New Meetup: Whale Watching In Baja California

From: user 9.
Sent on: Friday, January 29, 2010 11:44 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for The Green Tortoise Adventure Travel club!

What: Whale Watching In Baja California

When: Friday, February 19,[masked]:00 PM

Price: $947.00 per person

Where: Departs/Returns to San Francisco, Los Angeles or San Diego

For lovers of Baja and the Green Tortoise alike, this once-a-year trip combines all the highlights of our 9- and 15-day trips plus Bahia Magdalena and Ojo de Liebre for mind-blowing whale watching! Come eye to eye and hand to fin with the immense yet gentle gray whale. Extra time in Mulege for a side trip to Baja's best cave paintings adds a final twist to this expedition. This trip promises to be an unrivaled encounter with nature and humanity that will resonate for years to come.

This affordable Baja camping holiday departs San Francisco on Friday night, with brief stops in Los Angeles and San Diego. Once south of the border the next day, you can sample fish tacos, visit steam baths, and celebrate with fresh lime margaritas in Ensenada. Kick back on the adventure bus with your new friends and take in the landscape as the Tortoise travels through northern Baja. Wake up to a fresh continental breakfast in the desert of central Baja.

We'll watch whales at Ojo de Liebre before dining under the stars by a freshwater lagoon near San Ignacio. Take a dip in the fantastic swimming hole, or visit the sleepy town square and the beautiful Mission San Ignacio. Our final night drive brings us to Playa Escondida, our hidden, private beach camp where the Sierra Gigante meets the Sea of Cortez.

By night, you can camp right on the beach in your own tent or under the stars; by day, numerous activities await you! A short hiking trek will take you through the narrow slot canyons for panoramic views of our beach and surrounding islands. The snorkeling here is some of the best in all of Mexico and should not be missed ? bring your mask and snorkel!

A two-hour hike from camp brings you to tidal hot springs nestled in an azure cove. Other optional activities include a coastline boat trip to a small fishing village, sea kayaking to offshore islands, or a mule ride into the surrounding mountains. To wrap up our stay in the area, we enjoy an authentically prepared Mexican meal at Rancho San Cosme.

After a few days on the beach, we head for the excitement of city life in La Paz, the capital of Baja Sur. Enjoy a fresh lobster dinner, shop for Mexican arts and crafts, and dance the night away in a salsa club! We spend the next couple of days camping at Cabo Pulmo, a marine preserve with an untouched coral reef near the southern tip of Baja. Relax in the sun, stroll the beach for seashells, and maybe spot a breaching whale before we travel northward. Optional activities include a fishing trip and scuba diving!

Learn more here:
http://www.greentortoise.com/adventures/baja.mexico.whales.beach.html

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