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There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive todos santos

Welcome to your charming casita in Todos SantosWelcome to your charming casita in Todos Santos

Your Baja adventure begins today when you are greeted by your guide at the San Jose del Cabo airport, then transfered the 90 minutes to the small village of Todos Santos, enjoying a beautiful journey across the desert and up the Pacific coastline. You'll check into your lovely casita overlooking the sea at Los Colibris Casitas, then enjoy a welcome dinner and trip briefing at Santo Vino, Chef Dany Lamote's love letter to Baja.  

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Los Colibris Casitas

Day 2: surf the waves

Surfing lessons are funSurfing lessons are fun

Todos Santos boasts some of the best surf breaks in Baja, and you'll start this great vacation by learning how to ride the waves. Our instructors are so confident in their abilities that they guarantee you'll stand up on the board during the first hour of instruction—at least for a few moments! You'll spend the day enjoying the beach and dining at wonderful local restaurants. A great introduction to paradise! (We can also arrange an alternative activity if you don't want to surf.) 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Los Colibris Casitas

Day 3: beach horseback ride / town tour

Tour Todos Santos MissionTour Todos Santos Mission

Todos Santos also boasts 70 miles of pristine, undeveloped beach, perfect for a morning horseback ride next to the waves. It's a truly magical experience! Then, in the afternoon enjoy an historical walking tour of Todos Santos, during which you'll learn about the colorful Mexican, Spanish, American, and Chinese characters who shaped (and continue to shapte) the town. Cap off the day with a delightful dinner at the famed Hotel California.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Los Colibris Casitas

Day 4: cliff walk

Enjoy a Baja cliff walkEnjoy a Baja cliff walk

Today enjoy a spectacular hike along the Pacific bluffs of Todos Santos. Start at the sweeping beach where local fishermen launch their boats each morning and bring in the daily catch each afternoon. A quick walk up the hill brings you to breathtaking views of a different kind of coastline, with dramatic rocky outcroppings and crashing surf. You're likely to spot whales from this high vantage point during several months of the year.

Throughout the walk you'll have the stunning combination of desert landscape with the backdrop of the sea. You'll pass an active sea lion colony, as well as the ruins of the shipping port Los Algodones. Your guide will offer in-depth commentary on the terrific variety of flora and fauna you see, as well as the history of the area from the human perspective. After about 3.5 hours of walking, you'll arrive at the idyllic beach of San Pedro where a picnic lunch will be waiting. San Pedro features a beautiful marsh filled with bird life and a protective cove ringed by towering palms. Here you'll eat, relax, sunbathe, swim, read—just enjoy the bliss of being in Baja!

This evening enjoy a Mexican survival cooking skills class with local lawyer-turned-chef Iker Algorri. The rules are: First, learn to make the perfect margarita. Second, pay attention because you have to eat what you make!

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Los Colibris Casitas

Days 5-7: luxury camping on isla espiritu santo

Camping with styleCamping with style

Today you're off for the "glamping" part of your trip, with luxury camping 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.

This is a remarkable place to explore, and you’ll spend the days kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, swimming with sea lions, stand-up paddle boarding, bird watching, checking out cave art, and visiting hidden lagoons and desert beaches.

Your base camp is on one of the island's most beautiful beaches. With beautifully decorated walk-in safari-style tents, real beds, lovely linens, bedside tables, lanterns, beach towels, storage space, rugs, chairs, sun showers, compost toilet cabañas, and more, you'll forget that you're  technically camping. Enjoy meals at Espiritu Xantus Café with an on-site chef making fresh and delicious meals for you every day—and daily happy hour, of course!

Meals
Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners daily
Lodging
Luxury Tented Camps

Day 8: la paz

Catch sight of beautiful landscapesCatch sight of beautiful landscapes

It's time to leave your beach home for the short trip (about 30 minutes) to La Paz for your final night. Enjoy a free day relaxing at your hotel, or exploring the town.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Seven Crown (or similar)

Day 9: departure

Transfer to Cabo for your flight home. (NOTE: Your flight should be booked to depart after 2:00pm.) 

