Trip Overview

Explore, relax, and reconnect in Mexico on a seven-day mother-daughter adventure on the stunning beaches of Baja & Sea of Cortez in mid February 2019.

Upon arrival in Cabo San Lucas, we head to Los Colibris Casitas, built into the hillside in Todos Santos with views of the surf and sand. You and your daughter will wake up on your first morning in Baja to the sound of the ocean, and an authentic Mexican breakfast prepared by Chef Iker Algorri. It’s the perfect primer for a morning of traditional tortilla-making, a skill that’s been handed down from mother to daughter for generations.

Next, you both head to the renowned surf breaks of Playa Los Cerritos for a lesson with expert instructors. With their help, you’ll get a chance to ride the waves that draw so many surfers to this section of the Mexican coast. In the evening, you’ll join Chef Iker at Playa Punta Lobos, where local fisherman will be arriving with the day’s catch. Learn how he chooses the highest quality ingredients, then take your bounty back to the kitchen, where you’ll prepare a traditional fish stew together… and Chef Iker’s perfect margarita!

The next morning, you and your daughter will head to our exclusive AdventureWomen tented camp, located on a private beach. You and your daughters will share one of eight private tents, equipped with luxury features to ensure your comfort. And the greatest perk of all is the location! Wake up to views of sand and surf, spend your days kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, or just relaxing in the sun, and wind down at night counting the millions of stars that swirl overhead.

From there, you’ll travel to the Sea of Cortez and Magdalena Bay for a full day of whale watching. Kick back and enjoy a day on the water as your expert captain leads you to the best spots for sightings. Snap photos of these majestic creatures sparkling in the sun, the water glistening on their smooth skin like diamonds. Return to Los Colibris Casitas for your final evening in Baja, where you’ll reminisce over your adventures on your private patio before joining the rest of the group for a last gourmet meal.

Relaxing and refreshing, AdventureWomen’s seven-day luxury retreat in Baja in February 2019 is sure to bring all mothers and daughters even closer to one another.

You might also enjoy reading about what mother-daughter duo, Karen and Charity, had to say about  their 2017 adventure trip to Baja.

Main Attractions

  • Get up close to wildlife where the desert meets the sea
  • Go paddle boarding and ride the waves during a surfing lesson
  • Learn to make tortillas for a Mexican cooking class, including how to make the perfect margarita!
  • Snorkel with sea lions and explore hidden lagoons by kayak
  • Observe mother and baby whales in Magdalena Bay

What You'll See and Do

  • Boating
  • Cooking Class
  • Glamping
  • Horseback Riding
  • Local Delicacies
  • Spa Element
  • Surfing
  • Swim with Sea Lions
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges
  • Yoga Class

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday, February 16 – Arrive in Todos Santos
Your guide will greet you at the San Jose del Cabo airport and transfer you to Los Colibris Casitas in Todos Santos.

Tonight’s Welcome Dinner and trip briefing is at Santo Vino, Chef Dany Lamote’s “love letter to Baja.”

At Santo Vino Bistro, Chef Dany Lamote has created an intimate dining space in the traditional style of a European bistro. He will transport you to the comfortable elegance of Baja food with his own creative, culinary twists. Fusing different cultures and knowledge into unique inspirational recipes, he lovingly takes traditional Mexican recipes and then personalizes and adapts them by mixing in his life experiences. What better way to begin your week in Baja!
Welcome Dinner

Overnight: Los Colibris Casitas

Day 2

Sunday, February 17 – Todos Santos
Start off your first day with a terrific Mexican breakfast prepared by Los Colibris Chef Iker Algorri.

Start your tortilla-making class right after breakfast to ensure that there are plenty of tortillas on hand for your cooking class tonight.

Hit the waves at beautiful Playa Los Cerritos, one of the best surf breaks in Baja, where your veteran instructor will work with you one-on-one, and guarantee that you’ll ride the waves – at least for a moment! A spectacular crescent of sand, Los Cerritos is one of the best surf breaks in Baja. And with a smooth, sandy bottom and small waves breaking close to shore, it is the perfect place to introduce beginners to the joy of surfing. Haven’t you always wanted to try this?

Enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on the beach. After Lunch, head to Playa Punta Lobos to greet the local fishermen as they come in with the daily catch. Chef Iker will instruct the group on the local fish and how he makes his buying decisions, and of course purchase the fish for the cooking class to follow.

Head back to Iker’s Colibris Café at Los Colibris Casitas to learn how to make the perfect margarita and Punta Lobos Fish Stew.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Los Colibris Casitas

Day 3

Monday, February 18 – Todos Santos to Isla Espiritu Santo
Drive to La Paz, where you will get on a boat for your 90-minute ride to your exclusive camp (AdventureWomen only!) on the beach. Wear your bathing suit this morning, just in case you get to swim along the way!

After lunch, spend your afternoon kayaking or stand up paddle boarding exploring hidden lagoons and desert beaches. Take a late afternoon hike as a group to explore the area and enjoy the sunset!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Glamping on the Beach

Day 4

Tuesday, February 19 – Isla Espiritu Santo
Swimming with sea lions is magical, with unforgettable nose-to-nose encounters. Grab some snorkel gear provided and jump in with them. If weather permits, you will also be able to swim with whale sharks.

Spend the afternoon enjoying the beach, or choose to spend some more time on a kayak or a paddle board!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Glamping on the Beach

Day 5

Wednesday, February 20 – Isla Espiritu Santo to Magdalena Bay
Enjoy one last morning on the beach at your spectacular glamping site.

