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Wild Islands & Treasures of Baja California

From: $5690
8 days
    
Wild Islands & Treasures of Baja California
Fall under the spell of Baja on an expedition that unites its twin facets: culture and wildness. Hop among pristine desert islands, rife with endemic species, rare plants and towering forests of cacti. You’ll find the air so clear and clean that on some evenings a green flash will burst on the horizon at sunset—a phenomenon so rare some people refuse to believe it exists. Search for migrating humpback whales on their way to the Sea of Cortez. Hike a desert arroyo to see ancient art, handprints hidden in a cave for millennia and feel a connection to the ancients in this high, remote desert. Visit Todos Santos, a Pueblos Magico—a small Baja town with outsize charm. See the unique architecture, stroll the sleepy streets and meet contemporary artists who live and exhibit their work here. Snorkel with sea lions (at Los Islotes) and explore fantastic Cabo Pulmo, where ten years ago local fisherman chose to stop fishing, declaring the region a “no-take zone” to attract divers and snorkelers. Today it is one of the most vibrant undersea sites in the region.

Discover the pure wildness of Baja’s desert islands and the living sea, and then go further and delve into the Peninsula’s unique culture and art from ancient times to modern. You’ll find the dolphins, seabirds, and extraordinary marine life enchanting and the region’s history and culture rich and intriguing. And when you see Baja’s islands with rugged cliffs and white sand beaches reflected in an azure sea, you’ll understand immediately why UNESCO designated them a World Heritage Site.
read more Fall under the spell of Baja on an expedition that unites its twin facets: culture and wildness. Hop among pristine desert islands, rife with endemic species, rare plants and towering forests of cacti. You’ll find the air so clear and clean that on some evenings a green flash will burst on the horizon at sunset—a phenomenon so rare some people refuse to believe it exists. Search for migrating humpback whales on their way to the Sea of Cortez. Hike a desert arroyo to see ancient art, handprints hidden in a cave for millennia and feel a connection to the ancients in this high, remote desert. Visit Todos Santos, a Pueblos Magico—a small Baja town with outsize charm. See the unique architecture, stroll the sleepy streets and meet contemporary artists who live and exhibit their work here. Snorkel with sea lions (at Los Islotes) and explore fantastic Cabo Pulmo, where ten years ago local fisherman chose to stop fishing, declaring the region a “no-take zone” to attract divers and snorkelers. Today it is one of the most vibrant undersea sites in the region.

Discover the pure wildness of Baja’s desert islands and the living sea, and then go further and delve into the Peninsula’s unique culture and art from ancient times to modern. You’ll find the dolphins, seabirds, and extraordinary marine life enchanting and the region’s history and culture rich and intriguing. And when you see Baja’s islands with rugged cliffs and white sand beaches reflected in an azure sea, you’ll understand immediately why UNESCO designated them a World Heritage Site.
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Day 1 - Embark La Paz

Day 2 - Isla San Jose & Isla San Francisco

Day 3 - Bahia Agua Verde

Day 4 - Los Islotes & Isla Partida

Day 5 - Todos Santos & La Paz

Day 6 - Isla Espiritu Santo

Day 7 - Cabo Pulmo, Gorda Banks & Lands End

Day 8 - Disembark San Jose Del Cabo


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Day 1 - Embark La Paz

Embark National Geographic Sea Bird from downtown La Paz.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Sea Bird
MEALS:
n/a

Day 2 - Isla San Jose & Isla San Francisco

Explore two gems of the Sea of Cortez. UNESCO World Heritage site islands, Islas San Jose and San Francisco with abundant opportunities to snorkel, kayak, beachcomb, or hike.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Sea Bird
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - Bahia Agua Verde

The small bay and white sand beach of Agua Verde is set among the dramatic mountains of the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range. Hike up volcanic cliffs to a series of caves painted with ancient red handprints or kayak the dramatic shoreline. Also search for whales and dolphins, known to inhabit the region.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Sea Bird
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - Los Islotes & Isla Partida

Snorkeling with playful and curious sea lions—a highlight. Tuck into a shallow, emerald green anchorage at Ensenada Grande, where you can snorkel once more or hike the island’s beautiful arroyo.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Sea Bird
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - Todos Santos & La Paz

Transit the narrow peninsula to Todos Santos, a charming town filled with art galleries. Stroll the town, meet the artisans, and dine locally. Take an evening stroll along the malecon and enjoy evening drinks while taking in a ballet folklorico
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Sea Bird
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - Isla Espiritu Santo

Explore the island’s beautifully indented bays by expedition landing craft, kayaks, or snorkeling. Go beachcombing or opt for a hike along the rocky coast, keeping your eye out for brown pelicans, gulls, wandering tattlers, great blue herons, and blue-footed boobies.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Sea Bird
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - Cabo Pulmo, Gorda Banks & Lands End

Learn the inspring story of Cabo Pulmo National Park conservation, and snorkel the reef among red fan corals and large schools of fish. Meet some of the people responsible for protecting Cabo Pulmo and learn how it has become a model for reefs around the world. Search of humpback whales before taking in sunset at Lands End.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
National Geographic Sea Bird
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - Disembark San Jose Del Cabo

Disembark this morning in San Jose del Cabo and transfer to the airport for flights home.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Alternative Itinerary

This itinerary also operates in reverse, beginning in San Jose del Cabo and ending in La Paz.
Day 1 - Embark San Jose Del Cabo
Day 2 - Cabo Pulmo, Gorda Banks & Lands End
Day 3 - Isla Espiritu Santo
Day 4 - Todos Santos & La Paz
Day 5 - Los Islotes & Isla Partida
Day 6 - Bahia Agua Verde
Day 7 - Isla San Jose & Isla San Francisco
Day 8 - Diesmbark La Paz

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

Wild Islands & Treasures begins and ends in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico. Plan flights to arrive no later than 1:45pm on Day 1 and depart on Day 8 no earlier than 3:45pm. Airport transfers are provided for arrivals and departures on scheduled days.
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Start/End DateShipPrice per Person
1       Dec 20 - Dec 27, 2014National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$5690 - $9890View Details

Category 1 - $5690

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $6590

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $7490

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
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Category 1 Solo - $8540

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 Solo - $9890

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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2  Alternate Itinerary Available  Dec 27 - Jan 03, 2015National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$5690 - $9890View Details
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Reverse

  This itinerary also operates in reverse, beginning in San Jose del Cabo and ending in La Paz.

Category 1 - $5690

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $6590

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $7490

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
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Category 1 Solo - $8540

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 Solo - $9890

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Included

Accommodations; meals as indicated; exclusions; services of Lindblad expeditions' leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks and snorkeling equipment; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Air transportation; voyage DVD; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc; discretionary tips to ship's crew.

Families & Children

Travelers under 18 save $500, at double occupancy.

Payment & Cancellation

A deposit of $750 per person is required to confirm a reservation. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days - $350, in form of a Lindblad Travel Certificate
119-90 days - Advance payment cost
89-60 days - 25% of trip cost
59-45 days - 50% of trip cost
44-0 days - No refund

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion

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