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Whales of Baja California – Photographics Tour

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9 Days - February 2020
Availability : February 14 - February 22 2020
La Paz Baja California Sur Mexico
La Paz Baja California Sur Mexico
Max People : 12
Whales of Baja California

Accompanied by Andrea Izzotti, international award-winning underwater and naturalistic photographer and marine biologist, this tour aims to give the opportunity to encounter three different species of whales in Baja California.

It is probably the only tour in the world that provides the opportunity to encounter the blue whale, the largest animal in the world, to caress the grey whale and its calf, and admire the great jumps of the humpback whale; all in the same trip.

All of this in absolutely uncontaminated landscapes; in areas far from the tourist frenzy, allowing to re-establish the relationship between man and nature that we seek so much and rarely find.

An adventurous journey that will give emotions and memories to be immortalized with your camera or mobile phone.

If whales are the undisputed protagonists of the tour, they will not be alone, as you will have the opportunity to come in contact with other cetaceans; different species of dolphins, manta rays, turtles and many other inhabitants of the Sea of Cortez. You will also view many species of birds (frigates, hawks, vultures, eagles, pelicans, terns and others) and mammals such as coyotes and wild horses. In addition, you will have the opportunity to snorkel with the sea lions in the pristine waters of Cabo Pulmo.

Those who wish, can ask for advice from the accompanying photographer, and for those who do not know how to photograph, there will also be a mini course during the tour that will open the mind to different possibilities.

The workshop will continue in the evening where you will discuss what you photographed and how you photographed it, and learn to choose the best images; making it a tour suitable for all photographers and non-photographers alike.

The workshop is the added value of this beautiful journey … and is included in the price!

 

Blue Whale

The blue whale is the largest animal in the world as it can exceed thirty meters in length. From January to March, it frequents the Sea of Cortez and although the sighting is not guaranteed, the chances are very high. It is a very unique encounter, only possible in a few places in the world. You will receive advice on how to get the best photos and on the behaviour of these wonderful and placid animals.

 

 

Grey Whale

At the beginning of January, coming from Alaska, grey whales arrive to Baja California to give birth and breastfeed their “calves”. Newly born, they are already five to six meters long (16-20 feet). After the first month, the calves are more open to life and it is possible, in some areas, to approach them by boat and experience the incredible emotion of getting in touch with the whale. We are not joking, you can touch the grey whales and exchange some glances from species to species. If you follow the photographer’s advice, you will also have the opportunity to take not only photographs, but also unique videos, putting the camera underwater!

 

Humpback Whale

Of the three species included in the tour, the humpback whale is characterized by the possibility of seeing it breach, higher than the grey whale, while there are very rare cases of the blue whale jumping. With a bit of luck, you will then have the opportunity to take pictures during these unforgettable moments. The photographer will prepare you and show you the settings and the best positions.

 

Baja California

During the tour, which crosses much of the Baja California Sur peninsula, you will have the opportunity to admire unique landscapes and beautiful endemic cactuses of different species. There are endless photographic possibilities: from portraits of vultures perched on cacti, to large landscapes with colors that change continuously depending on the time of day. With many straight roads that seem to never end, the eyes can see for kilometers on end. The colours will mix during the journey, with the intense blue of the sky, green, red and yellow; the scenic beauty will accompany us throughout the journey.

Cabo Pulmo

Cabo Pulmo is a place that has become legendary for the richness of natural wonders outside and under the sea; a wild place where you will also have the opportunity to snorkel near a colony of sea lions. Unique landscapes where the deep blue Sea of Cortez is mixed with giant granite teeth and plains full of centuries-old cacti, where the earth seems to be a palette of colors in all their shades.

Photographic Workshop

You will have the opportunity to be supported by an expert professional who, for several years, has been visiting the most beautiful and exclusive places of Baja California and who will share “in the field” professionalism, without telling it from a desk or from a stage, but at your level, side by side, day after day. An itinerant laboratory, a kind of photographic trek that will allow you to expand your visions and create or develop your own style, follow or escape from the canonical rules, to develope your own language and your own photographic story.

Itinerary

Day 1 - February 14, 2020 La Paz – Loreto

In the morning after the meeting in the hotel, we will depart to Loreto along the legendary “Carretera” 1, or Highway 1. There will be stops in the most beautiful places to admire and photograph the silent and incredible desert, the ancient canyons dug by the water and the beauty of centuries-old cacti that make Baja California a unique and almost legendary territory. We will arrive to Loreto in the afternoon. Breakfast on your own – Lunch on your own – Dinner on your own – Night at the hotel

Day 2 - February 15, 2020Loreto

After Breakfast at the hotel, we will move to the port for an expedition at sea in search of the blue whale, the largest animal on the planet, which can reach 190 tons in weight and about 30-36 meters in length (about 100-120 feet). Interested only in the swarms of krill, this wonderful animal moves slowly with elegance in the waves, offering wonderful opportunities for photos. Breakfast included – Lunch on the beach included – Dinner on your own – Night at the hotel

