The peninsula of Baja California, Mexico, and the Sea of Cortez are a land of contrast. Sparse desert landscapes are fringed by spectacular white beaches, peaceful bays and imposing cliffs. Remote isolated islands dot abundant seas full of whales, porpoise, dolphins, rays and endless varieties of fish. The region, long known for its sport-fishing and beaches, is a wilderness paradise in our own backyard, perfect for AdventureSmith's style of up-close explorations cruising aboard a small expedition ship, paddling your sea kayak or hiking with your naturalist guide.
Baja California, long known for its sport-fishing and beaches, is a wilderness paradise in our own backyard, perfect for AdventureSmith's style of up-close explorations cruising aboard a small expedition ship.
The Baja California peninsula is one of the most diverse geographical areas of the world and is still very much a frontier. The region is home to some of the earth's most beautiful deserts, semi-tropical and mountainous regions, pine forests, hundreds of miles of untouched beaches and coastline. Explore Spanish mission history and pre-Columbian rock art in addition to a botanical wonderland of coexisting cacti and pines, palms and aspens set beside rock pool oasis.
Most Mexicans consider Baja a far-off place, much in the way Americans think of Alaska... distant, mystical, harsh and beautiful. AdventureSmith's trips to the Baja Peninsula venture off the beaten track, away from crowded resorts, to focus on the incredible diversity of the region. One of our favorite ways to explore the peninsula is by water. Whether from a small ship, private yacht or kayak, there are more than 1,600 miles of coastline to explore. The some 900 islands of the Sea of Cortez are known as the Mexican Galapagos for their diversity and rare endemic species found nowhere else on earth. In between islands it is not uncommon to see blue whales, spinner dolphins and sea lions. Remote beaches provide a place to relax, swim or snorkel abundant waters. Each winter gray whales migrate south from their arctic feeding grounds to breed and rear their young in Baja California's sheltered lagoons, making it one of North America's premier whale watching sites. Along the Baja Peninsula, just a couple hours south of California explore one of North America's most beautiful, exciting yet untraveled regions.