Cabo Pulmo and the Sea of Cortez with Tam Warner Minton

snorkeling in Espiritu Santo Island

Join Tam Warner Minton from Travels with Tam, a blogger, diver and advocate for citizen science in our oceans. You will have a chance to learn more about marine and species protection, and how you can help! You will have the chance to dive or snorkel above the reefs of Cabo Pulmo National Park and see why this special place is seen as one of the world’s success story for marine conservation. Afterwards you will travel to La Paz where you will have the chance to participate in a whale shark research project and visit Espiritu Santo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to clear turquoise water, multitudes of fish species, and resident sea lions. This earthly paradise is less than one hour away from La Paz. The land and seascapes, along with the marine life will keep you and yours in awe. Join Tam on this incredible journey!

Highlights:
Cabo Pulmo National Park, snorkeling, marine park, Sierra La Laguna, waterfalls, vernal pools,  Espiritu Santo Island, sea lion colony, La Paz

Perfect for:
Nature lovers and adventure travelers

Departure City:
Los Cabos, Baja California Sur

Dates:
December 3 – 9, 2017

Duration:
7 Days / 6 Nights

December 3, 2017 – Arrival to Cabo and transfer to Cabo Pulmo


Land in Los Cabos, gateway to the Baja California peninsula where your driver and expert local guide will be waiting for you. Over lunch, your guide will brief you on the days to come, and serve as your natural and cultural to this magical place. Leaving San José del Cabo, you will head north on Highway 1 along the foot of the sierras to Cabo Pulmo National Park (1.5hrs). After settling in to your accommodations in this quaint little coastal community, take a stroll along the secluded beach at sunset… and relax.
 Accommodation: Baja Bungalows or Cabo Pulmo beach resort
 Meals: D

December 4, 2017- Diving or Snorkeling en Cabo Pulmo


Today we’ll spend the day diving and/or snorkeling in the Marine Park. We’ll have the chance to do 3 dives in different places of the Marine Park. Note that in Cabo Pulmo the chances of seeing sharks during a dive are very high in certain places throughout the year, and the probability of sightings is almost certain if proper measures are taken. Also, one of the most outstanding attractions of Pulmo`s waters are shoals of jacks that become so abundant that can the schools can block the passage of sunlight and be a “cloud” of fish extending from the water surface to the seabed. This “jack tornado” phenomenon is present throughout most of the year.
Accommodation: Baja Bungalows or Cabo Pulmo beach resort
 Meals: B, L

December 5, 2017- Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve

Today we will head up into the mountainous Sierra La Laguna in search of the vernal pools and waterfalls, that make this Biosphere Reserve a lush island in the desert, and home to the only oak and pine forests in the region. Your guide will lead you up through the canyons, where you will take in spectacular views, spot flora and fauna, and take a dip in the freshwater pools that make this place such a magical escape. After lunch we will learn from a local family about the ranchero culture they have preserved over the past few centuries and some of the conservation projects community members are participating in. In the late afternoon we will head back to Cabo Pulmo.
Accommodation: Baja Bungalows or Cabo Pulmo beach resort
 Meals: B, L

December 6, 2017- Snorkeling or diving and transfer to La Paz


Today we’ll have the opportunity to do some more diving and snorkeling in Cabo Pulmo marine park. There will also be a chance to explore the coastal trails and visit unspoiled beaches. In the afternoon we will head to La Paz to keep up exploring the Sea of Cortez.
 Accommodation: Costa Baja Resort or Hyatt Place
 Meals: B, L, D

December 7, 2017- Whale shark researcher for a day


Whale sharks are the true “gentle giants” of the oceans. The largest fish on the planet, these gentle beasts return yearly to the coast just off La Paz. Join the Whale Shark México team led by scientist Deni Ramírez in their efforts to learn more about these magnificent creatures and support their protection.After boarding the research vessel, the team will brief you on the research protocols. Throughout the day you will learn about the various science and research projects including photo-identification, population analysis, satellite tagging and genetic analysis. Heading out from La Paz we will hug the coastline, searching for whale sharks and stopping periodically to investigate. You’ll have the chance to snorkel and we will take time out for a lunch break. Don’t miss out on the chance to get up close to whale sharks alongside Mexico’s top researchers working to understand and protect these magnificent creatures.
 Accommodation: Costa Baja Resort or Hyatt Place
 Meals: B, L, D

December 8, 2017- Espíritu Santo Island Getaway


Our guides will give you a small briefing about trip inside the Natural Protected Area as we head out into the Bay of La Paz. After roughly 1.5 hours, we arrive at the sea lion colony for our first stop. You will have plenty of time to swim, snorkel and interact with the playful sea lions in the company of your guide as well as observe tropical fish and other wildlife. Beginner snorkelers are welcome, but must be able to swim. We then climb back on board the boat in search of a pristine beach where we will take in a scrumptious meal (please advise of special needs and dietary restrictions). On the beach, guides will lead an interactive chat about the natural history of the island, plants and mangroves. Test their knowledge! Relax, swim or take in a hike before happy hour, where we will share our most memorable moments before starting the trip back to La Paz, arriving around 5 p.m.
 Accommodation: Costa Baja Resort or Hyatt Place
 Meals: B, L, D

December 9, 2017 – Departure


Today, we’ll be transferred to Los Cabos airport to catch the flight back home.
 Accommodation: N/A
 Meals: B

December 3 – 9, 2017

Price:
$2,690 usd per person

$250 off to the first 6 people that sign up for the trip.

Ask for our kids discount or check our FAQ’s section.

A 20% deposit is required to confirm booking. We initially invoice you at the price that allows us to accommodate the smallest group we can operate without incurring a loss. If the group size grows during the booking period, we will refund the difference to you prior to your departure, corresponding to the reduction in our operational costs. We will try our best to include other guests on the open departures to let you travel at lower prices, and you can invite your friends and family as well to help bring the price down. Please read our FAQ section for payment and cancellation policy.

Note: trips are priced according to the number of full-price passengers on the trip. Staff and special guests are excluded from the count for this purpose.

Includes
Ground transportation, National park entrance fee, meals, accommodation and activities as mentioned in the itinerary, genuine cultural exchange, taxes

Excludes
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary, hotels or transportation prior or after the trip, tips (usually 10-15% of the trip fee)

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