- Visit legendary Balandra Beach, in the city of La Paz
- Snorkel at the marine reserves of Espíritu Santo and Cabo Pulmo
- Hike around coastal mountains and soak in hot springs
- Relax in the tourist hotspots of Cabo and Todos Santos
|Day 1||Arrive in La Paz, Optional Activities||La Paz|
|Day 2||Day Trip to Espíritu Santo Island||La Paz|
|Day 3||Hike the El Camarón Trail||La Paz|
|Day 4||Sandboarding at Mogote Dunes||La Paz|
|Day 5||Day Trip to Balandra, Drive to Punta Arena||Punta Arena|
|Day 6||Day Trip to Los Barriles, Optional Activities||Punta Arena|
|Day 7||Drive to Santiago, Snorkel in Cabo Pulmo||Santiago|
|Day 8||Hike to La Zorra Canyon & Hot Springs||Santiago|
|Day 9||Drive to Cabo San Lucas, Optional Activities||Cabo San Lucas|
|Day 10||Kayak/Paddleboard to El Arco||Cabo San Lucas|
|Day 11||Drive to Todos Santos, Optional Activities||Todos Santos|
|Day 12||Drive to La Paz, Depart|
Day 1: Arrive in La Paz, Optional ActivitiesWelcome to Mexico! During this 12-day adventure, you'll enjoy the singularly beautiful region of Baja California Sur, the southern portion of the famous Baja Peninsula. This sun-kissed region is known for its arid desert landscapes, stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, offshore islands, and protected marine parks teeming with sea life. You'll also find some of the best seafood in the country here.
Day 2: Day Trip to Espíritu Santo Island
Pack your swimsuits and sunscreen this morning and embark on a full-day boat tour to Isla Espíritu Santo. This island, located about an hour off the coast of La Paz, is part of one of the most incredible marine reserves in Mexico. Espíritu Santo is the 12th largest island in the country, known for its unspoiled beaches, turquoise waters, and abundant marine and avian wildlife. For these reasons, it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
During the boat tour, you'll not only stop at beaches and go snorkeling at offshore coral reefs, but you'll also visit secluded islets and do a lot of wildlife spotting. Highlights include visiting a sea lion colony and observing endemic birds like gray herons and frigates. After the tour, you'll return to your hotel in La Paz. During the return trip, keep an eye out for dolphins.
Day 3: Hike the El Camarón TrailBaja California is comprised mostly of coastal desert landscapes with inland mountain ranges, one of which you'll visit today on a guided half-day hike. The trail is called El Camarón, which runs through the Sierra de la Giganta Mountains, north of La Paz. It's a scenic trail boasting palm-filled oases and lookout points offering sweeping views out to Isla Espíritu Santo. And throughout the 6-mile (10-km) hike, your guide will point out interesting landmarks like rock formations and native plants.
Day 4: Sandboarding at Mogote Dunes
Just outside the city, on a narrow peninsula dividing the Bay of La Paz and the Gulf of California, are the Dunas del Mogote (Mogote Dunes). The steep dunes here offer some of the best sandboarding conditions in the country. That's exactly what you'll be doing on this 2.5-hour activity. Upon arrival at the site, you'll strap on your board and can start carving the dunes. Be sure to enjoy the incredible scenery, which includes cactus-dotted deserts and mangrove forests. Also, know that while sandboarding is certainly an adventure sport, it's perfect for everyone—young and old, experienced or novice.
Day 5: Day Trip to Balandra, Drive to Punta Arena
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
Day 6: Day Trip to Los Barriles, Optional ActivitiesOn today's day trip, you'll drive about an hour south to Los Barilles. The windswept sections of coastline near this town are wildly popular with kitesurfers and windsurfers. Feel free to hop on a board and try it for yourself. If water sports aren't your thing, you can stop at a restaurant in town for a plate of fresh seafood followed by sunbathing, snorkeling, or relaxing on the beach. You can choose to spend all day in Los Barilles or return to La Ventana early and enjoy the beaches there. It's totally up to you.
Day 7: Drive to Santiago, Snorkel in Cabo PulmoIn the morning, leave Punta Arena and drive south to the town of Santiago. On the way, you'll stop on the coast at Cabo Pulmo to do some snorkeling. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and marine reserve isn't far from tourist hotspots like Cabo San Lucas, yet its beaches are unspoiled and free of tourist crowds.
Day 8: Hike to La Zorra Canyon & Hot Springs
Day 9: Drive to Cabo San Lucas, Optional ActivitiesBid Santiago farewell and drive 1.5 hours down to the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula and Cabo San Lucas, the premier resort and party city in the region. After checking in to your hotel, you'll have the rest of the day to relax on golden beaches like Playa El Medano, dine and dance in raucous cantinas, and enjoy fun seaside activities. There are plenty to choose from, including jetskiing, parasailing, banana boating, waterskiing, beach volleyball, or simply lying out on the sand. For dinner, make a beeline to one of Cabo's world-renowned seafood restaurants.
Day 10: Kayak/Paddleboard to El ArcoEasily the most iconic landmark in all of Cabo is El Arco (The Arch). This arched granite rock formation is a gathering spot for sea lions, and it draws tourists from all over the world on boat tours. You'll be experiencing this natural wonder a little differently today, as rather than take a boat, you'll paddle around it on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. During this leisurely 2.5-hour excursion, you can paddle at your own pace, with enough time to truly enjoy the scenery. Afterward, you can return to your hotel or continue the aquatic adventure with a snorkeling tour around the nearby Pelican Rock.
Day 11: Drive to Todos Santos, Optional Activities
In the morning, drive an hour north to Todos Santos. This coastal town was founded as a mission in the 18th century and still retains much of its colonial charm. Besides being a relaxing holiday destination, it's also a haven for artists, and there are many galleries here worth visiting.
Upon arrival, you'll check in to your hotel and can spend the remainder of the day however your wish. There are great stretches of sand in and around Todos Santos, including Playa Los Cerritos a fine beach for both surfing and swimming. Be sure to take a leisurely stroll down the town's cobbled streets and visit some museums, boutiques, and galleries to pick up a souvenir.