Baja Bliss

Destination: Mexico

| Activities: Hiking, swimming, horseback riding, surfing, cultural experience

Baja Bliss! Baja California Sur is a gorgeous region of Mexico, with white sandy beaches, moderate temperatures and incredible flora and fauna, there is something for everyone. We'll have a day to enjoy the beach before heading to our luxury tent camp in a bioreserve. Each day will be filled with a choose your own adventure schedule, as packed to the gills or as low key as you'd like it to be. This is the perfect vacation for anyone looking to unwind and relax and experience another culture. Maximum group size: 13

Highlights

  • Let your worries melt away with a day on the beach
  • Learn to surf in gentle waves
  • Relish delicious local food
  • Learn about the flora and fauna that inhabit this protected area
  • Hike through diverse ecosystems
  • Horseback ride over quiet mountain hills
  • Stay in family run lodges

Departures and Prices

January 08 to January 14, 2022
$2595.00 - FULL
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Inclusions

  • All transportation during itinerary including roundtrip airport transfer
  • All accommodations including 3 nights at the Los Colibris Casitas and 3 nights at Camp Cecil de la Sierra
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 through breakfast on final day
  • Daily happy hour in the Sierras (while at Camp Cecil)
  • All activities as described on the itinerary and related gear
  • Local bilingual naturalist guides who are certified Wilderness First Responders, NOM-9 graduates and Leave No Trace certified
  • Entrance fees and permits

What's not included: Travel to and from Mexico, alcoholic beverages (outside of happy hours in the Sierras), snacks, guide gratuities, and travel insurance.

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Trip Intro

This trip is designed for women in good condition who want an active vacation in a warm winter environment. Our days are full, although there is time to relax built into each one and also the option to opt out of some activities if you want more downtime. No hiking or horseback riding experience necessary. Rating: [1] 2 3 4 5.

We'll swim and surf in the warm waters of Baja California Sur. We'll hike through diverse ecosystems while staying at the Bioreserve and have optional trail rides on horseback.


All accommodations on Baja Bliss are shared, there are no single supplements available. Three nights will be spent at Los Colibris Casitas. With “the most stunning view in Todos Santos,” Los Colibris Casitas is perfect for nature lovers who appreciate both beauty and tranquility. Every room has a magnificent view of the Pacific ocean, a freshwater estuary and a palm grove oasis to the front, and the Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the side and back. From your casita you can watch fishermen cast their nets on the beach in the early morning light, enjoy the magnificent Baja sunset in the evening, and delight in the vast expanse of a star-filled sky at night. Los Colibris is just a 10-minute walk to 70 miles of pristine, virtually empty beach, and a 5-minute drive to the delightful restaurants, artists’ galleries and shops of Todos Santos.

Three nights will be spent at Camp Cecil in the Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve in the mountains that form the spine of the peninsula. At Camp Cecil you can experience the luxury of Baja Sur's pristine wilderness while also enjoying "glamping" (glamorous camping) with real beds, soft linens, lovely furnishings, chef-prepared meals and daily happy hour.

Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.

DAY 1
Bienvenidas a Mexico! Fly into Los Cabos International Airport/San Jose del Cabo (SJD) by 2pm where you’ll be met by our guides and transferred to our home away from home for the next two nights, Los Colibris Casitas. With “the most stunning view in Todos Santos,” Los Colibris Casitas is perfect for nature lovers who appreciate both beauty and tranquility. Once settled at the Casitas, we’ll go out for our first group dinner at a local restaurant. During dinner our guides will go over trip details and a safety orientation. (D)

