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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 Dec 2 — Dec 14, 2015

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Centrally located, less than 10 minutes from the airport, down town Gaslamp Quarters, Hillcrest neighborhood, Balboa Park and Old Town. Fully renovated in 2009. Taxis readily available upon request.

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, armchair, complimentary WiFi, 32" HDTV with premium channels, pay-per-view movies, stunning bathrooms, hair dryer, coffee maker, refrigerator, ...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. Fitness room. Basic 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: Approx $110.00
Please make pre and post-program reservations directly with hotel by calling : Jessica Sagar at (619) 481 5887.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Wednesday, December 02 - Program orientation and welcome dinner
Afternoon: 5:00 pm Gather in a private room of the hotel to meet your expert leader and fellow participants. An overview of the program, the sites, the logistics, will prepare you for the exciting days to come. Check the daily events board at the hotel for the meeting room.

Dinner: Dinner is served in the same private room buffet style.

Evening: An expert birder will give an introduction to the birds expected to be seen during the program.

Lodging: Courtyard Marriott Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Located on the shore of an estuary in peaceful isolation, the small resort offers small private beaches, garden areas, large pool and a boardwalk leading to a marshland full of birds. Sunsets and sunrises tend to be spectacular.

Contact info:
Playa del Estero S/N
Ejido Chapultelpec (Ensenada), Baja California, 22800 Mexico
phone: +52 (646) 176 6225
web: www.hotelesterobeach.com

Room amenities: 94 comfortable ample ocean and garden view rooms with heater, satellite TV and private balconies.

Facility amenities: Waterfront Indoor and outdoor restaurant and bar with live music. Heated pool w/bar; two jacuzzis, Basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts. Gift shop. Mexican Culture Museum, Phone in the lobby or public phone on the premises. Deposit box at front desk.

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


Day Two: Thursday, December 03 - 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.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is served in a private section of the hotel lobby.

Morning: Before departing San Diego, bird along dog beach which offers a variety of coastal bird population. Begin the journey South. Northern Baja exemplifies the strong cultural and economic ties that exist between the U.S. and Mexico. Cross the “busiest border in the world” and begin the Mexican experience walking through a colorful lively market reminiscent of the markets in Central Mexico.

Lunch: Taste the exotic produce viewed at the market at lunch in a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Enter the architecturally attractive cultural center CECUT for a guided tour of its modern Museo de las Californias visually describing the history of both states: Baja California and Baja California Sur. On the way to Ensenada, the scenic portion along the Pacific Ocean offers breathtaking viewpoints. Continue to Estero Beach Resort on a beautiful, bird filled sandy estuary in Bahia Todos Santos. Bird along the estuary probably spotting the Clapper Rail in the marsh and the Vermillion Flycatcher in the trees of the park. The sun sets in the ocean behind a sandy point filled with cormorants and pelicans, a gorgeous site. Before dinner, visit a small but very complete museum of Mexican culture located within the hotel grounds. Settle in the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner is at the hotel’s restaurant.

Evening: Situated along the estuary, a lovely private boardwalk offers the opportunity of a pleasant after dinner stroll.

Lodging: Estero Beach Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Resort

Description: Located on the shore of an estuary in peaceful isolation, the small resort offers small private beaches, garden areas, large pool and a boardwalk leading to a marshland full of birds. Sunsets and sunrises tend to be spectacular.

Contact info:
Playa del Estero S/N
Ejido Chapultelpec (Ensenada), Baja California, 22800 Mexico
phone: +52 (646) 176 6225
web: www.hotelesterobeach.com

Room amenities: 94 comfortable ample ocean and garden view rooms with heater, satellite TV and private balconies.

Facility amenities: Waterfront Indoor and outdoor restaurant and bar with live music. Heated pool w/bar; two jacuzzis, Basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts. Gift shop. Mexican Culture Museum, Phone in the lobby or public phone on the premises. Deposit box at front desk.

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


Day Three: Friday, December 04 - Mexico's wine country / Cruise line destination t...
Breakfast: Breakfast is served independently in the hotel’s dining room consisting of a choice of eggs and omelets.

