Between the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean,
Road trip in Baja California
12 days / 11 nights
base 2 persons
Price: 1730 € TTC
price per person
During this tour you will discover various facets of the Baja California peninsula.
You will be seduced by the amazing contrasts of landscapes and fully live the adventure Baja California
YOUR TRAVEL PROGRAM
Day 1 / Arrival in La Paz
- Reception at the airport and transfer to your hotel.
- Delivery of travel documents
- Handing the keys to your rental vehicle Jeep Wrangler 4x4
> 1 Night in La Paz hotel category 4 * with swimming pool - Located in the city center, near the seafront, overlooking the bay of La Paz. Accommodation in double room.
La Paz - the malecon
Day 2 / La Paz and its beaches ...
To recover from your trip, relaxing day - suggestions for activities and visits:
With the time you'll morning, ideal for capturing one of the most beautiful sights of the region: the natural beaches of La Paz you discover after 30 minutes of road to Pichilingue. Bahia Balandra, crystal clear waters and shallow, is a natural site unfrequented. Palapas Only evidence of the presence of man on this sandy beach.
- Possibility of snorkeling in Bahia Balandra to observe small stingrays that come to hide, or at Tecolote, at the foot of the hill where you will probably wonder the puffer fish (fish hedgehog).
- Sea kayak to explore the creeks and coves with turquoise waters.
> Night 2 in La Paz hotel category 4 * with swimming pool - Located in the city center, close to the seafront, overlooking the bay of La Paz. Accommodation in double room.
Day 3 / La Paz / Puerto San Carlo (Whale) / Loreto
(Excursion possible mid-December to mid-April optional)
Today, depart for Loreto, but halfway on your way you will stop on the Pacific side, Puerto San Carlo, to observe cetaceans are protected in the lagoons of Bahia Magdalena to give birth to their young.
So you take the road early from La Paz after breakfast (takes about 2 hours) to reach the site of whale watching. Whale watching with your local guide takes about 2 hours a panga, a small boat for 6/7 people.
After your lunch on your road to Ciudad Constitucion, Loreto you reach where you arrive late afternoon.
Whale Watching in Bahia Magdalena
> Night 3 in Loreto in a boutique hotel - Category 4 * - located on the seafront near the beach, with pool. Accommodation in double room.
Day 4 / Loreto / San Javier / Loreto
Depart for Mission San Javier located 36 kms track Loreto.
The trail climbs through the Sierra de la Giganta and overlooks lush canyons.
You will discover the mission, deep in the mountains in the middle of an oasis.
Do not miss to visit the olive trees, behind which were planted by Jesuit missionaries in the 18th century.
Mission San Javier
You can have lunch in a local restaurant, you can then continue the track in the opposite direction. The descent is equally spectacular at the bottom of the canvas, the intense blue of the Sea of Cortez ...
Back to Loreto
> Night 4 in Loreto in a boutique hotel - Category 4 * - located by the sea, near the beach, with pool. Accommodation in double room.
Day 5 / Loreto / Bahia Concepcion / Mulege
Road to Bahia Concepcion, heading north.
The road is lined with huge cardon cactus that exceed 15 meters high, and then you arrive at Bahia Concepcion. You go along the Gulf Coast on the coast road via the magnificent Bay of the Sea of Cortez. Beaches succeed in the hollow handles, lined with mangrove.
Just after Bahia Concepcion, Mulege you arrive at an oasis in the desert with his palm along the river and its small central peaceful and colorful.
Typical village lulled by the rhythm of the river flowing through it, we invite you to walk in the heart of the oasis to visit the Mission and the former prison into a museum, and admire the craftsmanship very present and cheap.
> Night 5 Mulege in a small hotel in the village. Accommodation in double room.
Mulege and palm
Day 6 / Mulege / Santa Rosalia / Loreto
This morning, you can reach Santa Rosalia, former mining town converted to the Humboldt squid fishing. The unique architecture of French influence gives the place an air of Old West town.
The church, designed by Gustave Eiffel, bakery and time are two sights that are worth visiting. The State and the municipality launched a project in 2006 to restore old buildings to make the city its unique historical heritage.
You will leave in the direction of Loreto, where you spend the night, before discovering the southern tip of Baja California.
> Night 6 to Loreto in a boutique hotel - Category 4 * - located by the sea, near the beach, with pool. Accommodation in double room.
Santa Rosalia and French-influenced architecture
Day 7 / Loreto / Todos Santos
Towards the town of Todos Santos. In this village, classified as "magical villages of Mexico," the atmosphere is peaceful, you walk the streets, where art galleries and craft shops succeed.
To enjoy the beaches, we suggest you go to Poza, a huge beach. Its freshwater lagoon surrounded by palm trees, the rollers breaking on miles of deserted beaches and numerous pelicans and frigates will seduce you at the time of sunset.
> Night 7 to Todos Santos in a charming hotel in the village. Accommodation in double room.
Day 8 / Todos Santos / San Jose del Cabo
You walk along the Pacific coast to the southern tip, where the famous arch at the junction of the ocean with the Sea of Cortez.
