Mexico’s Baja Tip to Toe: Landscape, Heritage, People & Whales
Come to Baja to explore unique beaches, deserts and World Heritage Sites as you join local experts to learn about the region’s wildlife and get up-close and personal with gray whales!
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Program No. 12157RJ
13 days
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At a Glance

Surrounded by a natural aquarium, the rugged, magical landscape of Baja California is a premium wildlife destination virtually untouched by humans. Immerse yourself in vast desert expanses rich in exotic vegetation, explore pristine beaches beneath towering escarpments, azure waters teeming with life and get up close and personal with gray whales. Journey through a land that attracted explorers, adventurers and religious seekers leaving their footprints in Spanish missions, fishing villages, quiet mining towns and isolated ranches. Trace the natural and cultural history of this paradise on earth. Experience the peaceful solitude that Baja inspires.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking short distances on varied terrain with optional steep hike. Boarding small fishing boats and transferring to dinghy in calm waters. May encounter rough seas on boats. Driving time on bus from 1.5-5 hours daily. Elevations up to 3,500 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the diversity of ecosystems which make one third of Baja peninsula and surrounding sea protected areas with UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Interact with Gray Whales at arm's length visiting two of the most important whale sanctuaries along their migration path on Baja’s Pacific Coast.
  • In a paradisiac island of the most biologically diverse Sea of Cortés, swim with playful sea lions in crystalline waters revealing prolific sea life.
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Norma Iglesias
Norma Iglesias’ ample research and experience has made her an expert in United States-Mexico inter-border culture, communication and economy. An associate professor at San Diego State’s Department of Chicano Studies, she earned a master’s in social anthropology in Mexico City and a Ph.D. in sociology and communication theory in Madrid. Moving to Tijuana, Norma worked at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte and at San Diego State, immersing herself in Mexican-American border issues.
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Isabel Sanchez
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Esther Mitrani
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Maria Mitrani
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Fermin Reygadas
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Norma Iglesias
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