Apr 20 - 29, 2010 (with Optional Cabo San Lucas Extension)

Cost: $TBD includes all 9 nights hotel accommodations, all ground transport,.2 boat trips, 9.breakfasts.and dinners, one lunch, and drinking water.
The price is based on double occupancy.  A single supplement of $
.The trip will be limited to 8 participants.

Baja California is one of the most beautiful places on earth, yet it is very under-

photographed. Come with Jim to experience the land where the desert meets the

sea- home of lovely beaches, remote deserts, crystalline waters, old missions

quaint seaside towns, and an amazing array of sea-life. We'll start at the southern tip

of the Baja peninsula in the modern tourist resort of Cabo San Lucas and work our

way north to the seaside city of La Paz, playground of movie stars in the 50's. We'll

then explore the less touristy Baja towns of Loreto Mulege, and Todos Santos, and

the beautiful islands, desert and sea-life nearby.

Just south of the U.S. border, the Baja California peninsula runs for about 800 miles south to the Land's End Arch at Cabo San Lucas. It is flanked on the west by the Pacific Ocean, and on the east by the Sea of Cortez (also referred to as the Gulf of California). Baja is home to more than 3000 plant species, some of which grow nowhere else on earth. It's coastline and many islands are home to numerous seabirds, sea-lions, and are called the Galapagos of North America. The Sea of Cortez is famous for its huge populations of fish, as well as whales and dolphins. And perhaps most importantly Baja is home to some of the friendliest people to be found anywhere.

On this adventure we will cover the southern part of the peninsula between the town of

Mulege to the north, and Cabo San Lucas to the south. We'll photograph seascapes,

desert scenery, boats and fishermen, sea mammals and birds, missions, towns, and the

people of Baja. The trip is geared for photography, but is immensely enjoyable for those

who aren't serious photographers. There will be opportunities along the way to pass on

the photography and spend some time on a pristine beach and swim in the turquoise

sea, or simply relax and sip a cerveza (or soft drink) under the shade of a palapa while

gazing out at the tranquil waters........
Jim's gallery from April, 2007 click here


To view some of Jim’s images of this trip click here
Jim's gallery from April, 2005 click here
Jim's gallery from Nov, 2005 click here

Day one (Apr 20):  Arrive in Los Cabos, check into our beachfront hotel. Those who arrive early enough will have time to take

a swim or explore the town of San Jose del Cabo before we have our welcome dinner. We'll spend the night in Cabo.


Day Two:  In the morning we'll drive north to La Paz, stopping in a quaint Baja town along the way. we'll drive north

where we'll take a hike up to take scenic shots of breathtaking Balandra Bay from up on the cliff, and then drive down

for a closer look. We'll photograph other seascapes and shots of pelicans, fishermen, etc. We'll shoot the sunset at

Balandra Bay from a point with a vista of the Balancing Rock, and pelicans soaring by. We'll then return to town and

have a nice seafood dinner. We'll spend the night in La Paz.


Day Three:  In the morning we'll we'll go out to Tecolote Beach and board our boat to visit the large sea lion colony

at Los Islotes, the small islands off the larger island of Espiritu Santo. This area is known as "the Galapagos of Baja".

As we cruise very slowly and float close to the shore, scores of sea-lions can be photographed at close range in their

natural habitat. The islands are also teaming with many species of sea birds. On the way there and back we'll cruise

along the shore of the beautiful Isla Espiritu Santo, photographing natural arches, colorful rock cliffs, and sea-life.

We'll also beach the boat in crystalline waters and have a chance to walk around on the island and in the water.

We'll return to Playa Tecolote in time to eat fresh seafood served at tables on the beach and take photos of pelicans

diving into the shimmering Sea of Cortez for their dinner at sunset. We'll spend the night in La Paz.


Day Four: In the morning we'll shoot scenes of the city, and of the picturesque malecon (sea-walk). We'll also have

some free time before lunch. In the afternoon we'll drive north to the quaint little oasis town of Mulege. We'll have

lunch in the seaside town of Loreto, before continuing the journey. We'll stop for a photo shoot of the turquoise

Conception Bay before arriving in Mulege. We'll have dinner at a fantastic restaurant on the beach. We'll spend the

night in Mulege.


Day Five:  In the morning we'll explore the town and mission at Mulege. We'll photograph from a vista near the

mission with a view of the palm-filled arroyo. We'll then head out to the beautiful Bahia de Concepcion and shoot

beach/desert scenes, along with boats, palapas and mangroves. Then we'll go out to the old lighthouse to take photos

at sunset. We'll have dinner at a fantastic seafood restaurant in town. We'll spend the night in Mulege.


