Baja California Odyssey: San Ignacio Lagoon And The Sea Of Cortez
- An imersive photographic journey of nature , wildlife and history.
- Overnight at San Ignacio Lagon nearby gray whales.
- See paintings and petroglyphs from ancient cultures .
At a glance
Duration: 11 Days, 10 Nights
Coverage: Roundtrip La Paz
Activities: Photography, Wildlife
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This new itinerary offers all the facets of Baja California in a multi-dimensional Photo Expedition.
Spend one night in rustic cabins at San Ignacio Lagoon, where gray whale mothers linger with their newborn calves. Head out both days in pangas to encounter the mothers and feeding calves. Discover endless photo ops — leaping dolphins, breaching whales and sculpturally perched pelicans — as you voyage on the vibrant Sea of Cortez to explore its remote islands.
Visit all the best spots for kayaking, snorkeling and swimming. Take photo hikes among the giant cacti on Isla Santa Catalina. And fall under the spell of ancient seldom-seen rock paintings, petroglyphs and missions on the Peninsula. Led by an expert Expedition Team including naturalists, historians and an Undersea Specialist, you’ll see, do and learn more — returning home with a wealth of stories and photos. A National Geographic Photographer and Lindblad-National Geographic-certified Photo Instructor will be on hand to inspire and assist you with your camera settings and tips on leveraging Baja California’s peerless light. It’s the best of Baja California — through your senses or viewfinder and into your soul.
Travel with National Geographic Photographer Susan Seubert on this departure.
- Day 1 — U.S./La Paz/Embark
Arrive in La Paz and transfer to the ship in the late afternoon. (D)
- Day 2 — Isla Espíritu Santo/Los Islotes
With deeply indented shorelines and dramatically eroded cliff faces, Los Islotes and Isla Espíritu Santo are two of the most beautiful islands in the Sea of Cortez. Here you will be able to swim and snorkel in the turquoise waters, perhaps with some curious sea lions. Zodiac rides, rare bird sightings, the possibility of spotting an endemic black rabbit, or simply some relaxing beachcombing are all possibilities today. (B,L,D)
- Day 3 — Isla Santa Catalina
This morning we search for marine life in the waters around Isla Danzante, a rich area for dolphins. In the afternoon, we visit Isla Santa Catalina to swim and snorkel in the clear waters of our anchorage, explore the rocky shoreline, and hike among giant cardon cacti. (B,L,D)
- Day 4 — Bahía San Basilio/Isla San Idelfonso
Kayak, swim and snorkel the serene waters of Bahía San Basilio. Take time to explore the bay’s tiny islands. Then visit the nesting seabirds on the small and rugged Isla Idelfonso. (B,L,D)
- Day 5-6 — Santa Rosalia/Laguna San Ignacio
Drive across the peninsula from Santa Rosalia to Laguna San Ignacio, a large bay and favored haunt of migrating gray whales. Close encounters with these docile and curious whales is one of life’s great pleasures. In order to maximize our time at the lagoon, we’ll overnight in rustic seaside cabins that provide a comfortable and natural feel of the region. The next morning you’ll wake up in your remote campsite and head out for another whale watching adventure. We’ll then head back across the peninsula to spend time in the town of Santa Rosalia. Visit the San Ignacio Mission, built in 1726, sample treats from a French bakery, and stroll this unique town with historians who’ll share its past, present, and possible future. (B,L,D)
- Day 7 — Isla San Marcos
Spend the day at Isla San Marcos, the northernmost island on our voyage. Hike the rugged arroyo, kayak, swim and snorkel. You will have the time and flexibility to enjoy all four activities in a single morning. (B,L,D)
- Day 8 — Paintings & Petroglyphs
Zodiac to shore and drive in search of paintings and petroglyphs. An arroyo hike leads to the only known ancient art site where all cave painting colors used throughout the region are found. Explore with photographer and local rock art expert Enrique Hambleton. (B,L,D)
- Day 9 — Loreto/San Javier Mission
Disembark at Puerto Escondido, a natural port about 45 minutes south of the town of Loreto. Drive through the breathtaking Sierra de la Giganta mountains to the town of San Javier, where we’ll visit the second oldest mission in Baja and enjoy a local lunch. Learn from our local guides who will make the history of the region come alive. Later, visit the Loreto Mission and museum and take time on your own to explore. (B,L,D)
- Day 10 — Isla San Jose
Isla San Jose has a highly varied mixture of habitats. Take Zodiac cruises and kayaks into mangrove channels in search of shorebirds and waders. Nearby are ancient shell mounds, or middens, that reveal traces of former occupation by the Guaicura Indians. (B,L,D)
- Day 11 — La Paz/Disembark /US
After breakfast, disembark in La Paz and transfer to the airport for your flights back home. (B)
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