This voyage, aboard the Mechudo catamaran, sails the Sea of Cortez following the migratory paths of various whales.
Enjoy a relaxing and comfortable week’s sailing experience with a small group of like-minded whale enthusiasts, through a stunning archipelago from La Paz, observing a great diversity of marine mammals including the blue whale, fin whale and bottlenose dolphin.
This exclusive voyage will combine activities such as snorkelling, hiking, birding walks and whale watching, each supported by the expertise of your on-board naturalist guide.
Day1: Depart UK
Depart the UK on an overnight flight to La Paz via Mexico City.
Day2: Arrive La Paz
Upon arrival in La Paz you will transfer from the airport to your hotel, and the rest of the day is free to explore this charming town.
Accommodation: Hotel Marina, 1-night
Day3: Board Mechudo catamaran
You spend the day at leisure and then in the late afternoon transfer to the marina to board the Mechudo. You are then free for the evening to enjoy your first Mexican dinner in a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Mechudo, 6-nights.
Days4-8: Sailing cruise in the Sea of Cortez
For the next five days you cruise the Sea of Cortez and, depending on weather conditions and the whales’ locations, will visit a selection of islands including Isla Catalan, Isla San Francisco, Isla Santa Cruz, Agua Verde, Isla San Jose, Isla Espiritu Santo and Los Islotes.
Known as the mini Galapagos, the Sea of Cortez offers a great diversity of wildlife and your naturalist guide will take you on guided walks and bird watching tours, looking for the magnificent frigatebird, blue-footed booby, brown pelican, red-billed tropicbird and storm petrel. In addition, your whale encounters may include the elusive blue whale, the fin whale and bottlenose dolphin.
Every day your naturalist guide will provide lectures on the incredible marine ecology and natural history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day9: Sail to La Paz, 1-night hotel
Today you will sail back to the mainland, disembarking at La Paz. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure.
Day10: Depart La Paz
Day11: Arrive UK
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 11 daysfrom £2,995 pp
Duration and price excluding international flights: 9 daysfrom £2,195 pp
Services of local naturalist guides while on board
The Sea of Cortez (also known as the The Gulf of California) is a UNESCO World Heritage site that separates the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland. It is thought to be one of the most diverse seas on the planet with the widest variety of whales and dolphins, and nearly 900 species of fish.
Where: West coast
Ideal for viewing: blue whale, fin whale, humpback whale, whaleshark, Bryde’s whale
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Mechudo is a small and exclusive catamaran, beautifully designed and a perfect size to offer great sailing opportunities around Baja. Its legendary name comes from a location near La Paz Bay where a pearl diver named Mechudo mysteriously disappeared after refusing to donate his beautiful pearl to the church.