Also known as the Gulf of California, the Sea of Cortez separates the Baja California Peninsula from mainland Mexico. Not a particularly well known destination, a Sea of Cortez holiday will surprise and delight as this region boasts some of the richest and biologically diverse waters in the world. In fact the Sea of Cortez was described by Jacques Cousteau as “the aquarium of the world”. It is the wealth of marine life in the Sea of Cortez that lead to significant parts of this region being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On a Sea of Cortez holiday, you can cruise the waters and see a wealth of marine life. Within these waters you can find a wide variety of whale species including the blue whale, humpback whale, California gray whale, fin whale, sperm whale and killer whale. Manta rays, dolphins, sea lions and leatherback sea turtles also call the Sea of Cortez home.
Due to its location, it is also a migratory corridor for birds, so the Sea of Cortez region is a bird watchers paradise.
There are 37 islands within the Sea of Cortez, many formed as a result of volcanic explosions. Several are still home to volcanoes. It is only Isla Coyote that is permanently inhabited and in fact the region has a very small population, which goes some way to explain why the sea life has thrived. The local populations live a simple life by today’s standards, with small fishing villages and cattle ranches harking back to a bygone era.
A Sea of Cortez holiday enables you to discover extraordinary natural beauty, breath-taking isolation and once in a lifetime experiences.
Day 1 - Fly London to Los Angeles. Transfer to for a 2 night hotel stay
Day 2 - Los Angeles. At leisure
Day 3 - Los Angeles / La Paz, Baja California Sur. Fly from LA to Los Cabos. Transfer from the airport to board Safari Endeavour
Day 4 - Island Exploration. The captain will use his expertise and will be guided by the best conditions for weather and wildlife to pick which desert island paradise you go to. Enjoy kayaking, snorkelling, paddle boarding and hiking
Day 5 - Los Islotes / Isla San Francisco. A steep rocky outcrop, Los Islotes is home to a sealion colony . Here you can observe and even swim with the sealions. On Isla San Francisco, enjoy a guided hike, or snorkel and kayak in the calm waters
Day 6 - Whale Watching. Search for different species of whale including blue whales, fin whales, sperm whales, orcas as well as dolphins
Day 7 - Bahia Agua Verde. Explore the canyons, beautiful scenery and experience what is the "real Baja". Meet a local ranchero at an evening barbeque ashore
Day 8 - Loreto. Founded in 1697, Loreto was the first Spanish settle in Baja California. It boasts historic building, street and plaza. The afternoon is spent at sea looking for whales, manta rays and dolphins. The area is renowned for stunning night skies, so spend the evening star gazing
Day 9 - Isla Coyote. Isla Coyote is the smallest community within the Sea of Cortez and the only permanently inhabited island. Home to just one family this fishing community boasts a whale bone yard. You can learn more about their simple way of life. This evening you will have a special farewell dinner
Day 10 - La Paz, Baja California Sur. Disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight to London
Day 11 - Arrive London
Although you can visit all year round, it is the winter months of December through to April that the migratory whales will be in these waters. There is also virtually no rain during this period and the temperatures are cooler, meaning walking and exploring is far more pleasant than in the hot sticky summer months.
Practical, comfortable clothing is a must. There is a degree of walking involved, so sturdy walking shoes should be packed. This destination is all about the scenery and wildlife and therefore very appealing to photographers – remember to come well equipped as you are unlikely to be able to get everything you need locally.