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Desert Landscape in Baja

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Travel into the heart of nature and Baja California peninsula's wildest reaches on this 7-day Baja Mexico trip. Life-changing experiences await as you explore national parks and are immersed in local rancho culture. Visit the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve, home to the region's only pine and oak forests. Explore Cabo Pulmo National Park, a marine park and successful model for habitat and species conservation. Known for its diving and snorkeling, the park offers a relaxing retreat and great hiking trails. Cruise to Espiritu Santo Island, featuring breathtaking scenery, rich marine life, and snorkeling opportunities. Conclude your Baja adventure in La Paz, the historic capital of the Californias, and take in cultural and architectural sites of interest, learn about the town's history, and sample local cuisine.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive to Los Cabos | Cabo Pulmo
Day 2 : Sierra de la Laguna | Ranchero Culture
Day 3 : Cabo Pulmo National Park | La Paz
Day 4 : Whale Shark Watching | City Tour of La Paz
Day 5 : Espiritu Santo Island
Day 6 : Todos Santos
Day 7 : Depart Los Cabos

Highlights

  • Explore Sierra de la Laguna, a Biosphere Reserve & home to diverse species
  • Interact with traditional rancho families and learn about their culture
  • Snorkel above the reefs of Cabo Pulmo National Park
  • Visit Espiritu Santo Island and swim with sea lions or relax on the beach
  • Admire the landscapes, seascapes, & marine life of this unique destination

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Trip Type

  • Independent

Activity Level

Easy Active

Trip Snapshots

Desert Landscape in Baja Cabo San Lucas Rocks Baja Mexico sunset Gray Whale sighting Hiking on the cliffs above the Baja coast Cabo Pulmo Dolphins Jumping in Baja Snorkel with sea lions in Baja

Day 1 Arrive to Los Cabos | Cabo Pulmo

Arrive to Los Cabos and meet your driver and local guide. Receive a briefing on your adventure ahead. Transfer north on a 1.5-hour drive along the foot of the Sierras to Cabo Pulmo National Park. The rest of the evening is free for you to explore the community and relax on the beach.

Day 2 Sierra de la Laguna | Ranchero Culture

Today travel to the Sierra de la Laguna UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, an area representing highly important and contrasting ecosystems, including the only pine and oak forests in the region. This reserve is notable for its rich biodiversity and endemic plant species as well as its vital role as the water supply of adjacent settlements. Walk with your guide through the canyons and observe the flora and fauna, search for the vernal pools and waterfalls that dot the lush landscape, and admire the scenery of this oasis in the desert. Community members play an important role in conservation projects and in sustaining traditional livelihoods. After lunch meet with a local family to learn about the centuries-old ranchero culture and activities still practiced today. Return to Cabo Pulmo in the late afternoon.

Day 3 Cabo Pulmo National Park | La Paz

Spend the morning experiencing Cabo Pulmo National Park, a protected area comprised of marine and coastal habitat as well as a fragile coral reef ecosystem. Once threatened from overfishing, this park serves as one of Mexico's greatest marine conservation success stories and is home over 200 fish species. Snorkel along this northernmost coral reef in the Eastern Pacific, catching sight of multicolored fish and mammals including whale sharks and dolphins. You may even see manta rays jumping out of the Sea of Cortez!

Head north to La Paz after lunch. The capital of Baja California Sur, La Paz boasts world-class beaches, an active nightlife on the waterfront Malecón, access to marine adventure activities, and of course fresh seafood! Explore the city with your guide, learning about its history, people, and culture while also sampling local delicacies. 

Day 4 Whale Shark Watching | City Tour of La Paz

This morning transfer to the marina to try on your snorkeling gear and wetsuit. You will then head out on the water for the short trip to the whale shark observation zone. On the way out of the bay, learn from your guide about whale shark ecology and regulations for snorkeling. You’ll have the chance to get in the water accompanied by your guide to snorkel alongside one of these marvelous creatures. 
 
Back on land in time for lunch, take the opportunity to explore La Paz: tranquil, scenic, and a great town to get to know on foot. During the walking tour you will visit cultural and architectural sites of interest, learn about the history of La Paz, meet some of its people, and along the way stop to try many of the local delicacies. You'll also take in the Mi Ciudad mural project, a treat for the eyes with murals from local and regional artists on display around the city.
 

Day 5 Espiritu Santo Island

  • Hotels
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Early this morning you are transferred to the marina where you board a boat for an 1.5-hour ride to Espiritu Santo Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With its scenic cliffs, mangroves, sandy beaches, and diverse wildlife, see why this gem is one of Baja's most amazing destinations.Your first stop is at a sea lion colony, where you can join your guide in swimming and snorkeling with playful sea lions. Next board your boat and navigate to a pristine beach where a delicious meal of fresh seafood awaits (special dietary needs are taken into account upon request). Your guides provide a presentation about the natural history and conservation of Espiritu Santo; the island is the only known habitat of the black jackrabbit! Enjoy swimming, hiking, or relaxing on the beach, where you'll spend the night. After dinner, sit back and watch the stars. 

Day 6 Todos Santos

After your adventurous week, relax with a day exploring laid-back Todos Santos on the Pacific coast. Enjoy a surf class in the gentle Pacific rollers, and walk around the quaint town to enjoy its architecture, shops and fantastic restaurants.
 

Day 7 Depart Los Cabos

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy a final relaxing morning in Los Cabos. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Cabo Pulmo

La Paz - Hotels

Todos Santos - Hotels

Per person starting at
$2,150

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Rates based on group of 2 in double occupancy.

Included

  • 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
    • 5 Nights Hotel
    • 1 Night Camping
  • 5 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.
  • Park Entrance Fee

Excluded

  • Gratuities
    • Recommended: 10-15% of total trip cost

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  • $ Meals not Included
    • Depending on restaurant of choice, budget $10-15 per person for breakfast, $10-20 per person for lunch, and $35 per person for dinner.
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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