Spring Semester in Baja

Credit: Cass Colman

Spring Semester in Baja

Flanked by the Pacific Ocean on the west and the Sea of Cortez on the east, the Baja California Peninsula is a land of extremes and contrasts.

Granite and volcanic mountain ranges extend over 1,000 miles down the peninsula's central spine, and Picacho del Diablo, a 10,126-foot peak in the northern mountains, is snow-covered in winter months.

The rest of Baja California, while still very rugged and mountainous, is Sonoran Desert country, receiving less than 10 inches of rainfall each year. Here exists an amazing variety of desert life, including more than 110 species of cacti. For three months, you'll explore these contrasting environments on foot, in a sea kayak, and under sail while having ample opportunities for cultural and Spanish language interactions with local students, educators, ranchers, and fishermen.

You will learn the skills you need to visit these ecosystems and communities comfortably and responsibly in the future.



2018 Dates

Jan. 22 – April 9, 2018

Tuition: $13,400
Details: Backpacking, Sailing, Sea Kayaking
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Equipment Deposit
78 days
Minimum Age
17 yrs.
Academic Credit
16 College Credits
  • 3 Risk Assessment
  • 6 Skills Practicum
  • 4 Leadership Techniques
  • 3 Environmental Studies

2 High School Credits

  • 1.00 Leadership
  • 1.00 Physical Education
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Course Description

Equipment List

Travel and Logistics

Mulege, BCS, Mexico / La Paz, BCS, Mexico
Fly in/out
Loreto, BCS, Mexico / La Paz, BCS, Mexico
Skills learned




Sea Kayaking

Additional Details

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What Our Grads Say

“I’m no longer the same person I was at the beginning of my trip. I have more confidence, and more love for the world.” 

— Narayan B., NOLS Spring Semester in Baja grad

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