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Baja Adventures

• 12 days / 11 nights from Tijuana to La Paz
• Self drive program
• Daily departures

Maya Holiday

Itinerary

Tijuana – Ensenada – Cataviña – Guerrero Negro – San Ignacio – Santa Rosalia – Loreto – Todos Santos – Cabo San Lucas – La Paz

Trip details

Day 1 Tijuana – Valle de Guadalupe – Ensenada (ca 165 km)

Arrival airport Tijuana. Pick up rental car. Drive through bustling border town Tijuana to highway following the Pacific Ocean to popular beach destination Rosarito. Before arriving in cruise ship port Ensenada, enter the Valley of Guadalupe, the most important wine center of Mexico. Wine tasting in winery of Monte Xanic which produces Premium wines. Afterwards visit of small wine museum of Russian family Samorin who were among the first wine producers. Late afternoon arrival in Ensenada. Enjoy the lively atmosphere downtown and visit the popular cantina Hussong’s founded by German migrants.

Overnight Hotel El Cid

Day 2 Ensenada – Catavina (ca 350 km)

Discover the picturesque wide open Ensenada bay with its busy harbor, important for exports to all over the world. City tour in Ensenada includes famous Playa Ensenada Hotel and Casino (today’s name is Riviera del Pacifico) which was a very popular night spot in the ’30 for Hollywood stars and even Mafia boss Al Capone. Leaving the cruise ship port, you enter the unknown Baja California. Stop in Mexico’s biggest and Baja’s oldest wine cellars Bodegas de Santo Tomas for a wine tasting. Following the mountains of Sierra San Pedro Martir, eventually you reach in the middle of the desert Catavina Boulder Field and the small town of Catavina. Explore before sunset the bizarre rock formations and hidden rock paintings.

Overnight Hotel Desert Inn

Day 3 Catavina – Guerrero Negro (ca 260 km)

Morning walking tour into the Catavina Boulder Field National Park with its giant rocks, bizarre cactus and unique Cirio plants which grow only in this part of the world. Climb rocks of the size of a two story building for dramatic views over the Central Desert. Afternoon drive to Guerrero Negro located on Laguna Ojo de Liebre. This town features Mexico’s biggest salt fields

Overnight Hotel Desert Inn

Day 4 Guerrero Negro – San Ignacio (ca 150 km)

Drive through the salt fields and salt fabrication to the pier where you can take a boat tour in small Panga boats and enter the Lagoon Ojo de Liebre. Encounter Grey Whales, friendly giants that spent every winter in the warm lagoon waters. For more than two hours you can enjoy the playful whales in short distances. With some luck you might even be able to touch a whale (Whale season is only from mid January to end of March). After this exciting adventure, climb the high sand dunes for an overall look over the lagoon and salt fields. Afternoon drive to old Mission in San Ignacio. City stroll in the oasis of San Ignacio where more than 100,000 date palms are growing fed by subterranean spring. Picturesque the old colonial houses with the shady main plaza. Visit the Jesuit mission built in 1786 with up to 1.2 meters of thick lava stonewalls and next doors regional museum featuring exhibits of early Indian people. Finally enjoy a peaceful desert sunset from a lookout point right above the city center.

Overnight Hotel Desert Inn

Day 5 San Ignacio – Sierra San Francisco – Santa Rosalia (ca 220 km)

Early start towards the rough mountains of Sierra San Francisco. After leaving the main highway, follow a dirt road which climbs up into the remote Sierra San Francisco offering breath taking views over the hot lowlands and the faraway Pacific Ocean. The higher you climb, the more changes the vegetation and wildlife. Finally you reach some Ranchos up in the mountains and the “Cueva del Raton” where you can explore rock paintings from Chochimi Indians thousands of years old. Intriguing the over life size paintings of deer, men, birds and fish. Driving back on the same curvy road, we reach again the main highway and cross the Peninsula to the other side passing by dormant volcanoes Tres Virgenes until you reach the Sea of Cortez and Santa Rosalia, an old French mining town.

