Trip Overview

Dive into Mexican culture and the easy Baja, Mexico, lifestyle with Day of the Dead festivities in October 2020. Get adventurous outdoors with surfing lessons and enjoy horseback riding, kayaking, and snorkeling with sea lions while “glamping” under the stars on the Sea of Cortez.

Just as Mexican families celebrate El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by warmly welcoming their ancestors, you’ll be invited in to celebrate this cultural tradition in Todos Santos where your seven-day Baja beach adventure unfolds. Once a sleepy Mexican town, today Todos Santos is a flourishing artists’ colony and cultural hub. What better place to start your week of outdoor fun on the Sea of Cortez?

After settling in at the gorgeous Los Colibris Casitas, get to know your fellow Adventure Women. In the evening, you’ll head out together to join Day of the Dead festivities in Todos Santos. Learn the deeper value of El Dia de los Muertos and join in the fun by getting your face painted like Catrina, the “lady of the dead” and the evening’s star. Your Day of the Dead celebrations culminate in the Catrina Contest where everyone competes for the best rendition of this iconic character and cultural symbol.

The next day, be bold and take to the gentle waves of the Sea of Cortez for a women-only surfing clinic under the guidance of the best local Baja surfing instructors. They’ll get you up on your board and give you 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! Later, experience the joy of horseback riding along a white-sand beach with unforgettable views of the Pacific Ocean on the western coast of Baja.

Feel relaxed after an early morning yoga class then head for Isla Espiritu Santo for three exquisite nights “glamping” (luxurious camping) on a private beach reserved just for AdventureWomen. Your exclusive Baja beach camp is just perfect for sunbathing, a bit of hiking, and trying your hand at stand-up paddleboarding or kayaking in nearby secluded lagoons. But without a doubt, this Baja island’s most unforgettable treasure is swimming and snorkeling with the local sea lions. Join them as they spin, spiral, twist, and twirl, creating their own underwater Baja ballet. Make sure someone in your group gets this on video because you’ll never want to forget this moment!

Throughout your Baja Day of the Dead adventure, you enjoy the freshest seacoast Mexican cuisine including fish tacos, tapas, burritos, ceviche, fresh salads, fruits, and breads, plus microbrews, mezcal, and of course, margaritas—in the land where they were born! As your week of Baja fun draws to a close at our farewell dinner, reflect on how easy it was to relax, enjoy shared activities, and really laugh as you and your travel companions learned to surf, snorkeled with sea lions and learned to love Baja’s charm, active lifestyle, and local color, together.

Main Attractions

  • Join the party for El Dia de los Muertos and learn about Mexican culture, cuisine, and art
  • Learn to surf as you laugh your way through your women-only surf clinic
  • Enjoy yoga, hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking on this active Baja adventure
  • Snorkel with sea lions in the Sea of Cortez
  • Discover total relaxation while glamping under the stars on a private beach

What You'll See and Do

  • Cooking Class
  • Glamping
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Local Delicacies
  • Paddleboarding
  • Snorkeling
  • 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.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Saturday, October 31 – Arrive in Todos Santos
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!

Enjoy a welcome dinner and learn about the history and traditions of the Day of the Dead festivities.
Welcome Dinner

Overnight: Los Colibris Casitas

Day 2

Sunday, November 1 – Todos Santos
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!

Todos Santos has 70 miles of pristine beach. This afternoon, take in the beauty of a Baja landscape on horseback.

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

Monday, November 2 – 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?

Drive to La Paz, where you will get on a boat for your 90-minute ride to your exclusive camp on the beach. Wear your bathing suit this morning, just in case you get to swim along the way!

Spend your afternoon kayaking or stand up paddle boarding exploring hidden lagoons and desert beaches. Enjoy the sunset with your group!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Glamping on the Beach

Day 4

Tuesday, November 3 – 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.

Enjoy a dinner from the camp kitchen and a relaxing night on the beach.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Glamping on the Beach

Day 5

Wednesday, November 4 – Isla Espiritu Santo
This 1-2 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

Thursday, November 5 – Isla Espiritu Santo to Todos Santos
Leave your beautiful camp and head 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

Friday, November 6 – Todos Santos and Depart
Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you 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.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Traveling to Baja, Mexico



Arrival/Departure Information

Arrive: Arrive at San Jose del Cabo (SJD) on October 31, 2020, by 3:00pm.

Depart: Depart San Jose del Cabo (SJD) on November 6, 2020, 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!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as Active. Our Active adventures at AdventureWomen get you on your feet! You should be in good physical condition for these trips and comfortable walking on uneven surfaces, such as cobblestone streets, biking well-maintained paths and natural trails, or kayaking in calm waters. 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 at: https://fitfortrips.com/partners/adventure-women/
You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that
adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

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.

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

All other tips are included.

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 August 2, 2020. A maximum of $1,500 per person can be put on a credit card, which includes
your deposit.

 

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

  • 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
  • Gratuities for assistant guides, drivers, lodge staff, and camp staff
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

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 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 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.

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

In early November, the weather in Baja 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 (soft-sided only; wheels OK)
  • Daypack
  • 2-3 short sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 2-3 long sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended; good for evening bug protection)
  • 1 medium weight fleece sweater/jacket for cool evenings
  • 2 pairs of lightweight pants (for horseback riding and bug protection)
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • 1-2 sets of nicer clothes for dinner
  • 2 bathing suits
  • Rash guard for surfing and snorkeling
  • 1-2 sun shirts/beach cover-up
  • 1 set of yoga clothing
  • Waterproof/windbreaker jacket
  • Hat for sun protection
  • 5-7 pairs underwear
  • 5-7 pairs of socks
  • Sneakers or hiking shoes (closed-toe shoes required for horseback riding and hiking)
  • 1 pair of 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.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686