13 days / 12 nts - Jan-Feb-Mar (includes visit to the whales) -
cost includes -
Day 1: SAN DIEGO – ADOBE GUADALUPE
Meeting with the escort-driver and early departure to Ensenada, a short visit and continue to Adobe Guadalupe. Arrival and check in at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 2: ADOBE GUADALUPE - CATAVIÑA
Breakfast at the hotel. Late morning departure to Cataviña. This "rock garden" possibly has the most beautiful desert scenery that exists on Earth (at least it's the best on this peninsula). Natural fresh water pools up arroyos among cardón, boojum (cirio), elephant trees, and hundreds of other desert flora. It's exhilarating. Nearby are examples, within walking distance of the highway, of ancient indigenous rock-painting.
Day 3: CATAVIÑA – BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES
Breakfast at the hotel. A morning visit to the rock paintings. Departure to Bahia de los Angeles. Bahia de Los Angeles is a small fishing village located on the shore of a large bay protected by the waters of the Sea of Cortez by the Midriff Islands. Bahia de Los Angeles is well-known for good fishing, strong winds, and hot and humid summers. The islands also provide a paradise for divers and snorklers, although the strong tides and unpredictable winds make both treacherous. The shorelines of the peninsula and the islands contain hidden beaches that are private and appear untouched.
Arrive and check in at the hotel.
Day 4: BAHIA DE LOS ANGELES - GUERRERO NEGRO
Breakfast at the hotel. Late morning departure to Guerrero Negro, which is the point of entry to the state of Baja California Sur.
Check in at the hotel.
Day 5 : GUERRERO NEGRO - PUNTA CHIVATO
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure to Ojo de Liebre Lagoon and excursion to visit the Grey Whales. Lunch at the local restaurant. Continue to San Ignacio and Misión San Ignacio, a magnificent 18th. century construction built with lava-block walls.
Continue to Punta Chivato.
Check in at the hotel. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 6: PUNTA CHIVATO
Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure. Light lunch and dinner.
Day 7: PUNTA CHIVATO - MULEGÉ - LORETO
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure to Mulegé, one of the oldest and prettiest towns in the Baja peninsula. The village is situated between two hills, in a valley provided with life by a stream that runs until it joins the estuary which flows to the sea; edged by huge palm trees, orchards and fences where bougainvilleas of all colors tangle. This privileged place was discovered by the Jesuit father Juan María de Salvatierra, who founded in 1705 the mission called Santa Rosalía de Mulegé. The origin of the name Mulegé drifts from the Cochimíes voices "Carmaañc galexá", that means "Large Ravine of the White Mouth". Bahía de Concepción, a few kilometers from Mulegé with awesome landscapes and a multitude of beaches with soft, white sand: Santispac, Concepción, Los Cocos, El Burro, El Coyote, Buenaventura, El Requesón and Armenta.
Finally, arrival to Loreto, the former capital of the Californians.
Loreto is considered the oldest human settlement on the Peninsula of Baja California. In 1697, the Jesuit priest/explorer - Juan Maria de Salvatierra founded Loreto with its sweet water oasis and arid climate. It was here that he built the first mission of Baja - Our Lady of Loreto. It was from this mission that Christianity was peacefully introduced to the Californians. Loreto was the capital of the California for more than 133 years until the capital was moved to La Paz. Loreto remains rich in history and full of undiscovered natural wonders.
Check in at the hotel.
Day 8: LORETO
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning excursion to Coronado Island to watch colonies of sea lions, dolphins, pelicans and enjoy the day at the beach. This is also an ideal site for snorkelling, swimming, or simply relaxing and sunbathing on the beach. Box lunch at the island.
Afternoon excursion to the Misión San Javier. Founded in 1699, this beautiful church is accessible via one of most scenic journeys. The Mission has an interesting Moorish style exterior with exquisite stone carvings.
Day 9: LORETO - LA PAZ
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure to La Paz.
Located on a large bay on the Sea of Cortez, La Paz is 137 miles by road north of the southern tip of the peninsula. Islands of El Espiritu Santo, La Partida and Los Islotes are destinations for scuba divers, kayakers, fishermen, snorkelers, hikers and beach lovers. La Paz was founded by Hernan Cortez on May 3, 1535. Jose Espinoza established the first permanent settlement that turned La Paz into the capital of Baja California Sur in 1830. Although situated on a lovely long beach, the best beaches for swimming and sunbathing are found north of the city on the road to Tecolote: Playa Palmira, Playa el Coromuel, Playa el Caimancito, Playa del Tesoro, Playa Pichilingue and Playa Balandra.
Arrival and check in at the selected hotel.
Day 10: LA PAZ
Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning a short city tour and an excursion to Balandra and Tecolote. Time for relaxing on the white beaches.
Day 11: LA PAZ – TODOS SANTOS
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning transfer to Todos Santos, a nice little village on the Pacific coast. Todos Santos was founded as a mission in 1724 and later became a major sugar cane producer. It is located just south of the Tropic of Cancer. This little village has been declared by the Mexican Government a historical city. It has always been considered a special place, as reflected by its live theater, art galleries, centers for workshops and seminars, and historical homes. Primarily, Todos Santos is a place where people find peace to pursue individual self-expression. The climate is delightful with year-round temperatures in the 70's and 80's (21-27 Celsius degrees). Todos Santos creates the spectacular oasis that distinguishes the region. Orchards of mangoes, papayas and various vegetables flourish here. Todos Santos is an authentic Mexican village; the people are happy, kind and gentle. Many current families' ancestors first settled here in the 1700's. The lifestyle here is simple and quiet.
Check in at the hotel. Afternoon city tour.
Day 12: TODOS SANTOS – LOS CABOS
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning transfer to Cabo San Lucas, at the tip of the Baja peninsula, A boom town which has emerged in the last few years, Cabo is tops with fisherman, divers, and those wanting to enjoy the resort life. Just off shore is Los Arcos - the area's signature landmark, and one of the world's most awesome natural wonders.
Drop off at the hotel.
Day 13: LOS CABOS
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport and departure.