Sea of Cortez, Baja & Petroglyphs

 

A 12-day/11-night expedition among the scattered islands along the shore of the Baja peninsula. Snorkel with young sea lions, walk along desert island ridges and palm-lined arroyos. Visit a remote fishing village and kayak into a mangrove lagoon. An overland visit to ancient cave paintings is a highlight

DATES:  April 21, 2017

DURATION:  12 DAYS/11 NIGHTS
EMBARK:  LORETO, MEXICO
DISEMBARK:  LOS CABOS, MEXICO
SHIP: MV WESTWARD
FROM: $2875 50% Off Regular Rate

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sailing aboard a beautifully restored 1924 yacht, with original Atlas Diesel engin
  • Prehistoric Pictographs and Petroglyphs near Mulege
  • Kayak, hike, nature walks
  • Blue Whales
  • Snorkel with Sea Lions
  • Dolphins
  • Frigate Birds
  • Sea Turtles
  • Visit Mulege, Loreto and La
  • Paz, the capital of Baja California Sur

ITINERARY

Loreto Mission

Day 1 – April 21 – Arrive Loreto
Plan to arrive in Loreto via the Alaska/Horizon Air flight from LAX. Our crew will meet you as you emerge from Customs and Immigration and escort you to our hotel in old Loreto. You will have a couple of hours to explore the many shops and sights, including the first mission church in the Californias, and milepost zero of El Camino Real, which was built to link the missions. We will have a group dinner in a garden restaurant near the old square.

Day 2 – April 22 – Loreto to Mulege
Our van will pick you up at the hotel at 07:00 for the two hour drive to Mulege. Using Mulege as a base, we will explore the several cave painting sites in the area. There are an unknown number of painted caves in the Sierra mountains of southern Baja. Some are small, with paintings having been protected for thousands of years by small overhanging rock ledges. Other sites are large caves, with remarkably detailed drawings of people and animals. Experts place the ages of these paintings at between 6,000 and 10,000 years. They rival those in Western Europe for artistry and significance. Returning from the mountains, we will enjoy dinner in one of the many small restaurants in Mulege before retiring to our lodgings for a well-earned night’s sleep.

Day 3 – April 23 – Mulege to Loreto

Mulege

After breakfast you will again board the van for another foray into the Sierras and several more painted caves. After all too short a time, we will return to Mulege for lunch, before driving back to Loreto. Back in Loreto, there will be time to explore the many shops surrounding the town square, or rest in your room before meeting for another group dinner, followed by a night back in the comfort of your hotel.

Day 4 April 24 – Loreto – Board Westward
Our guests will set a time to meet for breakfast in a small local café, after which there is time to re-visit your favorite shop in the square. Shopping is better and easier here than it is in La Paz, so this is the place to purchase your gifts to take home. Our van will meet you at the hotel at 11:00AM and transport you the fifteen miles to the harbor where Westward awaits. After boarding and putting your gear into your stateroom, we will have a short orientation before getting underway for our first night’s anchorage on the shore of Isla Danzante.

Days 5 through 10 – April 25 to 30 – Explore Sea of Cortes
We will spend these six days cruising through the scattered islands between Loreto and La Paz. On the way we will kayak along rugged cliffs and into quiet mangrove-lined lagoons, snorkel in impossibly clear water cataloging the myriad fish that seem to fly beneath us, and gather to enjoy truly gourmet meals. Weather and sea conditions play a huge part in how we select our routes and anchorages, but with thousands of

La Paz Malecon

miles of experience in and among these islands, we will show our guests the very best of what is available during our time together. In these waters we have seen blue, humpback, sperm and fin whales, orcas, common and bottle nose dolphins, pilot whales, and acres of leaping manta and mobila rays. We have had striped marlin swim right next to our boat, and taken so many sunrise and sunset pictures that we have struggled to choose our favorites.

Day 11–May 01–LaPaz
We will raise our anchor at midday from our final anchorage and make our way toward La Paz. Once moored at Marina Cortez, we will have time to explore the famous Malecon (a bay-side promenade) before we gather at a local restaurant for a group dinner. We will return to Westward for a slide show of the highlights of our time together, followed by a quiet night in the marina.

Day 12 – May 02 – Disembark – Transfer to the Airport
We will share an early breakfast aboard Westward before we are met by our van for transportation to the Los Cabos International Airport. The van will leave the marina at 8:00, which will g et us to the airport by 11:00. Please plan your return flight accordingly. Or stay a few more days to enjoy the sun.

MV WESTWARD

INCLUSIONS & RATES

RATES – SPECIAL 50% OFF (2-FOR-1) FOR EXPLOR CLUB MEMBERS
REGULARLY $5,750 PER PERSON – NOW $2,875 PER PERSON

Includes all meals, beer, wine and standard liquor (You may bring your own preferred brands), taxes and fees, transportation, hotels, excursions, and transfers.

Does NOT Include flight to Loreto, return from San Jose del Cabo, and gratuities to crew.

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