Baja and the Sea of Cortez, Mexico
March 1 – 16, 2019
Travel aboard the elegant eight passenger vintage wooden boat, the M/V Westward.
(Easy to moderate activity)
Read more about the historic M/V Westward on Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MV_Westward
A 16-day/15-night expedition among the scattered islands along the Baja peninsula begins with an overland visit to the gray whale breeding and birthing lagoon of San Ignacio, with up-close whale encounters! Following that adventure we’ll board the M/V Westward to walk along desert island ridges and palm-lined arroyos, snorkel among the fish and young sea lions, visit a remote fishing village and kayak into a mangrove lagoon.
Leader – Wendy Shattil
Upon reaching Loreto, Baja California, we’ll begin a three-day land-based trip. From here we travel west across the peninsula to San Ignacio Lagoon, one of Baja’s three gray whale birthing and breeding sites. We’ll make two trips into the lagoon in small open boats to see, and perhaps touch, Baja’s friendly gray whales. All costs for accommodations, transportation, meals and whale watching expenses are included.
Following our land-based adventures, we’ll spend seven days and six nights cruising to La Paz on the 86-foot classic wooden boat, the M/V Westward. Along the way, we’ll visit beaches made famous by John Steinbeck’s account of his collection trip through the region with Ed Ricketts in the 1940’s. We’ll walk deserted beaches, kayak through twisting mangrove lagoons, and hike trails across unpopulated and remote islands. We’ll look for the three species of great whales that are encountered here: blue whales, sperm whales and humpback whales and may witness the spectacular leaps of huge manta rays, which are up to 12 feet across!
Loreto is served by Alaska Airlines/Horizon four days each week, and our itinerary is set to coordinate with their schedules for incoming flights from Los Angeles Airport (LAX). Air transportation from the La Paz end of our voyage will be through San Jose del Cabo airport which has daily service provided by several airlines. We will provide transportation to the airport for our guests. All land tours and airline pick-ups will be hosted by a member of our crew.