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TYPES OF TOURS:
Service Programs / Volunteer Vacations
Educational / Cultural Tours
   
2006/2007 DESTINATIONS:
Africa
Australia
Asia
Mexico
Central & South America
Caribbean
North America
   
GROUP DEPARTURES:
Galapagos Enchanted Isles: June 24 - July 4**
Best of Costa Rica: July 12 -24**
South Africa Wildlife Conservation Volunteer Vacation: September 25 - October 6 **
   
Other Programs:
Women's Expedition to Aconcaugua
Musician's Cultural Workshop in Ecuador
   
** These programs are available for credit through the Colorado School of Mines Teacher Enhancement Program.
   

BAJA, MEXICO: EXPLORE THE SEA OF CORTEZ

INTRODUCTION:
This trip is a spectacular opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to learn about the wide variety of flora and fauna of this unique area. Our home will be the 80' Don Jose, a privately chartered 16 passenger boat. As we begin our cruise to explore this diverse ecosystem, one of our goals is to find Blue Whales. Each year the largest living creatures on earth migrate to Baja's Sea of Cortez. Reaching over 100 feet in length the sheer grandeur of these leviathans will utterly bedazzle you. Along the way, we are likely to encounter Humpbacks, Finback, Pilot, Orcas and Minke whales. Sightings of Bottlenose and Common dolphin, Green sea turtles, Thresher sharks, and Blue Marlin, are also possible. Daily land excursions to remote desert islands will reveal Galapagos-like diversity and abundance. Watch Heerman's Gulls, Egrets and Red Bills nesting or feeding in the mangrove lined estuaries and rocky shorelines. Snorkel and discover fish from brilliantly colored scissor tail damselfish to silverstrip chromis. Or photograph the finest details of Brown or Blue-Footed Boobies.

SAMPLE ITINERARY:
Day 1
: Arrive in La Paz!
Arrive in La Paz and taxi to the dock where the Don Jose is located. This evening will be spent on board to allow an early morning departure the next day.

Day 2-6: Midriff Islands.
The daily itinerary is flexible to take advantage of unexpected natural history opportunities. Each day enjoy sightings of whales, dolphins and a large variety of birds. During our cruise, we will visit some of the Midriff Islands such as Isla Santa Catalan, Isla Carmen, Isla Ildefonso, Isla San Pedro Martir, Isla Rasa, Isla San Jose, and Isla Espiritu Santo. There will be opportunities for photography, bird watching, hiking, snorkeling and kayaking.

Day 7
Arriving mid afternoon in La Paz, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon and evening are free to enjoy this wonderful seaside town.

Day 8-Departure.
Group taxis to the airport or extend your stay to relax in this wonderful Mexican town.

DETAILS:
Dates:March to May

Price: Per person price based on double occupancy is from $1795* and includes: six nights six nights shipboard accommodations, one night hotel in La Paz, all meals and beverages, ground transportation to/from the airports. Not included: airfare, and boat crew gratuity.

*Great summer rates! Bring a group of friends, teachers (continuing education trip) or students and receive significant savings.

Call Pam at 720-746-0748 or email her at pam@kindredspiritstourandtravel.com

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