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$3,850
The land cost published is for the stated itinerary and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in the full itinerary. For a custom & private adventure, the final cost will be based on the activities selected, trip duration, accommodations, etc. Developing an initial custom trip itinerary is a service we provide to all clients at no cost. If after development of the initial itinerary you request additional development but are not ready to make a deposit, a trip planning fee may apply.
Single Supplement:
$1,050
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
9 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Charming beachside casita and luxury tented camp
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Easy walking and optional hiking
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Your beautiful glamping home
Your beautiful glamping home
Conquer the cliffs
Conquer the cliffs
Scrumptious food will tantalize you
Scrumptious food will tantalize you
Your luxury tent awaits
Your luxury tent awaits
Cooking with Iker
Cooking with Iker
Casa Colina at Los Colibris
Casa Colina at Los Colibris
Horseback ride on the beach
Horseback ride on the beach
Enjoy a picnic on the beach
Enjoy a picnic on the beach
Watch for astounding colors in wildlife
Watch for astounding colors in wildlife

Baja Adventure Retreat

Customized adventure with outdoor activities in Todos Santos and luxury camping on the beach

overview

Need a refreshing and relaxing getaway that is personalized just for you? You've come to the right place.

The Baja peninsula is comprised of an amazing collection of diverse eco systems, with oceans, deserts, mountains, islands, estuaries, dunes, coastlines and mangroves. This trip is a way to experience all of these aspects and more, in whatever way you prefer.

Here, we've outlined a sample itinerary that can be adjusted however you'd like. Add or remove activities, change how much time you spend in a specific place, tell us you just want to sit on the beach and decompress all by yourself—whatever you want, you got it! Got kids? This is also a very family-friendly trip that can be modified to increase or decrease the level of activity to match your group. 

Potential activites include time in Todos Santos, where you can surf the waves, horseback ride on the beach, hike the cliffs, tour the town, and stay in a charming casita. Then, move on to Espiritu Santo National Park for a few days of "glamping" in your luxury tent. Here you can kayak, snorkel, hike, swim with sea lions, stand-up paddle board, bird watch, check out cave art, and visit hidden lagoons and desert beaches.

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overview

Need a refreshing and relaxing getaway that is personalized just for you? You've come to the right place.

The Baja peninsula is comprised of an amazing collection of diverse eco systems, with oceans, deserts, mountains, islands, estuaries, dunes, coastlines and mangroves. This trip is a way to experience all of these aspects and more, in whatever way you prefer.

Here, we've outlined a sample itinerary that can be adjusted however you'd like. Add or remove activities, change how much time you spend in a specific place, tell us you just want to sit on the beach and decompress all by yourself—whatever you want, you got it! Got kids? This is also a very family-friendly trip that can be modified to increase or decrease the level of activity to match your group. 

Potential activites include time in Todos Santos, where you can surf the waves, horseback ride on the beach, hike the cliffs, tour the town, and stay in a charming casita. Then, move on to Espiritu Santo National Park for a few days of "glamping" in your luxury tent. Here you can kayak, snorkel, hike, swim with sea lions, stand-up paddle board, bird watch, check out cave art, and visit hidden lagoons and desert beaches.

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive todos santos
    Welcome to your charming casita in Todos SantosWelcome to your charming casita in Todos Santos

    Your Baja adventure begins today when you are greeted by your guide at the San Jose del Cabo airport, then transfered the 90 minutes to the small village of Todos Santos, enjoying a beautiful journey across the desert and up the Pacific coastline. You'll check into your lovely casita overlooking the sea at Los Colibris Casitas, then enjoy a welcome dinner and trip briefing at Santo Vino, Chef Dany Lamote's love letter to Baja.  

