Baja Mexico: Sea of Cortez Sun, Fun, & Adventure w/ Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) – (Women Only) March 2018

 

Baja-Sur, Mexico

8 Days

03/11/2018

03/18/2018

Female Icon Women Only

Moderate Physical Activity

$2495.00

Description

There is heaven on Earth, and it is called the Sea of Cortez… This sliver of blue water nestled between the red and yellow deserts of mainland Mexico and the Baja California Peninsula may be one of North America’s best kept secrets.

This program is designed to help women explore and interact with the ocean’s most amazing creatures! Expect up close encounters with amazing animals including an unforgettable frolic with wild sea lions! Learn to snorkel in one of the most biologically diverse marine systems in the world led by local, expert, and patient guides.

There are over 900 species of fish to see here as well as marine mammals and diving birds. You will explore a variety of habitats from shallow turquoise bays, to rocky shorelines and shallow coral reefs. During this program we’ll help you become comfortable with snorkeling through personalized instruction, proper gear fitting and education about the surrounding environment. Those who are already experienced with snorkeling can try free-diving. We will give you a weight belt and teach you the proper form to maximize your dive on a single breath, allowing you to get gill-to-snorkel with fish and other marine creatures. Witness unique behaviors to get that perfect underwater photo. There are dozens of snorkeling sites to choose for all skill levels.

Disconnect with technology and plug into nature at our billion star island camp. Let’s re-define camping. This is not roughing it. Not even close. Think of it as a tent resort or “glamping.” Our island camp is located on Ensenada Grande beach, of which The Travel Magazine has dubbed as “absurdly beautiful” and swimming in its water is like “swimming in a bottle of Curacao.” Each tent accommodates two people, has an amazing view of the turquoise bay, and is equipped with two cots, two sleeping bags; linens, bath towels, and a night stand. The tents are large enough for average height people to stand up in. Other camp creature comforts include manual flushing toilets and solar showers in private bamboo stalls, beach lounge chairs with umbrellas, covered dining and classroom area, purified fresh water, soda, coffee, tea and an honor bar for alcoholic beverages, a refrigeration system and generator powered electricity. A chef and 3-person crew will prepare delicious meals and tend to camp while you are away exploring during the day.

Experience all that nature has to offer 24 hours a day. Enjoy soaking up the heat on the beach chairs or comb the water’s edge as the sand sinks between your toes. Cruise around the bay in a kayak or on a paddle board while spotting for marine life in the crystal clear water. The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular. The night sky, unhindered by light pollution, is clear and filled with the unfiltered brilliance of the stars and planets.

Trip Highlights:

  • Learn to snorkel & free-dive in a place Jacque Cousteau named, “The Word’s Aquarium.”
  • Glamp on one of the world’s most beautiful bays – it’s not roughing it at all.
  • Guided snorkeling trips in small groups to explore coral reefs, rocky reefs, and sandy bays.
  • Sea kayak along volcanic rocks, sea caves, and arches to get up close to shore birds and sea lions.
  • Spend a day having close encounters with Gray whales at Magdalena Bay.
  • Plunge in and play with 400 wild and friendly sea lions.
  • Taste tequila! This tequila talk will introduce you to different types of tequila and the tequila making process.
  • Informal evening presentations about ecology and conservation.
  • Snorkel with whale sharks!! These gentle giants are the largest fish on Earth. (contingent on whale sharks being in the bay)

Tour Map

Meet Your Guides

Tara Short

Tara Short

President / Trip Facilitator - Green Edventures

Tara Short is the President of Green Edventures as well as the Trip Facilitator on this tour. Tara has 17 years of experience in eco-tourism, guiding and educating students of all ages in the Americas, the Caribbean, and Iceland. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in Natural Resource Management with an emphasis in Environmental Education/Interpretation. Tara has been a naturalist for the John G. Shedd Aquarium, a Ranger for the National Forest Service in Alaska, and a marine science educator for Wild Studies in the Bahamas. Tara is a snorkeling instructor, PADI Open Water Diver, Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver and has specialty certifications as Underwater Naturalist, Deep Diver, Multi-Level diver and Night Diver.

Chabelo

Chabelo

Divemaster / Fun Baja Diving & Eco-Adventures, LaPaz, Mexico

Chabelo (Pronounced Chaah Bell-O) is a Divemaster for Fun Baja Diving & Eco-Adventures based out of La Paz. Chabelo has been instructing and leading SCUBA divers for 15 years with Fun Baja and instructing snorkeling and free-diving with Green Edventures for 8 years. Our guests consistently tell us how they appreciate the care and attention he gives to everyone in the group. Chabelo is funny, playful, and loves to share everything he knows about his backyard, the Sea of Cortez and his home, La Paz. Chabelo is talented at finding marine life so participants can see the most of the reef. He is also a sea lion whisperer. With him, you will see and interact with the sea lions in a very special way. Your friends won’t believe the pictures!

