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Discover Baja: Special Departure with John Baston

Trip Length 7 days

From $2,995

  • 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

Just a short plane ride (but a whole world) away, our Baja trip is the perfect getaway for families or groups of friends. Traveling with the best local specialists, you’ll explore two oceans and the unspoiled mountain range that divides them. Hike in the biosphere reserve of the Sierra de la Laguna with naturalist guides, and discover unique, endemic plant and animal life. Then, surf some of Baja’s best breaks (suitable for beginners and guided by the region’s finest instructors), and snorkel and kayak in the Sea of Cortez, dubbed the “aquarium of the world” by Jacques Cousteau for its diversity of marine life. You’ll have the unforgettable experience of swimming with sea lion pups at Los Islotes, and horseback riding along 70 miles of pristine beach at sunset. You’ll learn the secrets of Baja cuisine from a local chef, and ponder Aztec, Mayan and Greek mythology while stargazing with a local astronomer. It’s an altogether uncommon, intimate and fun-filled México experience—and it’s only from MTS.

Day 1: Arrive in San Jose del Cabo

Upon arrival at San Jose del Cabo, your guide will be waiting to meet you.  Then we’ll head out for the 90-minute drive to Todos Santos. The magical drive across the southernmost tip of Baja California Sur will give us a taste of a landscape that will grow familiar in the week ahead—rolling hills and coastal plains that look down onto wild Pacific beaches, rustic fences bounding ambling ranches, dry arroyos with flowering cacti, bougainvillea, and thorn bushes—through astonishing flurries of butterflies along the two-lane highway. We arrive in Todos Santos, the real gem of Baja for those looking beyond the grand resort experience of Cabo. After taking in our first impressions of this fascinating village, we’ll move into serene rooms with fantastic ocean views at the Los Colibris Casitas, where we can gaze onto the ocean, freshwater estuaries, and the Sierra de la Laguna range from our own seaside oasis. We’ll have a welcome dinner followed by a short briefing.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Los Colibris Casitas

Days 2-3: Glamping on Isla Espiritu Santo

Espiritu Santo National Park in the Sea of Cortez is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is 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 terrific range of bird species including Blue-footed Boobies, Reddish Egrets, Great Blue Herons and Yellow-footed Gulls frequent the island’s skies and shores.  The island itself is stunning, with magnificent towering cliffs, spectacular sandy bays, amazing 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. We’ll spend the days kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, swimming with sea lions, swimming with whale sharks, stand up paddle boarding, bird watching, and exploring hidden lagoons and desert beaches. 

We have a base camp on one of the island´s most beautiful beaches that features beautifully decorated walk-in safari-style tents with real beds, lovely linens, bedside tables, lanterns, beach towels, storage space, rugs, chairs, and more. Espiritu Xantus Café is where our on-site chef makes wonderful meals for you every day – and daily happy hour of course - and there are two sun showers and two compost toilet cabañas.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Baja

Day 4: Return to Todos Santos

Transfer to Todos Santos and Los Colibris Casitas. Dinner at Santo Vino, Chef Dany Lamote’s love letter to Baja

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Los Colibris Casitas

Day 5: Surf and Cooking Lessons with Local Chef

In the mid 80s a few dedicated surfers found their way up from Cabo in search of waves, and thirty years later Todos Santos still boasts some of the best surf breaks in Baja. 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 never fear! Stand-up paddle boarding is also an option. We’ll have boogie boards available and there’s a great place for body surfing too. After working up an appetite, we'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on the beach. In the evening, we’ll experience the landscape surrounding Todos Santos in yet another way—an idyllic horseback ride at sunset! The 70 miles of undeveloped beaches are even more accessible on horseback, and we’ll grow more familiar with the bird life and tropical desert terrain with the help of our expert guides. And tonight, a local chef gives us a hands-on lesson on the best of Baja cuisine.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Los Colibris Casitas

Day 6: Pacific Bluffs Hike and Beach Picnic and Farewell Dinner

We'll wrap up this great Baja adventure with a hike along the magnificent Pacific bluffs of Todos Santos. This walk features glorious scenery, fascinating local history and encounters with strange and wonderful flora and fauna - during many months of the year you'll see whales! The hike ends at an idyllic, palm-lined beach where a delicious picnic lunch will be waiting for you. The afternoon is then free for shopping , getting a massage, or just relaxing around the pool. Local artist and sculptor Michael Cope then will prepare a scrumptious farewell dinner for you in his beautiful sculpture garden. It's a fabulous finish to this great adventure.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Los Colibris Casitas

Day 7: Fly Home

Say adios but not good-bye!  We'll  transfer to San Jose del Cabo and depart on homeward-bound flights. 

  • Breakfast

Apr 23 - 29, 2017

pricing

LAND COST (hotel Los Colibris)
$2,995 (6-12 members)
$3,395 (4-5 members)
$800 Single Supplement

 

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Los Colibris Casitas — Todos 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.

