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Program #12157RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
The highest altitude will be 3,500 feet above sea level

Itinerary for Oct 24 — Nov 5, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Centrally located, less than 10 minutes from the airport, down town, hillcrest, Balboa Park and old town. Fully renovated in 2009.

Contact info:
595 Hotel Circle South
San Diego, CA 92108 USA
phone: 619-291-5720
web: www.courtyardsd.com

Room amenities: Large, ergonomic desk with no-glare lighting, ergonomic desk chair, complimentary WiFi, 32" HDTV with premium channels, refrigerators, stunning bathrooms, pay-per-view movies...and more.

Facility amenities: 137 spacious contemporary all amenities guest rooms. GoBoard touch screen with weather, news, etc, at your fingertips. Meeting/event spaces. Lounge with personal booths wired for Internet and with personal LCD TVs. Bistro. Full-service bar. Outdoor heated pool and spa. Market with snacks, beverages and sundries. Valet dry cleaning, coin-operated laundry. Boarding pass printing kiosk. Safe deposit boxes at front desk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $105.00
Please make pre and post-program reservations directly with hotel by calling (619) 481 5887

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, October 24 - Program orientation/ lecture/ welcome dinner.
Arrive To: The Courtyard Marriott. Program orientation and presentation of fellow travelers at 5:00 PM in one of the hotel's private rooms, followed by a welcome dinner. Room number posted on the daily events board.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Join a lecture on photography imparted by Bob Blackwell, an expert photographer and specialist leading the program.

Lodging: Courtyard Marriott-

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Centrally located, less than 10 minutes from the airport, down town, hillcrest, Balboa Park and old town. Fully renovated in 2009.

Contact info:
595 Hotel Circle South
San Diego, CA 92108 USA
phone: 619-291-5720
web: www.courtyardsd.com

Room amenities: Large, ergonomic desk with no-glare lighting, ergonomic desk chair, complimentary WiFi, 32" HDTV with premium channels, refrigerators, stunning bathrooms, pay-per-view movies...and more.

Facility amenities: 137 spacious contemporary all amenities guest rooms. GoBoard touch screen with weather, news, etc, at your fingertips. Meeting/event spaces. Lounge with personal booths wired for Internet and with personal LCD TVs. Bistro. Full-service bar. Outdoor heated pool and spa. Market with snacks, beverages and sundries. Valet dry cleaning, coin-operated laundry. Boarding pass printing kiosk. Safe deposit boxes at front desk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $105.00
Please make pre and post-program reservations directly with hotel by calling (619) 481 5887

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, October 25 - A taste of sunny San Diego.
Note: PHOTO OPS: Exotic vegetation/ Churrigueresque, Victorian and colonial Spanish architecture/ Colorful murals/ Immense beach/ Skyline reflected on bay at sunset.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel in San Diego.

Morning: The historical journey of San Diego begins with a visit to Balboa Park and its exotic vegetation, churrigueresque, Victorian and colonial Spanish architecture, housing 15 museums and a famous zoo (not visited). Continue to Presidio Hill and Old Town, where the first Spanish colonists settled in the early 1800’s. Visit some of the more than 30 sites classified within this State Historic Park. To further witness the Mexican heritage in San Diego, have a guided walk through Chicano Park with an explanation of its colorful murals.

Lunch: A picnic lunch is served at Presidio, on the hill overlooking Old-town.

Afternoon: Drive over the bridge to Coronado peninsula to stroll through the epic Hotel Del. Cross back to the Gaslamp Quarter by ferry to view from the bay the new down town of San Diego. Discover the dynamic side of the city. Its ideal location, almost perfect weather, and casual lifestyle constantly attract new residents and businesses, especially over the past 30 years.

Dinner: Dinner is at a well known waterfront restaurant with a beautiful view of the San Diego bay.

Evening: Evening lecture on Baja California imparted by Graham Mackintosh, travel writer who walked the entire coastline of the peninsula.

Lodging: Courtyard Marriott-

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Stratigically located near the main shopping area, Ensenada's pleasant board-walk and one block away from the historic Ex-hotel and gambling Casino built during the prohibition years in the United states.

