Giving to
Bryn Mawr

Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center

Cave Paintings, the Sea of Cortez & Baja California

January 2 -9, 2011

Join this expedition over land and sea to discover the historical treasures of the Baja Peninsula with the marine rich waters of the Sea of Cortez. We will view the Neolithic rock art set among the spectacular landscape of Mulege and learn about the region’s history as we spend 2 nights in Loreto, the first Spanish settlement on the peninsula. We then board the Sea Bird exploring the wonders of the Sea of Cortez in an up front and personal way. We will spend 5 days with an expert expedition team exploring among hundreds of playful dolphins, snorkeling with sea lions, kayaking, bird watching, observing marine life and hiking on uninhabited desert islands.

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Preliminary Itinerary
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DAY 1: January 2, 2011 - Los Angeles/La Paz, Mexico/Loreto

Fly to La Paz and transfer to Loreto, including a lunch stop in Ciudad Constitución. Arrive in the afternoon and check into La Mision Hotel. There is time to explore Loreto on your own or join a presentation on local history and culture. (L,D)

DAY 2: January 3, 2011 - San Javier Mission/Loreto

Drive through the breathtaking Sierra de la Giganta mountains to the town of San Javier, where we’ll visit the second oldest mission in Baja and enjoy a local lunch. Learn from a local guide who will make the history of the region come alive. Later, return to Loreto and visit the Loreto Mission and museum. You’ll have time on your own to explore Loreto and join a discussion on tomorrow’s visit to Mulegé before dinner. La Mision Hotel (B,L,D)

DAY 3: January 4, 2011 - Mulegé/Puerto Escondido/Embark

Drive north along the coast, past the beautiful Bahía Concepción and arrive in Mulegé, where we’ll walk through time to view rock art dating back to the Neolithic period — some 1,500 to 4,500 years B.C. You have the option of viewing beautifully preserved petroglyphs or taking a more active hike into a canyon where paintings adorn the walls. This area was later home to the Cochimies Indians. Enjoy lunch in Mulegé and later, drive to Puerto Escondido, a natural port about 45 minutes south of Loreto, to board National Geographic Sea Bird. (B,L,D)

DAY 4: January 5, 2011 - Isla Santa Catalina

Today we’ll visit lovely Isla Santa Catalina, famous for its giant barrel cactus and cardon forest. The protected bay of our anchorage is also an excellent site for snorkeling. With a full afternoon here, there is time for swimming, snorkeling, hiking and kayaking. Observe the great diversity of bird life, including verdins, woodpeckers and Costa’s hummingbirds. (B,L,D)

DAY 5: January 6, 2011 - Exploring the Sea of Cortez/Isla Danzante

This morning search for whales in the waters around Isla Danzante, an area that has proven to be one of the best for finding several species of whales and often bottlenose and common dolphins. The island is surrounded by the most majestic part of the Sierra de la Giganta mountains and is also the perfect location to kayak, snorkel and walk through a magnificent desert environment. (B,L,D)

DAY 6: January 7 2011 - Isla San Jose

Take Zodiac cruises through the island’s lush mangrove channels and discover nearby middens (ancient shell mounds) — evidence of the region’s rich Indian history. This island is perfect for exploration as each turn may provide yet another unusual flower, butterflies, a bird’s nest or endemic reptiles, all nestled in and around a great display of geologic history. (B,L,D)

DAY 7: January 8, 2011 - Islas Los Islotes and Espíritu Santo

At Isla Los Islotes, you have an opportunity for one of life’s greatest pleasures — snorkeling among playful sea lions. With deeply indented shorelines and dramatically eroded cliff faces, Isla Espíritu Santo is perhaps the most beautiful island in the Sea of Cortez. We have a leisurely afternoon for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, long walks and perhaps even a beach barbecue in the evening. (B,L,D)

DAY 8: January 9, 2011 - La Paz/Los Angeles/Home

Explore La Paz, visit the serpentarium and enjoy a traditional musical performance during lunch. Transfer to the airport for flights to Los Angeles in the early afternoon. (B,L)

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Cost and Program Inclusions

Aboard the 62-Guest
National Geographic Sea Bird

Cabin Price Per Person Double Occupancy *
Category 1............................. $3,480
Category 2..............................$3,960
Category 3............................. $4,490

Sole Occupancy *
Category 1............................. $5,470
Category 2..............................$6,190


Cost Includes: Accommodations, all meals, meals indicated; excursions; services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; all port charges and service taxes.

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Host Lecturer


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National Geographic Sea Bird


Linblad's twin expedition ships, National Geographic Sea Bird and National Geographic Sea Bird, can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to their small size, yet each comfortably accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. All cabins face outwards with windows, private facilities and individual climate control.

Thanks to Linblad's sturdy fleet of Zodiacs and virtually untippable kayaks, you can be off the ship and out exploring within a moment's notice. Launch your kayak from a picturesque beach, hike with our Bryn Mawr Faculty Lecturer or Linblad's naturalists into the rain forest or walk easily along a sandy dune.

The Public Areas of the ships include a Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; Observation Deck; partially covered Sun Deck with chairs and tables, and LEXspa. Linblad's "Open Bridge" policy provides guests and opportunity to meet their Officers and Captain and learn about navigation.

All meals are served in single a seating with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local flair.

Linblad's state of the art Expedition Equipment includes: Bow Camera, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope and, Zodiac landing craft. Special Features: Guest internet access, Wellness Program and LEXmarket. A Video Chronicler onboard all voyages. alaska

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