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2010 Baja Trip

2010 Orca Network Trip to Baja
to see Gray Whales!

Visit the Friendly Gray Whales
of San Ignacio Lagoon
with Orca Network in 2012!


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Join us Feb. 25 - 29 or Feb. 29 - March 4, 2012 on our Five-day Expedition to Baja to visit the friendly Gray Whales of San Ignacio Lagoon. We are now deciding which dates are better for the trip in 2012. If you have a preference of either of these dates please let us know.

Please email Orca Network to inquire about how to register for the 2012 Baja Gray Whale.

Photos from the Orca Network 2010 Baja Trip March 3-7, 2010 and earlier trips below and HERE.

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Orca Network hosted our 4th trip to San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja March 3-7, 2010, to visit the Gray Whales in one of their birthing lagoons, and learn about the amazing ecosystems of Baja's Biosphere Reserve. The trip raised much needed funding for Orca Network's Sighting Network and education programs, while providing an amazing opportunity to watch and learn about the gray whales on the southern end of their migration. Please contact Orca Network to inquire further.
Skagit Valley Herald story here: A Whale of a Time

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Trip departs from San Diego, CA, trip expenses paid from there, including transportation to Campo Cortez, Baja, meals, lodging, and whale watching.
Participants are responsible for flight to San Diego & lodging the nights before/after the trip.

CURRENT PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED! Please apply/renew early.

TRIP ITINERARY: Feb. 26: Arrive in San Diego

Note: Please contact Orca Network for lodging contact information for group rates.

See photo below for a list of marine mammals, invertebrates and birds seen in 2007:

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CAMPO CORTEZ:

Seemingly perched on the edge of civilization, “Campo Cortez” offers many modern amenities while maintaining a clean, comfortable and eco-friendly environment. The camp also provides a modern solar and wind generation system in our dining palapa and library that provides 110 ac or 12 volt dc power for all of your charging needs.

The camp also maintains:

Two private hot water showers (solar & propane)
Four eco-conscious bathrooms with flushing toilets (& beautiful murals!)
Marine mammal & Baja library
Satellite telephone for emergencies

Accommodations are sturdy two-person cabanas with dc power charger & solar lights, & spectacular views of the lagoon. The cabanas include sleeping cots with new sleeping bags, blankets, fresh linens and pillows -- you only need to bring your personal items. You’ll find that your sleeping quarters are weather proof, warm and extremely comfortable. If you are traveling alone, & wish to room with someone, we will help pair you up with a roommate either before the trip or upon our arrival. If you wish to have a cabin to yourself, there is an extra cost.

Every morning a hearty breakfast is served. Afterwards, you’ll depart in our skiffs to join the whales for about two hours of whale watching. Baja Ecotours guided boat trips with local captains allow you close encounters with the whales. The guides are graduates of a naturalist training program (RARE) and speak English. They educate while ensuring safe viewing with minimal disturbance.

After returning to camp you'll have time to yourself to wander the shell-strewn beaches, watch whales from the shore or just relax in your cabana. You'll enjoy a peaceful, go at your own pace atmosphere. We have no hectic schedules here. Lunch is served midday and then it's off to see the whales again.

In the afternoon you'll have time to take a natural history excursion, kayak the birding estuary, browse our library or simply relax beachside. At day’s end you’ll be treated to coffee, cocktails or refreshments as the sun sets over the dunes in the distance leaving a vermilion sky in its shadows. Sunsets are soon followed by authentic gourmet Mexican meals with plenty of fresh fish, vegetables, and other specialties. When you retire to your cabana you’ll be lulled asleep by the sounds of the lagoon; whales breathing in the distance and coyotes singing to the moon.

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The cabins you'll be staying in.

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A Note About Your Expedition & Mother Nature: Please keep in mind that your expedition is just that, an expedition into the remote Baja wilderness. Our daily itinerary is flexible allowing us the opportunity to take advantage of any unexpected wildlife or natural history encounters. While we make every effort to stick to our daily itinerary, unexpected delays may result due to any number of circumstances, such as bad weather or mechanical failures. Guided nature walks around Campo Cortez may fill in on windy days or just when requested, and sometimes day trips are taken to surrounding communities. Keep a flexible attitude and open spirit and you will be rewarded with the wildlife encounter of a lifetime. We'll see you soon in the Baja.

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Last year was our fourth trip to Campo Cortez on San Ignacio Lagoon, and we had an incredible time with the whales and the people, and hope you can join us on this year's adventure! Space is limited and the trip is filling up fast, so reserve your space now!

Susan & Howie
Orca Network


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