Baja: Surfing, Swimming, Snorkeling, and Sea Lions

Trip Overview

Learn to surf, snorkel with the sea lions and enjoy yoga and mexican cooking classes in Baja, Mexico as you relax on the beaches of the Sea of Cortez on our "surfing safari" in October 2018.

Baja, Mexico is a slender finger of desert that splits the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez and abruptly ends where their waters meet, nearly 800 miles south of California. Its parched, copper-colored earth creates a perfect color complement to the cool, cerulean sea.

The town of Todos Santos, your seaside home for the week, has become a flourishing artist colony and cultural hub- a microcosm of all things Baja. What better place to indulge yourself for a week of pure fun?

The central theme of this Baja trip is learning to perfect your own special style of surfing. Each morning you’ll take to the waves under the guidance of the best local surf instructors. They'll get you up on your board and give you helpful tips about maneuvering into the gentle waves. You can DO this! You'll feel triumphant as you catch that first curl and sail toward the beach, showing your fellow AdventureWomen that anyone can surf, at any age, even with zero experience!

But there’s much more to our Baja adventure than just surfing.  The rest of your days and nights are for everything else! Yoga? Mexican cooking lessons? A massage beach-side? You choose!

Swimming and snorkeling with sea lions is also a once-in-a-lifetime experience as you watch these acrobatic creatures spin, spiral, twist, twirl, and pirouette, creating their own underwater Baja ballet.

While on our Baja adventure, we'll enjoy the freshest seacoast Mexican cuisine including fish tacos, tapas, burritos, ceviche, fresh salads, fruits, and breads, plus microbrews, local vintages, and of course, margaritas- in the land where they were born!

At sunset, take to horseback ride along a deserted strand of white-sand beach lapped by the waves of the Sea of Cortez. Baja sunsets are legendary, each a visual symphony composed with notes of pastel pinks, peaches, purples, and blues. Watch for the "green flash" as the sun’s last sliver slips into the Pacific.

Join us for surfing, sea lions, sunsets and swimming in Baja's Sea of Cortez, where the warmth and relaxing beach invites you to blow off your cares in October 2018!

Main Attractions

  • Enjoy five days of morning surfing lessons – you WILL stand up on the first day
  • Ride along the pristine beaches on horseback
  • Swim alongside sea lions at a permanent sea lion colony
  • Practice yoga overlooking the sea each morning
  • Learn how to make the perfect margarita before your Mexican cooking class

What You'll See and Do

  • Cooking Class
  • Horseback Riding
  • Local Delicacies
  • Spa Element
  • Surfing
  • Swim with Sea Lions
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Yoga Class

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

Baja: Surfing, Swimming, Snorkeling, and Sea Lions

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Sunday, October 28 - Arrive in Todos Santos
Welcome to Baja! Bordered by both the wild Pacific Ocean and the protected Sea of Cortez, this finger-like desert peninsula is a haven for exotic plants, birds and animals (both terrestrial and marine) and is home to friendly and welcoming people.

You will be picked up at the San Jose del Cabo airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel.

Enjoy a welcome dinner and group orientation this evening.
Welcome Dinner

Overnight: Los Colibris Casitas
http://loscolibris.com/

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.

Day 2

Monday, October 29 - Todos Santos
Todos Santos is an undiscovered gem, back-dropped by the Sierra de Laguna Mountains and rimmed with gorgeous beaches and lush gardens. It’s an official Pueblo Magico, one of Mexico’s 50 off-the- beaten-path towns known for their “magical ambiance.”

Enjoy an early morning yoga class on the sky deck. What better way to start your day than yoga overlooking the ocean?

Begin your surfing lessons this morning. No experience? No problem! Your instructors guarantee that you will stand up - at least for a moment - during your very first lesson!

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Todos Santos has 70 miles of pristine beach. Take in the beauty of a Baja sunset on horseback.

Enjoy home-style Mexican cuisine in a tropical garden this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Los Colibris Casitas

Day 3

Tuesday, October 30 - Todos Santos
One of the most striking things about the Baja peninsula is the incredible juxtaposition of desert and sea, happy home to both cactus and seagull. Artists and photographers are lured here by the quality of light, marine sports enthusiasts come to enjoy the challenging fun above and below the surface of the inviting big blue sea, and the local residents enjoy a stress-free lifestyle, welcoming visitors who seek a multi-layered getaway.

Enjoy another early morning yoga session.

Start you second day of surfing lessons. Perhaps today you’ll feel like you can stand up on your own!

Have a relaxing massage this afternoon after your morning of surfing.

