seamount or La Fortuna, gathering places for whales, especially humpbacks, dolphins, and other sea life. (B,L,D)

DAY 8
Los Islotes, Mexico
Isla Espiritu Santo, Mexico

At Los Islotes, don flippers, mask, and snorkel (which we'll gladly provide) and swim with curious sea lions. We 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 bonfire and a star-filled sky. (B,L,D)

DAY 9
Isla Coyote, Mexico
Isla San Jose, Mexico

Our plan is flexible today, as we explore some of the sea's many uninhabited islands. Go ashore at Isla San Francisco, where a sweeping arc of white-sand beach beckons you to try out our fleet of kayaks and standup paddleboards. Hike to the nearby ridge for unparalleled views, or explore nearby tide pools with your naturalists. One of the larger islands in the Sea of Cortez, San Jose offers several landing possibilities depending on conditions and the whim of the moment. Photograph the ochre cliffs of the island's eastern shore, hike an "enchanted" arroyo, or visit the abandoned salt works to the west. Search for whales, dolphins, and other marine life this afternoon among the islands of the southern Sea of Cortez. (B,L,D)

DAY 10
La Paz, Mexico
San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico
Air travel

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

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National Geographic Venture

The 100-guest National Geographic Venture features step-out balconies (available in 22 of the 50 spacious cabins), plus 6 sets of connecting cabins for families and groups; a Sun Deck bar, and a designated mudroom for expedition gear.

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