Multi-Day Tour

The Sea of Cortes Aquatic Explorer (8 days)

Journey Mexico

La Paz, Mexico To La Paz, Mexico

The Sea of Cortes Aquatic Explorer (8 days)


Day 1
La Paz, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

La Paz, Baja California Sur - Embarkation - You will be met at the airport and transferred to board the Safari Quest. The Captain and crew greet you with hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a sumptuous dinner.

Day 2
Isla Partida
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Isla Partida - Beach Activities - After breakfast, go ashore at Ensenada Grande beach, a crescent beach on Isla Partida and recognized as one of the most beautiful in the world. Explore the natural beauty of its pink volcanic coastline by skiff and kayak, slip into the crystal-clear water for swimming and snorkeling, or take a guided hike into the interior of the island, which abounds in exotic desert cacti and succulents.

Day 3
La Paz, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Whale Watching - We’ll have the skiff “on the ready” for closer observation of flying manta rays, pods of dolphins and blue, pilot and fin whales. Later in the afternoon we’ll drop the kayaks and skiff to explore large mangrove lagoons that are nursing grounds for many species of tropical fish and invertebrates.

Day 4
La Paz, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

The Nature of the Sea of Cortés Exploration - Picturesque ledges of pink, orange and red bluffs and more marine life are on tap today. With binoculars in hand, join the Captain on the bridge to search for pods of dolphins, blue, fin, sei, orca and sperm whales as they spout and dive in the surrounding waters. Blue-footed boobies, brown pelicans, cormorants and gulls also make this area their home. If conditions permit, we’ll drop anchor in a remote cove for snorkeling, kayaking and beachcombing.

Day 5
Bahia Agua Verde
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Bahia Agua Verde Mule Ride - Get underway this morning for Bahia Agua Verde, whose clear waters are bordered by sparse craggy mountains hemmed in green. For a true taste of adventure, join your yachtmates on a mule trail ride into the arroyos of the peninsula. Converse with a local ranchero and his family while you explore canyons, enjoy scenic vistas and experience the breathtaking sights of the “real Baja.”

Day 6
Isla Coyote
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Isla Coyote / Isla San Francisco - Step ashore on Isla Coyote, the only permanently inhabited island and smallest community in the Sea of Cortés. Only about 200 yards in diameter, the islet is home to twenty members of the Cuevas family. It consists of about ten buildings that include homes, a small chapel, and a one-room schoolhouse with two desks and a chalkboard. Beyond the weathered structures is a whale bone yard where enormous vertebrae are scattered for up-close investigation. Our crew delivers water to the residents, as fresh water is unobtainable on the island. Conversations with this remarkable group of people reveal how they make their living as fishermen “in the middle of nowhere.” At Isla San Francisco, enjoy a guided hike among a forest of the world’s tallest cactus—the Cardón, laze on the beach, or kayak and snorkel in the calm waters.

Day 7
La Paz, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Los Islotes - This morning, set sail for Los Islotes, a steep rocky outcropping leaping straight from the sea. Observe a sea lion colony from the yacht and skiff, or slip into a wetsuit to snorkel with agile young sea lions. Swim through a rock arch where orange fan and white fire coral sway in the current, while high overhead, brown and blue-footed boobies perch on the cliffs. Later, we’ll cruise to Isla Espiritu Santo for your last opportunity to enjoy a guided hike along a colorful desert ridge, or perhaps kayak or snorkel in the protected crystalline waters. After tonight’s special Farewell Dinner, your Expedition Leader will recap the journey with a slideshow of the week’s experiences.

Day 8
La Paz, Mexico
None Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

La Paz, Baja California Sur - Disembark - After breakfast we’ll bid you “adios.” A transfer to the airport is included. You may have time for a stroll along the extensive beachfront promenade here in Baja’s most traditional city.

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The Sea of Cortes Aquatic Explorer [link]

Explore a land and sea brimming with life on this private sea excursion. This World Heritage biosphere reserve harbors more than 900 islands, many uncharted, and flora, fauna and animals - found nowhere else in the world. Experience pods of dolphins numbering in the thousands and view many whale species including the largest living being on earth - the blue whale.

Take the skiff ashore to explore local trails by horseback. Your guide, a local ranchero, will take you to a tiny island village for a special visit with a local family of fisherman.

Cool off in the water with snorkel gear or take a relaxing kayak ride at your leisure. Back aboard the yacht, unwind with a cocktail enjoy the on-board hot tub as the sun sets over the Pacific. This is luxury at sea like you’ve never imagined!


