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  • Swim with sea lions and snorkel with whale sharks Experience “glamping” on picturesque Isla Espiritu Santo
  • Hike, kayak and paddleboard with sea turtles and a stunning array of more aquatic life in the Sea of Cortez
  • Come face to face with gray whales in Magdalena Bay
  • A black bird with a large red throat pouch sits on a branch
  • © Colin Ruggiero
  • A lightly roasted green pepper sits in a bed of bright orange sauce
  • A sea lion dives amid crystalline ocean waters
  • A panoramic view of a small beach nestled among scruffy rocky hills at sunset

Second row left: © Colin Ruggiero, Second row right: © Colin Ruggiero, Third row: © Colin Ruggiero, Bottom: © Peter Krogh

Shedd trainer Christy Sterling sits in Shedd's Polar Play Zone penguin habitat holding a Magellanic penguin.

Your expert host

Christy Sterling has worked with Shedd’s penguins and sea otters for many years. As a member of the aquarium’s Animal Response Team, Christy has hand-raised a number of rescued sea otter pups at Shedd, even chaperoning one on its flight from California to Chicago. On this action-packed Shedd Adventure, Christy looks forward to literally taking the plunge with you to encounter lots of amazing marine wildlife. She hopes to share her passion for animals and their environment, and inspire you to find ways to help protect them.

Why you want to go

The amazing animals. The tropical sea. The gorgeous beaches. The exhilarating, rewarding activities. And the incredible accommodations. Our destination is ranked among the top 10 luxury camping experiences in the world!

Getting there and home

Fly into Los Cabos International Airport in San José del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico, on Feb. 2. You’ll be picked up and taken to La Paz, Mexico (about a 2½-hour ride). Fly home the morning of Feb. 8 out of SJD. Transfers will be provided to the airport.

A mirror-like pool sits among paving stones, overlooking the ocean

Photo by: © Colin Ruggiero


Hotel Blue is in the heart of La Paz. This hotel restores the concept of comfort and grace to Baja California Sur’s capital city. On Isla Espiritu Santo, Camp Cecil boasts spacious walk-in safari-style tents with tropical-luxe furnishings for the ultimate glamping experience.

You will experience the rustic and simple cabanas of Mar y Arena, situated on the waterfront of Magdalena Bay. You’ll end the trip at Los Colibris in Todos Santos, which features beautifully appointed casitas situated on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean.


  • Shedd Aquarium host to accompany the group
  • All meals and beverages as stated in the itinerary
  • All transfers and excursions as stated in the itinerary
  • All accommodations
  • All adventures and related equipment
  • Bilingual naturalist guides who are certified Wilderness First Responders
  • All transportation

Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Passports and other personal items
  • Departure taxes
  • Gratuities to the naturalist guides and boat crew on the voyage
Travelers standing in a small boat watch in awe as a huge powerful whale's tail lifts out of the water in front of them.
Travelers reach over the side of a boat to touch the back of a whale as it swims by

Photo by: © Colin Ruggiero

A mother and baby whale are seen from above in the green waters of the ocean

Photo by: © Colin Ruggiero


February 2-8 2020

group size

14 people

physical requirements

Participants should be in good health, able to swim and able to get in and out of boats.


*Due to extremely limited capacity, no single supplements are available on this Shedd Adventure.

Nature requires flexibility

Your guides may alter the timing of activities to best suit the conditions and assure that you see the most wildlife.


Shannon Fuller
Assistant Director, Conservation Travel
Shedd Aquarium
[email protected]

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