Cortez and Bahia Encantada

Feb 12, 2019 - National Geographic Venture

We find ourselves this morning along the southern coast of the Sea of Cortez. The sky is blue and the winds are high, yet second only to group spirits! We have seen a great deal of wildlife native to this region. Such experiences in settings as intimate as this is an opportunity not many have.

We are underway with 50 knot winds and surrounded by the prospect of rarely seen animals all around us: if this isn’t delight! While winds are high, the weather is warm and comfortable. Despite whitecaps in the sea having prevented us from spotting whales on this day, these are the first strong winds of the trip and a worthwhile bookend to a voyage rich in lovely weather.   

Luckily for us, the afternoon ushered in calmer seas and a chance to go ashore at a place called Bahia Encantada on San Jose Island. The area is known for its lush array of vegetation, protected anchorage, sandy beach, and spectacular arroyo (dried river-bed) which slices into the island’s interior. Along its winding, twisting length there were sightings of the Xantus’ hummingbird, as well as short-eared owls and many turkey vultures soaring overhead.

With the warm, comfortable weather continuing into the late afternoon, we headed back to the ship for farewell drinks and a curated slideshow to help us relive the whole expedition.

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Eric Guth

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Eric began work with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic in 2006 as a means to see the world, work with great photographers and engage his environmental studies degree beyond the classroom. His initial years with the company were spent working the waters of Southeast Alaska and Baja California. His move to the National Geographic Explorer in 2008 helped earn him the experience and knowledge needed to establish himself as a trusted boat handler, naturalist and respected photographer in nearly all the environments Lindblad-National Geographic travels.

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