Baja California & the Sea of Cortez
Baja California offers a surprisingly opulent environment for nature lovers. The juxtaposition of a rich marine environment with a diverse and well-adapted complement of desert flora and fauna creates a singularly varied experience! We’ll cruise down the coast of Baja and into the Sea of Cortez aboard our exclusively chartered vessel and appreciate this unique combination with sea and land excursions. Our visit coincides with the congregations of Gray Whales as they gather to calve, and a highlight will be the opportunity to encounter them at close range along with a number of other whale species! We’ll watch for seabirds such as Blue-footed Booby and albatrosses by the coast and at sea, look for desert birds and other wildlife among imposing cacti, snorkel with gorgeous fish, watch for huge schools of dolphin, and perhaps see the Whale Shark, the world’s largest fish. On most evenings we’ll have naturalist presentations that provide insight into the Baja’s wildlife and ecosystems and may also enjoy fine night sky viewing that only such a place can provide.
This is an epic tour of an understated and unconventional place.
Mexico | 12 days
Mar 24 - Apr 04, 2019
23 - 25 participants
Services and meals as listed in the itinerary, 11-night cruise aboard the M/V Searcher based on double occupancy, airport transfer at end of tour if travelling with the group, services of an on-board naturalist guide, services of your Quest naturalist leader Chris Earley, beer and wine aboard the vessel. Taxes and gratuities an additional US$300.
Itinerary at a Glance
Day 1: Meet in San Diego and embark our vessel
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Day 2: Todos Santos Islands
Day 3: San Benito Islands
Days 4 - 5: San Ignacio Lagoon (Laguna San Ignacio)
Day 6: Offshore Bahía Magdalena
Day 7: Offshore Cabo San Lucas
Day 8: San José Island
Day 9: Santa Catalina Island
Day 10: Bahía Agua Verde
Day 11: Isla San José/Islas Los Islotes
Day 12: Cabo San Lucas, Disembark
We charter the M/V Searcher exclusively for our Quest group. Built in 1970 in Costa Mesa, California, this meticulously maintained wooden-hulled motor yacht is 29 metres long, accommodating 24 passengers and 8 crew members.
Your Tour Leader
Chris Earley is the University of Guelph Arboretum’s Interpretive Biologist and Education Coordinator and a self-proclaimed 'nature geek'. He teaches workshops at the Arboretum, and participates in research around the world. Chris has led many previous Quest trips, including several to Africa.