When planning an adventure to Baja California, there’s a lot of things to consider before you go. Here, you’ll find answers to the most commonly asked questions below. Still have questions? Reach out, and we’ll answer every one of your questions.
We do not recommend drinking tap water without filtering. We recommend bringing at least one gallon per person per day. When you need more water, we can get water containers filled at a water purification store. Everyone in Mexico drinks water from the water purification stores.
Call your US cell service provider before the trip and verify your international coverage. Know your service contract and understand if there are any international roaming and service charges. There will be times when we will not have any cell coverage or Wi-Fi while camping in remote areas. On future trips we hope to offer satellite internet service.
Tipping wait staff in local restaurants is very appreciated and based on your satisfaction with the service. There might be additional opportunities to tip gas station attendants, parking attendants, or helpful locals along the way.
Tipping your trip leader is appreciated but not required. All tips go directly to your chef, camp staff and guide. As always, let your tip reflect your satisfaction with the service.
Our trips are open to every skill level of driving. Let us know if this is your first off-road overlanding adventure. Driving in Baja California, Mexico IS different. Please follow your trip leader’s guidelines and tips to ensure a safe trip.
We will travel as a group and camp in the same area. You will be given a two-way radio to be in constant contact with the trip leaders and others in our group. Our trip leaders will be with you every step of the way, including getting your tourist visas, getting through military checkpoints and providing Mexico driving advice. On the return trip, we will guide you through the border crossing.
Driving off road in Baja California can be demanding on any vehicle. Therefore, for the good of the group and yourself, check the mechanical condition of your vehicle. Before the trip, verify that your vehicle is in top mechanical condition, including tires, spare tire, jack, lights, wires, belts, battery and fluid levels. Do not come with a vehicle that is in poor condition. If you are not sure of its condition, have an qualified mechanic inspect it for any potential problems and have them fixed well in advance of the trip. Peace of mind is a great thing.
If your rig becomes disabled for any reason, we will do our best to help you get your rig rolling again. If your vehicle needs professional repairs or towed, we will assist you in contacting professional services. Any costs associated with the recovery or repair will be up to the vehicle owner. Backcountry towing can be very expensive and the vehicle owner may need to pay in cash or credit card to start the process. Understand that the trip must continue and it may be necessary for the group to move on to the next destination. However, we will not leave you in an unsafe situation.
Have some basic tools specific to your vehicle (wrenches, pliers, screwdrivers, etc.) to do minor repairs. Bring your vehicle specific spare fuses and a spare serpentine belt. If your mechanic installs new belts, ask for the old ones to bring with you as a backup. Be prepared – there are no auto parts stores just down the street.
You MUST have Mexican Auto Insurance by law. We suggest Bajabound. You cannot go on our Baja California adventure trips without Mexican auto insurance. PRINT two copies of your policy. Keep one copy in the car and carry the top sheet with you.