Overnight:Los Colibris Casitas
DAY 2
Nestled between lush tropical vegetation one one side and a dry mountainous desert on the other, Todos Santos is a small town with big appeal. Todos Santos is a true desert oasis, a water source in an otherwise arid environment with a lush palm oasis. After a delicious breakfast at Los Colibris, we'll head to Los Cerritos, one of the best beaches in Baja California Sur. A crescent shaped beach with crystal clear waters and a smooth sandy bottom, it's the perfect place to swim, float, lounge, don your binoculars for whale watching, or go for a beachwalk. Feeling adventurous? Los Cerritos is also a popular surfing spot and a perfect place to learn to ride the waves! We’ll have surfing instructors available who guarantee you’ll have fun trying this potentially new sport. Whatever mood you’re in, you have options!
In the evening we'll have a Mexican Cooking Class with local Chef Iker Algorri, the author of Cooking Adventures in Baja California Sur. Learn to make the perfect margarita and gain the skill to make some truly memorable Mexican dishes following Chef Iker’s cooking philosophy, the “Magnificence of Simplicity”. The best part about a cooking class? Getting to eat our new recipes! (B, L, D)

Overnight: Los Colibris Casitas
DAY 3
Camp Cecil de la Sierra is a luxury tent camp situated in a peaceful mango, avocado and grapefruit grove in the Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve. The camp sits on the property of a local ranching family and highlights both the cultural and natural heritage of the Sierras. The family is an integral part of the experience; learn how the yummy cheese and tortillas we’ll eat here are made by hand and soak up knowledge about the reserve from the people who know it best.
Covering almost 30,000 acres, the Reserve is one of Baja´s most beautiful but least explored areas. Many of its plants and animals are not found anywhere else on the planet, including 79 endemic plant species, 8 endemic reptile species, 4 endemic bird species, and 4 endemic mammal species. While here we’ll get to hike, swim in water holes with great views of the Pacific Ocean and picnic by peaceful waterfalls. There is fantastic birding in the early mornings, incredible stargazing at night and endless opportunities for wonder and relaxation in between (Another margarita, anyone?). Tonight is our first of 3 nights in luxury tents (see accommodations descriptions for details) (B, L, D)

Overnight: Camp Cecil de la Sierra
DAY 4
Nothing like a quiet sunrise in paradise! Today you are welcome to opt in or out of any activities today - you’re on vacation! Perhaps you’ll join us for some early bird watching around camp or stretch your legs on a hike. Those who would like to, can head out on horseback or mule for a different vantage point. In the afternoon we’ll all enjoy happy hour in the huerta (or garden) before a filling traditional meal. Tonight, we lounge under a blanket of mountain stars - all in all, a magnificent day. (B, L, D)

Overnight: Camp Cecil de la Sierra
DAY 5
Similar to yesterday, today you have the option of doing as much or as little as you please in terms of organized activities. At some point during our visit, Chito, the owner of the ranch, will conduct a leather working workshop. Using the tools he inherited from his father and the patience of a man well trained in his craft, Chito will show us the ins and outs of this time honored tradition. Chito’s mother Angela will also teach us how to make dulces, or sweets, in the customary manner. The ranchers of Baja California Sur have passed these skills down through multiple generations and the workshops are not only fun, but a great way to participate in this living history. (B, L, D)

Overnight: Camp Cecil de la Sierra
DAY 6
After a final hearty mountain breakfast, we’ll make the journey back from the Sierras to Todos Santos. Staying at Los Colibris Casitas again, we'll have the afternoon free to explore town or hang out on the beach and then will enjoy a magnificent farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Overnight: Los Colibris Casitas
DAY 7
Last morning in paradise, time to soak up the birdsong, waves crashing and breathtaking beauty of this incredible gem before we leave. Once we’ve had breakfast and checked out of the inn, we’ll be transported back to the Los Cabos International Airport/San Jose del Cabo (SJD) in time for flights after 1pm. (B)

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  1. I have never surfed before, is it safe?

    Yes! Our surfing lesson will be extremely safe with knowledgeable instructors and gentle waves.
  2. Where do we eat?

    We will be eating a few meals out at small local restaurants and the rest will be prepared on site at Camp Cecil using lots of delicious farm to table ingredients.
  3. What dietary preferences or restrictions can you accommodate on this trip?

    If we know well in advance, we can accommodate vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-sensitive diets. If you are vegan, we ask that you bring some additional protein bars; and if you are gluten-sensitive, please bring some gluten-free snacks. If you have severe allergies, Celiac disease and/or other significant dietary restrictions, please call the office before you register.
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