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Los Colibris Casitas
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: surf the waves
    Surfing lessons are funSurfing lessons are fun

    Todos Santos boasts some of the best surf breaks in Baja, and you'll start this great vacation by learning how to ride the waves. Our instructors are so confident in their abilities that they guarantee you'll stand up on the board during the first hour of instruction—at least for a few moments! You'll spend the day enjoying the beach and dining at wonderful local restaurants. A great introduction to paradise! (We can also arrange an alternative activity if you don't want to surf.) 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Los Colibris Casitas
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: beach horseback ride / town tour
    Tour Todos Santos MissionTour Todos Santos Mission

    Todos Santos also boasts 70 miles of pristine, undeveloped beach, perfect for a morning horseback ride next to the waves. It's a truly magical experience! Then, in the afternoon enjoy an historical walking tour of Todos Santos, during which you'll learn about the colorful Mexican, Spanish, American, and Chinese characters who shaped (and continue to shapte) the town. Cap off the day with a delightful dinner at the famed Hotel California.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Los Colibris Casitas
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: cliff walk
    Enjoy a Baja cliff walkEnjoy a Baja cliff walk

    Today enjoy a spectacular hike along the Pacific bluffs of Todos Santos. Start at the sweeping beach where local fishermen launch their boats each morning and bring in the daily catch each afternoon. A quick walk up the hill brings you to breathtaking views of a different kind of coastline, with dramatic rocky outcroppings and crashing surf. You're likely to spot whales from this high vantage point during several months of the year.

    Throughout the walk you'll have the stunning combination of desert landscape with the backdrop of the sea. You'll pass an active sea lion colony, as well as the ruins of the shipping port Los Algodones. Your guide will offer in-depth commentary on the terrific variety of flora and fauna you see, as well as the history of the area from the human perspective. After about 3.5 hours of walking, you'll arrive at the idyllic beach of San Pedro where a picnic lunch will be waiting. San Pedro features a beautiful marsh filled with bird life and a protective cove ringed by towering palms. Here you'll eat, relax, sunbathe, swim, read—just enjoy the bliss of being in Baja!

    This evening enjoy a Mexican survival cooking skills class with local lawyer-turned-chef Iker Algorri. The rules are: First, learn to make the perfect margarita. Second, pay attention because you have to eat what you make!

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Los Colibris Casitas
    Show on a map
  • Days 5-7: luxury camping on isla espiritu santo
    Camping with styleCamping with style

    Today you're off for the "glamping" part of your trip, with luxury camping 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.

    This is a remarkable place to explore, and you’ll spend the days kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, swimming with sea lions, stand-up paddle boarding, bird watching, checking out cave art, and visiting hidden lagoons and desert beaches.

    Your base camp is on one of the island's most beautiful beaches. With beautifully decorated walk-in safari-style tents, real beds, lovely linens, bedside tables, lanterns, beach towels, storage space, rugs, chairs, sun showers, compost toilet cabañas, and more, you'll forget that you're  technically camping. Enjoy meals at Espiritu Xantus Café with an on-site chef making fresh and delicious meals for you every day—and daily happy hour, of course!

    Meals
    Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners daily
    Lodging
    Luxury Tented Camps
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: la paz
    Catch sight of beautiful landscapesCatch sight of beautiful landscapes

    It's time to leave your beach home for the short trip (about 30 minutes) to La Paz for your final night. Enjoy a free day relaxing at your hotel, or exploring the town.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Seven Crown (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: departure

    Transfer to Cabo for your flight home. (NOTE: Your flight should be booked to depart after 2:00pm.) 

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$3,850
The land cost published is for the stated itinerary and is subject to change. This covers accommodations, transfers, activities, touring, guide services and meals as described in the full itinerary. For a custom & private adventure, the final cost will be based on the activities selected, trip duration, accommodations, etc. Developing an initial custom trip itinerary is a service we provide to all clients at no cost. If after development of the initial itinerary you request additional development but are not ready to make a deposit, a trip planning fee may apply.
Single Supplement:
$1,050
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Duration:
9 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost. The total number of days includes the time required to travel between the USA and the destination country.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Charming beachside casita and luxury tented camp
Activity Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Easy walking and optional hiking
Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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× comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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