MTS Camp — Baja

  • 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

Just a short plane ride (but a whole world) away, our Baja trip is the perfect getaway for families or groups of friends. Traveling with the best local specialists, you’ll explore two oceans and the unspoiled mountain range that divides them. Hike in the biosphere reserve of the Sierra de la Laguna with naturalist guides, and discover unique, endemic plant and animal life. Then, surf some of Baja’s best breaks (suitable for beginners and guided by the region’s finest instructors), and snorkel and kayak in the Sea of Cortez, dubbed the “aquarium of the world” by Jacques Cousteau for its diversity of marine life. You’ll have the unforgettable experience of swimming with sea lion pups at Los Islotes, and horseback riding along 70 miles of pristine beach at sunset. You’ll learn the secrets of Baja cuisine from a local chef, and ponder Aztec, Mayan and Greek mythology while stargazing with a local astronomer. It’s an altogether uncommon, intimate and fun-filled México experience—and it’s only from MTS.

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in San Jose del Cabo

Upon arrival at San Jose del Cabo, your guide will be waiting to meet you.  Then we’ll head out for the 90-minute drive to Todos Santos. The magical drive across the southernmost tip of Baja California Sur will give us a taste of a landscape that will grow familiar in the week ahead—rolling hills and coastal plains that look down onto wild Pacific beaches, rustic fences bounding ambling ranches, dry arroyos with flowering cacti, bougainvillea, and thorn bushes—through astonishing flurries of butterflies along the two-lane highway. We arrive in Todos Santos, the real gem of Baja for those looking beyond the grand resort experience of Cabo. After taking in our first impressions of this fascinating village, we’ll move into serene rooms with fantastic ocean views at the Los Colibris Casitas, where we can gaze onto the ocean, freshwater estuaries, and the Sierra de la Laguna range from our own seaside oasis. We’ll have a welcome dinner followed by a short briefing.

  • Dinner
  • Accommodation:Los Colibris Casitas

Days 2-3: Glamping on Isla Espiritu Santo

Espiritu Santo National Park in the Sea of Cortez is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is 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 terrific range of bird species including Blue-footed Boobies, Reddish Egrets, Great Blue Herons and Yellow-footed Gulls frequent the island’s skies and shores.  The island itself is stunning, with magnificent towering cliffs, spectacular sandy bays, amazing 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. We’ll spend the days kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, swimming with sea lions, swimming with whale sharks, stand up paddle boarding, bird watching, and exploring hidden lagoons and desert beaches. 

We have a base camp on one of the island´s most beautiful beaches that features beautifully decorated walk-in safari-style tents with real beds, lovely linens, bedside tables, lanterns, beach towels, storage space, rugs, chairs, and more. Espiritu Xantus Café is where our on-site chef makes wonderful meals for you every day – and daily happy hour of course - and there are two sun showers and two compost toilet cabañas.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:MTS Camp — Baja

Day 4: Return to Todos Santos

Transfer to Todos Santos and Los Colibris Casitas. Dinner at Santo Vino, Chef Dany Lamote’s love letter to Baja

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Los Colibris Casitas

Day 5: Surf and Cooking Lessons with Local Chef

In the mid 80s a few dedicated surfers found their way up from Cabo in search of waves, and thirty years later Todos Santos still boasts some of the best surf breaks in Baja. 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 never fear! Stand-up paddle boarding is also an option. We’ll have boogie boards available and there’s a great place for body surfing too. After working up an appetite, we'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant on the beach. In the evening, we’ll experience the landscape surrounding Todos Santos in yet another way—an idyllic horseback ride at sunset! The 70 miles of undeveloped beaches are even more accessible on horseback, and we’ll grow more familiar with the bird life and tropical desert terrain with the help of our expert guides. And tonight, a local chef gives us a hands-on lesson on the best of Baja cuisine.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Los Colibris Casitas

Day 6: Pacific Bluffs Hike and Beach Picnic and Farewell Dinner

We'll wrap up this great Baja adventure with a hike along the magnificent Pacific bluffs of Todos Santos. This walk features glorious scenery, fascinating local history and encounters with strange and wonderful flora and fauna - during many months of the year you'll see whales! The hike ends at an idyllic, palm-lined beach where a delicious picnic lunch will be waiting for you. The afternoon is then free for shopping , getting a massage, or just relaxing around the pool. Local artist and sculptor Michael Cope then will prepare a scrumptious farewell dinner for you in his beautiful sculpture garden. It's a fabulous finish to this great adventure.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Los Colibris Casitas

Day 7: Fly Home

Say adios but not good-bye!  We'll  transfer to San Jose del Cabo and depart on homeward-bound flights. 

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Los Colibris Casitas — Todos 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.

MTS Camp — Baja

Dates and Pricing

Apr 23 - 29, 2017

pricing

LAND COST (hotel Los Colibris)
$2,995 (6-12 members)
$3,395 (4-5 members)
$800 Single Supplement

 

Activity Level Easy to Moderate
Trip Length 7 days

From $2,995

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