Trip Overview

Against the backdrop of Baja’s sunlit landscapes and ultramarine bays join AdventureWomen for the colorful festivities of Mexico’s Day of the Dead. Explore white-sand shores on horseback, snorkel with playful sea lions, and learn to catch that wave during a ladies surfing clinic with the pros. Island glamping under a canopy of stars? Simply dreamy.

With its sunny hospitality, Baja welcomes you for seven days of adventure, culture, and indulgent relaxation. Arrive for the celebration of El Día de los Muertos – a special chance to experience the rich, artistic traditions of remembering family and friends.

Fly into Cabo San Lucas and drive to charming Todos Santos to gather with your excited AdventureWomen companions. With mountains in its backyard and facing miles of pristine beach, this artists’ haven is one of Mexico’s 50 lesser-traveled places known as a Pueblo Mágico – magical town. Enjoy a welcome dinner that sets the stage for a week of fresh coastal cuisine, including fish tacos, tapas, ceviche, burritos and fresh salads and fruits, alongside microbrews and, of course, margaritas, in the land where they were born!

Settle into the lovely Los Colibris Casitas, and wake up sporting your “ready-for-anything” spirit. It’s off to the beach to join the best local surf instructors for big fun in the waves. “We can do this!” becomes the group mantra as you get up on your board, if even for a moment, and feel the thrill of the waves beneath you. With exhilarating high-fives, be proud that you’ve proven that anyone, at any age, can surf! Next, enjoy the reverse view – the sea from the shore – as you take in the beach beauty on horseback.

Your accompanying expert local guide is an integral part of the group, and always on hand to answer questions and share stories about this fascinating region. You are also joined by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure—and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way.

Back in town, join the Dia de los Muertos revelers for the festival finale – the Catrina Contest. Since Aztec times, the skeleton (calavera) has represented life, not death, and the female “Catrina” skeletal face is the fiesta’s symbol. Don’t miss the chance to have your face camouflaged as Catrina!

After a morning yoga class, head for Isla Espiritu Santo for three days and nights glamping in style on a private island. Spend time exploring volcanic rock formations on foot as you examine flora and fauna. Sunbathe at your leisure, try stand-up paddle boarding with your guide, or kayak together through secluded lagoons. For a truly memorable moment, grab some snorkel gear and join the local sea lions. It’s a veritable underwater ballet, Baja-style, as they spiral and twirl around you, and it’s hard not to laugh out loud when they pop their curious noses next to yours to see if you want to play!

Return to Todos Santos for your final day and peruse the galleries for exceptional, locally made souvenirs. Begin your farewell dinner with a mezcal tasting, and toast to each other’s surf and turf adventures, and to all the Baja memories you made together as friends.

Main Attractions

  • Participate in the colorful El Dia de los Muertos traditions, Baja-style
  • Horseback ride on sandy beaches, kayak in blue lagoons, and take a morning yoga class overlooking the ocean
  • Brave the wave! Take a bucket-list surfing class in a women’s-only session
  • Savor fresh local cuisine and sample margaritas in their birthplace
  • Delight in the playful antics of sea lions as you snorkel among them in the Sea of Cortez
  • Reach out and touch the stars during a two-day glamping experience on a private beach

What You'll See and Do

  • Kayaking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Surfing
  • Swim with Sea Lions
  • Swimming

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Todos Santos
There’s no better time to visit Todos Santos than during the annual Day of the Dead festival, which honors and celebrates the importance of ancestors. The Catrina contest, symbolized by La Catrina, or “elegant skeleton,” is the culmination of the Day of the Dead festivities. The symbolic Catrina is steeped in history, dating back to the early 1900s. She is inspired by Mictecacihuatl, the goddess of death and Lady of Mictlan, the underworld. The Day of the Dead festivities themselves originated from the Aztec tradition of honoring the dead.

Over your eight days in Baja, you’ll get to know your expert Mexican guide, who will help you learn about local traditions and foods, as well as about the local wildlife and even the best way to interact with sea lions underwater. You are also accompanied by an AdventureWomen Ambassador, committed to helping make your experience a fun and personally rewarding adventure, and cheering you on as you reach beyond your comfort zone to take on new challenges in your own unique way!

You will be picked up at the San Jose del Cabo airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel. You will receive specific instructions on the exact meeting location about a month prior to your trip. The Cabo airport is very busy, but AdventureWomen will make sure you know where you’re going!

Get to know your expert guide from Baja, your AdventureWomen Ambassador, and your fellow travelers over a delicious welcome dinner this evening. Learn about the history and traditions of the Day of the Dead festivities.
Dinner

Overnight: Los Colibris Casitas

Day 2

Todos Santos
Todos Santos is an undiscovered gem, backdropped by the Sierra la 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.”

