Papel picado in Baja
View of stunning bay in Baja California, Mexico
Sea lion swimming in Baja
Historic district in Baja
Snorkeler swimming with a whale shark
Plate of al pastor tacos
Pelican standing on a rock, Baja
Whale tail in the Sea of Cortez
School of manta rays, Baja
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Baja California Multi-Adventure Tour

Mexico's Pacific Coast & Sea of Cortez

Couples, Friends & Solos

5 days 4 nights

Activity Levels 1-2

Premiere & Casual Plus Hotels

From: $4,699 pp dbl occ

($1,450 for sgl occ)

Adventure off the beaten path in Baja. Visit Mexico’s most beautiful beach. Dive into the enchanting Sea of Cortez. Surf the best breaks. Snorkel with majestic sea life. Explore an otherworldly landscape from the turquoise sea and arid desert to the mountain ranges formed by volcanic rock. Indulge in traditional Mexican fare. Feel the magic in a historic colonial village, Todos Santos. Sound too good to be true? You’ll just have to come see for yourself.

Walk/Hike
Snorkel
Surf
Mexico Baja Multi-Adventure Tour
Mexico Baja Multi-Adventure Tour

Mexico

Start/End San José del Cabo

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights

  • Explore the lesser-known gems of Mexico's Baja California Coast, fly with ease to popular San José del Cabo, then take the road less traveled to a serene local paradise
  • Snorkel in crystal-clear waters in the Sea of Cortez and hike atop rugged desert mountains overlooking the vast blue ocean
  • Immerse yourself in colorful scenes and savor regional seafood specialties—there's no wonder why artists and surfers alike have made this area their home
  • Discover why this region is world-renowned, from Todos Santos, a "Pueblo Mágico," to the Sea of Cortez, a UNESCO World Heritage site
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Itinerary

Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
5 Days Premiere & Casual Plus Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2
Description

Hike desert trails with sea views | Take in the spectacular sights from a hike traversing a section of the Peninsular Ranges, an area designated a global biosphere reserve by UNESCO | Snorkel and swim in the Sea of Cortez, famously described by Jacques Cousteau as “the world’s aquarium” | Encounter sea lions, manta rays, dolphins and sea turtles, if you’re lucky | Swim with whale sharks, when in season | Walk along La Paz’s malecón, a promenade tracing the bay and showcasing a series of sculptures from various artists | Enjoy a cool drink at our hotel’s rooftop bar as you watch the sun set over the ocean.

Accommodations
Baja Club Hotel La Paz
Baja Club
La Paz
| *Casual Plus Hotel
This chic hideaway is the beautiful rebirth of a restored 20th-century colonial-style villa—historic yet contemporary. (spa, pool)
Days 3-5
Description

Visit Mexico's most beautiful beach, the stunning Balandra Beach, whose calm, shallow waters invite you to get your feet wet | Opt to adventure on your own in the sparkling sea by kayak or paddleboard | Sit down for fresh local cuisine | Explore the vibrant cobblestone streets of Todos Santos, a perfect blending of rustic Mexican village with art colony, all in a seaside oasis | Admire the area’s unique architecture | Venture on the steep trails around San Cristóbal Baja accompanied by ocean views | Hike the dramatic, cactus-dotted cliffs from Punta Lobos to Las Palmas beaches | Watch for the resident sea lion colony that inspired early Spanish explorers to name the area Punta de los Lobos Marinos | Continue the adventure with exhilarating surf lessons | Unwind and relax by the pool overlooking the sea.

Accommodations
Hotel San Cristobal
Hotel San Cristóbal Baja
Todos Santos
| Premiere Hotel
Impeccably designed by architects to intertwine with the natural beauty of the area, this beachfront retreat is both enchanting and tranquil. (pool)

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

Activity Level: 1-2

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 600 ft. gain
Day 2
Other
Snorkeling Excursion (all day)
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2.6mi | 400 ft. gain
Other
Walking Food Tour of Todos Santos (2.5 hours)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3.9mi | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7.8mi | 1300 ft. gain
Day 5
Surfing
(2 hours)

What's Included

 

  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Easygoing Adventure

This is a Level 1-2 trip, meaning the activities are easygoing and designed to allow us to take it slow and soak up the beauty of the region. Each day we embark on an active adventure, but the amount of time on the trails is less than the typical Backroads trip. We think hiking, kayaking and snorkeling combined with plenty of downtime to relax, explore and take advantage of the hotels is the ideal way to experience Mexico's Baja Peninsula.

Developing Country

The people and places you'll visit on this active adventure in Baja California will stay with you for a long time, calling you back again and again to this stunning peninsula. But keep in mind that Mexico is still considered a developing country and travel here isn't always easy. Still, the warmth of the people, the culture and spectacular landscape and wildlife shine through, making for a fun and memorable experience.

Panga Boats

On Day 2 we spend several hours seeking out wildlife in the Sea of Cortez, using “panga” boats that are basic but efficient, made to easily maneuver the water in a variety of conditions. The pangas do not have bathrooms on boardour drivers will set up a rustic toilet with privacy tent on the beach where we have lunch between our activities.

 

Shuttling

We often shuttle to access a variety of fun activities and local highlights. The Trip Leaders will be able to help you determine which shuttles you can opt out of if you are more inclined to stay at the hotel and reconvene with the group after a day of relaxation.

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