Overnight Hotel Frances

Day 6 Santa Rosalia – Loreto (ca 200 km)

In 1868, copper was discovered in this arid area and soon a French mining company began to dig a system of over 600 km of tunnels to mine copper. They even imported a complete melting plant from France which produced circa 10,000 tons of melted copper yearly until 1985 plant was finally closed and abandoned. Visit the Mining Museum to bring the mining history of Santa Rosalia alive again. Most important building in town is the iron church Santa Barbara de Santa Rosalia which was constructed by Gustav Eiffel and won a price in the World Fair in Paris. Afternoon drive to Mulege and soon after you reach Bahia de Concepcion with several white sandy beaches and deep blue sea. Stop at lovely beach El Requeson for a swim in the calm waters of the Sea of Cortez. Late afternoon arrival in Loreto, the former capital of all California.

Overnight Hotel Hacienda Suites

Day 7 Loreto

Begin the day with a visit of Mission Nuestra Senora de Loreto and the annex museum. This mission was the head and mother of all missions in California founded by Jesuit padre Juan Maria Salvatierra. In 1829 a hurricane destroyed Loreto and brought life to a hold. Only after the 2nd World War Loreto rose again thanks to tourism (deep sea fishing) and recently even a 18 hole golf course was inaugurated. Boat ride to the Island of Coronado, a classical volcano island with bizarre lava rock formations and small hidden bays populated by Pelicans, Boobies and of course the main attraction: Sea Lions! Snorkel in the clear waters with the playful and curious sea animals. After lunch on a white sandy beach, free time to relax and snorkel. Afternoon return to Loreto.

Overnight Hotel Hacienda Suites

Day 8 Loreto – Todos Santos (ca 435 km)

After breakfast depart heading south crossing the Sierra de la Gigante mountains. Passing by agriculture towns like Ciudad Insurgentes and Ciudad Constitucion eventually you reach the outer skirts of La Paz where you head south towards colonial Todos Santos. This quiet place with an extraordinary mild climate has become a popular spot for surfers and artists. And of course for “Eagles” fans from all over the world who flock into famous Hotel California, “the place you can never leave….”

Overnight Hotel California

Day 9 Todos Santos – Cabo San Lucas (ca 80 km)

Transfer along lonely beaches and cactus gardens you reach the busy and glamorous cruise ship port of Cabo San Lucas. Boat ride to Land’s End with its famous natural archway and lover’s beach. This is the southernmost point of Baja California where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. Afterwards take a wild shopping trip into Cabo San Lucas’ most hip shopping malls overlooking the harbor.

Overnight Hotel Quinta del Sol

Day 10 Cabo San Lucas

Enjoy a day on the beach.

Overnight Hotel Quinta del Sol

Day 11 Cabo San Lucas – San Jose del Cabo – La Paz (ca 216 km)

Drive along the Los Cabos corridor passing by some of the most acclaimed golf courses and luxury resorts; we reach colonial San Jose del Cabo for a short city walk around the main plaza. This charming place has conserved its colonial heritage and quietness. Leaving the civilization, soon you find yourself again in the surreal desert heading towards port city of La Paz. En route stop in mining town of El Triunfo where even Chinese coolis were digging for gold! Visit El Triunfo after the gold rush…..and embrace the atmosphere of a past glory. Arrival in the wide open bay of La Paz, capital of Southern Baja California. City stroll on splendid promenade called Malecon.

Overnight Hotel La Concha

Day 12 La Paz – Isla Espiritu Santo – Airport La Paz

Depending on your departing schedule, enjoy a boat ride in Bay of La Paz to its jewel, island Espiritu Santo. This volcanic island features many dreamlike bays inhabited by sea birds and sea lions. Enjoy a refreshing snorkel trip to spot colorful tropical fishes, manta rays and young sea lions. Afterwards return to La Paz. Return of rental car in downtown office or airport of La Paz. End of Services.

Departures

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