4-16 People
Group Size
5+
Age
8 Days
Duration
Easy
Physicality

Activities: Sea kayaking, snorkeling (including with sea lions and whale sharks, weather permitting), hiking, fishing, birding, cheese and wine tasting.
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights: 5 nights camping, 3 nights hotel
Begins in La Paz and ends in La Paz
Number of guides/crew: 2-6
Group Size: Minimum 4, Maximum 16
Minimum age: 16 – This is a generalization of age appropriateness for this trip, but please note we make exceptions depending upon your child’s personal experience.
Single supplement fee: $250 single hotel and canvas walk-in tent – Limit 2 per trip.* Shared hotel and single canvas walk-in tent $125 / shared hotel and single small crawl in tent $50 / Single hotel and single crawl-in tent $200.
Sea kayak rating: Easy to Moderate, hiking moderate to strenuos
Approximate min/max paddling distances per day: 1-8

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Additional information

Tour DatesJanuary 11 to 29, 2020, January 18 to 26, 2020, January 4 to 12, 2020

Winter in Baja presents the perfect opportunity to combine spectacular paddling and snorkeling in wildlife abundant waters with hikes through towering cardon cactus to ancient pictographs on a remote eco-ranch set deep in a remote desert sierra.

On this adventure you’ll experience both the sea and mountains of wild Baja from two luxury camps. Three days of the trip include heading to the secluded Rancho Cacachilas, where goats, chickens and organic gardens provide a plethora of fresh, local ingredients for your meals. Activities on this private ranch include hiking through a boulder strewn mature desert filled with abundant bird life combined with amazing farm to table meals including hand-made artisan cheeses paired with fines wines and craft beers. Camp is comprised of large walk-in canvas tents placed in beautifully secluded locations, some with views of the beautiful blue Sea of Cortez. The night sky from this remote mountain desert is simply breathtaking.

After hiking and dining at the ranch for a couple of days, you’ll head back to La Paz for a lovely evening in this vibrant seaside town.

The other half of this adventure takes you to our luxury camp on a white sand beach in the spectacular national reserve of Espiritu Santo Island for 4 days. On the boat ride to the island we hope to visit the whale shark feeding area and snorkel with these gentle giants, weather permitting. Upon arrival at camp you’ll settle into your walk-in canvas tent only steps away from the turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez. From this camp you’ll enjoy sea kayaking below volcanic cliffs and snorkeling with sea lions and tropical fish, interesting nature walks and/or trying your hand at fishing.

Join us this winter for the perfect escape combining land and sea activities with unique wildlife encounters in some of Baja’s most remote and beautiful wild places!

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Day 1

Arrive in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Evening on your own to explore La Paz and dine at one of its many fine restaurants.
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Day 2

Breakfast at our pool side cafe. Transfer by van to Rancho Cacachiles (45 minutes) in the desert mountains outside of La Paz. Upon arrival you’ll settle into your comfy camp. From here a 3 mile round trip hike, accompanied by a mule bar with cold drinks, takes you to ancient pictographs left by past inhabitants of Baja. Upon return enjoy a delicious farm to table lunch. Afternoon activities might include a tour of the gardens, creamery and historic mine. Another option for the afternoons is exploring the tranquil surroundings around camp including hiking trails and a meditation spring. Another farm to table meal at dinner followed by a star gazing talk complete the day. B/L/D 
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Day 3

Start the day with a hearty breakfast at the outdoor dining room with spectacular views of the Sea of Cortez. Embark on another hike of choice from 5 to 12 miles. This evening features another culinary feast of locally prepared foods from the organic garden and ranch. B/L/D
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Day 4

After breakfast hike 6.2 miles from the camp to the beautiful beach of Aquas Calientes on the Sea of Cortez, enjoy lunch on the beach. Our van will pick you up here and transfer you back to La Paz where you can settle into our hotel and enjoy a relaxing afternoon enjoying this seaside town. B/L
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Day 5

Breakfast at our pool side cafe. Transfer by boat to the island of Espiritu Santo (approximately 2 hours), possible whale shark snorkeling en-route, weather permitting. Lunch upon arrival at our luxury base camp in Candelero Bay. Camp and sea kayak orientation followed by paddling in the beautiful bay. B/L/D 
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Day 6

Guided kayak, snorkel and hiking excursions are offered daily from our luxury base camp as our guides and crew choose the best activities each day in accordance with your desires, abilities and the weather. Try your hand at fishing in the mornings and enjoy our skiff excursions to nearby snorkeling “hot spots” including a sea lion rookery where we join these graceful creatures, swimming alongside them while enjoying their playful and curious nature first hand. B/L/D
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Day 7

After breakfast we transfer back to La Paz by motorized boat with possible whale shark snorkeling en-route weather permitting. Check into the hotel for a nap or stroll along the Malecon (waterfront boardwalk) for a delicious lunch. Afternoon departure to Todos Santos for sea turtle release at sunset and return to La Paz that evening. B
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Day 8

Travel day for getting to the airport to return home or continuing your trip in Baja. B

B/L/D indicates meals included with trip cost.
Although we do our best to adhere to the above itinerary, it is subject to change for reasons beyond our control including wildlife unpredictability, weather and port closures. Please keep in mind this trip can start either at the ranch OR on the island depending on weather. The itinerary is flexible but will still spend 2 nights at the ranch and 3 nights on the island. Upon the chance the port is closed due to high winds and we can not get your group to the island on departure day we will provide a land based activity for this day. Snorkeling with whale sharks is completely weather dependent (calm seas are necessary) so this activity will depend on the winds on the day and time we have scheduled to do this.

Tour Calendar for From Sea to Sierra (8 days)

Tour DatesDescriptionRate
Jan 4 - Jan 12, 20208 nights
The 1st four people to book receive a $200 discount off their final balance
$1195
Jan 11 - Jan 19, 20208 nights
The 1st four people to book receive a $200 discount off their final balance
$1195
Jan 18 - Jan 26, 20208 nights
The 1st four people to book receive a $200 discount off their final balance
$1195

What's Included

La Paz airport/hotel transfers, 3 nights hotel accommodations and 5 nights luxury camp accommodations (2 at the ranch and 3 at our Espiritu Santo Island kayak camp) complete with walk-in tents, cots (beds at the ranch), pads and pillows based on double occupancy, all meals as noted on the itinerary, purified drinking water with powder drink mixes and an evening cocktail while at the island camp. Wine and beer are included while at the ranch camp as well as foam top mattress beds in the tent accommodations. Community camp equipment including kayaks and associated equipment, tents, motorized skiffs, captains, guides and crew/cooks.

 

What's Not Included

Airfare, meals on travel days to and from Baja, beer or soft drinks at the island camp (there will be an option to purchase these and we will provide coolers with ice for storing them at camp), personal gear such as sleeping bags, snorkel gear, wet suits (available for rent in Baja) and guide gratuities.