Morning: Early morning birding in the same estuary. Drive into Ensenada to the Riviera del Pacífico, once an extravagant casino and glamorous resort during the US prohibition years, today a social and convention center. Walk through the pleasant gardens, perhaps spot an urban bird, then visit Spanish style building while learning the tales of its glorious past! In the ex-lobby, enjoy a lecture on Mexican staples and Mexico's elaborate cuisine. A melting pot of adventurers seeking fortunes in nearby mines established the city of Ensenada on the shores of beautiful Todos Santos Bay. Today it is a pleasant city offering a Mediterranean climate, friendly people and a historical ambiance. At the end of the 1800’s, the English brought prefabricated wooden homes, which are still standing today. Drive through town and continue to the adjacent wine country which produces over 90% of Mexico’s wines, now gaining world fame. Visit a winery, walk through the wine making process and taste the wines!

Lunch: Heavy snacks are served at the winery.

Afternoon: Continue to visit Guadalupe Valley, once inhabited by the Kumeeyai indigenous people, then the Spanish and eventually becoming a Molokay Russian Colony. Russian-style homes and a museum witness their passage. Bird in the fields and along oak-lined riverbeds. Return to the hotel for time at leisure.

Dinner: Return to Ensenada continuing to delight your taste buds with a traditional meal, including hands-on experience. One of Mexico’s most important culinary gifts to the world is chocolate. Learn about the uses of cacao and participate in a cooking event to prepare chocolate-based recipes such as mole and chocolate patties. Savor a dinner consisting of mole, chocolate and vanilla based desserts, and delicious Mexican hot chocolate.

Evening: Return to the hotel for time at leisure.

Lodging: Estero Beach Resort

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 Four: Saturday, December 05 - Dramatic Coastline with powerful Blowhole / Welco...
Breakfast: Breakfast is served independently in the hotel’s dining room including a choice of eggs and omelettes.

Morning: Follow the coastline along Todos Santos Bay to scenic Punta Banda. At the tip of a spectacular cliff marvel at the famous Bufadora, one of the world’s highest natural sea spouts. The action of the waves force water into an underwater crevice displacing the air and creating a spout which shoots water over 100 ft. high together with a tremendous roar. Careful, you might get splashed! Bird along a rocky coast where both American and Black Oystercatchers reside on the cliffs. Change to coastal chaparral birding. Cross an agricultural area, the vegetable garden of Baja California, and arrive in San Quintín

Lunch: Surrounded by a beautiful garden, taste local San Quintín specialties.

Afternoon: Leave the Mediterranean region and plunge into the desert. Enter a world of fantasy in the midst of unique vegetation set in magnificent landscape. Enter “Reserva de los Cirios” named in honor of the tall, graceful Boojum tree, Baja’s signature plant. Desert birding among unique vegetation. Begin to recognize some of the most striking desert flora. Arrive in Cataviña and settle in the cozy hotel set in nature.

Dinner: A Mexican dinner is served in the cozy hotel dining room.

Evening: Learn about Tequila, the national drink of Mexico.

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 Five: Sunday, December 06 - Unique desert garden: Dr. Seuss backyard.
Note: To visit the small cave with simple rock art in Cataviña 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.

Breakfast: Your choice of a Mexican or American specialty served individually in the hotel’s cheerful dining room.

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 with early morning birding along dry riverbeds where California Gnatcatchers may appear. Nature walks include a visit to a small cave with simple rock art.

Lunch: Return to the hotel dining room choosing from a Mexican style or an American style.

Afternoon: Depart for Guerrero Negro. Notice the changes in the landscape while driving south, stopping for a walk among tall Cardons and other desert giants. Guerrero Negro marks the beginning of Baja California Sur and the Vizcaino World Biosphere, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to whales, migrant birds, endemic vegetation, gigantic rock art caves and the salt plant. Settle in the small hotel located on the 28th parallel on the outskirts of town. At sunset, bird in the immense salt marsh at the edge of the lagoon. Waterbirds abound, among them, the Yellow-crowned Night Heron. Guerrero Negro is proud of its large, permanent population of Ospreys which can be easily spotted on top of poles.

Dinner: Dinner is served at the hotel offering an international meal.

Evening: Continue after dinner with a sobremesa - enjoying the company at the table!

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 Six: Monday, December 07 - Coastal birds / Quaint Mission / Palm Oasis birdi...
Breakfast: A full breakfast is served individually with choices for the main dish.

Morning: Early morning birding in the same salt marsh. The peacefulness of the reserve attracts birders and non birders alike. A local tour leader will take you through La Exportadora de Sal, one of the largest salt plants in the world to learn about its importance and activities.

Lunch: Lunch is in a well known Guerrero Negro restaurant.

Afternoon: Return to Guerrero Negro for some free time. Continue the journey to San Ignacio, a charming town that developed around its famous 18th century mission in the midst of a lush, tranquil palm oasis. Search for the endemic Xantu Hummingbird among palm trees and along the water spring. Reaching the southern latitudes brings a change in the bird population. Settle in the small colonial style hotel within the oasis.

Dinner: Dinner is served in the pleasant hotel dining room consisting of Mexican specialties including a pie made with local dates.

Evening: Relax at the table while enjoying a digestive drink made from local herbs and known to be aphrodisiac!

Lodging: Desert Inn, San Ignacio

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: Tuesday, December 08 - Monumental Rock Art
Breakfast: A full breakfast with your choice of a Mexican or American specialty is served individually in the hotel’s pleasant dining room.

Morning: Depart by local vans for an adventure to the Sierra San Francisco to view rock art. After climbing vast canyon walls and crossing desert vegetation growing on beds of red lava rocks, reach an ancient Spanish vaquero village. In the deep canyons of this Sierra, along streams lined with palm trees, Native Indians left their mark in several painted caves, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter a home in the village and, while processing the permit to visit the cave, get to know the local people and their basic lifestyle living in remoteness. Stops are made along the drive for birding and to admire the canyon from atop.

Lunch: Lunch is in a hostal in the Sierra. Locally dried meat fill the “burritos” and locally made cheese fill the hand-made tortillas!

Afternoon: Visit the only rock art site accessible by motor vehicle: “El Raton” cave, depicting large human and animal figures. Back in San Ignacio, enter a home where date bread and pie is made.

Dinner: Tonight’s dinner is on your own to have a personal dining experience.

Evening: Stroll on the plaza or enjoy the warm evening air in the hotel’s garden.

Lodging: Desert Inn, San Ignacio

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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: Wednesday, December 09 - Old French Colony / Palm-Lined River / Cacti meet...
Breakfast: A full breakfast with your choice of a Mexican or American specialty is served individually in the hotel’s pleasant dining room.

Morning: Early morning visit to the town plaza, filled with Indian Laurel trees laden with birds filling the plaza with their chirping. The variety of scenery makes this part of the road particularly 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. Reach Santa Rosalia, visit the old French Quarter and the Boleo mine museum to learn how the French established this copper mining town and brought over the prefabricated iron church designed by Mr. Eiffel, still standing today. Continue to Mulege, a mission settlement on a riverbed in the midst of a palm oasis. Frigate birds encircle the old mission church. The beautiful stone mission is located on a hillside with a vast view of the palm-filled river.

Lunch: Mulege, a buffet lunch is served in the garden of a restaurant.

Afternoon: South of town, drive along the crystal clear blue waters of Bahia de Concepcion dotted with islands and lined with secluded bays and unspoiled beaches, stopping at one of them. Search the mangroves rich in bird population. Giant Cardons dominate the landscape to reach Loreto, the oldest mission and permanent settlement of the Californias. It also served as the capital of the territory for over 100 years. The mission is still standing today. Settle in the elegant colonial style hotel facing the Sea of Cortes. Adjacent are lovely pedestrian streets that lead to the suggestive plaza as well as a malecón (boardwalk).

Dinner: Tonight’s dinner is on your own to have a personal dining experience.

Lodging: Hotel La Misión Loreto

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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: Thursday, December 10 - Ancient Missions / Jagged peaks / Goat ranches
Note: To join this excursion, a 1.5 hour van drive each way, part of it on a graded road, is required.

Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is beautifully installed in the hotel restaurant.

