BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR , MEXICO

For travelers who appreciate adventure, a little luxury and getting off the beaten path, who are inspired by natural beauty and people who live closely with their surroundings, Baja, Mexico is an unforgettable destination. Located on the southernmost tip of the Baja California Peninsula, Baja California Sur is home to La Paz, the capital and the charming town of Todos Santos. The area is mountainous and the climate is typically warm and dry – an ideal place to escape the gray rain.

Itineraries

Baja California Mini-Break

(6 Days)

Baja California Sur Island Getaway

Baja California Sur Mountain Getaway

Highlights

Todos Santos

About 50 miles north of Cabo on the Pacific side of the Baja peninsula is a pueblo magico called Todos Santos – All Saints. Seemingly the handiwork of many saints, the area is blessed with underground springs that make the town a true desert oasis, thick with palms, lush with lagoons and filled with the birds they attract. Enjoy endless miles of pristine beach here – home to 5 of the 7 turtle species found in the world and site of migrating gray whales in the winter. Also home to vast orchards of mango trees and fields filled with strawberries, chilies and herbs, the lack of a natural harbor has kept the waters around full of fish and prevented Todos Santos from over development. This tiny town is filled with Mexican and expatriate artists, chefs, musicians, fishermen, photographers, philanthropists, surfers, sculptors, farmers, film-makers, potters, spiritualists, naturalists, adventurers, entrepreneurs, explorers, yogis and more, all pursuing their passions in this paradise that draws, inspires and drives them.

ISLA ESPIRITU SANTO

Isla Espiritu Santo, a National Marine Park and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 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.

Sierra de la Laguna

The Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve on the southern tip of the Baja peninsula is one of Baja´s most beautiful but least explored areas. Part of an island off the coast of Baja 10 million years ago, the Reserve is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. Reflecting its long history of island isolation, almost 25% of plants and 10% of animals found in the Reserve are endemic to the area, i.e, they are not found anywhere else on the planet. In a recent study in the Reserve, scientists documented entirely new species of plants and insects that had never been seen before, and they believe there are many more yet to be discovered. In addition to wildlife such as mountain lions, mule deer, gophers and badgers, a wonderful array of birdlife inhabits the reserve, including the endemic cape pygmy owl, Xantus hummingbird and Belding´s yellowthroat.

Magdalena Bay

Magdalena Bay is the largest wetlands ecosystem on the west coast of Baja and one of the most important in North America. The World Wildlife Fund ranks it as one of the most important coastal habitats in Mexico. The Bay is the prime calving ground for the gray whale, and January to March it is possible to see – and often interact with – a large number of whales, including mothers and calves. Magdalena Bay also has mangrove forests, barrier beaches and sand dune islands, all of which contribute to the incredible scenery and biological diversity of the area.

REVIEWS

“Taking a trip in a faraway land can seem daunting to plan – Ponte took care of every detail that we could think of. This trip with Ponte Travels as the planner, not one thing was a problem. It was the most stress free trip we have ever taken. Thank you ever so much for a trip we will remember forever.”

—Michelle, Seattle

Who we support

We believe that to travel responsibly, a portion of our tour cost should benefit communities in need. For this trip, our donation will go to a non-profit organization we support that is having a very positive impact around the world: DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS—a humanitarian-aid organization that provides ongoing emergency medical aid around the world.