Los Isolotes & San Evaristo

Dec 28, 2018 - National Geographic Venture


Happy Friday from the Sea of Cortez! Today was an activity packed day. It all started with a gorgeous sunrise that welcomed us to Los Islotes. Our Exhale yoga teacher, Jesse Lujan, had a pre-breakfast yoga session on the sun deck to get folks energized for the day. Our first mission was to go snorkeling from our Zodiacs right off of the tiny island of Los Islotes. The island is inhabited by a number of species of birds: brown pelicans, cormorants, great blue herons, yellow-legged gulls, blue-footed boobies, and turkey vultures. But we came here to swim with the colony of sea lions that enjoy the safety of the rocks and the plentiful food that in the sea. Our guest got a snorkel session of a lifetime as young sea lions swam around us with the curiosity of a young pup.

After sailing away from Los Islotes, we were intercepted by a huge pod of common dolphins. For 30 minutes, they rode the bow of National Geographic Venture. Pure fun for both the dolphins and our guest.

In the afternoon, we arrived at our second location, San Evaristo. This small fishing village was a prime location for us to start our second half of activities. Guest had their choice of snorkeling, kayaking, or paddleboarding in the cove of San Evaristo. Some even managed to do all three while others simply enjoyed the relaxation of the beach. To end our outing, we split off into groups of nature hikes and photo walks. The photo walk was led by National Geographic photographer Jeff Mauritzen and our certified photo instructor Alex Joseph. We traversed the desert landscape in search for the perfect sunset photo. Along the way, we found a salt flat that is mined by the locals. With the sun setting behind the mountains, we walked away with some incredible photos.

With a full day of events accomplished, beverages and snacks back aboard National Geographic Venture was the perfect way to end yet another perfect day here in Baja, Mexico. 

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Alex Joseph

Video Chronicler

Alex was born and raised in Alabama. First living in a state park on the Tennessee River then growing up on Alabama’s white sand beaches, he has always had an affinity for nature and wildlife. Alex started his professional career while studying film at the University of Alabama. Working as a news cameraman, he covered President Obama’s inauguration and received three Associated Press awards. After graduating, Alex left news to enter the documentary world. Shortly after, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill happened, and he moved back home to Gulf Shores to document the tragedy for the city. This led him to Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic with whom he has traveled around the world, chronicling the adventures of these once-in-a lifetime trips.

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