Imagine yourself afloat on the quiet waters of a sheltered coastal lagoon, under a warm desert sun, surrounded by dozens, if not hundreds, of 36-tonne whales breaching, spy-hopping, and frolicking; many times close enough to touch. These are the "friendly" gray whales of the eastern Pacific that winter and give birth to their calves in the protected lagoons of Mexico's Baja Peninsula.
If you are enchanted by whales, then this is the ultimate destination for you. On the trip we visit the two most important nursery lagoons of the Pacific gray whale, as well as an important wintering area for magnificent 150 tonne blue whales, the largest creatures to have ever lived. Add to that, the chance to see fin whales, breaching humpback whales and pods of common dolphins and pilot whales and you have a true cetacean bonanza.
The Baja Peninsula offers the nature traveller more than just a sunny, whale-filled winter getaway. There are historic Spanish missions, 3,000 year old rock paintings and petroglyphs, fabulous towering sand dunes, the cactus filled splendour of the Sonoran Desert, and the rejuvenating azure waters of the Sea of Cortez.
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Dr. Wayne Lynch is an internationally-recognized naturalist, science writer and professional wildlife photographer. He is the author and photographer of over 60 natural history books, and is an elected fellow of the Explorers Club and the Arctic Institute of North America. His biography has been included in the Canadian Who's Who, published by the University of Toronto, since 1996. Wayne has travelled in Baja for over 40 years. He has planned and accompanied trips for University of Calgary Continuing Education to Antarctica, Borneo, Brazil, Namibia, Arctic Norway, Kenya, Tanzania, Boreal Canada and Ecuador's Galapagos Islands.