PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Baja Journey through the Sea of Cortez

  • 10-day land and cruise program to Baja and the Sea of Cortez.
  • Price includes all meals from dinner on day 1, through breakfast day 10, sea kayak amid mangrove lagoons and remote bays. Snorkel sea lions and dolphins.
  • 7-nights aboard the 4 cabin Westward. The small boat experience provides the most in-depth and personal way to experience the region.
  • Features of the yacht include: safety, comfort, 4 cabins, 2 bathrooms (3 cabins can utilize upper berth single allowing maximum of 11 guests), hot water, enclosed seating area, open-air dining, kayak and snorkeling.
  • 2-evenings hotel accommodations, an extraordinary experience to photograph the Gray Whale birthing and breeding at Bahia Magdalena.
Region

North America

Destination

California

Dates

TBD

Duration

TBD

$8995

per person, double occupancy*

This tour is not currently scheduled. Contact us if you want details when tour dates are announced, or if you are interested in running a private trip for your group.

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 6 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $1000 if 5 participants. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $2995.

Tour Overview

Explore the Sea of Cortez on a classic wooden boat, discovering untouched islands and the “Blue Whale Triangle”. Known as the “vermillion sea”, and “the aquarium of the world”, Steinbeck found in the Sea of Cortez a place of primal sanity in the midst of a “civilized” world teetering on the cusp of a horrific war. The isolated islands have been compared to those of the Galapagos. It is a wilderness that has been an aboriginal homeland for tens of thousands of years. The region...

Explore the Sea of Cortez on a classic wooden boat, discovering untouched islands and the “Blue Whale Triangle”. Known as the “vermillion sea”, and “the aquarium of the world”, Steinbeck found in the Sea of Cortez a place of primal sanity in the midst of a “civilized” world teetering on the cusp of a horrific war. The isolated islands have been compared to those of the Galapagos. It is a wilderness that has been an aboriginal homeland for tens of thousands of years. The region is protected by its isolation and periodically severe weather. Explore its meandering shoreline, its many islands and coves, its bare, mineralized ridges and palm-lined arroyos. You will listen to the gasping breathes of sea turtles as you quietly lay at anchor, the mirrored sea reflecting the stars to the extent that it looks like you are suspended in a bowl of sky. Watch the sea boil with birds and porpoises as they practice their mutually beneficial feeding techniques. View dozens of mobula rays leaping above the water’s surface intent on creating a mate-attracting splash when they land. Stroke the noses of weeks old gray whale calves whose mothers bring them to the side of your small boat, seemingly for no other purpose than to share the joy of the moment.

A deposit of $1500 per person is required, due to chartering your private yacht excursion. Payment in full is required when bookings are made less than 150 days before the departure date. Space is subject to cancellation by Strabo if payment is not received when due.

Photo Leader TBD

Tour Itinerary

March 9: Home-Los Cabos, Mexico

PLEASE NOTE: Your flights will need to be multi-city, Home/SJD, LTO/Home. You will need to arrive in Los Cabos, Mexico (SJD) by 1:30PM today. After clearing Mexican customs you will be met by a crewmember and escorted approximately 2.5 hour drive to La Paz, where you will be welcomed aboard your yacht for the cruise. Overnight Westward at sea or at La Paz dock (D)

March 10-15: Sea of Cortez

Spend your first two days in the area of Islas Espiritu Santo and Partida. Explore the islands with kayaks, and on foot, walking the trails in the mornings or evenings when the light is low on the horizon. As you head north visit the tiny Los Islotes, where you may have an opportunity to snorkel with sea lions. After crossing to the southern end of Isla San Jose you will visit the tiny fishing village of El Pardito, kayak or skiff into a mangrove lagoon, and spend the night at anchor in a collapsed volcanic caldera. Moving on you will visit one or two shallow coves along the peninsula shoreline. There will be daily opportunities to kayak, snorkel, hike and generally explore the region. Your captain is used to working with photographers, and the staff will do their best to position you for the best light and to be in places we know to be good sunset or sunrise locations. This area is scattered with islands, some large, some tiny, all of which are Mexican national parks. Paddling kayaks in quiet coves or walking the ridgelines and arroyos of isolated islands we will have the opportunity to absorb their subtle beauty. Spending hours aboard the drifting Westward in what is referred to as the “Blue Triangle” we hope to see blue and sperm whales, both of which congregate here to feed on the plankton and squid that thrive in the area’s nutrient rich upwelling waters. Overnights Westward (B, L, D all days)

March 16: Puerto Escondido

Arrive Puerto Escondido mid-morning. Our van will pick up the guests at the harbor, and transport them to Bahia Magdalena where they will check into a small, lagoon front hotel. (B, L, D)

March 17: Loreto

The next day the group will make two separate visits into the whale viewing area aboard small, open boats. Following the afternoon session you will rejoin the van and return to Loreto, where you will check in to a small, boutique hotel very near the historic town square. It is recommended to shoot video, or short lens today, as the whales typically come to you. It is an extraordinary experience to make eye contact with a 30-ton animal that has seemingly approached your panga solely for the purpose of exchanging winks! Overnight Loreto Hotel (B, L, D)

March 18: Loreto-Home

After breakfast in the square, and some time to wander through the shops in the area, meet the van for transport to the airport (LOR), arriving by 11:00AM, for 1PM flights or after (B).