Tour Itinerary

►Where Do We Stay?

  • Night 1: Hotel in La Paz.
  • Night 2: Hotel in La Paz.
  • Night 3: Camp
  • Night 4: Camp
  • Night 5: Camp
  • Night 6: Camp
  • Night 7: Hotel in La Paz.

►Day 1: Arrival Day and Transfer to La Paz

Flights arrive to San Jose del Cabo which is the airport that services Cabo San Lucas. Participants are transported via 15-passenger air conditioned vans to La Paz. Trip duration is about 3 hours with a stop halfway in San Bartolo for a light lunch and bathroom break. We check into hotel in La Paz followed by dinner and socializing.

►Day 2: Transfer to Lopez Mateos for Whale Watching at Magdalena Bay

We will depart the hotel in La Paz at 6 a.m., stopping for a bathroom break about 1.5 hours into the trip and then again for breakfast in the town of Constitucion. The transfer is 3 hours from La Paz to Puerto Lopez Mateos. The group will go whale watching in the morning and again after lunch. Our overnight stay is in eco-bungalows in Puerto Lopez Mateos with a seafood dinner feast that evening.

►Day 3: Transfer to Island Camp

We depart from Puerto Lopez Mateos after breakfast and return to La Paz. We will stop at the grocery store for participants to pick up personal supplies followed by a lunch of fish tacos downtown on the boardwalk. There will be a stop at the marina to load our gear onto the boats. The trip from Costa Baja Marina to our camp on Isla Partida (adjacent to Espiritu Santo) is 26 miles by boat. We will arrive at the beach camp before sunset. The crew will already have camp set up for us. Dinner will be served and we will settle into our home for the next few nights.

►Day 4: Introduction to Snorkeling at Ensenada Grande Beach & Sea Kayaking at the Sea Lion Colony

In the morning we will have an introduction to snorkeling and visit the Ensenada Grande Reef. That afternoon, participants take a kayaking trip at Los Islotes to observe the sea lion rookery.

Evening:
Reef fish ID presentations.

►Day 5: Hiking and Snorkeling

A morning hike at El Cardonel is followed by an afternoon of snorkeling the coral reef at El Corralito Learn about, and sample, tequila at the evening program.

►Day 6: Snorkeling with Sea Lions & Optional SCUBA Diving

We will travel to the Los Islotes Sea Lion Colony for snorkeling after breakfast. The afternoon activity will be determined by the participants’ interests. There are dozens of other snorkeling sites and other places to hike. Those who choose to SCUBA will do so this afternoon. In the evening we will have a presentation by a local artist.

►Day 7: Whale Shark Search (Snorkel?) & La Paz

Search for whale sharks in the Bay of La Paz. Participants may have the opportunity to swim with these gentle giants. Return to La Paz and move into Hyatt. Participants will shop for souvenirs and explore the La Paz with dinner in town.

►Day 8: Group Transfer to the Airport.

After a delicious breakfast buffet at the hotel, we will load the vans to start our journey to the airport in San Jose del Cabo.

Please note: The activities and schedule may change without notice as practical considerations arise during program development, or onsite for the safety of participants.

US Citizens: You will need a passport that is valid for the length of stay and a blank page for entry stamp. Please visit The US Department of State Website https://travel.state.gov/content/studentsabroad/en/beforeyougo/csi/mexico.html

Inclusions & Exclusions

Included:

  • All scheduled activities listed on this page including snorkeling, kayaking, hikes, and gray whale watching trip.
  • 7 nights of lodging.
  • Group ground transport from San Jose del Cabo Airport (SJD).
  • Authentic delicious and healthy meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day.
  • 24/7 Onsite support from a Green Edventures Program Manager and/or BOW Rep & Local Guide.

Excluded:

  • Personal spending money.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Gratuity ($130 per person)
  • Special travel
  • Airfare to Los Cabos Airport (SJD)

Payments

A non-refundable $700 deposit per person is due to reserve your space. Two equal installments of $897.50 are due January 15th, and February 15th.

All payments are non-refundable if cancelled by the participant. Participants are highly encouraged to purchase travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances that may interrupt or cancel the trip.

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