Out at sea you'll find to the famous arch Cabos san Lucas off the "Arco" (suggestion optional).
Then arrived in San Jose, where you can visit the botanical garden of cacti in San Jose. (Optional).
> Night 8 in San Jose del Cabo in category 4 * hotel with swimming pool. Accommodation in double room.
San Jose del Cabo
Day 9 / San Jose del Cabo
Getaway in Cabo Pulmo, going back on the coast of the Sea of Cortez. Cabo Pulmo is the only place in the North American west coast sheltering coral reefs.
Marine National Park since 1995, Cabo Pulmo will open a window on the Sea of Cortez and its people ... You can enjoy the pleasure of snorkeling, without limit! And discover rich fauna inhabiting this place.
> Night 9 in San Jose del Cabo in category 4 * hotel with swimming pool. Accommodation in double room.
Day 10 / San José del Cabo / La Paz
On the road to your return to La Paz, you will be two breaks during your journey:
First, a visit to the Cactus Sanctuary, a nature park in the middle of the desert, where are preserved many species of rare and endemic cactus of Baja California, some varieties reach an exceptional size.
Then you stop in the charming village of El Triunfo, in the middle of nowhere. At the end of the nineteenth century, this former mining village formed the largest city in Baja California. Nowadays, the memory of this period still hovers in the deserted streets of El Triunfo.
Then you reach La Paz by the mountain road and continue to the center Ecological Duna. 100% ecological concept, lost in the middle of cactus, a few steps from the dunes overlooking the sea is a haven of peace which opens its doors. (Suggestion).
We offer on-site lunch (not included), you can enjoy some organic products produced on the ranch. You then reach a ranchero who will guide you on horseback atop a mountain, then in the bottom of a canyon to the beach. (Suggestion)
> Night 10 in La Paz boutique hotel category 4 * with swimming pool - Located in the city center close to the seafront, overlooking the bay of La Paz. Accommodation in double room.
Day 11 / La Paz
Your last day in La Paz ... Excursion to Espiritu Santo islands and snorkeling with sea lions:
You will leave your hotel early in the morning to discover the islands Espiritu Santo, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. (Included in the tour price for this circuit).
Program: discovery of geological curiosities of the island, snorkeling with sea lions (seals familiar and harmless) picnic on a small beach on the island.
Equipment, mask, snorkel and wetsuit provided (Included in the price of this trip).
NB. Sea lions, belonging to the family of lions, are only present on the coast of the Californias, Australia and New Zealand. Los Islotes, near Espiritu Santo island, is home to a colony of about 200 people, who will not fail to approach you when you're in the water!
> Night 11 in La Paz hotel category 4 * with swimming pool - Located in the city center close to the seafront, overlooking the bay of La Paz. Accommodation in double room.
Day 12 / La Paz-End of your trip - Departure
Return your rental vehicle - Transfer to the airport.
End of our services.
Rate this ttc circuit Self-Tour 12 days / 11 nights
Based on 2 people in a double room: 1730 € TTC per person
Price includes the following services:
Overnight stays in charming 4 star category 3 in a double room.
Renting a Jeep Wrangler 4X4, full insurance, unlimited mileage.
Day excursion in the Espiritu Santo Island with a picnic on the beach, swimming with sea lions and
Home, taxes and transfers, plus fees.
Our price does not include:
Meals, breakfasts other than those mentioned
Tips and other personal expenses
Any other service not mentioned in this round
High season rates:
Thank you note that prices are increased between December 15 and January 10.
(High season period in Baja California).
What season travel?
We believe that this tour can be done all year, but you should know that in the South (from San Ignacio) the months of August and September are particularly hot (+ / - 40 ° C) and very humid.
In addition, the risk of hurricanes in September and / or heavy rainfall, is not to be underestimated.
Throughout the year, the Baja California enjoys a pleasant climate, generally warm, with a little wind "fresh" in the winter, and sometimes very cold nights (in the desert), and very little rain. Much of the peninsula has an annual sunshine more than 300 days. As a
General North is cooler with more rain in the winter, and the south is warmer with more rain in the summer.
Average monthly temperatures in La Paz
A book dedicated entirely to Baja California: Read before you leave!
> Baja California, Mexico pearl: the book and the author (1)
Through this book, Jean-Christophe Arbonne invites us to discover a real travel book, where photography is widely preferred. This work will need to author a long journey of 3800 km for 60 days from north to south of the peninsula, and will need more than 5000 photos in total.
A passion for the State of Mexico, Jean-Christophe Arbonne expatriate is on this peninsula to focus on ecotourism and to receive and advise tourists followers still intact and preserved places: deserts, lagoons, unspoiled beaches, forests giant cacti, palm oasis, without oubliers wealth of the seabed and in a region 100% natural which is often called the "Galapagos of the northern hemisphere."
(1) - Baja California - Mexico La Perle (Editions Privat) An unpublished work in French dedicated to this destination. Texts and photos of Jean-Christophe Arbonne. 168 pages and 230 photos. Hardback Jacket +-N ° ISBN-2-7089-818 4-6 Can also be ordered online at the following sites: amazon, fnac, Alapage, priceminister, etc..
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