Welcome to Mexico! And to Ensenada, Baja California Norte! We have left the United States and our first port of call is sure to be a memorable one. This morning we sailed slowly into the port of Ensenada, past Isla de Todos Santos, All Saints Island. Over half a million people call the city of Ensenada home, and there is a thriving culture and business center. After we pulled into the dock on the north side of the city, we boarded coaches and took the scenic hour drive up the Route de Vino to the northeast into the Valle de Guadalupe. This area has been called the Napa Valley of Mexico and produces more than eighty percent of the country’s wine. We found ourselves at perhaps the most well-known of all these wineries, Mount Xanic. We were treated to a walking-tasting tour of the facility. The beautiful grounds and the flavorful wines ushered us down to the nearby reservoir for lunch. The delicious Mexican feast was complete with mariachi music and a chocolatey dessert spread. Reluctantly we boarded the busses back to Ensenada, but our hesitation soon faded as we wandered through the city on our own or relaxed back on board. Low and behold, just off our port side, dozens of local fishing boats, adorned in holiday lights, paraded around in the harbor giving us the perfect show before dinner. A beautiful welcome to Mexico.
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.