Take a boat to La Paz, and then transfer the 4.5 hours by road to Magdalena Bay. Settle into your hotel and get excited for whale watching tomorrow!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Mar Y Arena

Day 6

Thursday, February 21 – Magdalena Bay
Head out onto the water for a full day of interacting with whales. Highly experienced local staff will ferry you through the waters of Magdalena Bay to whale watch from motorized skiffs, perfect conveyances from which to have a “whale’s eye view” of the Great Grays!

Enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Mary Y Arena

Day 7

Friday, February 22 – Magdalena Bay to Todos Santos
The drive back to Todos Santos and Los Colibris Casitas will take about four hours. Stop for lunch along the way. This evening, enjoy a final Baja sunset from a patio or balcony.

End your spectacular week with a Farewell Dinner at the Restaurante La Casita Tapas and Wine Bar. One reviewer said that “each dish exceeds in every way what taste buds expect of well-concentrated and carefully prepared dishes. ‘Succulent’ as a description doesn’t do the food justice. Think ‘excellent’ and you’ll be close.”
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Los Colibris Casitas

Day 8

Saturday, February 23 – Depart Todos Santos
After a fond farewell and breakfast, say “hasta luego” to your guide and new friends! You’ll be transferred to the airport, and your flight should leave no earlier than 12:00.
Breakfast

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Traveling to Baja, Mexico



Arrive: Arrive at the San Jose del Cabo Airport (SJD) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on February 16, 2019 by 3:30pm.

Depart: Depart from the San Jose del Cabo Airport (SJD) on February 23, 2019 after 12:00pm.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

For US citizens traveling to or from Mexico, all travelers must have a valid United States passport. The US Department of State recommends that your passport be valid for at least six months after your expected return. No visa is required for travel to Mexico from the United States.

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Active. Our Active adventures get you on your feet. You  should be in good physical condition  and be prepared to hike for up to five hours, multiple days in a row, on uneven surfaces with some steep ascents and descents.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more here.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Mexico, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Meixco.

Money

On this trip, US cash is accepted nearly everywhere. You should have enough money in small bills in US dollars (fives, tens, twenties, and some ones) to leave for tips. Credit cards are accepted in downtown Todos Santos and La Paz.

Suggestions for Gratuities:

  • Main guide: $10-15 per person per day
  • Los Colibris Chef and Staff: $10 per person
  • Island Chef and Staff: $10 per person
  • Boat/skiff drivers for Espiritu Santo and Magdalena Bay: $10 per group for each outing

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)

Final payment is due to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer) on or before November 18, 2018.

 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • All transportation throughout the trip
  • All activities as listed in the itinerary
  • On Isla Espiritu Santo: drinks, a glass of wine/beer during happy hour
  • English-speaking guide throughout the trip
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages, unless otherwise specified
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Los Colibris Casitas
Los Colibris—The Hummingbirds—is located in Todos Santos, just a ten-minute walk from the area’s beautiful beaches. The property features two big casas (houses) and two casitas (little houses). Each building is configured and decorated in a unique way. The accommodations all include a kitchen or kitchenette with appliances, a dining area, a balcony, porch or patio, ceiling fans, and lovely views of the Pacific Ocean and lagoon.

Glamping on the Beach
You will LOVE your base camp on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches! It features walk-in safari-style tents with twin beds, mattresses, pillows, sheets, and lamps. The accommodations are so comfortable and beautiful that you won’t want to leave. This is GLAMPING (glamorous camping) at its best! There is a kitchen tent where our on-site chef makes wonderful meals for you every day, and there are sun showers and portable toilets in separate sheds.

Mar Y Arena
The Villas Mar & Arena is located just opposite Magdalena Bay. The rooms have sea views, each with a TV, private bathroom and free Wi-Fi. Puerta San Carlos is a very small town with limited options. Mar Y Arena is centrally located, clean, comfortable and accords excellent service.

 

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

As you get ready to pack for your adventure, have a look at The AdventureWomen Store at www.theadventurewomenstore.com- we have picked out our favorite travel clothes and outdoor gear to help make packing easy for you. You can also see our recommendations for this trip on the AdventureWomen Pinterest page.

Baja has two seasons: a dry season and a green season. Verano, the dry season, runs from December to April, and invierno, the rainy or “green” season runs from May to November. It can, however, rain in the dry season and be dry in the rainy season, so you should be prepared for precipitation regardless of the season! As far as temperatures, expect highs in the high 70s and 80s and lows in the high 50s or 60s.

In general, you can dress very casually on this Baja vacation. The temperatures and weather on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico can be quite warm, but can also be quite cool during the mornings and evenings, especially if it is windy. Dressing in layers while whale watching on Magdalena Bay and while sea kayaking is recommended.

Clothing and Gear

  • 1 soft-sided suitcase or duffel bag (no hard-sided suit- cases allowed)
  • 1 small daypack to carry camera, hat, layers etc. on excursions
  • 3 t-shirts
  • 1 light-weight long-sleeved shirt
  • 1 sweater or light jacket
  • 2 pairs quick-dry shorts
  • 1 pair light-weight pants
  • 1 pair pants (for cool evenings)
  • 1 rain jacket
  • 1 pair rain pants
  • 1-2 bathing suits
  • 1 pair comfortable sneakers or shoes you can hike in
  • 1 pair sport water sandals
  • 1 sun hat
  • Underwear/bras
  • Pajamas

AdventureWomen Essentials

  • Travel documents (passport, airline tickets, money)
  • 2 spare passport photos in case your passport is lost or stolen
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen insulated bottle (good for hot or cold drinks!)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Prescription medicine you usually take (in original containers)
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686