Contact info:
Blvd Costero 1442
Ensenada, BC, 22800 Mexico
phone: +52 (646) 176 0901 to 10
web: www.hotelcorona.com.mx

Room amenities: Air-conditioned and satellite TV rooms, hair dryers, in-room telephone, ironing boards.

Facility amenities: 92 rooms, Spa, pool, high speed internet, bar, restaurant.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Monday, October 26 - The busy North/ scenic coastline.
Note: WATER AND ICE: In Mexico, purified water and ice will be served throughout the trip, on the bus and in restaurants and hotels. PHOTO OPS: Market and border fence/ coastline: breaking surf, sea landscapes/ Ensenada. Sites: harbor, boats, fish market, seafood and taco stands, colorful meal.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel in San Diego.

Morning: Begin the journey South. Northern Baja exemplifies the strong cultural and economic ties that exist between the U.S. and Mexico. Cross the border and enter the architecturally attractive cultural center CECUT for a guided tour of its modern visual Museo de las Californias. The scenic road to Ensenada along the Pacific Ocean offers breathtaking viewpoints. Begin to delight your taste buds with a traditional meal. One of Mexico’s most important culinary gifts to the world is chocolate.

Lunch: Savor a lunch consisting of mole, chocolate and vanilla based desserts, and traditional Mexican hot chocolate.The thick, multi-ingredient sauce, mole, is one of Mexico's representative dishes.

Afternoon: Learn about the uses of cacao and participate in a cooking event to prepare chocolate-based recipes such as mole and chocolate patties. Settle in the hotel in Ensenada. The rest of the day is free to relax, stroll through the main avenue, explore the night life of Ensenada or enjoy the hotel's SPA.

Dinner: Dinner is at the hotel in Ensenada (with voucher).

Lodging: Hotel Corona

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Stratigically located near the main shopping area, Ensenada's pleasant board-walk and one block away from the historic Ex-hotel and gambling Casino built during the prohibition years in the United states.

Contact info:
Blvd Costero 1442
Ensenada, BC, 22800 Mexico
phone: +52 (646) 176 0901 to 10
web: www.hotelcorona.com.mx

Room amenities: Air-conditioned and satellite TV rooms, hair dryers, in-room telephone, ironing boards.

Facility amenities: 92 rooms, Spa, pool, high speed internet, bar, restaurant.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, October 27 - Mexico's wine country/ cruise line destination To...
Note: PHOTO OPS: Early morning harbor and boardwalk/ Wine country: wineries and vineyards.

Breakfast: At the hotel in Ensenada. Meal options: a variety of Mexican and light dishes.

Morning: Driving through town, learn about the history of this pleasant city located in the attractive Todos Santos Bay, popular land and cruise ship tourist destination and important fishing, canning, and agricultural center. At the end of the 1800’s, the English brought prefabricated wooden homes, which are still standing today. Walk through the Riviera del Pacifico ex–casino, a glamorous resort during the US prohibition years. Head out to the wine country to visit a winery with wine tasting and lunch.

Lunch: Enjoy a finger food meal served with wine at one of Ensenada's wineries.

Afternoon: Eighty percent of Mexico's wine is produced in the beautiful surroundings of Ensenada. Travel to Valle de Guadalupe, located amidst gigantic granite boulders to visit a well- known winery. Learn the process of wine making on a winery tour followed by tasting. Get to know about the Russian Community which settle in this valley at the beginning of the 1900s.

Dinner: Dinner is in one of Ensenada’s fine restaurants.

Evening: Photo review. Enjoy a lecture on Mexican Staples as an introduction to Mexico's elaborate cuisine.

Lodging: Hotel Corona

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Cozy colonial style hotel with central patio and pleasant garden areas surrounded by the magnificent landscape and unique vegetation of the Cataviña desert.

Contact info:
Carretera Transpeninsular 1 km 179 desviacion Bahia de LA – San Quintin
Cataviña, Baja California, 22930 Mexico
phone: +52 (200) 124 9123
web: www.hotelmisionsantamaria.com.mx/es/catavina.html

Room amenities: 28 ample air-conditioned/heated rooms with satellite TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, non-heated pool, phone in the lobby, complimentary WiFi in common areas (internet reception may often be weak).

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Wednesday, October 28 - Dramatic coastline with powerful blowhole/ Welcom...
Dramatic coastline with powerful blowhole/ Welcome to the heart of Baja California's exotic central desert.

Note: PHOTO OPS: Bufadora: cliffs, rocky coastline, geyser-like water explosion, souvenir stands/ San Vicente: mission ruins, museum/ Highway: agricultural fields and workers (Native Indians from Oaxaca), coastal scrub and exotic central desert vegetation (boojum, cardon, cholla, barrel, elephant tree), vast landscapes

Breakfast: At the hotel in Ensenada. Meal options: a variety of Mexican and light dishes.

Morning: Continue the journey South. Detour to scenic Punta Banda where the famous Bufadora, a natural sea spout, probably the highest in the world, is located. Take advantage of informal shopping. Further South, visit a small Community Museum in San Vicente and taste the local specialties at a lunch in San Quintin.

Lunch: In a "fonda" (small restaurant) of San Quintin. Meal options: a variety of Mexican and local specialties. Taste a healthy salad prepared with the leaf of the national plant of Mexico: the prickley pear cactus.

Afternoon: Drive through San Quintín, the vegetable garden of Baja California. After lunch, plunge into the desert, a world of fantasy in the midst of unique vegetation. Enter “Reserva de los Cirios” named in honor of the tall, graceful Boojum tree, Baja’s signature plant, get to know its attractive unique vegetation.

Dinner: Participate in a small Mexican Fiesta with a finger food dinner. Meal options, taquitos, quesadillas, guacamole, and more.

Lodging: Misión Cataviña

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Colonial style hotel with central patio. Large lobby, bar and restaurant area. Formerly Desert Inn Hotel.

Contact info:
Carretera Transpeninsular Paralelo 28
Guerrero Negro, BCS, 23940 Mexico
phone: +52 (615) 157-1304
web: www.halfwayinnhotel.com

Room amenities: 28 ample rooms with heater, satellite TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, game area. Phone in the lobby

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Thursday, October 29 - Unique desert garden: Dr. Seuss' back yard.
Note: To visit the small cave with simple rock art in Catavina, a short steep hike on grated terrain is required. Participants who can't join, may stay at the base of the hill and enjoy the wonderful surrounding scenery. PHOTO OPS: Catavina: Nature: desert garden at sunrise/ Highway. Nature: variety and denseness of vegetation followed by vast empty spaces/ Guerrero Negro: Salt marsh, birds and abandoned pier at sunset.

Breakfast: At the hotel in Cataviña. Meal options: a variety of Mexican and light dishes.

Morning: Located in the Central Desert, a combination of sun, sand, gigantic granite boulders, and amusing combinations of Boojums, Cardons and Elephant trees make Cataviña a superb desert garden. Spend the morning investigating the flora in this attractive setting. Nature walks include a visit to a small cave with simple rock art.

Lunch: At the hotel in Cataviña.

Afternoon: After lunch, drive to Guerrero Negro, home of the largest salt plant in the world and one of the gray whale sanctuaries.

Dinner: At the hotel in Guerrero Negro. Meal option: choice of beef, chicken or fish.

Lodging: Halfway Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Cozy colonial style hotel with central patio and pleasant outdoor areas located in the middle of a palm oasis.

Contact info:
Domicilio Conocido
San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, 22930 Mexico
phone: +52 (615) 154 0300
web: www.desertinns.com

Room amenities: 28 ample air-conditioned/heated rooms with satellite TV.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, bar, game room, non-heated pool, phone in the lobby, complimentary Wi-Fi in common areas -Internet reception may often be weak.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Friday, October 30 - Salt, white as snow: the largest salt plant in th...
Salt, white as snow: the largest salt plant in the world/ Bird marsh/ Quaint Spanish mission oasis.

