In January 2020, we’re partnering with Pacific Overlander for our second adventure down the Baja Peninsula, Mexico’s most rugged, scenic coastline. This isn’t Cabo; we’ll be traveling through remote parts of Baja rarely accessed by visitors, making stops for HOT hot springs, waterfall oases, desert exploration, whalewatching, and much, much more.
Take the wheel of a Toyota 4Runner or Jeep Wrangler over rough dirt roads, on empty highways, and down long stretches of sandy beach, or hang in a passenger seat and enjoy the scenery.
An Eight Day Adventure Down Baja
Where the desert meets the sea
One of the most diverse seas on the planet, set aside Baja, the second-longest peninsula in the world, the Sea of Cortez features 4,000 kilometers of coastline, each cove, beach, inlet, and sand spit distinct and in a world of it’s own. A thousand shades of blue set against a backdrop of stark desert cacti gives you an idea of the area we’ll explore.
Camping right on the beach, we’ll fall asleep and wake up to sunrises and sunsets off the warm water. During the day, enjoy an assortment of gear allowing you to make the most of the adventure, including kayaks, snorkel, and Spikeball sets for the more competitive amongst us.
One of Earth’s most unique destinations
Baja is exceptionally distinct, in large part thanks to its unique geography. Planted between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez, with a range of volcanoes running the length of the peninsula, the vast expanse of the Peninsula is set apart as open, undeveloped space. Indeed, much is protected by El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, the largest protected habitat in Latin America.
What we’ll do (aka a rough itinerary)
January 17th - 24th, January 26th - February 2nd, 2020
$1900 per person, per leg
From hot spring hangs to hiking canyons to legendary wildlife encounters, this trip is packed with adventure. The pace of the expedition will be mixed, with quick starts and stops, time devoted to relaxing on beautiful beaches, extended driving, and early mornings to make the most of the day.
Driving times per day will range from 2-5 hours in more extreme conditions, and our route and points mentioned above could change due to circumstance, road conditions, and weather.
Reflections from Previous Editions of this Adventure:
THE VEHICLES: KITTED OUT TOYOTA 4RUNNERS AND JEEP WRANGLER RUBICONS
In a challenging environment, you need to trust your equipment. If you want to drive, you’ll be behind the wheel of a late-model, fully capable offroad vehicle. That’s why we teamed up with the best for this adventure. Pacific Overlander’s Jeeps and Toyota 4Runners are capable, agile machines designed for demanding travel. Each truck features a rooftop tent, AC/DC power, and space for your gear. Additionally, a support vehicle provides extra storage, an air compressor, recovery equipment, galley kitchen, heated outdoor shower, and restroom facilities for the duration of the trip.
LEGENDARY CAMPSITES ALL DOWN THE PENINSULA
Baja’s unique and varied ecosystems present diverse opportunities for exceptional campsites. From popping rooftop tents right on the beach to a secret hideaway under 60 foot Cardon cacti, we have mind-blowing campsites all down our 1000 mile route through the peninsula. These photos represent just a few of the spots we’ve scouted. Perhaps you’ll help us find a new one.
SEA OF CORTEZ - WORLD CLASS KAYAKING, SNORKELING, AND BEACHES
Camping right on the beach, we’ll fall asleep and wake up to sunrises and sunsets off the water. During the day, enjoy an assortment of gear allowing you to make the most of the adventure, including kayaks, snorkel, and Spikeball sets for the more competitive amongst us. The calm water of the Sea of Cortez is perfect for gentle swims.
GUERRERO NEGRO - AN EPIC WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER
The wonder doesn’t end at water’s edge; this trip is timed for the peak of grey whale season, with a stop in internationally renowned Guerrero Negro for a morning of whale watching. Famously, the whales in this area are known for their curiosity, to the point of inviting human touch, creating opportunities for legendary and life-changing encounters. Seriously - the more you touch these magnificent creatures, the longer they stay
DESERT OASES, HOT SPRINGS, PALM TREES AND WATERFALLS
Right there in the middle of the desert, where you never would have expected to see it: a lush, green, tropical paradise, with a series of cascading waterfalls, natural pools for swimming, and gorgeous hot spring soaks dialed in at 102 degrees. Coming either at the beginning of the trip or the end, depending on the leg, this is the perfect place to relax and leave the stresses of life behind.
CULTURE AND HISTORY DATING BACK THOUSANDS OF YEARS
From Meso-American rock wall painting to Spanish colonial architecture, Baja offers interesting history, art, and culture across a wide range of time and place. We’ll have plenty of time to explore ancient cave dwellings, long-ago Franciscan missions, and vibrant present-day towns, connecting with locals over hearty meals and interesting conversation.
CAMPFIRE GOURMET - LOCAL FARE AND FIRESIDE COOKOUTS
Enjoy a selection of the best local foods and catered menus during your trip, shared around the campfire, as well as stops at taquerias and restaurants along the way. Daily prepared meals will be provided or cooked collaboratively, depending on the day’s schedule. All meals will be shared in a group format with plenty of time for a sundowner.
OVERLAND TRAVEL - DRIVE FOR THE EXPERIENCE, NOT THE NEXT DESTINATION
This is not your typical road trip. Along our route we will spend a fair amount of time traveling along dirt roads and playing in the sand. While the majority of the miles driven will be on pavement, there will be plenty of opportunity to learn basic off-road driving techniques and brush up on your overlanding skills. Whether you are interested in learning more about navigation and route planning, the use of variable tire pressures to maximize your vehicles performance, or just looking for adventure, this trip offers something for everyone.
A Map of the Journey
This overlanding adventure runs approximately 1000 miles, starting in San Diego, California, USA and ending in Loreto, Baja California, MX (and back to San Diego, for the second leg).
We’ll zig and zag across the narrow peninsula, crossing from the Pacific Coast to the Sea of Cortez and back throughout the week. This ensures you’ll see a stunning variety of landscapes and vistas - you’ll be surprised by the dramatic difference between the two coasts.