Baja California, a trip in the mountains, beaches and deserts of Mexico
10 day travel itinerary in Baja California, Mexico
Lovers of wide open spaces and nature, let yourself be amazed by the treasures of Baja California. A real world apart, travel along the Pacific coast to discover landscapes as surprising as they are fascinating. Deserts full of cacti the size of the ocean and mineral mountain ranges as far as the eye can see… you will be seduced by this wild nature.
Length of stay: 10 days
Kind: Must-sees and cultural tours
Fix: For all public
Countries visited: Mexico
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Day 1 : La Paz
La Paz Arrival
Arrive at the airport and collect your vehicle. They offer several insurance options, be careful as some of these are very expensive. Chevrolet Aveo Elegance (4 passengers) or similar.
Extended insurance: against theft and damage to third parties (property and persons) up to 350,000 pesos. Liability limited to 10% of the commercial value of the vehicle in the event of damage or collision.
– 5 passengers
– 3 Large pieces of luggage
– Manual transmission
– Air Conditioning
– 16 Kilometres per litre
NB: Pleasant vehicle for 4 people but the trunk can sometimes be used just for 3 or 4 luggage. Overnight stay at hotel Catedral La Paz.
Day 2 : La Paz
Relax at Balandra beach
This morning, head to the beautiful beach of Balandra . On the way, admire endless coastline, mangroves and fields of cacti. Enjoy the extremely clear turquoise sea and observe the strange, almost out-of-this-world phenomenon that is the “ mushroom rock ” which protrudes out of the shallow water.
Head back to La Paz at the end of the day. Overnight stay at hotel Catedral La Paz.
Day 3 : La Paz
Tour Isla Espriritu Santo and Swim with Sea Lions
Depart in the morning in shared transportation for the marina where you will board a ‘lancha’ (small boat) and head to the island Espiritu Santo .
The island is surrounded by clear and turquoise waters, and was declared a nature reserve along with all of the other islands of the Gulf of California. It is also a sanctuary for many birds who find shelter there during the winter months.
A colony of about 300 sea lions lives on small islands located north of Isla Espriritu Santo. It is possible to swim with them; the activity is perfectly safe and the sea lions love to play! Note: snorkeling equipment and neoprene suit are included. Stop in a cove protected from the wind where a picnic will be served on the beach. Take some time to swim in the transparent waters or walk around the creek.
Head back to La Paz in the afternoon. Option included : tour Isla Espiritu Santo. Overnight stay at hotel Catedral La Paz.
Day 4 : La Paz
Swimming on the Way to Loreto
Depart in the morning for Loreto , a charming little town wedged between the mountains and the sea. The road crosses the reddish colored mountains of the Sierra La Giganta before reaching the lowlands.
Here, there is the possibility to swim in the sea of Cortes , with its exceptional ocean floor, sanctuary of sea lions, giant turtles and hammerhead sharks.
Arrive in Loreto in the late afternoon. Overnight stay at hotel la Damiana inn.
Day 5 : Loreto
Discovery of Bahía Concepción’s beaches
This morning, head north and take a beautiful road lined with cactus chandeliers to reach the village of Mulege , in the heart of an oasis of date palm trees. Visit its mission that was established by the Jesuit Father Juan de Basaldúa in 1705.
Have some lunch in this quaint, little town.
We suggest that you enjoy the numerous beaches of Bahía Concepción on the way back. They are known for being the most beautiful beaches of Baja California.
Head back to Loreto at the end of the day. Overnight stay at hotel la Damiana inn.
Day 6 : Loreto
Day off the Beaten Track
Depart for the Misión San Javier , the jewel of the Baja California mission churches . The road meanders between arid and mountainous lands to reach San Javier, settled in the heart of an oasis. There, the Jesuits built the first mission in 1699. The current building dates from 1744. Walk in the gardens located behind the mission where oranges, lemons and mangos grow. We recommend that you buy empanadas of exotic fruits in the village… Delicious !
On the way back, stop along the road to observe remainders of rock paintings. These paintings give us a glimpse of the incredible murals that can be seen in the region.
Spend the night in Loreto . Overnight stay at hotel la Damiana inn.
Day 7 : Loreto
Boat trip to Isla Coronado
This morning, board a “lancha” for a day trip to ”Isla Coronados” . This island is located in the the Sea of Cortés, which was called “the world’s aquarium” by Jacques Cousteau. This volcanic area is home to an incredibly rich and varied marine wildlife. You will get to see dolphins, and if you’re lucky perhaps a blue whale.
For the most courageous, swimming with sea lions is a once in a lifetime experience. Give it a try, this activity is perfectly safe! The island is also a bird sanctuary for many species that live there during the winter months.
Visit a little beach and swim in its transparent waters, ideal to enjoy a snorkeling session (mask and snorkel not included, possibility to rent on site).
Picnic break on the beach (included).
Return to Loreto in the early afternoon. Overnight stay at hotel la Damiana inn.
Day 8 : Loreto
Magic Town of Todos Santos
Depart in the morning for the south of Baja California Sur and the beautiful town of Todos Santos one of Mexico’s Pueblos Mágicos.
Established in 1723, and practically wiped off the map in 1734 during the Pericu revolt (people of New-Mexico), the Mission Santa Rosa de Todos Santos survived until its complete abandonment in 1840. Then, over the centuries, the trapiches (sugar mills) contributed to the enrichment of this little town. You can also visit the Hotel California, made famous by the legendary band Eagles.
Spend the night in Todos Santos . Overnight stay at hotel Posada La Poza. Garden room. (Ground floor).
Day 9 : Todos Santos
Explore Todos Santos
Day of leisure in Todos Santos . This peaceful village was named a “Magical Town” of Mexico. You will be charmed by its freshwater lagoon surrounded by palm trees and by the waves rolling on kilometers of deserted beaches.
We can offer you complementary activities. Please consult us : Guided city tour, cooking lessons, pottery lessons, horse riding (some activities require a minimum number of participants). Overnight stay at hotel Posada La Poza. Garden room. (Ground floor).