Note: PHOTO OPS: Guerrero Negro: Salt plant and dock, salt marsh, birds and abandoned pier with morning light/ San Ignacio. Nature: oasis, water hole and river, date palm trees and orchards, birds. Sites: mission, colorful colonial buildings (variety of doors), zocalo People: vendors and children playing in zocalo.

Breakfast: At the hotel in Guerrero Negro. Meal options: a variety of Mexican and light dishes.

Morning: Morning visit to the salt marsh and tour the La Exportadora de Sal, the largest salt plants in the world and learn about its activities.

Lunch: At a local restaurant in Guerrero Negro.

Afternoon: Continue to San Ignacio, a charming town that developed around its famous 18th century mission in the midst of a lush, tranquil palm oasis. Photo review. In the late afternoon, visit the small colonial town and its well preserved Mission.

Dinner: Savor a tostada dinner at the hotel in San Ignacio.

Lodging: Desert Inn, San Ignacio

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: WORLD CLASS ACCOMODATIONS La Mision features one-bedroom suites, two-bedroom suites, luxury superior and 65 deluxe standard rooms. All with sophisticated hacienda décor and covered terraces or patios that overlook The Sea of Cortes, the pool, the mission bell tower and/or the magnificent and stunning views of Sierra la Giganta Mountains (the giant mountains).

Contact info:
Rosendo Robles s/n
Col. Centro
Loreto, BCS, 23880 Mexico
phone: +87753LAMISION
web: http://lamisionloreto3-px.trvlclick.com/

Facility amenities: Hotel La Mision features distinctive touches including marble floors throughout, Old world hand laid plaster walls, hardwood furnishings, flat screen TVs and all the services that make your room a haven of serenity and luxury and rest.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, October 31 - The peninsula's eclectic history/ An old French m...
The peninsula's eclectic history/ An old French mining town/ A palm-tree lined river and oasis/ The relaxing crystal blue waters of the Sea of Cortes contrasting the desert vegetation.

Note: PHOTO OPS: Tres Virgenes Volcano/ Nature: intriguing formations of red lava rock dotted with desert vegetation/ Santa Rosalia/ Sites: Copper-mining artifacts (metal structures, tunnels), old French quarters, Eiffel's church, wooden homes of today's town/ Mulege/ Nature: riverbed lined with palms, birds (frigate birds!), bugambilias. Sites: mission, colonial town, old prison/ Bahia de Concepcion/ Nature: volcanic peaks, gigantic cardons against blue water, islands, panorama.

Breakfast: At the hotel in San Ignacio. Meal options: a variety of Mexican and light dishes.

Morning: The variety of scenery makes this part of the road probably the most interesting. Follow the “Tres Virgenes” volcanoes, cones of red lava rock dotted with gracious white elephant trees, before reaching one of the steepest grades in the peninsula leading to the blue waters of the Sea of Cortes. On the way to Loreto, stop in Santa Rosalia, where the French established this old copper mining town and brought over the prefabricated iron church designed by Eiffel. Visit the church along with the old French quarters and the Boleo mine museum. Continue to Mulege, an ancient mission settlement on a riverbed in the midst of a palm oasis.

Lunch: Enjoy a Mexican buffet in a colorful hotel of Mulege

Afternoon: South of Mulege, drive along the crystal clear blue waters of Bahia de Concepcion with a stop at one of its unspoiled beaches. Giant cardons dominate the landscape to reach Loreto, the oldest mission and permanent settlement of the Californias. Loreto also served as the capital of the territory for over 100 years. The mission is still standing today.

Dinner: At the hotel in Loreto.

Evening: Hotel is on the beach allowing pleasant walks.

Lodging: Hotel La Misión Loreto

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: WORLD CLASS ACCOMODATIONS La Mision features one-bedroom suites, two-bedroom suites, luxury superior and 65 deluxe standard rooms. All with sophisticated hacienda décor and covered terraces or patios that overlook The Sea of Cortes, the pool, the mission bell tower and/or the magnificent and stunning views of Sierra la Giganta Mountains (the giant mountains).

