Trip Overview

Go whale watching in Magdalena Bay, snorkel Baja’s blue lagoons, swim with sea lions, and prepare an authentic Mexican meal while “glamping” on the beach on this active getaway in sun-kissed Baja, Mexico at the Sea of Cortez!

Refresh and de-stress the AdventureWomen way, where a bit of pampering, mouth-watering meals, and outdoor adventures are enjoyed with other women who are as enthusiastic about the adventure as you! Touch down in Mexico and head to Los Colibris Casitas in heavenly seaside Todos Santos. Set high on a hill, this beautiful property features airy rooms with breathtaking ocean views, while its terraced landscapes and quiet spaces reach all the way down to the shoreline. In the evening, celebrate the flavors of Baja with a spectacular welcome dinner that makes getting know the women in your group easy.

Your first full day includes an enriching two-part Mexican cooking lesson in which you’ll all work together to prepare local dishes for dinner. In the morning, meet with Chef Iker Algorri to learn the traditional method of making tortillas! After your cooking class, shake off the cornmeal and head to the beach for surfing lessons with the pros on Playa Los Cerritos, one of the best surf breaks in Baja. Later, meet up with Chef Iker on the beach. You’ll help him select fresh fish right from the boats because tonight everyone learns how to make Punta Lobos Fish Stew with the fish you picked and the tortillas you made. Add Chef Iker’s perfected margarita and you’ve got a meal fit for las reinas.

Sea lions and starlit nights await you on Isla Espiritu Santo, reserved exclusively for AdventureWomen to provide a private, luxurious camping (glamping) experience. Surrounded by the cerulean Sea of Cortez, you and your new friends can hike the cliffs, kayak the protected blue waters, and master the stand-up paddle board, then wind down at night counting the stars that swirl overhead. For some real undersea magic, go swimming and snorkeling with the island’s inquisitive and playful sea lions. You may even have a nose-to-nose encounter so bring your underwater camera!

Depart camp for Magdalena Bay on Baja’s Sea of Cortez and the warm calving waters preferred by gray whale mothers. Enjoy a day of Baja whale watching from boats that sit low in the water to provide an up-close look at these very gentle giants. You might just be able to observe a mother nurse her calf or get a splashy visit from a pod of very curious and carefree juveniles. From Magdalena Bay, return to Todos Santos for a final Baja sunset and an exquisite final group dinner where you and your new friends can reflect on this amazing trip.

With whale watching, surfing, snorkeling with sea lions, glamping, and Mexican cooking classes, this is tropical adventure in Mexico you’ll always hold close to your heart!

Main Attractions

  • Enjoy whale watching for migrating Gray Whale mothers and their offspring in Magdalena Bay, Sea of Cortez
  • Get “up close and personal” with a sea lion underwater while swimming and snor­keling in Baja’s warm waters
  • Learn how to make delicious Mexican cuisine from a talented Mexican “Maistro” using fresh local produce and seafood
  • Get active in Baja with hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and glamp­ing on a private beach in the Sea of Cortez

What You'll See and Do

  • Boating
  • Cooking Class
  • Glamping
  • Horseback Riding
  • Local Delicacies
  • Paddleboarding
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa Element
  • Surfing
  • Swim with Sea Lions
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Whitewater Raft/Float
  • 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

Sunday, February 16 – 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 this evening where you can get to know your AdventureWomen group!
Dinner

Overnight: Los Colibris Casitas

Day 2

Monday, 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.

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. Take in the beauty of a Baja landscape on horseback.

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 3

Tuesday, February 18 – 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 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 with your group!
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Glamping on the Beach

Day 4

Wednesday, 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.

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

Overnight: Glamping on the Beach

Day 5

Thursday, February 20 – Isla Espiritu Santo to Magdalena Bay
Depart your beautiful camp by boat for La Paz. From La Paz, drive about five hours to Magdalena Bay. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Enjoy a few hours of whale watching on your way to the island that you’ll call home for the next few nights.

This camp will be similar safari-style tents, but with cots and sleeping bags since the location is even more remote than your last camp!

Once you settle in at camp, go on a guided nature walk to explore your surroundings. This evening you can relax with your group on the beach, and if you’re lucky, observe whales from the shore.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Magdalena Bay Camp

Day 6

Friday, 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!

It is impossible to predict anything with wildlife, but in the past, AdventureWomen guests have seen mother whales bringing their babies up to the boat to say hello, males sidling up to the boat and spouting water on the boat, and gray whales bringing their heads out of the water to look women in the eye.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Magdalena Bay Camp

Day 7

Saturday, February 22 – Magdalena Bay to Todos Santos
Enjoy another few hours of whale watching, spending a little bit more time with these majestic, gentle creatures.

Drive back from Magdalena Bay to Todos Santos, about five hours. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant along the way.

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 8

Sunday, February 23 – Depart Todos Santos
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.

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Traveling to Baja, Mexico



Arrival/Departure Information

Arrive: Arrive at the San Jose del Cabo Airport (SJD) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on February 16, 2020 by 3:00pm.

Depart: Depart from the San Jose del Cabo Airport (SJD) on February 23, 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 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 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.

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

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) on or before November 18, 2019. 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.

Magdalena Bay Camp

This remote camp has safari-style tents with cots and sleeping bags. There is a washroom tent with a portable toilet, but you should bring biodegradable shower wipes to freshen up, as there is no fresh water available for bathing. The island you’ll stay on is near where the lagoon mouth meets the ocean, and you should be rewarded with whales swimming and playing all around the camp.

 

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 February, the weather in Baja is warm (not hot) during the day with cool evenings. The highs will be in the low to upper 70s, and the lows will be in the lower 50s. You will want layers for evenings on your private island! Dress for this Baja adventure is casual.

Clothing and Gear

  • Duffel bag or small suitcase (soft-sided only; wheels OK)
  • Daypack
  • Rash guard (for surfing and snorkeling)
  • 2-3 short sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 2-3 long sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended; good for bug protection)
  • 1 medium weight fleece sweat­er/jacket (for cool evenings and whale watching)
  • 1-2 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
  • 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
  • Sneakers or hiking shoes (closed-toe shoes for horse­back riding)
  • 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 (optional; 8x40/42 models are excel­lent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters/power bank
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen water bottle
  • 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