Journey of Giving Medical / Dental Expedition

DATE:  Apr 06 - Apr 13, 2022  |  8 day expedition - liveaboard cruising and hotel accom.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

This expedition does not qualify for our birthday celebration offer.

  • 2 nights accommodations at the Hotel Catedral in La Paz (first and last)
  •  4 days / 5 nights onboard our ship the “MV Adventure
  • administering medical / dental health care to remote communities whom otherwise would not have access to medical help
  • 6 communities will be the recipients of the medical and non-medical services
  • Anticipate 4 – 6 hours spent in each community
  • When we are not administering the healthcare, guests will have the opportunity for hiking, snorkeling, kayaking and wild life encounters.
  • Half day snorkel with whales sharks – peak season for juvenile whale sharks feeding in the area.
  • All members of the expedition will be required to have proof of a COVID19 vaccination.
  • Group size – 11 guest participants plus 5 medical personnel and 3 support staff from La Paz. Total number of team members – 19.
  • The expedition is open to medical/dental professionals and guests interested in volunteering on the non-medical projects.
  • Panterra has set up a Journey of Giving – Go Fund Me account to assist us in raising monies for the project. Panterra will donate the first $3000.00. If you are unable to join us you can still help by making a small donation. We will also kindly accept material donations of first aid supplies, dental supplies, school supplies, blankets and jackets.

East Cape Adventure (Wildlife and History)

East Cape Adventure (Wildlife and History)

East Cape Adventure (Wildlife and History)

Information: Land based. Day trip. Our destinations are San Antonio and El Triunfo. San Antonio offers easy hiking on the newly developed trails through the ranchlands. Bird watching and visit to a local ranch allows you to learn about the history of the area and to explore an abundance of desert life. After San Antonio visit El Triunfo for the mining museum and enjoy lunch (guest responsibility) at one of the local restaurants.

Cost: $120 per person
Duration: 5 hrs
Season: year round

West Cape Adventure (Arts and Culture)

West Cape Adventure (Arts and Culture)

West Cape Adventure (Arts and Culture)

Information: Land based. Day trip. Our destination is Todos Santos. This older, quaint, traditional Mexican town is known for its shopping. A plethora of boutiques, souvenir shops and art galleries offering leather, cotton, ceramics, glassware, hand crafted goods and silver jewellery with a special visit to the Blanket Factory. The joy of shopping in Todos Santos is in wandering the streets shop after shop with so much to offer the buyer. You may even choose to have lunch (guest responsibility) at the famous Hotel California of the Eagles band fame.

Cost: $120 per person
Duration: 6 hrs
Season: year round

Mountain Hot Springs and Ranch Visit

Mountain Hot Springs and Ranch Visit

Mountain Hot Springs and Ranch Visit

Information: Head up into the mountains of the Sierra de la Laguna and visit a local ranch and hike the ranch trails. Enjoy a soak in the natural hot springs and end the tour with lunch (guest responsibility) and one of the local restaurants on your return. Breathtaking scenery with ample photography opportunities. Includes transportation from the hotel, guide and park/ranch fees.

Cost: $130 per person
Duration: 5 hrs
Season: year round

Hotel Catedral

Hotel Catedral

Hotel Catedral

Information: HOTEL CATEDRAL is a new concept of lodging that adapts to the needs of today's traveller. It is framed in the historic center of the city, surrounded by the main points of interest and next to the oldest church in La Paz, Cathedral of Our Lady of La Paz. With its sophisticated architecture in a contemporary modernist style, Hotel Catedral concentrates on each of the details to offer its guests a service of excellence and quality, both in the rooms and in its haute cuisine restaurant. The hotel, more than a lodging, is an invitation to a way of life based on elegance, comfort and relaxation.

Cost: $90 (single/double) per night

Transportation

Transportation

Transportation

Information: Our transportation service offers friendly and professionally trained staff fully licensed and experienced. The vans are up-to-date models including 14 passenger Toyota Hiace, 11 passenger Hyundai Starex and 10 passenger Econoline. Our vans are clean, full-size coaches with federal tourist plates, commercial insurance and all necessary permits for pick up/drop off at hotels and airports. Transfers are tracked through driver communications. Safety and comfort are our highest priority. Transfers operate between the hours of 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. We do not transfer guests during non daylight hours due to hazards of livestock feeding along and crossing the highway in unfenced areas. As an alternative, Eco Baja Tours is a public shared airport shuttle from Cabo Airport (SJD) to downtown La Paz. It is much less expensive. The costs are approx. $35 USD one way / $70 roundtrip, per person. While I use the shuttle myself from time to time I have had problems and therefore hesitant of taking responsibility to book on guest's behalf. Overall rating of this service is 3.5 out of 5.

Copper Canyon by Train – multiday

Copper Canyon by Train – multiday

Copper Canyon by Train – multiday

Information: Travellers visit Copper Canyon for Mexico’s only passenger train that took 100 years to build. It traverses 87 tunnels and 37 bridges. It is an incredible feat of engineering. Arrive at one of the most breathtaking scenery's that is much grander than the Grand Canyon. It has a magic unto itself. You can feel it in the mountain air! Lots of options for hiking, exploring local culture, or just relaxing with a drink from your room with a view beyond words. Experience the mysterious life of the Raramuri indigenous people of the barefooted “Born to Run” fame. The Raramuri artisans offer their handcrafted weaved baskets, carved wooden figures and more. In Chihuahua enjoy the hospitality and local/regional culinary cuisine. From the Sea of Cortez to the skies of Copper Canyon this is truly an adventure of a lifetime!

Cost: $1695 per person / single supplement $200
Duration: 5 days
Season: year round
Contact: For more information please contact: davehensleigh@gmail.com or phone: 1 217 369 9897
Website page: Authentic Mexico Travel – Copper Canyon

$1595 USD
Available Spots : 7

Air and Travel Insurance NOT included.
We highly recommend guests purchase travel
insurance to protect their vacation investment.

This expedition does not qualify for our birthday celebration offer.

TRIP REVIEWS:

The chance to be part of this years “Journey of Giving” has been an amazing experience. We always find such gratification in giving to communities in little ways – but, to be part of a team that was bringing health and well-being in a bigger way is awe inspiring. We really weren’t sure what our part would be in the project, as we are not medical or dental professionals.

We did want to contribute in whatever way we could though. This is our 5th trip to the Baja with Panterra, and with each visit we experience just how beautiful the people here are, both inside and out. Each day was a different project – palapas, double roofed palapas, walls, benches, gifts, sharing with the people. After each day, it was like wow, that was a great day, and we felt like we had given something to these amazing people. Even if it was a bench that was too big, not square, uneven. The community thought it was perfect. The highlight for us was our last day with the children.

When children are part of the mix, you feel that there is life everywhere. We had young and old, and that is exactly what life is about – families, working and sharing together in good times and bad. We felt like we were in a movie or television show, these just weren’t things that we see on a day to day basis, or ever for that matter.

We have been blessed to have met Lela and to have become part of the Panterra family. Each of our children have come away from a trip to the Baja with life changing experiences that will stay with them as they journey through their own lives. I know that giving back will always be a part of who we are. We hope that someday when our loved ones are no longer with us that Heaven can be a little bit like the amazing beauty and peacefulness that we have experienced on this trip to the Sea of Cortez.

Bob, Liz and Liam Tinworth

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