Contact info:
Rosendo Robles s/n
Col. Centro
Loreto, BCS, 23880 Mexico
phone: +87753LAMISION
web: http://lamisionloreto3-px.trvlclick.com/

Facility amenities: Hotel La Mision features distinctive touches including marble floors throughout, Old world hand laid plaster walls, hardwood furnishings, flat screen TVs and all the services that make your room a haven of serenity and luxury and rest.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Sunday, November 01 - The Jewel of Baja California's missions in the im...
The Jewel of Baja California's missions in the impressive jagged peaks of the surrounding mountains/ Hands-on tortilla-making in a goat ranch.

Note: To join this excursion, a 1.5 hour van drive each way, part of it on a graded road, is required.PHOTO OPS: Sierra de la Giganta. Nature: majestic views of the jagged red rock and steep canyons of the sierra, blend of desert and tropical vegetation (organ pipe, palo blanco trees, ficus), 300 years old olive trees. Sites: imposing mission, thatched roofed village, ranches especially goat ranch, cheese making. People: ranchers, vaqueros/ Loreto: Sites: attractive colonial center of town, mission.

Breakfast: At the hotel in Loreto. Meal options: a variety of Mexican and light dishes.

Morning: Loreto is surrounded by the impressively rugged peaks of the Sierra de la Giganta providing the scenery for one of the peninsula's most beautiful side excursions: a visit to San Javier Mission. Known as "the jewel of the missions", it is one of the best preserved, proud of its original orchard planted by the missionaries.

Lunch: A typical "machaca" (shreded beef) lunch is served in a small restaurant next to San Javier Mission.

Afternoon: Near San Javier, stop at a goat ranch to learn about life in a ranch and the process to make goat cheese. Practice hands-on tortilla making for your cheese with beans snack. Return to Loreto. Photo review.

Dinner: Free to explore local fair. Choose your favorite Loreto restaurant for dinner.

Evening: Back in Loreto, time is at leisure.

Lodging: Hotel La Misión Loreto

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The recently constructed hotel (2014) faces an elegant marina and is part of the Costa Baja Resort Complex. Guests have access to additional facilities located within the complex such as a private beach, a beautiful infinity pool, and a boardwalk with shops and restaurants. The hotel features a modern lobby-social concept referred to as The Gallery.

Contact info:
Km. 7.5 Carretera a Pichilingue.
La Paz, BCS, 23010 Mexico
phone: +01 52 612 123 1234
web: lapaz.place.hyatt.com

Room amenities: The spacious guestrooms feature the plush Hyatt Grand Bed® and state-of-the-art media and work centers. New, modern bathrooms with granite countertop vanities provide all amenities. Additional room features: -Free Wi-Fi with remote printing. - computer data port - large desk area - 42" HDTV - mini-refrigerator - coffee maker/tea maker - AM/FM alarm clock radio with MP3 connectivity - one cordless telephone with voicemail - hair dryer - iron/ironing board

Facility amenities: The Gallery includes: -Bistro -Bar -Coffee shop -Business Center with high speed internet access -Market Additional hotel features: - Outdoor pool - Stay Fit Gym - Room service - Free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel premises - Complimentary local newspapers

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Monday, November 02 - Breathtaking mountain coastline/ Quaint La Paz wi...
Breathtaking mountain coastline/ Quaint La Paz with pleasant boardwalk/ Sunset dinner at the beach.

Note: PHOTO OPS: Highway. Nature: Panoramic views of bays south of Loreto, picturesque roadside chapels/ La Paz. Sites: malecon (boardwalk) with statues, coastline, plaza, church La Paz shores: Nature: White beaches, crystal clear water, mangroves, birds, sunset. People: fishermen

Breakfast: At the hotel in Loreto. Meal options: a variety of Mexican and light dishes.

Morning: Depart in the morning to continue driving along scenic sea-shores, through Sierra de la Giganta mountains and across an important agricultural area to reach La Paz.

Lunch: Try the famous Mexican tacos in a "taqueria" in La Paz.

Afternoon: Although La Paz is the most important city of the southern part of the peninsula, its tree-lined streets and calm clear beaches inspire tranquility. A walk along the “malecon” (boardwalk) is a treat. Visit the zocalo and the Cathedral. Then head out to the beaches to enjoy the romantic coast, and view the sunset while having a shrimp dinner in a beach "palapa" restaurant.

Dinner: Relax in the romantic coast, viewing the sunset while savoring a fish and sea food dinner in a beach "palapa" (palm-thatched roof) restaurant.

Lodging: Hyatt Place

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The recently constructed hotel (2014) faces an elegant marina and is part of the Costa Baja Resort Complex. Guests have access to additional facilities located within the complex such as a private beach, a beautiful infinity pool, and a boardwalk with shops and restaurants. The hotel features a modern lobby-social concept referred to as The Gallery.

Contact info:
Km. 7.5 Carretera a Pichilingue.
La Paz, BCS, 23010 Mexico
phone: +01 52 612 123 1234
web: lapaz.place.hyatt.com

Room amenities: The spacious guestrooms feature the plush Hyatt Grand Bed® and state-of-the-art media and work centers. New, modern bathrooms with granite countertop vanities provide all amenities. Additional room features: -Free Wi-Fi with remote printing. - computer data port - large desk area - 42" HDTV - mini-refrigerator - coffee maker/tea maker - AM/FM alarm clock radio with MP3 connectivity - one cordless telephone with voicemail - hair dryer - iron/ironing board

Facility amenities: The Gallery includes: -Bistro -Bar -Coffee shop -Business Center with high speed internet access -Market Additional hotel features: - Outdoor pool - Stay Fit Gym - Room service - Free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the hotel premises - Complimentary local newspapers

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Tuesday, November 03 - A day in paradise: Crystal Waters/ White Sand/ Se...
A day in paradise: Crystal Waters/ White Sand/ Sea Life/ Unique Geology.

Note: To join this activity, boarding a small boat from the beach and changing from one boat to another in calm waters, is required. PHOTO OPS: Island Nature: coastline and fantastic rock formations, birds, sea lions, crystalline waters.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel in La Paz.

Morning: Accompany breakfast with a lecture on the geology of the peninsula and the Golfo de California (commonly known as Sea of Cortes) Marine Park. The Sea of Cortes has been defined as one of the most biologically diverse marine areas in the world. Within the Sea of Cortes Marine Park Reserve, the protected island of Espiritu Santo, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a variety of attractions: fascinating geology, snorkeling with sea lions and tropical fish in crystal clear water, pristine beaches, hidden coves and isolation. Take a boat out to the island for a day full of activities.

Lunch: A flavorful fish lunch is served in a pristine beach of the island with a breath-taking view of the private bay.

Afternoon: The second half of the afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the pleasant life of La Paz. Photo Review. before dinner.

Dinner: At the hotel in La Paz, accompanied by a colorful folk dancing show just for participants

Lodging: Hyatt Place

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Is located 20 minutes from the international airport, within the historic town of San Jose Del Cabo. The hotel is centrally situated along Blvd Mijares (one of the main streets in town) and two blocks from the Historical "Mision de San Jose", an amazing church founded in the XVIII Century. This central location puts shopping, restaurants and city services at your doorstep. Within walking distance discover pristine and beautiful beaches.

Contact info:
Blvd. Mijares #30
San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23400 Mexico
phone: +52 (624) 142 1580
web: www.tropicanainn.com.mx

Room amenities: 37 deluxe rooms feature two double beds with full baths, quiet mini-split air-conditioners, in-room telephone, cable TV, fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer, and luxury linens.