Day Six: In the morning we'll visit the old prison, which is now a museum, and visit a local fish camp to witness

local fishermen unloading the catch of the day. We'll then drive south to Loreto, stopping to have a picnic lunch at a

beach on the way. We'll take more photos of desert and seascapes around scenic Concepcion Bay on the way. After

some free time in Loreto, we'll go down to the bo at/fishing harbor and photograph in the last light. We'll spend the

night in Loreto.


Day Seven: In the morning we'll explore the town of Loreto, the first capital of the Californias, and the site of the

first mission. After lunch we'll drive the old El Camino Real (it's now a dirt road) through the breath-taking desert

scenery of the Sierra Giganta mountain range to see Mission San Javier, one of the best-preserved of the California

missions in perhaps the most spectacular setting of any of them. On the way back to Loreto we'll stop to photograph

the desert scenery in the last light. We'll spend the night in Loreto.


Day Eight: In the morning we'll take a scenic boat ride around picturesque Isla Coronado. We'll photograph its

turquoise waters, sandy beaches, pelicans and other seabirds, and a sea lion colony. We'll take a break and a swim

on a pristine beach to photograph the turquoise waters and soaring pelicans. In the late afternoon we'll go to a

location near town with a panoramic view over the Sea of Cortez, and photograph the full moon rising at sunset

time. We'll spend the night in Loreto.


Day Nine: Wake up early and photograph the sunrise over islands in the sparkling Sea of Cortez from a vista high

above. Then drive to Cabo San Lucas, stopping for lunch and time to explore in the picturesque artist's colony town of

Todos Santos. Arrive in San Jose del Cabo in time for the last light. We'll have our celebration dinner at a popular

San Jose del Cabo restaurant. Spend the night in Cabo.


Day Ten (Apr 29): Have breakfast and relax or shop before you catch your flight back home, or................




Day Ten: We'll wake up early and board our boat in the harbor at Cabo San Lucas. We'll take the boat for an early

morning shoot to El Arco and Lover's Beach. We'll shoot the morning light as it plays upon the cliffs and the arch.

We'll photograph pirate caves, rock formations, pelicans and sea-lions on the rocks. After a breakfast overlooking the

harbor, we'll explore the marina and have some free time to explore or shop in the tourist center of Cabo San Lucas.

In the afternoon we'll have some time to see the church and central plaza in the town of San Jose del Cabo. We'll

then have dinner at the elegant Sunset Mona Lisa Restaurant, located on top of a cliff with a splendid view of Cabo and the arch. We'll

then photograph the waves crashing on the rocks with the arch in the background during sunset and twilight time.

We'll spend the night in Cabo.


Day Eleven (May 30): Have breakfast and relax or shop before you catch your flight back home..

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What past participants of Jim’s tours to Baja had to say:


"Jim, I just wanted to thank you again and tell you how impressed I was with our trip. I will definitely recommend

your trips to anyone I come across who may be interested (and don't be surprised if I end up on a few more myself).

Thanks again and happy shooting in the future!" Joe Italiano, San Diego, CA


"Jim, thank you so much for the exceptional journey to Baja for the wonderful photographic and nature experience.

The desert environment is a bit of heaven on earth. Your knowledge of this region made it so educational and all of

the places are a wonder to behold. I can only hope to experience it with you again one day, once is not enough!"

Warmest regards, Sharon Murnane, San Diego, CA


Thanks for putting together such a great trip! I am happy that I got to experience some new places and become
reacquainted with places I'd seen before.  Your willingness to help with photography tips, knowledge of the area and
language made the trip really special.  Thanks again for a terrific trip.”
        Wille Olbaum, San Diego


“Hi Jim, thanks for the group photo trip.  It was a great trip and you are an excellent guide.  You really know your way
around Mexico.  You steered us safely around the roads and the restaurants, too!  May your business prosper!”
Nancy Petitti, San Diego


"Jim, I wanted to tell you thanks for a truly amazing trip last month. Your trip gave me an opportunity to relax, enjoy

the adventure and concentrate on my photography. It was obvious you had spent a lot of time traveling in Mexico and

specifically in Baja. You made this trip an awesome adventure. Thank you! I will certainly be joining you again on

another trip to Baja in the very near future!" Dan Megna, Ramona, CA


Jim's photos of Baja have won numerous awards, and have been exhibited at the San Diego Natural History Museum.


To see Jim's images from the April, 2007 tour, click here


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