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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 Jan 17 — Jan 29, 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: Saturday, January 17 - Program orientation/ Lecture and welcome dinner.
Arrive To: Program orientation and presentation of fellow travelers at 5:00 p.m. in one of the hotel's private room, followed by welcome dinner. Room number posted on the daily events board.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Join an enjoyable lecture of Baja California's peninsula lead by a teacher who has walked the entire peninsula in two occasions.

Lodging: Courtyard Marriott Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
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 Two: Sunday, January 18 - Introduction to the border/ A taste of sunny San ...
Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel in San Diego.

Morning: Begin the day with a lecture by a local Mexican sociologist on the history, culture and economy of the contrasting border region, providing an overview and helping to understand the sites visited the following days. The historical journey of San Diego begins with a visit to Balboa Park 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.

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

Afternoon: Continue to discover the dynamic side of San Diego. Its ideal location, almost perfect weather, and casual lifestyle constantly attract new residents and businesses, especially over the past 30 years. Stop to interpret the murals of Chicano Park in the Mexican neighborhood, then drive over the bridge to Coronado peninsula to stroll through the epic Hotel Del. Cross back to the Gaslamp Quarter by ferry to view the new down town from the waterfront.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner at a popular fish and sea food restaurant with a beautiful view of the San Diego bay.

Lodging: Courtyard Marriott Hotel

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, complimentary WiFi .

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Monday, January 19 - Begin the journey South/ Understanding the neighb...
Begin the journey South/ Understanding the neighboring cultures in one of the busiest borders in the world/ Relax in peaceful Ensenada.

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: Buffet at the hotel in San Diego.

Morning: Begin the journey South. Northern Baja exemplifies the strong cultural and economic ties between the U.S. and Mexico. Drive through the most crossed border in the world. Visit the architecturally attractive cultural center CECUT for a guided walk through its modern visual Museo de las Californias . The scenic road to Ensenada along the coast offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

Lunch: Delight your taste buds with a traditional meal. 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: 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. Settle in the hotel in Ensenada. The reminder of the day is free to relax, stroll through the main avenue or enjoy the hotel's SPA.

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

Evening: Enjoy the hotel SPA or bar, or explore the pleasant tourist area of Ensenada.

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, complimentary WiFi .

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, January 20 - Learn about Ensenada's past glory/ Savor flavorfu...
Learn about Ensenada's past glory/ Savor flavorful wines in Mexico's wine country.

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

Morning: Join a lecture on Mexican staples, an introduction to the country's elaborate cuisine. Driving through town, learn about the pleasant city located in the attractive Todos Santos Bay, popular land and cruise ship destination, and important fishing, canning, and agricultural center. Walk through the Riviera del Pacifico ex–casino and hotel, a glamorous resort during the US prohibition years.

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 a well known Mediterranean fusion food restaurant.

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, January 21 - Follow the dramatic coastline to reach the powerf...
Follow the dramatic coastline to reach the powerful blowhole/ Welcome to the heart of Baja California's breathtaking desert.

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

Morning: Continue the journey South. Take a 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. Another stop is made to visit the San Vicente Community Museum. Taste the local specialties at a lunch in San Quintin, the vegetable garden of Baja California.

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: After lunch, plunge into the desert and begin 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.

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, January 22 - Marvel at the unique desert garden: Dr. Suess' ba...
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.

Breakfast: At the hotel in Catavina. 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 Catavina a superb desert garden. Spend the morning investigating the flora in this attractive setting. Nature walks include an optional visit to a small cave with simple rock art.

Lunch: At the hotel in Catavina.

Afternoon: In the afternoon, 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 options: 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, January 23 - Friendly gray whales up-close/ Admire the largest...
Friendly gray whales up-close/ Admire the largest salt plant in the world/ Enormous salt marsh where birds migrate from Russia, Canada, and other latitudes

Note: Getting on and off small out-of-board motor fishing boats from dock is required. There is a possibility of encountering rough seas.

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

Morning: Get up-close and personal with the magnificent gray whales in Scammon’s Lagoon. Board the pangas for TWO memorable outings to view these enormous mammals at arm’s length, some even let themselves be petted! Each year, gray whales travel thousands of miles from the Arctic Ocean to the warm waters of this wildlife refuge to court, mate, give birth and care for their young. Begin the day driving through La Exportadora de Sal, one of the largest salt plants in the world and learn about its activities. At Scammon’s Lagoon, board small pangas for your exciting encounters among whales.

Lunch: Light box lunches provided on boat while whale watching.

