Discover an adventurous play ground of pure wildness on an island-hopping, expedition in the Sea of Cortez. Discover an azure sea that teems with dolphins, sea lions, seabirds, and extraordinary marine life. Sail among these seldom visited islands, and enjoy many opportunities to kayak along dramatic soaring cliffs and sandy beaches. The moment you see the shimmering desert reflect in the blue sea, you'll realize why UNESCO named the islands in the Sea of Cortez a World Heritage Site for their value in their unaltered, natural state.
Children 50% Or Free Air, Sea Of Cortez Journeys:
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If you are thinking of bringing the family, take advantage of special activities planned for families. Kids are led on scavenger hunts by naturalists, given Zodiac-driving lessons, and offered special point-and-shoot photo sessions with a National Geographic certified photo instructor. A family adventure means sharing encounters with amazing wildlife in an unforgettable natural landscape-and memories that will last a lifetime. On the islands, hike through forests of giant cacti or search for birds and other wildlife that is found nowhere else in the world. Plus, visit the historic town of Loreto and stroll the streets with your photo instructor, and then visit the beautifully preserved 300-year old San Javier Mission.
Day 1 - US/Los Cabos or La Paz/Embark at La Paz
You begin your expedition by flying into Los Cabos or La Paz. You will be met at the airport and driven to the ship where you can embark. Once you have settled into your room, enjoy a welcome cocktail hour followed by dinner. The ship sets sail in the late afternoon, at which time you just may find yourself leaning against the deck, drink in hand, marveling at a spectacular Baja sunset.Accommodations: M/V Sea BirdIncluded Meals:
Days 2-7 - Exploring the Sea of Cortez
Along with their designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the islands of the Sea of Cortez are a playground of exploration. Throughout your voyage you will have a tremendous selection of activities — from Zodiac cruising and snorkeling to kayaking and hiking. Or take part in yoga and stretching classes on deck. We’ll put our 30 years of experience in the Sea of Cortez to work and, with many options in place, find the best possible opportunities each day.
Track whales and bottlenose dolphins near Isla Danzante. Explore islands such as Isla San Jose or Isla Santa Catalina, with its giant cacti and extraordinary bird and marine life. Take in a beach barbecue beneath a starry sky. Spend time searching for whales, dolphins, sea lions and other wildlife amid the rich waters.
Explore the seaside town of Loreto and journey into the Sierra de la Giganta mountains to visit San Javier Mission, the second oldest mission in the peninsula. Kayak along the cliff-lined coast of Isla Espiritu Santo and swim and snorkel with sea lions at Los Islotes.Accommodations: M/V Sea Bird Included Meals:
breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 8 - La Paz/Disembark Ship/Return U.S
After breakfast on board the ship, disembark and have time to explore La Paz before lunch and flights back to the U.S.Accommodations:
A Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor is aboard every departure. 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.
Ship-board accommodations, all meals, shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage; Leadership by experienced expedition staff; Presentations by noted naturalists and other experts; Zodiac cruising and transfers to and from the ship for shore excursions; Kayaks, wet suits and snorkeling equipment; Comprehensive pre-departure information kit.
Airfare to Mexico, excess baggage charges, taxes and port fees, gratuities to Naturalist Staff and crew, items of a personal nature such as alcoholic beverages, and insurance of any kind.
Payment & Cancellation:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking. 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 90 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 fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days - 50% of deposit
90 to 31 days - 50% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost
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.
We highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance. Please note that you must purchase your travel insurance policy within 14 days of booking your trip for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions. Click the link below for a selection of policies from our partners at Travelex.
This trip will be enjoyed by anyone who is in good health and leads an active life. Daily excursions from the boat will be made in Zodiacs. Trip members will take excursions to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours roundtrip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are "wet", requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.
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