Todos Santos has 70 miles of pristine beach. Take in the beauty of a Baja landscape on horseback. You’ll also get to take a surfing lesson today. No experience? No problem! Your instructors guarantee that you will stand up – at least for a moment – during your very first lesson!

Head into town and join in the iconic Catrina celebration! You won’t be eligible to win, but you can fully participate. Have your face painted by a local expert in the stunning traditional Catrina style, wear your favorite “high society” costume dress from the 1910s (optional), and celebrate the Day of the Dead in true Mexican fashion.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Los Colibris Casitas

Day 3

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

After breakfast, drive to La Paz, stopping to try on your wet suit and get your snorkeling gear. From La Paz, you will get on a boat for your 60-minute ride to your exclusive camp on the beach. Wear your bathing suit this morning, just in case there is a chance to swim along the way!

Spend your afternoon kayaking or stand up paddle boarding exploring hidden lagoons and desert beaches. Enjoy the sunset this evening with your group as you sip a cold drink and sit with your toes in the sand.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Glamping on the Beach

Day 4

Isla Espiritu Santo
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 through here, making this region one of the planet’s most bio-diverse ecosystems.

Swimming with sea lions is magical, with unforgettable nose-to-nose encounters. Grab some snorkel gear provided and jump in with them.

Enjoy a dinner from the camp kitchen and a relaxing night on the beach. Share stories about your experiences with the curious sea lions earlier today.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Glamping on the Beach

Day 5

Isla Espiritu Santo
Espiritu Santo National Park in the Sea of Cortez is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the best marine life viewing destinations in the world. Whales, dolphins, whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and plenty of beautiful tropical fish call the surrounding waters home, while a terrific range of bird species including Blue-footed Boobies, Reddish Egrets, Great Blue Herons, and Yellow-footed Gulls frequent the island’s skies and shores. The island itself is stunning, with magnificent towering cliffs, spectacular sandy bays, amazing lava rock formations, and rock art left by the now-extinct Guaycura and Pericu Indians.

A one- to two-hour hike gets you out on the island to learn about the local flora and fauna on foot. Wear closed-toed shoes – there are cacti around!

Decide how you want to explore the sea just off the coast of Isla Espiritu Santo. Talk to your guides to take out a paddle board, throw on some snorkeling gear, or jump into a kayak. There’s no wrong answer; this water has a way of never disappointing.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Glamping on the Beach

Day 6

Isla Espiritu Santo to Todos Santos
Leave your beautiful camp and make your way back to Todos Santos.

Tour the historic parts of Todos Santos. Visit local art galleries and do some last-minute shopping. 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

Depart Todos Santos
Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home.
Breakfast

Please note: AdventureWomen will attempt to adhere to the itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, and cultural) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. AdventureWomen reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participants. 

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

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Baja



Arrival and Departure Information

Arrive at San Jose del Cabo Airport (SJD) on October 31, 2021 before 3:00pm.

Depart San Jose del Cabo Airport (SJD) on November 6, 2021 after 12:00pm.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. 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!

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. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

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 on the FitForTrips website.

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 Mexico.

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!

Preparation and Packing

Once you register for your adventure, we will send you a comprehensive preparation guide including weather information, gratuity suggestions, and a packing list.

As a reference, AdventureWomen typically suggests $200-250 for gratuities on most trips. Detailed information will be provided to you prior to departure.

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $800, and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. 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). A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes your deposit.

October 31st Final Payment Due Date: August 2, 2021

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 as per itinerary based on double occupancy
  • All meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Fully-guided sightseeing and activities as indicated in the itinerary
  • Bilingual, naturalist guides throughout the trip
  • All transportation
  • One group transfer on arrival and departure
  • Drinking water available in large jugs to refill personal bottles
  • Happy hour on Isla Espiritu Santo
  • Gratuities for assistant guides, drivers, lodge staff, and camp staff

Not Included

  • International airfare to and from Baja
  • Optional activities
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages (unless otherwise specified)
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations, or travel insurance
  • Cost of hospitalization or evacuation
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for main guide

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

Amenities:
En suite bathrooms with soap, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer; electricity (US-style outlets); Wifi

Glamping on the Beach

You will love your base camp on one of the Isla Espiritu Santo’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 your on-site chef makes wonderful meals for you every day, and there are sun showers and portable toilets in separate cabanas.

Amenities:
Composting toilet cabanas (not en suite); sun shower cabanas with soap and shampoo; solar charging station for small devices; campsite is off grid

Please note that all amenities were current when written and are subject to change at any time.

 

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

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686