Facility amenities: A large Romanesque outdoor pool, swim up bar, lush tropical gardens, live music, traditional gourmet cuisine, complimentary WiFi.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights after: Approx $110.00
Please make post-program reservations directly with hotel by e-mailing : Mario Vazquez, reserve@tropicanainn.com.mx

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twelve: Wednesday, November 04 - Colonial village of El Triunfo with chimney desig...
Colonial village of El Triunfo with chimney designed by Mr. Eiffel/ Life in Todos Santos with fine arts galleries/ Famous Lands End rock Arch in Los Cabos/ Farewell dinner

Note: To join the boat ride to the rock arch, getting on and off a panga (small fishing boat) giving a step of approximately knee height from the dock, is required. PHOTO OPS: El Triunfo. Sites: mining artifacts, tall chimney, colonial buildings. Nature: semi tropical vegetation/ Todos Santos Sites: colonial town. Nature: palm oasis/ Cabo San Lucas. Sites: bustling center, harbor. Nature: rock formations, arch/ San Jose del Cabo. Sites: central plaza, mission. Nature: estuary, birds, wide open beach.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel in La Paz.

Morning: On the way to San Jose del Cabo, have a walking tour through the recently restored XIX century gold and silver mining town of El Triunfo and visit the only Music Museum of Latin America while enjoying a live piano concert. Continue to the fertile oasis of Todos Santos, now home to many artists and art galleries, to stroll and have lunch.

Lunch: A light lunch is served in a pleasant tree shaded restaurant of Todos Santos.

Afternoon: In Cabo San Lucas have a short boat excursion to reach the famous arch which marks the spot where “land ends and heaven begins”. The Los Cabos Corridor, a stretch of beautiful beaches dotted with conspicuous hotels, connects the busy resort of Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo, a rather quaint town of narrow streets and Spanish style buildings at the mouth of a palm-lined river. The cozy colonial hotel is off a restaurant and shopping street, one block from the main square with its restored mission church.

Dinner: The farewell dinner is a savory Mexican combination served in the well-known restaurant of the hotel in San Jose del Cabo.

Lodging: Tropicana Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Thursday, November 05 - Final photo review/ Farewell.
Note: PHOTO OPS: Birds, riverbed, marsh like estuary, immense beach.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel in San Jose del Cabo.

Morning: Early morning final photo review. Time permitting, morning walk following the riverbed to its estuary spotting birds among the reeds.

Afternoon: Independent Departures.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Ensenada, Baja California
Visit EnsenadaWalk along the Ventana al Mar boardwalk, browse the shops and cantinas of Paseo Calle Primera.
For additional information, visit: www.ensenada-tourism.com/enswelc.htm
La Paz, Baja California Sur
Time at leisureLa Paz offers a variety of options. Strolling in the town, the boardwalk filled with small beaches, restaurants, cafes, ice- cream places, etc.
Loreto, Baja California Sur
Time at leisureLoreto is a small town offering the opportunity to walk around the Mission, or the pleasant boardwalk while enjoying the view of the Sea of Cortes. The hotel fronts the ocean, sunrises from the beach are memorable.
San Diego, California
General OverviewWith almost idillyc weather, San Diego offers entertainment for every taste. From numerous museums, nature and beaches, exhibits and events, to a great number of amusement parks, restaurants and night clubs, this city has something for every age.
For additional information, visit: www.sandiego.gov
General overviewSan Diego offers a vast variety of events year-round for all tastes. To learn what will be happening during your stay, you may review a comprehensive calendar at this San Diego visitor's on-line guide.
For additional information, visit: www.sandiegocoastlife.com
San Ignacio, Baja California Sur
San IgnacioTime at leisure in San Ignacio oasis may be spent visiting and strolling the small town square, its imposing 1728 Mission, or enjoying the slow pace of life in the town and the hotel.
Cataviña, Baja California
Time at leisureSet in the heart of the desert in a town of 300, Cataviña is the perfect place to relax at the hotel, the endless desert and the clear nights.
Los Cabos, Baja California Sur
Time at leisureAlthough Cabo San Lucas is a bustling tourist center, San Jose del Cabo has remained a tranquil Mission Town. Most of the restaurants and cafes are located within walking distance from the hotel. The variety of activities and recreational possibilities offered in the San Jose del Cabo - Cabo San Lucas area are infinite. Check with the hotel for options. Some activities are included in the program or offered as options.

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