Extensive exploration of this UNESCO World Heritage Site & Biosphere Reserve

Unhurried time for watching whales and dolphins

Snorkeling with sea lions

Trail ride into the arroyos with a local ranchero

Explore a tiny island village for a special visit with a local family of fishermen

Expedition Leader/Naturalist guided adventure activities

Kayaking, snorkeling, mountain biking, paddle boarding, sailing, and skiff rides

Nights spent at anchor in remote bays and coves

About Us

Journey Mexico specializes in crafting unique, authentic and unexpected travel experiences for the discerning and sophisticated traveler throughout the Mexican republic.Whether you would like to travel to Mexico to explore Mayan ruins, relax in a hacienda, visit islands in Baja’s Sea of Cortes, search for handicrafts in markets, or adventure in the Copper Canyon, we take great pride in sharing Mexico’s natural beauty & rich cultural heritage in the company of our warm and welcoming people.2016 Virtuoso Peer-to-Peer Award Winner - "Best Destination & Experiences - In-Country Partner

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By: Lisa

Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2014

We went back and forth several times with Journey Mexico planning our itinerary and were very pleased with their responsiveness and obvious knowledge of the Yucatan Peninsula. They put together a wonderful tour with highly professional and knowledgeable driver/guides, and the hotel recommendations were excellent. They also followed up while we were traveling to make sure everything was satisfactory. Would definitely use them again.
Travel Advisor:  Rebecca Falkenberry

Delightful trip

By: Ginger

Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2014

Trip was well planned and accommodation were excellent
Travel Advisor:  Bettie Lee

Great Customer Service


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2014

Upon our arrival in Mexico, Journey Mexico made it an easy trip. They had one of their employees with a sign outside the airport that greeted us, grabbed our luggage, gave us a folder of info of our contacts for our trip, and took us to our private transfer (we only had to wait a few minutes for the transportation to arrive). We left the airport with Journey Mexico within 10 minutes from us walking out of the airport. We arrived to the resort 25-30 minutes later - very easy! We had a little hiccup with the resort about what package we would supposed to receive. There was a miscommunication between the resort reservations and Journey Mexico. The resort and Journey Mexico hashed it out. During that process, we were being updated from Journey Mexico and our resort. Journey Mexico even sent a bottle of champagne to our room for the confusion which was a nice touch. Their rep even take you through the entire check in process at the airport for departure. Great customer service all week!

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By: Magritte's Hat

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2014

When I decided I wanted to visit Mexico for the first time, I spent hours online trying to plan a trip. Luckily, I came across an article recommending using travel advisors. Because I took that advice, I now have countless bad photographs and good memories of a trip to Mexico. Stacy was able to arrange a trip for me after a couple of phone calls and a few emails that was better than anything I could have done myself. I experienced the celebration of the Day of the Dead in Merida, explored Mayan ruins (culminating with the awesome ancient city of Chichen Itza), and spent a few relaxing days on a sugar-sanded beach in Tulum. My guide was terrific and the hotels were clean and comfortable without being impersonal and generic. The whole trip was great. After over a decade of staying close to home, I think I'm going to be hitting the road more often; and I'm sure I'll be using Stacy's services again.

Great Service

By: mh123

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2015

Journey Mexico provided us with great guides and drivers. They were always on time and very pleasant.


By: kerri

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2016

they were on top of the logistic details. Very easy.

San Miguel

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2017

All was good,timely,courteous etc
Travel Advisor:  Kay Jones

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Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2017

Journey Zmexico provided us with the best experience we could have wished for in the Copper Canyon. The logistics of the trip, including timing, transportation, lodging, food and guide services was outstanding. The only low point was the dining experience at the Best Western in Creel- the hotel was fine but the dinners were not to our liking and did not match the amazing food we had at all the other hotels. The high point was our guide Gustavo who was the most well informed and superb guide! We are so fortunate to have him as our tour guide-heads it a fabulous trip- forever grateful to him!
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

Puerto Aventuras

By: Rita

Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2018

Nice people. House was in good location. A few items not in good shape, but overall comfortable. Staff responded to our questions and needs.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Morley

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By: Partridge Travels

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2018

This was our second trip with Journey Mexico, and we were privileged to travel with the most wonderful guides! All of our drivers and guides have been professional, accommodating, knowledgeable, protective, and extremely well educated. I have heard and read so many negative stories about travel in Mexico, so the most important message I can convey to anyone considering travel with Journey Mexico is that I have never had to overthink my personal safety, and I have never felt as though I was in a place or situation that could be dangerous. Another great bonus about travel with their guides is that they know all the great places to eat (you will not get sick) and they are true gentlemen and will help you shop. Also, your Journey Mexico concierge (who is different from your guide), is a phone call away. Our concierge called us on our second night just to check in and see if we needed anything, which we didn't because our every need was already taken care of- they are first class!
Travel Advisor:  Whitney Shindelar