Afternoon: After the second excursion, on the way back to town drive through a natural reserve in an enormous salt marsh where birds migrate from Russia, Canada, and other latitudes. Continue to San Ignacio, a charming town that developed around its famous 18th century mission in the midst of a lush, tranquil palm tree oasis. Visit this small colonial town and its well kept Mission.

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

Lodging: Desert Inn, San Ignacio

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: WORLD CLASS ACCOMODATIONS La Mision Loreto is a new elegant sophisticated boutique resort with a contemporary European Mexican Hacienda style that evokes the old Mission flavor of Baja Mexico. The location is perfect and the views stunning. Steps away on a pedestrian walk is the Loreto Mission and plaza. From room balconies and hotel patios relax with magnificent views of the Sea of Cortez and surrounding islands watching the passage of solitary fishing boats while on the back side, view the mission bell tower and the majestic Sierra de la Giganta. Witnessing a sunrise on the Sea of Cortes is a memorable experience. The hotel is located on a quiet malecon (boardwalk) offering the opportunity of pleasant strolls in the evenings as well as in the daytime.

Contact info:
Rosendo Robles s/n
Col. Centro
Loreto, BCS, 23880 Mexico
phone: +87753LAMISION
web: lamisionloreto.com/

Room amenities: The spacious rooms have either one king or two full beds, a covered private terrace, décor with distinctive touches including travertine marble baths and old world hand laid plaster walls, flat screen TVs and all the services and amenities of a 5 star luxury hotel.

Facility amenities: The air – conditioned hotel with marble floors and hardwood furnishings has 65 handsomely decorated rooms, an ample lobby with a sitting room, a shop, a concierge and a small business center. The elegant restaurant offers a Baja – Mexican menu. The outdoor terrace over the Sea of Cortes is particularly pleasant for breakfasts. There are two complete bars, one indoor and the other by the pool, an informal poolside grill, an ample pool with jacuzzi, and a SPA.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, January 24 - The peninsula's eclectic history/ Old French mini...
The peninsula's eclectic history/ Old French mining town/ Palm-tree lined river and oasis/ Crystal blue waters of the Sea of Cortes contrasting the desert vegetation.

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

Morning: The variety of scenery makes this part of the road probably the most interesting. Beginning with the volcanic cacti-covered high desert, the steepest grade in the peninsula leads 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 in the midst of a palm oasis.

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

Afternoon: South of town, 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. The hotel is on the beach allowing pleasant walks.

Dinner: At the hotel in Loreto.

Evening: Arrive in Loreto where the hotel fronts the Sea of Cortes.

Lodging: Hotel La Misión Loreto

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: WORLD CLASS ACCOMODATIONS La Mision Loreto is a new elegant sophisticated boutique resort with a contemporary European Mexican Hacienda style that evokes the old Mission flavor of Baja Mexico. The location is perfect and the views stunning. Steps away on a pedestrian walk is the Loreto Mission and plaza. From room balconies and hotel patios relax with magnificent views of the Sea of Cortez and surrounding islands watching the passage of solitary fishing boats while on the back side, view the mission bell tower and the majestic Sierra de la Giganta. Witnessing a sunrise on the Sea of Cortes is a memorable experience. The hotel is located on a quiet malecon (boardwalk) offering the opportunity of pleasant strolls in the evenings as well as in the daytime.

Contact info:
Rosendo Robles s/n
Col. Centro
Loreto, BCS, 23880 Mexico
phone: +87753LAMISION
web: lamisionloreto.com/

Room amenities: The spacious rooms have either one king or two full beds, a covered private terrace, décor with distinctive touches including travertine marble baths and old world hand laid plaster walls, flat screen TVs and all the services and amenities of a 5 star luxury hotel.

Facility amenities: The air – conditioned hotel with marble floors and hardwood furnishings has 65 handsomely decorated rooms, an ample lobby with a sitting room, a shop, a concierge and a small business center. The elegant restaurant offers a Baja – Mexican menu. The outdoor terrace over the Sea of Cortes is particularly pleasant for breakfasts. There are two complete bars, one indoor and the other by the pool, an informal poolside grill, an ample pool with jacuzzi, and a SPA.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Sunday, January 25 - Visit the Jewel of Baja California's missions in ...
Visit the Jewel of Baja California's missions in an excursion to 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.

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 tortilla-making for your cheese with beans snack.

