We’re altering our itinerary for 2017. Specifically, we’ll have an extra day in Loreto. Specifically specifically, because on the afternoon and evening of Tuesday, March 7 (i.e. smack-dab in the middle of JoCo Cruise), we’ll be holding a music and food festival that we’re calling “JoCoachella”.
We’ve already visited Loreto to do initial planning, and it’s going to be amazing. Not only will JoCoachella be a big event that everyone can attend all together, in the same space, but the town of Loreto is the perfect location. Its lovely (and huge) town square and beautiful historic Mission will be an awesome setting for a full slate of music, including Jonathan’s big “full band” set. And with the town’s help, we’re working with Loreto’s many restaurants and vendors to provide opportunities for everyone to sample the local cuisine. Plans are still under development, but we are already really^3 excited about this event.
We’re also working with Holland America to offer excursions on both days in Loreto (we will of course be staying overnight on the Westerdam) to enjoy the sights and wildlife of the Sea of Cortez, one of the world’s most incredible marine environments. Yep, we’re looking into excursions to see the California Great Whale Migration up close.
In order to provide these experiences, we needed to alter our itinerary; we’ll no longer be stopping in Pichilingue. (Itinerary logistics wouldn’t allow for both the Loreto festival and a third port of call, and the prospect of JoCoachella was important and awesome enough to merit the change.)
However, Holland America has also signed off on a rare treat: scenic cruising through Bahia Magdalena on our return trip. Bahia Magdalena is a wildlife-abundant 50 km-long bay along the western coast of Baja California Sur, known for its beautiful vistas, fishing villages and abundant wildlife. It’s home to an amazing array of birds including eagles, pelicans, herons and ibis, and is also on the California Gray Whale migration route. We’re tentatively planning a Lido Deck barbecue/party for everyone during our transit through Bahia Magdalena, the better to aid in our appreciation of the views.
So our new itinerary looks like this: