Mexico - Baja California's Treasures

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This exploration cruise takes you to stunning Baja California peninsula. We sail to islands rich in natural beauty and abundant wildlife. Enjoy the chance to unwind on white sandy beaches, swim in turquoise waters, and visit the charming towns of the Mexican Pacific coast.
10 days


Blue Seas, Beautiful Coasts

Baja California is the world's second-longest peninsula, stretching more than 745 miles south of the California border, flanked on the west by the Pacific ocean and on the east by the warm blue waters of the Sea of Cortez.

The Sea of Cortez is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most diverse marine environments on the planet. The French explorer, Jaques Cousteau, referred to it as the “world’s aquarium,” due to the abundance of marine wildlife.

Island Activity Paradise

This expedition cruise starts in La Paz and sails to explore remote islands where will use our expedition landing craft to go ashore for hiking, wildlife- and birdwatching, enjoying water activities and relaxing on white sandy beaches.

Charming Towns

We will also visit the charming and historic town of Loreto, as well as enjoy two relaxing days at sea.  On the Pacific coast, we will call on the vibrant city of Ensenada before ending the cruise in San Diego, California.


      Explore authentic Baja California - islands of remote and rugged beauty
      Scan for abundant marine wildlife and sea birds in “the world´s aquarium”
      Enjoy relaxing on superb beaches
      Visit colorful Mexican coastal towns

  • Hurtigruten expedition cruise in the cabin grade of your choice

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR AN ADVENTURE

  • rich program of included activities on all voyages designed to immerse you in the destinations you visit, including onshore exploration with the expedition team  
  • Professional English-speaking expedition team - an international handpicked team of highly educated experts of various academic fields with profound knowledge of the region we sail in  
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant jacket
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities 

ENGAGING ONBOARD ACTIVITIES AND EDUCATION

  • In-depth lectures on science, history, biology, geography, geology or culture that provide context to your voyage and help you understand the destinations you will experience  
  • Explorer Science program, with educational and Citizen Science activities that let you learn about the sights you’ll see while contributing to research
  • Introductory photo lecture, including camera adjustments and tips and tricks
  • Photos and film/video footage from the voyage shared in the Expedition Logbook
  • Casual opportunities to engage with the expedition team and other guests, including a welcome event, daily gatherings to recap the day and prepare for the day to come
  • Opportunities to dine and interact with the expedition team and officers  
  • Destination-focused onboard library  
  • Port presentations providing destination insight
  • farewell event  

PREMIUM ONBOARD COMFORT

  • All meals including beverages (beer and wine, sodas and mineral water in all ship restaurants)
  • Coffee and tea included throughout the day
  • Early riser and afternoon treat offered in addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Fredheim restaurant meals included 
  • A la carte restaurant (only for suite guests) 
  • Gym, outdoor hot tubs and sauna with windows
  • Rejuvenating wellness areas with separate treatment rooms, infinity pool, outdoor gym, running track 
  • Free Wi-fi onboard for all guests. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • No gratuities expected   

  • International flights  
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners 
  • Travel protection plan
  • Luggage handling  
Hurtigruten offers unique expedition cruises to some of the purest and most remote waters of the world. As with all expeditions, nature prevails. Safety is always our top priority. We continuously evaluate our cruises to adapt to unexpected weather, ice and sea conditions, and exciting nature opportunities. That’s why we call it an expedition.
Terms, conditions and restrictions apply; pricing, availability, and other details subject to change and/ or apply to US or Canadian residents. Please confirm details and booking information with your travel advisor.

Itinerary

  1. Viva Mexico! - La Paz, Baja California, Mexico - Embarkation

    We welcome you to the port of Pichilingue in La Paz, the capital of southern Baja California. Before embarking on MS Roald Amundsen, we recommend a visit to La Paz’s waterfront malecón and the historic center around the Plaza Constitución. In the evening, we set sail northbound.

    Viva Mexico! - La Paz, Baja California, Mexico - Embarkation
  2. Mangroves & Beaches - Isla San José, Mexico - Full Day

    Today we hope to land on the west side of Isla San José, at Punta Colorada. The island's landscape is full of contrasts: golden mountains form a background for green mangroves, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters.

    Mangroves & Beaches - Isla San José, Mexico - Full Day
  3. Reptiles & Cacti - Isla Santa Catalina, Mexico - Full Day

    We take you to an uninhabited island to the north: Isla Santa Catalina. It is home to several unique species of flowers and plants.  

    Reptiles & Cacti - Isla Santa Catalina, Mexico - Full Day
  4. Chuckwallas - Isla San Esteban, Mexico - Full Day

    San Esteban Island is a small island in the Gulf of California near Tiburón Island. It was once inhabited by the indigenous Seri people. The geographic isolation made this island the habitat of many odd endemic species such as the San Esteban chuckwalla, a type of iguana.

    Chuckwallas - Isla San Esteban, Mexico - Full Day
  5. Charming Fishing Town - Loreto, Mexico - Full Day

    Next, we visit the picturesque resort town of Loreto. Stroll along the charming beach promenade, explore the town center with its colonial buildings and cobblestone streets, learn about the town's fascinating history or visit a restaurant to sample some of the local cuisine. 

    Included activity:

    Clean up Las Garzas Estuary with Local School (2 hrs)

    Join us on an easy one km walk to Las Garzas Estuary, rich in birdlife, and take part in a beach cleanup with a local school. Hurtigruten takes environmental protection seriously and participates in beach cleanups around the world. This is your chance to help us and set a good example for youth by collaborating with a local school.

    Charming Fishing Town - Loreto, Mexico - Full Day
  6. Relax and Unwind - Isla San Francisco, Mexico - Full Day

    We continue our journey southbound along the east coast of Baja California Sur and visit San Francisco Island. The small isle is a habitat for 10 species of reptiles, one of them being the endemic Isla San Francisco Whiptail.

    Relax and Unwind  - Isla San Francisco, Mexico - Full Day
  7. At your Leisure - At sea

    We sail northbound along the west coast of Baja California. Days at sea mean you can join the expedition team for interesting lectures, learn the basics of expedition photography, and spend time out on deck enjoying the fresh sea air scouting for wildlife.

    At your Leisure - At sea
  8. Delights of the Pacific - Ensenada, Mexico - Full Day

    Enjoy the vibrant coastal city of Ensenada, which offers plenty of options. Stroll along the malecón, visit the local fish market, sample some amazing fresh seafood or taste award-winning local wines.

    Included activity:

    La Bufadora express (4 h)

    See one of Ensenada’s major attractions - La Bufadora, a natural blowhole that spouts sea spray as high as 30 metres into the sky. You board a motorcoach for 1.5 hours of sightseeing, visiting La Bufadora and shopping at an open air market. Enjoy two included tacos and a refreshment from one of the best stands in town before returning to the ship.

    Delights of the Pacific - Ensenada, Mexico - Full Day
  9. Fascinating San Diego - San Diego, USA - Disembarkation

    The port of San Diego, California, welcomes you. Spend some time after disembarkation to enjoy the many sights of this fascinating and lovely city.

    Fascinating San Diego - San Diego, USA - Disembarkation

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