2019 dates to be announced soon...
$6550 per person (each cabin is a double - single supplement available)
Easy to moderate activity
Leader - Wendy Shattil
Upon landing at the San Jose del Cabo airport, we'll be driven by van to La Paz, Baja California, to begin a three day land-based trip. From here we travel west across the peninsula to Magdalena Bay, 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, photograph 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 Loreto on the 86-foot classic wooden boat, the M/V Westward. Along the way there will be visits to 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 will watch for the spectacular leaps of dolphins and mysterious mobula rays, which fling themselves out of the water unexpectedly. We'll float by a nesting colony of prehistoric-looking frigate birds and kayak the turquoise waters of shallow bays for sea turtles and diving brown pelicans.
Loreto is served by Alaska Airlines/Horizon four days each week, and our itinerary is set to coordinate with their schedules for outgoing flights to Los Angeles Airport (LAX) where you can connect to your final destination. To reach La Paz at the beginning of our trip, fly into San Jose del Cabo airport which has daily service provided by several airlines. The Westward crew will provide transportation from the airport to La Paz.