UNEXPLORED BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR

General information

DurationDestinationDeparture
8 days and 7 nights
Mexico (San Jose Del Cabo, La Paz, Loreto, Todos Santos)
Mexico (San Jose Del Cabo)

Description

An exciting road trip through deserts, pristine bays, lagoons inhabited by friendly whales, colossal cactus, breathtaking canyons, ancient missions and abandoned mines
 
 
 
Winter program (January / April)

Program

Day 1 arrival in San José del Cabo
Landing in San José del Cabo, pick up the rented car and transfer to a historic and characteristic hotel in the town center (Tropicana hotel or similar).
Collection of the travel kit at the hotel and rest of the day available to visit the streets of the colonial city.

Day 2 San José del Cabo / La Paz
In the morning we will reach the beautiful bay of Cabo San Lucas where with a small launch we will visit the famous natural arch and the imposing granite stacks inhabited by a small colony of sea lions. Alternatively, you can embark on an exciting whale watching trip led by an expert marine biologist who will allow you to get close to the Humpback whales, famous for their spectacular jumps, which frequent the Cape waters in winter. At the end of the tour we continue to La Paz, visiting an old ghost mining town along the way. Arrival in La Paz and accommodation in a cozy hotel overlooking the ancient Jesuit mission. (hotel Catedral or similar)

Day 3 La Paz
After breakfast, departure by boat to the beautiful island of Espiritu Santo. The island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was first explored by Jacques Cousteau in 1974, who defined its waters as "The Aquarium of the World". Accompanied by a marine biologist, you will reach a colony of playful sea lions who curiously approach visitors to entertain themselves and interact with them in the water. Snorkeling on colorful seabed teeming with multicolored fish, light lunch served in a beautiful bay of turquoise water and return to La Paz in the afternoon.

Day 4 La Paz / Loreto
In the morning, before leaving for the north, there will be the opportunity to embark for the exciting approach in the water with mask and fins of the huge and harmless whale sharks that frequent the bay of La Paz in abundance during the winter. Continuation towards Loreto, the ancient capital of Southern Baja California, renowned for the foundation of the first mission of the peninsula, the intimate atmosphere and the wide bay that constitutes an important Marine Park inhabited by whales, manta rays, dolphins and whales . After crossing flat desert landscapes, we will enter the granite gorges of the imposing Sierra della Giganta to descend again towards the Sea of Cortez. Arrival in Loreto and accommodation in a small and characteristic posada near the historic center (Posada del Cortes or similar). In the early afternoon you can visit the mission dating back to 1697 and the interesting adjacent museum.

Day 5 Loreto
After breakfast we will explore by boat an island of the archipelago with its coral beach and wild and untouched nature that attracts documentary makers from all over the world: sea lions, birds and multicolored fish are the attractions of this tiny covered paradise of cactus, wild chamomile bushes and torotes, a curious endemic botanical species. Alternatively, you can embark on a whale watching trip focused on meeting the Blue Whales, the largest living species on the planet that can reach up to 30 meters in length.
Once back on land, through a rocky canyon you can reach 500 meters of altitude by car where in a unique natural setting at the end of the 1600s a missionary from Palermo built a beautiful mission.

Day 6 Loreto / Bahia Concepcion / Loreto
Today we cross suggestive places characterized by clearings covered with colossal cactus and the incredible succession of small bays of turquoise water that formed the great Bahia Concepcion. We will reach Santa Rosalia, founded at the end of the 19th century by the French around a rich copper deposit. Here we will visit some interesting vestiges of the past. On the way back, you can visit the eighteenth-century mission and the oasis of date palms of Mulegé.

Day 7 Loreto / Todos Santos
Departure towards the Pacific where, after having crossed the bends of the imposing Sierra della Giganta, we will reach Bahia Magdalena for the magical encounter with the gray whales that crowd the large lagoon in winter. At the end we will continue to Todos Santos, a characteristic bohemian village on the Pacific, a refuge for international artists and painters. Arrival and accommodation at a hotel housed in an ancient colonial-era residence (Casa Tota or similar)

Day 8 departure for the return
In the morning, transfer to San José Airport, located about an hour's drive along the Pacific. End of tour

Price includes

✓ a car with unlimited mileage for the entire duration of the trip;
✓ full coverage insurance for the rented car;
✓ accommodation in the indicated or similar hotels;
✓ daily breakfast + 1 lunch on the beach and 1 box lunch;
✓ the 4 guided excursions in collective boats indicated in the program;
✓ a Baja California tourist guide of more than 100 pages illustrated in color;
✓ the provision of a GPS satellite navigator with directions and instructions, pre-programmed with all destinations, hotels, excursion starting points, suggested restaurants along the route, the closest gas stations, the tourist interest present along of any itinerary;
✓ a detailed roadbook: timetable with distances, travel times, refueling points, suggested departure times, directions and travel tips for each stage;
✓ a list of selected restaurants in each place touched by the itinerary;
✓ the provision of a mobile phone with initial credit;
✓ telephone assistance and advice from a personal advisor within 24 hours;
✓ Tourist Card of the National Geographic Society of Southern Baja California;
✓ a travel kit for each couple of travelers: a small hiking backpack containing the tour guide, an EU / US power adapter, a pack of wet wipes, a pack of disinfectant gel, a microfiber cloth for cleaning lenses and photographic lenses;
✓ Entrance fees to natural parks;
✓ taxes and fees for hotels and other tourist services

Price does not include

- the additional driver in the event of an autonomous driving formula trip;
- tips for boat crews;
- tickets to museums;
- the security deposit of 150 USD for the use of the devices provided with the autonomous driving formula that will be returned at the end of the trip