A well-rounded, action-packed adventure in one of Mexico’s most beautiful places—an MTS exclusive!
Sun, sand, sea, stars—what more you could possibly ask for to jump-start your life? In Baja California Sur, desert meets sea in a fantastic wilderness of untouched white sand beaches and aquamarine waters, arid ochre-colored mountain canyons and astonishing—even bizarre—vegetation. It’s a place where time stands still, a perfect antidote to the cares of our busy world.
Our quick getaway—great for beginners, families, and those just seeking a fast “fun fix”—starts at the foothills of the Sierra de La Laguna Mountains on the Baja Coast at the quiet, breezy town of Todos Santos. A mere ninety minutes from the airport and sixty from the resort town of Cabo, Todos Santos is a haven whose local population rarely swells over a few thousand, leaving ample space for a stunning array of native wildlife and a rugged tropical desert landscape.
Next we’ll transfer to La Paz and continue to the protected waters around Espiritu Santo Island (just off the Baja coast at La Paz), designated a global conservation priority by The Nature Conservancy because of its unique biological diversity. (Mexico’s islands and protected areas in the Gulf of California have also been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.) Here we take up the art of sea kayaking, one of the world’s fastest-growing sports. Easy-to-master kayak skills are taught by expert guides, and in no time we’ll be paddling the clear-as-crystal waters, feeling our cares trickle away like water drops off our paddle blade. As we kayak along the island’s rocky shoreline, we poke into sheltered coves and linger to explore deserted beaches. But this adventure includes much more: besides kayaking, we’ll hike in the island’s spectacular canyons, try our hand at fishing, and swim and snorkel with playful sea lions and neon-colored fish. With luck, we may spot pods of sleek dolphins, see manta rays soaring into the air and doing back flips into the water, and on spring trips, possibly see blue or finback whales wintering in the Sea of Cortez. Then, back on the Pacific side we’ll surf Baja’s best breaks (cheered on by its finest surf instructors), snorkel and horseback ride along the undeveloped coastline at sunset, and learn the secrets of Baja cuisine from a local chef, all before turning in to our lovely ocean view rooms.
Whether relaxing in style at a Todos Santos restaurant or camping in fabulous nature on the island, you’ll dine on tasty Mexican food (yummy fish tacos!) and quench your thirst with plenty of frosty drinks (skiff support allows us to have plenty of fresh food and ice), and enjoy a paradise of sunny days, mind-boggling star shows at night, and gold-and-crimson sunsets that set the sky afire.
Hiking, surfing, kayaking, SUP, snorkeling, horseback riding
- Travel with the best local specialists on an unparalleled adventure spanning two oceans and the mountain range that divides them—kayak, hike, surf, snorkel, and more!
- See abundant marine life in the Sea of Cortez, dubbed “the “aquarium of the world” by Jacques Cousteau, and swim with sea lion pups at Los Islotes
- A great trip for families or groups of friends
Duration: 9 days Start Location: Cabo San Lucas End Location: Cabo San LucasDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in San Jose del Cabo
Arrive in San Jose del Cabo in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Drive to Todos Santos, just 90 minutes up the western coast.
Day 2 : Transfer to La Paz for Sea Kayaking
This morning we'll drive to La Paz and then we'll take a high speed motor boat to Espiritu Santo Island. Your guides will give you the safety points and provide beginners with the basics of sea kayaking and correct use of gear and kayaks. In the afternoon we'll embark on our first paddle beneath spectacular volcanic cliffs and arrive at the first of many beautiful beaches to set up camp.
Days 3 - 4 : Kayaking in the sea of Cortez
Kayak along the shoreline, exploring a new section of coastline with small offshore islands where numerous birds nest. Camp on a new beach every night.
Day 5 : Swimming with the Sea Lions
Today we’ll take a motor boat to the famous sea lion colony of Los Islotes at Isla Espiritu Santo. The sea lions love this opportunity to jump in the water and go people watching! It is an incredible life experience to snorkel and play with the sea lion pups, who love to nibble your flippers and entice you to swim in loops with them. We’ll lunch on a beautiful beach of Isla Espiritu Santo, a protected nature reserve. We’ll pack and return to shore and continue to Todos Santos, where we’ll end the day at a great local restaurant.
Day 6 : Surfing
Today, surf’s up as we each give it a try—our experienced instructors guarantee that you’ll ride the waves, at least for a moment! If board surfing is not your style "stand-up paddle boarding is also an option, we'll have boogie boards available and there's a great place for body surfing too."
Day 7 : Rock Art Painting Walk - Stars & Champagne
Late morning walk to the Guaycura tribes where a local anthropologist has spent the last four years creating a soon-to-be published photographic journal of pictographs and murals made by the now-extint people around Baja California Sur. We'll have a beautiful evening of bird stargazing with a local astronomer followed by dinner at a well know Mexican restaurant in a lovely garden setting.
Day 8 : Cliff Walk and Beach Picnic
We’ll begin our morning with terrific scenery featuring sea lions, birds, whales and cacti. Picnic lunch on a pristine palm-ringed beach. After swimming at the beach and three and a half hours of walking, they’ll be plenty of time for lunch. The afternoon is free for shopping, getting a massage, or simply relaxing. Farewell dinner at Michael’s at the Gallery.
Day 9 : Fly Home
Morning transfer to San Jose del Cabo and depart on homeward-bound flights.
DATES: Best time to go: January, March - April, November Departures: No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availablity. Call us for details.
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Los Colibris CasitasTodos Santos, México
Los Colibris Casitas was made for nature lovers seeking beauty and tranquility. Each of its casas and casitas 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 casa you can watch the fishermen cast their nets on the beach in the early morning light, wait for the green flash of a magnificent Baja sunset in the late afternoon, and enjoy the vast expanse of a star-filled sky at night. Boogie boards and mountain bikes available for guest use.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.
Originally from Mexico City, Sergio has been living and guiding in Baja for over 15 years. He is known throughout the peninsula for his tremendous knowledge and passion for all the things that make Baja such an incredibly fun and inspiring place to be. He is a gifted story teller who loves sharing local lore and insights with visitors to his home.