Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez

   
 

Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez

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DURATION

8 Days

SEASON

April

RATES

USD 6,380.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2019
Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez
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Cruise Baja, California, in the spring, a prime season for this stunning landscape. The 8-day Whales & Wildness: Spring in the Sea of Cortez cruise includes a National Geographic crew with more than 25 years of experience in the region. Experience the best that Baja has to offer and take advantage of the consistently calm waters that are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. In April, air temperatures are warm but not too hot and the occasional spring rains bring forth colorful cactus blossoms.

Watch whales and dolphins from the deck of the 100-passenger National Geographic Venture. Activities for many levels, like hiking, kayaking and Zodiac rides, are the perfect way to view myriad seabirds and whales up close. Best bets are fin, sperm and Bryde’s whales, but other possibilities include the great blue whale.

Take advantage of the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor on board every departure, to provide help to beginner and intermediate photo enthusiasts. Special Photo Expeditions feature award-winning photographers that have graced National Geographic pages. These special Photo Expeditions are designed expressly to move at a photographer's pace so that you can take advantage of some of the most photogenic places on the planet.

Miles of uninhabited beaches and desert are ripe for exploration, with possible sightings of rare desert birds and endemic species. Swimming and snorkeling are great options to view reef fish and playful sea lions. This unique Baja small ship cruise is designed with a flexible itinerary, adding a stimulating sense of adventure to each day.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $6380 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Los Cabos, Mexico & Embark In La Paz
La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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Fly into Los Cabos and transfer to La Paz to set sail on the Sea of Cortez.

ACCOMMODATIONS: National Geographic Venture

MEALS: dinner

Days 2-7: Exploring The Sea Of Cortez
Sea of Cortez, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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This cruise's routing is designed with flexibility in mind, to maximize opportunities for wildlife sightings and includes the islands listed below, although the order may vary:

Islas San Esteban & San Pedro Martir: Enjoy a walk up a desert wash to search for desert birds and the endemic pinto chuckwalla, a harmless desert lizard. Later, visit Isla San Pedro Martir, a 1,000- foot-high, guano-covered island that is home to thousands of seabirds, including blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, pelicans and frigatebirds.

Isla San Marcos: Kayaking, walking, swimming and snorkeling are all exploration options here.

Isla San Jose: 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. The ochre cliffs of the island's eastern shore may captivate photographers and an "enchanted" arroyo or the abandoned salt works to the west enable hiking and walking activities.

Bahía Loreto Marine Park: Search for whales in the waters south of Isla Carmen, an area that has proven to be one of the best for finding blue whales and bottlenose and common dolphins. Visit one of the islands of Bahía Loreto Marine Park, with ample time for kayaking, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding and possibly hiking and enjoy a beach barbecue under the desert sky.

Los Islotes/Espiritu Santo: The turquoise waters invite guests to swim and snorkel, perhaps with some curious sea lions. Also on offer are expedition landing craft rides, rare bird sightings, the possibility of spotting an endemic black jackrabbit, or simply some relaxing beachcombing.

ACCOMMODATIONS: National Geographic Venture

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Disembark La Paz
La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
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This morning after breakfast disembark in La Paz and transfer to the airport in Los Cabos for flights home.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Accommodations aboard ship;meals as indicated; non-alcoholic beverages; excursions; services of expedition leaders, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks and snorkeling equipment; all port charges and services taxes.

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