As we continue our journey southward along the Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula, we have returned to several themes that connect the many seemingly disparate locations we have explored: isolation and endemism. Like on the islands of the California and the north, the islands of Baja are dominated by species that have been isolated for thousands of years and have since diverged to become their own unique species found nowhere else in the world. Today we visited Isla Cedros to continue our search for the rare and unique. Guests hiked through a sprawling arroyo to get glimpses at diverse plant, bird, and reptile endemics and subspecies. Later in the day we sailed further around the southern side of the island to learn about the one permanent settlement and its dependence on salt production, encountered hundreds of flying fish gliding just above the waves, and boarded our Zodiacs for a relaxing sunset cruise.
National Geographic Venture
On the morning of Thursday, National Geographic Venture navigated into Puerto los Gatos, a large bay in the Sea of Cortez. Here, guests would spend their day snorkeling, swimming, hiking, or beachcombing in the beautiful Baja sun.