• President's Circle Travel Program: Base Camp Baja
  • Photographers enjoying the views at Rancho Las Cruces, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico
    Photographers enjoying the views at Rancho Las Cruces, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico
  • Leaping bottlenose dolphin (tusiops truncatus) alongside a Zodiac, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico
    Leaping bottlenose dolphin (tusiops truncatus) alongside a Zodiac, Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico

Base Camp Baja 2019

Caltech Associates Travel Program with Professor of History Nicolas Wey-Gomez

Relax, recharge, and revitalize on board the new National Geographic Venture, your luxurious, mobile base camp for the duration of this wellness expedition to Baja. Professor of History Nicolas Wey-Gomez will share his expertise on the world of early Spanish explorers. 

January 3–7, 2019

Base Camp Baja supplies the human spirit with the tonic of wildness it needs. This 5‐day / 4‐night relaxing voyage is also an opportunity to learn. Join faculty leader Nicolas Wey-Gomez, Caltech professor of history, who will share his expertise on the world of early Spanish explorers and offer insights on natural history and anthropology. National Geographic naturalists will also be on board to enhance your understanding of the forces that shaped Isla Espiritu Santo and the area's diverse wildlife. Savor intimate, sunset meals with fellow Associates and Professor Wey-Gomez while enjoying stimulating conversations and reflections on each day's adventures.

Please view the trip flyer for the itinerary, reservation guidelines, and detailed pricing.
Download the registration form.

This trip is open to members of the Caltech Associates. We hope you can join us for this very special opportunity. Please do not hesitate to contact Nicola Wilkins-Miller at nwmiller@caltech.edu or (626) 395-6045 with any questions. For more information on how to join the Associates, please visit our membership page.


Faculty Leader

Professor of History Nicolas Wey-Gomez

Nicolas Wey-Gomez is Professor of History in the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences at Caltec). He studies early modern Iberia's contribution to science and technology, and his specialty is the history of exploration, cartography, empire and globalization. He also teaches Spanish Golden Age literature and culture at Caltech. Professor Wey‐Gomez is author of the widely acclaimed book The Tropics of Empire: Why Columbus Sailed South to the Indies, which was published by The MIT Press in 2008. His current projects include a biography of Christopher Columbus titled "What Columbus Discovered," and a general history of the first one hundred years of global exploration by Portugal and Spain titled "Latitude: How Europe Invented the Global South (1415‐1522)."