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 drive along steep walls to San Javier Mission and village. Known as “the jewel of the missions”, San Javier is one of the best preserved, proud of its original orchard planted by the missionaries. Begin the drive early in the morning to view birds along riverbeds and in orchards at the foothills, then compare with the bird population at the top of the mountain.

Lunch: A typical machaca lunch is served in a local mountain restaurant.

Afternoon: On the return drive, stop at a goat ranch to learn about life on a ranch and the process of making goat cheese. Enjoy the company of your host while learning to make flour tortillas by hand to taste with the home made cheese. Back in Loreto, time is at leisure.

Dinner: A choice of Mexican and grilled specialties are served in a restaurant walking distance from the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel La Misión Loreto

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 Ten: Friday, December 11 - Mountain Coastline / Strolling on boarwalk / Suns...
Breakfast: A buffet breakfast is beautifully installed in the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Depart in the morning to continue your route along scenic sea-shores, through Sierra de la Giganta mountains and across an important agricultural area leading to La Paz. Caracaras perch on the fence posts along the fields and deserts. Stop along the way for birding close up. Although La Paz is the capital and most important city of Baja California Sur, its tree-lined streets and calm clear beaches inspire tranquility. A walk along the malecón (boardwalk) is a treat.

Lunch: In a typical taquería, experience the ultimate Mexican meal with delicious tacos

Afternoon: Visit the zocalo (main plaza), the Cathedral, and stroll on the boardwalk before driving to the hotel located outside of town on a lovely marina. Settle in the hotel. At sunset time, head out to the beaches to bird along the Sea of Cortes shores and to enjoy the romantic coast.

Dinner: View the sunset while having a shrimp dinner in a beach palapa 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: Saturday, December 12 - Crystal Waters / White Sand / Bird and Sea Life ...
Note: To join this activity, boarding a small boat from the beach and changing from one boat to another in calm waters, is required.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel buffet style.

Morning: A lecture on the geology of the peninsula and the “Golfo de California” (commonly known as Sea of Cortes) Marine Park accompanies breakfast. 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, 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. Bird rocks feature Blue-Footed Boobies and mating Frigate birds swelling their red throats. Walk along the marina to board a boat and depart for the island for a day full of activities.

Lunch: A hot meal is privately prepared on a beach of the island.

Afternoon: Continue to enjoy the beach located in a beautiful cove lined with reddish cliffs. Free time to swim in the emerald crystal clear waters, paddle a kayak, take a short walk, or relax on the sand. Return to La Paz. The remainder of the afternoon is free to enjoy the installations of the hotel.

Dinner: A private buffet dinner is set up in the hotel garden.

Evening: After dinner, delight in the colorful dresses and the skillful dancers presenting a 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: Sunday, December 13 - Mines / Artist Center / Land's end
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.

Breakfast: Breakfast is served in the hotel buffet style.

Morning: Depart for the last stretch of road to reach the very tip of the peninsula, Los Cabos. On the way, take a walking tour through the recently restored XIX century gold and silver mining town of El Triunfo dominated by a tall chimney designed by Eiffel. The pride of the town is the museum... of music! Continue to the fertile oasis of Todos Santos, now home to many artists and art galleries. Located in the foothill of the Sierra de La Laguna, the tip is an especially rich region for endemic bird species. Immerse in thick subtropical vegetation and look for the endemic but rarely spotted Cape Pygmy Owl, Baird's Junco, or the Cape Robin!

Lunch: Lunch is in a garden café restaurant in town.

Afternoon: Continue to Cabo San Lucas where it is customary to take 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. Follow the riverbed to its estuary spotting Belding’s Yellowthroat among the reeds. The cozy colonial hotel is off a restaurant and boutiques street, steps away from the main square and its restored mission church.

Dinner: Gather by the pool for a margarita to toast the end of an unforgettable adventure. Continue to the elegant well-known restaurant of the hotel for a last gathering… till we meet again.

Lodging: Tropicana Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Thirteen: Monday, December 14 - Home sweet home
Breakfast: Independent departures. Leader will assist you in organizing your transfer to the airport.



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.
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
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.
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.
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.

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12 nights of accommodations
33 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 10 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
26 Field trips
3 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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