Ensenada, Baja California

Dec 14, 2019 - National Geographic Venture

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.

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James Hyde


James is your typical free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsy type. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he is most comfortable in slightly cold and damp weather. James joined the Lindblad team in July 2016 as a dive buddy and has been in love with expedition travel since. On his own he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and Australia, but with Lindblad he hopes to continue his adventures across the globe, searching out the beauties of the natural world. An avid scuba diver James can’t help being excited about whales, sharks, and pinnipeds, but he will also happily bend your ear about underwater slugs and invertebrates. It’s best just to humor him about these things.

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