10 days / 9 nights
October 28 – November 6, 2023
This 800-mile round trip starts in El Cajon, California. We cross the border south at Tecate and returns north at the Mexicali/Calexico East border crossing. Already in Baja? You could meet us in Tecate.
This Baja beach adventure will be an easy route on pavement and off-roading through various scenic terrain and landscapes. You will visit a private Mexican rancho and a national park in the Sierra de Juárez mountains, Then San Felipe, Bahia San Luis Gonzaga, and Bahia de los Angeles on the Gulf side of the Baja peninsula. We may team up with another group at this location for Saturday night bonfire and party – TBD. It will be Halloween weekend after all.
Sierra de Juárez mountains
Our first day will take us to a private Mexican rancho at approximately 5,000 ft/1524m elevation in the Sierra de Juárez mountain range in northern Baja California. One night of primitive camping with flush toilets and showers nearby. At this elevation, the temperature could dip into the 30’s-40’s F (-1 to 5C) at night during this time of year. Be prepared. If interested, an opportunity to do some horseback riding can be arranged for a small fee to the rancheros.
From the rancho, we will enjoy a very scenic drive on dirt roads through the pine forest and boulders of Parque Nacional Constitución de 1857 (aka Laguna Hanson). This is a fun off-road drive as we descend off the mountain toward sea level. In San Felipe, there will be plenty of opportunity to explore the malecón, shop for souvenirs and have lunch at our favorite restaurant for some awesome tacos. We’ll then have a short drive to our camp and set up before dark. Flush toilets and showers will be available – it's rustic. Welcome to Baja!
Bahía de los Ángeles
The next few days we’ll be exploring Bahia San Luis Gonzaga and Bahia de los Angeles. Known by English-speaking tourists as Bahia, BOLA, Bay of LA, or LA Bay, Bahia de los Angeles is a bay on the western coast of the Gulf of California (aka Sea of Cortez). In Bay of LA, our base camp will at a family run eco-friendly campo and with flush toilets, hot showers, and Wi-Fi! This is one of our favorite Baja beach destinations since the early 2000’s. We have been talking our Baja explorers there for years and they LOVE it. You just might see a whale shark from shore or while kayaking. The Bahia de los Angeles Biosphere Reserve was established by the Mexican government in 2007 to protect the natural beauty and extraordinary ecosystem of the region.
Considering the destruction from hurricanes and if roads are passable, we might be able to drive to a mission and/or see some petroglyphs in the area. Your trip leader is already plotting some cool off-road adventures from our base camp. Be aware that sometimes the Baja norte (north) winds kick up so be prepared at any time for high wind.
Fun activities are listed below and there is always the option to hire a local panga captain to fish in the bountiful waters of Bahia de los Angeles.
What’s a boojum? It is real or something out of a Dr. Suess book? Your trip guide will be informative along the route and have lots of stories to share.
Baja Flexible Itinerary
- Did you see that whale shark?
- off-road day trips
- scenic terrain and landscapes
- campfire chat & story telling
- group potluck & meet new amigos
- unlimited photography
- swim, fish, snorkel, or kayak
- enjoy local seafood and culture
- beach combing
- wildlife & critter watching
- the silence in nature
- museum in Bahia de Los Angeles
- diving or panga fishing can be arranged