Enjoy a dinner of Baja specialties at a local tapas and wine bar.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Los Colibris Casitas

Day 4

Wednesday, October 31 - Todos Santos
Jacques Cousteau once called the Sea of Cortez “the aquarium of the world” and “the Galápagos of North America.” About 39 percent of the world’s marine mammal species and 70 percent of the world’s marine cetacean species live or migrate though here, making this region one of the planet’s most bio-diverse ecosystems.

Your adventure at Los Islotes today is a trip highlight - an unforgettable nose-to-nose encounter with the local sea lions that thrive in these nutrient- rich waters.

Enjoy a picnic on a local island.

Head back to Todos Santos and have dinner around the pool!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Los Colibris Casitas

Day 5

Thursday, November 1 - Todos Santos
The people of Mexico consider Baja to be “The Last Frontier,” and in many respects it truly is. Ten million years ago the southern part of this peninsula was an island, and this isolation gave rise to the great diversity of native plant and animal species found here.

Get up early this morning for some sunrise yoga.

By today, you’ll start to feel more confident. Ride the waves this morning with your surfing instructors!

This afternoon, visit downtown Todos Santos. See the local art galleries and shops, and pick up some souvenirs to take home!

Take a Mexican cooking class this evening. Start by learning to make the perfect margarita. Make sure you pay attention as you learn from the chef - you are making your own dinner!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Los Colibris Casitas

Day 6

Friday, November 2 - Todos Santos
The art of surfing, known as he’enalu in the Hawaiian language, was first described in 1769 by Joseph Banks on HMS Endeavour during the ship’s stay in Tahiti. Surfing was a central part of ancient Polynesian culture. It is now an activity with followers all over the world!

Enjoy one last yoga session on the sky deck.

On your last day of surfing lessons, you should be proud of how much you have learned and improved! Celebrate by riding your biggest wave yet!

Have a massage this afternoon to soothe your sore muscles - surfing is hard work!

Start your farewell dinner with a mezcal tasting. Reminisce over all of the memories you have made and celebrate the end of an incredible trip!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Los Colibris Casitas

Day 7

Saturday, November 3 - Todos Santos and Depart
After a fond farewell and breakfast, say “hasta luego” to your guide and new friends and transfer to the airport for your flights home.
Breakfast

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

Baja: Surfing, Swimming, Snorkeling, and Sea Lions

Traveling to Baja



Traveling to Baja

Arrive: Arrive at San Jose del Cabo (SJD) on October 28, 2018 by 3:00pm.

Depart: Depart San Jose del Cabo (SJD) on November 3, 2018 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

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates with at least two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Health Considerations

We rate this trip as moderate. You should be able to walk comfortably for two to three hours at a time, and be in good enough physical condition to do activities like surfing or kayaking for a half of a day. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you to ensure that you are prepared for the trip.
Visit https://fitfortrips.com/ partners/adventure-women/ for more information.

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

Money

US Dollars are accepted in most places in Baja. Credit cards are accepted in downtown Todos Santos. We recommend bringing cash.

Suggested Gratuities:

  • Main guide: $20 per day
  • Surf instructors: $5 per day
  • Yoga instructors: $5 per day

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. As a courtesy, we can hold your space for five days while you are making personal and travel arrangements.

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 July 30, 2018.

 

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

Baja: Surfing, Swimming, Snorkeling, and Sea Lions

Included

  • All hotel accommodations throughout the trip
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation
  • Fully-guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • English-speaking guides throughout the trip
  • One AdventureWomen Associate

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Baja
  • Optional activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fees for passports, visas, or immunizations
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities

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

Baja: Surfing, Swimming, Snorkeling, and Sea Lions

What to Bring

In late October and early November, the weather in Todos Santos is warm during the day with cool evenings. The highs will be in the upper 70s to low 80s, and the lows will be in the upper 60s. Dress for this Baja adventure is casual.

Clothing and Gear:

  • ……Duffel bag or small suitcase
  • Daypack
  • 2-3 short sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1-2 long sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1 medium weight fleece sweater/jacket for cool evenings
  • 1-2 pairs of pants (for horseback riding)
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • 1-2 sets of nicer clothes for dinner
  • 2 bathing suits
  • 1-2 sun shirts/beach coverup
  • 1 set of yoga clothing
  • Waterproof/windbreaker jacket
  • Hat for sun protection
  • 5-7 pairs underwear
  • 5-7 pairs of socks
  • Comfortable walking shoes (closed-toe shoes for horseback riding)
  • Sandals/beach shoes
  • Sleepwear

AdventureWomen Essentials:

  • Travel documents (passport, airline tickets, money)
  • 2-3 spare passport photos (in case of lost passport)
  • 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.