22075
Mexico
Hike, Paddle and Snorkel in Baja: “Mexico’s Galapagos”
Learn about unique flora and fauna in one of the world’s most ecologically rich locations as you snorkel, kayak and hike your way along Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.
Rating (4.5)
Program No. 22075RJ
Length
10 days
Starts at
5,495
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10 days
9 nights
25 meals
9 B 8 L 8 D
DAY
1
Arrive San Jose del Cabo, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
San Jose del Cabo
D
Tropicana Inn

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program check-in begins at 5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, other important information, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. If you have time before dinner, you might like to see something of the town of San José del Cabo on your own. A mission built in 1730 dominates the charming colonial plaza. Missions and pirates form an important part of its history. Stroll through the plaza and the narrow streets lined with ships and art galleries. The galleries often have artists in residence and you may be able to see them as they work.

Dinner: In the hotel meeting space beginning at 6:00 p.m., the menu of plated and served meals includes authentic Mexican favorites, fresh fish, and local organic produce with water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. This is a Road Scholar Adventures Afloat program. In addition to lectures and field trips exclusively for our Road Scholar group, you are invited to take advantage of activities and events aboard ship that are separate from the Road Scholar program. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. All routes, field trips, and excursions are subject to change as weather and sea conditions may affect the itinerary. Sea conditions could affect the progress of the ship, making it run late and sometimes miss ports because it is not safe to dock. Besides weather and sea conditions, the itinerary may change due to potential wildlife sightings as well. Because of this, the cruise itinerary should always be regarded as provisional. The operators reserve the right to change the content of field trips and excursions without prior notice. The time available in each port is set by the cruise line. Whenever possible, the Road Scholar daily schedule indicates port arrival and departure times (subject to change by the cruise line). Road Scholar delivers a robust educational program in each port, and this may mean that free time in port is limited. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night's sleep for the full day tomorrow.

DAY
2
San Jose del Cabo Walking Tour
San Jose del Cabo
B,L
Tropicana Inn

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles on paved sidewalks. Periods of standing and walking. Getting on/off a bus.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Learn about San José del Cabo, a city of sophisticated charms. It is a quieter town (than Cabo San Lucas) with a history that stretches back to the 1700s, offering more authentic Mexican experience. The downtown area boasts historic architecture, such as the 18th century Misión de San José del Cabo Anuiti, and the 19th century City Hall, whose courtyard features murals depicting Baja life in previous eras.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We continue on a walking exploration after lunch. From mid afternoon, take this time for personal, independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Your Group Leader will be happy to provide ideas and recommendations.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
San José del Cabo, La Paz, Embark Safari Endeavour
At Sea
B,L,D
Safari Endeavour

Activity note: The drive today is about 120 miles, approximately 3 hours, with stops. Getting on/off a glass bottom boat, study cruise about 45 minutes. Walking approximately 1/2 mile. Each evening aboard the ship, we’ll review the day’s schedule and staff will present an overview of the next day’s activities. There will generally be a choice of a moderate and a more strenuous activity. Each of us will choose the activities we’d like to join.

Breakfast: At the hotel, we’ll have a breakfast buffet with coffee, tea, juice and water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Morning: We’ll transfer via motorcoach to the Cabo San Lucas Marina for an expert-led field trip. We’ll board a glass bottom boat and visit Pelican Rock, the famous arch that is a symbol of Cabo San Lucas. Beginning in the bay, we’ll round the arch and enter the open ocean to view the tip of Baja California Sur. Birds and sea life abound, from rocks full of pelicans to sea lions swimming for fish below our feet. We'll then journey north via motorcoach along a road — with views of where the cacti-filled desert meets pristine beaches — to the lush oasis of Todos Santos, home of a sophisticated arts community. With a local expert, we’ll visit the mission established by the Jesuits in 1724, then have some time to stroll through the galleries of this charming town.

Lunch: At a restaurant in Todos Santos.

Afternoon: An overland transfer to La Paz will acquaint us with the dramatic Baja landscape and the our group leader will provide us with an overview preparing us for the week that lies ahead. In La Paz, we will meet the expedition staff and embark our expedition vessel, the Safari Endeavor. After getting our cabins, we will participate in the mandatory safety drill. During cocktail hour, we’ll have hors d'oeuvres with both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Dinner: Choices will include soup or salad; a meat, fish, or vegetarian entrée; a side dish; and dessert; plus non-alcoholic beverages as well as premium spirits, wine, and beer.

Evening: Meet the crew of the Safari Endeavour and learn about the upcoming adventures as they indicate the activities that will be available the next day. Settle in and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

DAY
4
Isla San Francisco
At Sea
B,L,D
Safari Endeavour

Activity note: Opportunities for hikes of varying lengths, as well as snorkeling and kayaking.

Breakfast: Aboard ship. Early risers can help themselves to fresh fruit and baked-onboard pastries. The regular full breakfast offers a variety of hot and cold choices such as frittatas, breakfast potatoes, bacon or sausage, oatmeal, cereal, yogurt, juices, milk, coffees, teas.

Morning: We'll have an orientation to the day as we sail through islands once pillaged by conquistadors for its black pearls. You may choose to nestle into a white sand beach at Isla San Francisco’s aptly named Half Moon Bay, scramble the red cliffs of Isla San José, or paddle in a kayak through a mangrove sanctuary.

Lunch: Aboard ship, choices range from soups, salads, and sandwiches to regionally influenced dishes.

Afternoon: Activity opportunities may include snorkeling along barnacled rocks, kayaking amidst hues of blue, taking an interpretive walk to a salt chuck, or going on a more strenuous expert-led hike along a desert rim for a spectacular panoramic view. Returning to the ship, take advantage of the amenities or just relax.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Our evenings will consist of a re-cap of the day’s events plus presentations by Road Scholar or ship’s staff.

DAY
5
Bahía Agua Verde
At Sea
B,L,D
Safari Endeavour

Activity note: Getting into/out of a small skiff, riding burros.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: At Bahía Agua Verde, clear waters are bordered by sparse craggy mountains hemmed in green. We’ll explore the coast by small skiff and visit a local ranchero and his family.

Lunch: En-route.

Afternoon: We’ll take to the canyons and mountains on a burro ride and experience the “real” Baja as we experience scenic vistas, outstanding exploration, excellent birding, and unmatched camaraderie.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Following our re-cap and briefing for tomorrow, take some time to relax and enjoy the view from the ship.

DAY
6
Captain's Choice in Baja California Sur Peninsula
At Sea
B,L,D
Safari Endeavour

Activity note: Opportunities for hiking, kayaking, and paddle boarding.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: While it’s unlikely you’ll find any black pearls, today we'll sail amongst islands once explored by early conquistadors. The expedition team will be at-the-ready with several adventurous choices such as kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, beachcombing.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Going back ashore, we’ll have more opportunities for hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding with onboard staff. We’ll also see more of nature’s diversity and learn about the geologic forces that formed these islands as we explore the beautiful scenery.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: After a recap of the day’s adventures and briefing for tomorrow’s activities, we’ll have a presentation by ship or Road Scholar staff.

DAY
7
Marine Life Search* (Magdalena Bay —OR— Bahía de la Paz)
At Sea
B,L,D
Safari Endeavour

Activity note: Opportunities for viewing either gray whales or whale sharks.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Magdalena Bay (mid-January – early-March) Mother Nature is your guide today. The gray whales arrive each year on Baja’s west coast—migrating more than 12,000 miles—to calve in Bahía Magdalena. Dock in Puerto Escondido, then drive across the peninsula to ride in a panga and observe these mammals and their babies in the lagoon. —OR— Bahía de la Paz (November – mid-January; March; order of days changes) Whale sharks—the largest known species of fish—are known to frequent the bay. Keep watch for the watery “footprints” of these gentle giants, and conditions permitting, gear up for an unforgettable swim alongside this colossal creature or observe from above in the skiff.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon educational programs will be followed by a late afternoon gathering with hors d'oeuvres and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: After our daily recap, enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure. Take some time to relax and visit with your fellow Road Scholar companions.

DAY
8
Los Islotes, Isla Partida
At Sea
B,L,D
Safari Endeavour

Activity note: Getting in/out of a boat. Disembarking on Los Islotes is not permitted. While typically not aggressive, sea lions are wild animals. The expedition team will advise on appropriate behavior.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: At Los Islotes — a steep craggy seamount leaping straight from the sea — we’ll observe a sea lion colony from the boat or skiff. Or, slip into a wetsuit for an early morning snorkel with curious, agile young sea lion pups. Swim through a rock arch where orange fan and white fire coral sway in the current, while high overhead, sea birds perch on the cliffs. We’ll then heave anchor and set sail for Ensenada Grande.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Ensenada Grande is one of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Its cactus-adorned red rocks contrast with the jade green sea. Kayak, snorkel, swim or paddle board for up close observation of the cactus growing out of the rocks, and search for the fish visible just under the water's surface.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Following re-cap and review of the schedule for tomorrow, take some time to relax and enjoy the view from the ship.

DAY
9
Isla Espiritu Santo
At Sea
B,L,D
Safari Endeavour

Activity note: Opportunities for hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: We’ll tuck into a secluded cove surrounded by long fingers of red rock and a golden beach. Take the opportunity to hike, kayak, or paddle board with expedition staff.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: We’ll spend our last full day investigating nooks and crannies in the rocks by kayak, enjoying the feel of warm sand under our feet on a beach walk, or explore a little further afield on a hike led by onboard expedition staff.

Dinner: Aboard ship, we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner together. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: We’ll have an entertaining review of the program as our expedition team presents a slideshow of highlights. Then prepare for disembarkation and departure in the morning.

DAY
10
Disembark La Paz, To San Jose del Cabo, Program Concludes
San Jose del Cabo
B

Activity note: Disembarkation is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. Transfer to the airport is approx. 1.5 hours. Participants are advised to book flights after 1:00 p.m. See your program’s travel details regarding transfers. If you are an independent traveler (POP status), see “Arrival and Departure Instructions.”

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Disembarking, we’ll transfer to the Los Cabos airport. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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