Course Description: In the 2013 Spring Travel Documentary course, students will travel to Mexico’s Baja peninsula to chronicle how communities that once depended on sea turtle poaching and other extractive activities depleting the region’s rich natural resources are now thriving with a new economic model – one built around conservation and sustainable tourism. With logistics and accommodations provided by Red Sustainable Travel, the students will camp on a remote stretch of beach and film the marine and coastal wildlife around Magdalena Bay, a vast area of wetlands and lagoons on the Pacific coast of the peninsula north of Cabo San Lucas. They will also interview and follow the lives of the Mexican conservationists and guides, many of whom were formerly poachers. There will be a special focus on Magdalena Baykeeper, a group that is one hub in a worldwide network called the Waterkeeper Alliance, which has its roots with the Hudson Riverkeeper here in the Hudson River Valley and at Pace University.
Travel Dates: March 22nd – March 31st with three nights at Magdalena Bay with high-end camping accommodations and comfortable amenities, one night in a four-star hotel in la Paz, and two nights at private villas in Villas del Mar, Los Cabos
Cost: $2,690 per student, which includes airfare, hotel accommodations, all meals, ground transportation in Baja, and all academic excursions.