Day 3 - February 16, 2020Loreto - San Ignacio

On the third day, we’re going north into the heart of Baja California. We will visit the beautiful beaches of Bahia Concepción and pass through Santa Rosalia, a beautiful colonial town, home to a copper mine since the late 1800s. We will visit a beautiful valley with centuries-old cacti. In the afternoon, we will be in San Ignacio, a small village that is surrounded by an oasis of palm trees on an ancient settlement of the native Cochimi people and home to an important mission. In the evening, we will arrive at the equipped camp to spend the night in a tent. Breakfast included – Lunch on your own – Dinner On our own – Night at the hotel

Day 4 - February 17, 2020San Ignacio

In the morning, we will arrive to the San Ignacio Lagoon, UNESCO World Heritage Site and Sanctuary of the Grey Whale, or Eschiritius Robustus. This day will be dedicated to the wonderful cetaceans that populate this lagoon to reproduce and give birth to their calves. The relationship between man and these animals is ancient and often the familiarity and confidence with these mammals is very close, including physical contact, often playing with the people on the expedition. In the afternoon, we will explore part of the lagoon and then return to the camp. Breakfast included – Lunch in the Camp – Dinner in the Camp – Night in the Camp

Day 5 - February 18, 2020San Ignacio

In the morning, we will set sail for a second trip with the wonderful Cetaceans, and then have lunch in the base camp. In the afternoon, we will head south along a mixed route of asphalt and dirt road, skirting the immense lagoons of the Pacific Ocean, crossing plains and canyons, witnesses of ancient eruptions, where the layers of lava are still visible and draw distinct lines on the mountains. This ancient connecting route was one of the most important tracks of the Baja 1000, one of the most famous off-road races in the world. Those who want to will have an ample opportunity to practice their own technique and express their own photographic language and can also be enriched with the advice of the photographer who is always attentive to the details that can be part of the narrative in images. In the evening, we will arrive to a village on the banks of a river where we will spend the night. Breakfast Included – Lunch in the camp – Dinner Included – Night in the camp ( Option bungalow)

Day 6 - February 19, 2020Pacific Coast

After breakfast, we will depart south to reach the immense Bahia Magdalena. We will explore this almost virgin land, characterized by a complex labyrinth of mangroves that host cormorants, ospreys, blue herons, egrets and petrels. The photographic opportunities will be endless for all: with the help of the photographer we will look for reflections on the water. We will choose the best settings to be ready to shoot in case of sudden action – Breakfast included – Lunch on your own – Dinner on your own– Night at the Hotel.

Day 7 - February 20, 2020Pacific Coast - La Paz

Today will be dedicated to a boat visit to Bahia Magdalena where we can see whales, colonies of cormorants and sea lions. We will also continue adventuring in the photographic way, with so many photographic opportunities to end the day happy and exhausted. There will be landscapes, portraits set, details, all to be shot in the way that is closest to the feeling of each participant, who if desired, will be personally followed exclusively by the accompanying photographer. We will also visit the immense dunes of the island that act as a barrier to the Pacific Ocean. After lunch, we will head south to return to La Paz. Breakfast included – Lunch on your own – Dinner on your own – Night at the Hotel

Day 8 - February 21, 2020La Paz - Cabo Pulmo

After breakfast at the hotel, we will head south towards the marine park of Cabo Pulmo. On our way, we will stop in an ancient pueblo where we will have the opportunity to visit a museum that summarizes the incredible history of this small pueblo minero (mining town) that, in the early twentieth century, was populated by thousands of people. We will visit a beautiful museum and we will continue towards Cabo Pulmo where we expect to arrive at sunset. Breakfast included – Lunch on your own – Dinner on your own – Night in Bungalow

Day 9 - February 22, 2020Cabo Pulmo - La Paz

After breakfast, we will leave for a boat expedition in the marine park of Cabo Pulmo, the only coral reef in North America. We will be able to admire the beauty of a marine environment protected for more than 20 years, observe an unimaginable amount of different marine species, including the wonderful humpback whales. In this case, the accompanying photographer, expert diver and marine biologist, can help those who want to try to shoot a video underwater. Humpback whales are often characterized by jumps with the body almost completely out of the water. Being able to capture this moment is obviously not easy, but following the advice of the photographer, the possibilities will increase and with the right settings and a little “luck”, you can take a wonderful memory of an incredible spectacle of nature. After the boat trip, depending on the time, we will visit a part of the Sierra and we will make stops in a particular point where there are hot spring waters where we can relax. In the evening, we will return to La Paz. Breakfast on your own – Free on your own – Dinner on your own – Night at the Hotel.

Departure & Return Location

La Paz - Baja California Sur

Price Includes

  • All Guide
  • 6 Nights in Hotel - (double room)
  • 2 Nights in Bungalow (double room)
  • 1 Night in equiped camp in tent (dooble acomodation)
  • Boat excursions in : Loreto , Bahia Magdalena, Cabo pulmo and 2 in San Ignacio
  • Rent 4x4 car and all Gasoline
  • Photographic Workshop

Price Excludes

  • Meals where indicated as "On your own"
  • Alcohol
  • Tips (usually 10%)
  • Airfare

Tour Price

Tour Price: USD 2,790.00 

Reserve your space with a USD  500,00 deposit.

 

This adventure participates in the ILoveBajaSur Project

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