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Glamping the Seas and Sierras of Baja

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This 8-day glamping adventure takes you into the heart of nature and the wildest parts of the Baja California peninsula. Visit La Paz, Baja California's capital, where you can visit cultural and architectural landmarks, learn about the town's history, and enjoy local food. Explore Isla Espiritu Santo, a National Marine Park and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for being one of the best marine life viewing destinations in the world and an excellent spot for snorkeling. Conclude your Baja tour by exploring the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve, a great hiking destination, and staying in a luxury tent camp run by a local ranching family. Exploring national parks and immersing yourself in rancho culture will provide life-changing experiences.
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Highlights
  • Explore Sierra de la Laguna, a Biosphere Reserve & home to diverse species
  • Visit Espiritu Santo Island and swim with sea lions or relax on the beach
  • Interact with traditional rancho families and learn about their culture
  • Admire the landscapes, seascapes, & marine life of this unique destination
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Arrive in La Paz, Mexico

Welcome to Mexico! Upon arrival at the airport in San Jose del Cabo, meet your guide for a private transfer to La Paz, a 2.5-hour drive to the Hotel Catedral. After you get settled, head out on the town for a fabulous welcome dinner and trip briefing with your guide. 

Day 2-5: Isla Espiritu Santo

  • Campsite
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
You are off to Isla Espiritu Santo and Camp Cecil today! After breakfast, you will go to our bodega to get snorkeling gear and wet suits, then board a boat and head out into the Sea of Cortez.

Camp Cecil is on Isla Espiritu Santo, a National Marine Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is known as one of the best marine life viewing destinations in the world. Whales, dolphins, whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and plenty of beautiful tropical fish call the surrounding waters home, while a range of bird species, including Blue-footed Boobies, Reddish Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Yellow-footed Gulls frequent the island’s skies and shores.

The island is stunning, with magnificent towering cliffs, spectacular sandy bays, lava rock formations, and rock art left by the now-extinct Guaycura and Pericu Indians. There’s even an endemic ring-tailed cat, the babisuri. It’s a remarkable place to explore. Spend days kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, swimming with sea lions, stand-up paddle boarding, bird watching, and exploring hidden lagoons and desert beaches. Relaxing in the sun and salty air, digging into a beach read and sipping margaritas are also highly encouraged.

Day 6: Sierra De La Laguna

Today depart the island haven and strike out for the mountains. Camp Cecil de la Sierra is a luxury tent camp in a mango and grapefruit grove in the Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve of Baja California Sur. It is on the property of a local ranching family, and the camp highlights both the cultural and natural heritage of the Sierras. The family is an integral part of the experience, providing all the meat, cheese, and tortillas for the camp, teaching guests how to make tortillas and cheese traditionally, and acting as guides in the reserve park. 

The Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve is one of Baja´s most beautiful but least explored areas. Part of an island off the coast of Baja that formed 10 million years ago, the park is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. With its long history of island isolation, almost 25% of plants and 10% of animals found in the reserve park are endemic to the area and cannot be found anywhere else on the planet.

Activities at the camp include beautiful hikes in the reserve park, with opportunities to get terrific views of the Pacific Ocean, swim in watering holes, and picnic by waterfalls. There is fantastic birding in the early mornings, stargazing at night, and plenty of opportunities to interact with the ranch family. You can also hang out in the shade of the mango trees and enjoy the books found in the library.

Day 7: Sierra De La Laguna

Start your day with bird viewing around camp early in the morning, and enjoy your leisurely breakfast. After breakfast, head out for a great hike through the mountains of Sierra de la Laguna, taking in some spectacular views. Upon your return, enjoy happy hour in the Huerta and enjoy your dinner prepared by the chef.

Day 8: La Paz | Return Home

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

Accommodations

Hotel Catedral La Paz

Hotel Reception Area
Hotel Catedral la Paz - Lounge
Hotel Catedral la Paz - Pool

Isla Espiritu Santo Camp

Isla Espiritu Santo Camp
Bird Watching in the Camp

Camp Cecil de la Sierra

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Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • 7 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gear Rental - Any specialty equipment for adventures is provided.
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Permits, Park Fees, and Port Fees
  • Daily happy hour and two drinks with dinner at Camp Cecil de la Sierra and Camp Cecil de la Isla
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Internal and International Airfare

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