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: Full Service Hotel

Description: The recently constructed hotel (2014) is located in the area of the exclusive Costa Baja Resort Complex featuring a private beach, a beautiful infinity pool, an elegant marina, a golf course, and a boardwalk with shops and restaurants. Hotel guests have access to all the resort facilities in addition to the hotel proper. The hotel features a modern lobby-social concept referred to as The Gallery. Facing the Sea of Cortes, it is a 10 minutes drive to downtown La Paz and the traditional "Malecón."

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®. A state-of-the-art media and work center includes a large desk area with a computer data port and free Wi-Fi with remote printing. Rooms are equipped with a 42" HDTV, a mini-refrigerator, a coffee maker/tea maker, a AM/FM alarm clock radio with MP3 connectivity, one cordless telephone with voice mail, an iron/ironing board and a hair dryer. The new, modern bathrooms featuring granite counter top vanities provide all amenities.

Facility amenities: The open lobby - social area referred to as The Gallery includes a Bistro, a Bar, a Coffee Shop, a Market, and a Business Center with high speed internet access. The hotel features an outdoor pool and a Stay-Fit Gym. Room service is available and a complimentary local newspaper is provided daily. The hotel has free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the premises

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Monday, January 26 - Breathtaking mountain coastline/ Quaint La Paz wi...
Breathtaking mountain coastline/ Quaint La Paz with pleasant boardwalk/ Sunset dinner at the beach.

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: Full Service Hotel

Description: The recently constructed hotel (2014) is located in the area of the exclusive Costa Baja Resort Complex featuring a private beach, a beautiful infinity pool, an elegant marina, a golf course, and a boardwalk with shops and restaurants. Hotel guests have access to all the resort facilities in addition to the hotel proper. The hotel features a modern lobby-social concept referred to as The Gallery. Facing the Sea of Cortes, it is a 10 minutes drive to downtown La Paz and the traditional "Malecón."

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®. A state-of-the-art media and work center includes a large desk area with a computer data port and free Wi-Fi with remote printing. Rooms are equipped with a 42" HDTV, a mini-refrigerator, a coffee maker/tea maker, a AM/FM alarm clock radio with MP3 connectivity, one cordless telephone with voice mail, an iron/ironing board and a hair dryer. The new, modern bathrooms featuring granite counter top vanities provide all amenities.

Facility amenities: The open lobby - social area referred to as The Gallery includes a Bistro, a Bar, a Coffee Shop, a Market, and a Business Center with high speed internet access. The hotel features an outdoor pool and a Stay-Fit Gym. Room service is available and a complimentary local newspaper is provided daily. The hotel has free Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the premises

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Tuesday, January 27 - Crystal Waters/ White Sand/ Bird and Sea Life/ Un...
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: Buffet at the hotel in La Paz.

Morning: During breakfast, join 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.

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: The cozy colonial style hotel is located in the heart of San José del Cabo. Although simple, the hotel offers a pleasant friendly atmosphere. Shops and restaurants are at the doorstep, one block from the historic plaza and the restored mission church. The "gallery walk"(a small area full of art galleries of local and well-known artists) is past the plaza. A 20 minutes stroll along a path of a bird-filled estuary leads to the gorgeous wide San José del Cabo beach. The international airport is a 25 minutes drive.

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: All 37 deluxe rooms face the pool and garden. Each room features two double beds, full baths decorated with distinctive Mexican colorful tiles, quiet mini-split air-conditioners, in-room telephone, cable TV, small fridge, coffee maker, hair dryer, and luxury linens.

Facility amenities: On the promises is the well known, inviting, attractive Tropicana Restaurant and Bar, frequently offering live entertainment. The enclosed lush tropical garden, including bird cages and fountains, has a small Romanesque outdoor pool with a swim up bar. Complimentary WiFi is accessible throughout the hotel.

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 : Elizabeth Silva reserve@tropicanainn.com.mx

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Twelve: Wednesday, January 28 - 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.

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 their museum...of music! 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: Continue to Cabo San Lucas for a short boat excursion to reach the famous arch which marks the place where “land ends and heaven begins”. The Los Cabos Corridor, a stretch of beautiful beaches dotted with conspicuous hotels, connects the overwhelming 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, January 29 - Farewell
Breakfast: Continental breakfast at the hotel in San Jose del Cabo

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Ensenada, Baja California
Time at leisureWalk 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 idyllic 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. San 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.sandiego.gov, http://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.
San Jose del Cabo
Various activitiesWalk around the historical streets surrounding the plaza of San Jose del Cabo featuring many boutiques and art galleries as well as pleasant cafes and restaurants.

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12 nights of accommodations
34 meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
20 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
2 Performances

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