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Alumni Travel Reading: Baja California & the Sea of Cortez

Savior of the Whales

Whale nose poking out of water

Photo taken in San Ignacio Lagoon, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Photo by Joe McKenna Big Spy Hop

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Baja California & the Sea of Cortez: Among the Great Whales

Aerial view of coast with clouds

the Pacific coast of Mexico's Baja California
Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, of the NASA Johnson Space Center.


Selected and Annotated By:

Rebecca Stuhr
Coordinator for Humanities Collections
Classical Studies

For more information about this and other excursions, visit the Penn Alumni Travel Webpage.

Travels in Baja California

Black and white photo of desert mountains

Lower California Guide Book:
A Descriptive Traveler's Guide

by Peter Gerhard and Howard Gluck
The Arthur H. Clark Company, 1956
Freely Available through Hathi Trust

This travel guide from 1956 provides an interesting perspective on the ways the region has changed over the past half century. It includes some photos, maps, and detailed descriptions for camputers, hunters, and fishers. Photo is Cape of San Lucas. Taken from the book facsimile in Hathi Trust.

Black and white photo of cross

Clemente Guillén, Explorer of the South : Diaries of the Overland Expeditions to Bahía Magdalena and La Paz, 1719, 1720-1721
Los Angeles: Dawson’s Book Shop, 1979. Available at

In this 18th century diary, Guillén documents his travels through Baja California. It is part of the 50 volume “Baja California Travel Series”  available from used  and rare book shops such as AABA Books See a description of the series here:

Photo: The marker erected in honor of the Upper-Lower California partition.
Released into the public domain by its author, EjidoMike

Steinbeck and Those Who Follow in His Footsteps

book cover to the Vermillion Sea by John Janovy


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