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Whales, Desert Garden, and Turquoise Sea: Field Course in Baja California, Mexico

Custom Dates: December to March

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Duration: 13 days, 12 nights
Location: Begins in San Diego, CA USA, ends in Los Cabos, BCS, MX.  Second set of Dates Goes From Los Cabos to San Diego and the itinerary is reversed as well.
Price starting at: $3965 for small group (10 guests)
Program Type: Road Trek, Experiential, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography.
Meals: Included.

Baja California Ecology Field Study 13 Days – The Gray Whales, Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, and Treasured Landscapes of the Baja Peninsula



Learn about and explore this amazing slice of Mexico in the outdoor classroom of Baja California North and South, La Baja.  At recess time we will  hike, kayak, and investigate first-hand the intricate and varied landscape of this 1000 mile-long peninsula with more than 20 different bioregions.

Baja is a land of high mountains, lush deserts, rugged coastlines, and deep history.  Bordered on the East and West by the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean Baja’s biogeography is a desert embraced by hundreds of thousands of square miles of water.  The cultures and creatures of this region were isolated by extremes, as if they lived on an island subtracted from the mainland.  Today, these extremes are very accessible, though in no way tamed.  You will learn Baja from top to bottom on this active edventure, an itinerary designed for the lifelong learner.


Surrounded by a natural aquarium, the rugged magical landscape of the Baja California Peninsula is home to vast deserts rich in vegetation, pristine beaches, jagged mountains, an array of shore birds and isolated villages. Of special interest are the gray whales.  Each year, gray whales travel thousands of miles from the Arctic Ocean to the warm waters of Baja California’s lagoons, designated wildlife refuges, to court, mate, give birth and care for their young. It is an unforgettable experience to view these giant mammals at arm’s length, and  some may even let themselves be touched and present you to their offspring!

Baja is a wonderful natural laboratory and this is one of our very favorite field courses.  The Sonoran Desert and Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve lands are among the most biodiverse desert lands on the planet. The last 20,000 years have been particularly interesting, and our instructors will open up Baja's human history to you as well.

Itinerary Notes

Your field study starts in San Diego and plunges you deep into Baja’s mysteries.  The first night in Ensenada we will have an orientation and presentation on La Baja and our curriculum for the course.  We will travel by mini-bus or 12 passenger van, giving ample opportunities to study the unique flora of the Sonoran Desert, the most biodiverse of all the world’s deserts.  The lagoons of the Western shoreline of the peninsula offer perfect conditions for the massive Gray Whales, Eschrictius robustus, to overwinter… and to mate, birth, and train their young for the long commute back to the Berring Sea in March and April.  Ojo de Liebre and San Ignacio are two of the most important of these lagoons, and are part of this field edventure.

We will wind South along the entire peninsula studying the overlays of indigenous, missionary, and Mexican history, the dynamic geology of the region, the flora and fauna, as well as the tourism and agricultural industries.

Lodge Based — Hotels each night, with two nights in San Ignacio. In Baja we will stay in the state-run Desert Inns all along the way, Spanish Colonial architecture, nice accommodations, and great meals.


Sample Itinerary - Contact Us for more information.

Day 1. - San Diego – Ensenada.

Day 2. - Ensenada- Bufadora - Cataviña desert.

Day 3. - Cataviña - Guerrero Negro. Valley of the Boojums.

Day 4. - Guerrero Negro - Bird watching and whale watching excursions. - San Ignacio.

Day 5. - San Ignacio – San Ignacio Lagoon (Laguna de San Ignacio) – San Ignacio. Whale watching in the the place it all began.

Day 6. - San Ignacio –Santa Rosalia – Punta Chivato. The Sea of Cortez.

Day 7. - Punta Chivato - Mulege - Loreto.  Kayaking in the turquoise sea; cruising the coastline.

Day 8. - Loreto - Sierra de La Giganta - San Javier Mission - Loreto. Day hike.

Day 9. - Loreto – Isla Danzante - Loreto. Kayaking and light hiking.

Day 10. - Loreto – Puerto Lopez Mateos -La Paz. Gray Whale Sanctuary in Magdalena Bay.

Day 11. - La Paz - Isla Espiritu Santo – La Paz.  Kayaking in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Day 12. - La Paz - El Triunfo - Todos Santos - San Jose del Cabo.  Hiking and historic sites.

Day 13. - San Jose del Cabo - San Diego (Return flight not included.)

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The Education

Your hosts for this trip are trained educators and local scientists who study the biodiversity of the region.  The region is rich in geological, cultural, historical, and agricultural significance in addition to it’s rare designation as both UNESCO Cultural and Biological World Heritage worthy.

CURRICULUMThe Sonoran Desert and its Sub-Provinces; Geology of the Baja Peninsula;  Of Boojums and Biznagas – The Endemic Flora of The Central Baja Region;  The Gray Whales – Science and Significance; Cultural Overlays – Archaic to Contemporary; Agriculture on the Strand – Productivity and Prosperity.  The Missions of the Baja Camino Real.

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