Baja Mountain & Sea Adventure Tour

Sea Kayaking at Isla Espiritu Santo and Guest Ranch Glamping in the Baja Mountains!

This tour dives deep into the region around La Paz, capital of Baja California Sur. Your adventure starts with a four-day/three-night sea kayak tour of Isla Espiritu Santo and then follows with four nights at Rancho Cacachilas, a conservation-focused, solar-powered ranch located in the mountains above La Paz. For a truly holistic look at the landscapes of Baja, this is a fabulous trip.

The kayak portion of the trip immerses you in the wonders of the Gulf of California and Sea of Cortez, paddling on transparent blue waters.  Then we head into the nearby mountains to hike, explore historic mines, see ancient pictographs, ride mules, enjoy farm-to-table cuisine and explore a mountain desert topography.

This is a region of dramatic landscapes and rich culture.  While just south of the US border, Baja is a world apart, and this adventure offers you a fascinating opportunity to learn about this corner of Mexico.  The coast of Baja is steeped in fishing and marine activities. Inland, in this southern part of the Baja peninsula, the impressive mountains are home to an active ranching culture.  There are the cowboys, or vaqueros, with their traditional clothing and practices as well as farming, a mining legacy, and much more. As the mountains rise from the sea, the ecosystems change with different plants and animals along the way. 

Trip Length: 8 Days/7 Nights

Price: $2,040 USD

Includes: All lodging, transfers to departure Airport, all meals, sea kayak gear.

2019/2020 Trip Dates: November 22-29, December 13-20, January 10-17, January 31-February 7, March 13-20. Custom departures for groups of 6 or more available November 2019 - March 2020 by request.

Sea Kayak Tour images provided by Chad Case Photography.

Tour Information

+ Daily Itinerary


Day 0: Arrive La Paz on your own schedule and check into the Seven Crowns Hotel. Evening orientation with your local Baja Sea Kayak Adventures guide.

Day 1: We transfer to the harbor in the morning and board our motor boat for the two hour ride to Isla Espiritu Santo. We land on a beautiful beach for a kayak orientation, lunch and then start off for an afternoon paddle. Our kayaks glide over the clear waters and the fresh sea air fills our lungs. We arrive in camp in the late afternoon with time to take a walk, snorkel or simply relax and soak in the scenery. Your local Mexican guides prepare a delicious dinner followed by stargazing and conversation. Head to your tent when your pillow calls you.

Accommodations: Beach camping

Meals: L,D

Day 2: A full day of exploring and fun on Espiritu Santo. We paddle from one cove to the next, walk among cactus and arroyos, view birds and marine life and revel on the surrounding beauty. By late afternoon, we again arrive at camp and have a choice of activities. Hiking, snorkeling, reading, playing and more. Another beautiful night camping on the island.

Accommodations: Beach camping

Meals: B,L,D

Day 3: Much like Day 2, we continue to paddle along the shore of the island, learning from each other and enjoying new discoveries. Camp is set in another quiet bay with an array of activity options.

Accommodations: Beach camping

Meals: B,L,D

Day 4: If we didn’t yet swim with sea lions, this morning we head out early to Las Islotes for this inspiring experience. Some of the younger sea lions swim from the rookery to play with the humans who are there to meet them. After this we return to our beach camp, finalize our pack and return by boat to La Paz. Lunch will be served on a beach on our way back to the marina.


Day 4 Continued: In La Paz we are met by vehicles from Rancho Cacachilas and will transfer via shuttle about an hour to their Guest Ranch at Chivato. At Chivato we settle into the comfortable glamping tent accommodations, overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Bucket showers, composting toilets, and the most brilliant starry nights you may have ever seen, await you! We’ll arrive in time for a tour of camp and an introduction to Rancho Cacachilas. Relax by the pool or take a hike in the afternoon. If its a nippy evening, the fireplace in the common room will be crackling. Soon it’s time for beer and wine, accompanying a dinner of delicious farm-to-table fare prepared by the local staff. Sunset watching leads into wonderful stargazing over the Baja Peninsula and Sea of Cortez.

Lodging: Rancho Cacachilas - Rancho Chivato

Meals: B,L,D

Day 5: After another amazing farm to table breakfast, we’ll depart via Ranch vehicles to Las Canoas to learn about over 300 years of mining heritage in the Baja Sur Peninsula. We’ll walk to an abandoned mine and see the remnants of a long forgotten town that the dryland forest and huge Cardon Cacti have overtaken. We’ll enjoy a lovely lunch with wine pairings at Las Canoas. After lunch, we’ll drive to Los Pisos, our remote wilderness camp, high up in the Cacachilas mountains. Our shuttle will take an hour + with incredible mountain scenery to enjoy along the way. At Los Pisos we settle into the comfortable glamping tent accommodations, set on the mountain top overlooking the Sea of Cortez. We’ll arrive in time for a tour of camp and chance to take in a short optional hike. Admire the sunset over a delicious meal straight from our organic gardens and then, of course… more stargazing!

Lodging: Rancho Cacachilas - Rancho Los Pisos

Meals: B,L,D

Day 6: Awaken to the gorgeous sunrise illuminating the Sea of Cortez from your safari tent. Enjoy a lovely breakfast, with a fresh cup of coffee as you greet the day. Today’s we’ll explore the trails surrounding Los Pisos, taking in prehistoric cave paintings (pictographs) and learning about the unique cacti, flowers, birds and animals of the Baja mountains. A nearby hike to a tranquil spring with a statue of a sleeping Buddha is the perfect place to admire birds or write in your journal. We’ll have lunch either on the hike or back at Los Pisos camp, pending how far we choose to hike! The afternoon is yours to relax at camp and admire the 360 degree views or explore the trails. Cocktail hour followed by a sumptuous dinner of fresh Baja cuisine sets us up for the evening stargazing show. The dark skies over Los Pisos are a stargazer’s delight!

Lodging: Rancho Cacachilas - Rancho Los Pisos

Meals: B,L,D

Day 7: Today, after an early breakfast, we depart Los Pisos, and drive to the westernmost working ranch at Rancho Cacachilas - Rancho Gaspareño, our “Cowboy or Vaquero” ranch. There we will learn of the rich cowboy heritage of Baja Sur, and get to feel the super thick leather chaps that protect vaqueros from those big cacti! We mount up on hardy ranch mules and head into the Baja backcountry for a trail ride. Our destination is Dos Hermanos, our award-winning creamery ranch where we make artisanal cheeses and fresh compotes, fruit sauces, and chutneys. An elegant cheese-tasting lunch with perfect wine pairings is set against the rustic ranch backdrop. We’ll explore the creamery and gardens, and then saddle up to ride back to Chivato. If you want to keep riding on to Gaspareño you can, or you can unmount there in Chivato and relax for the rest of the afternoon by the pool. Another wonderful farm to table dinner and you’re all set to sip wine to the dark night sky show over the Baja Peninsula again tonight!

Lodging: Rancho Cacachilas - Rancho Chivato

Meals: B,L,D

Day 8: Today it’s time to get in one last amazing Baja Sur sunrise, pack up our bags, and enjoy a hearty breakfast before we depart for early transfers to airports (Las Paz or Los Cabos).

Meals: B

+ Lodging

Beach Camping, Chivato Resort & Camp, Los Pisos Wilderness Camp

+ Dates

  • Nov 22, 2019 to Nov 29, 2019
  • Dec 13, 2019 to Dec 20, 2019
  • Jan 10, 2020 to Jan 17, 2020
  • Jan 31, 2020 to Feb 07, 2020
  • Mar 13, 2020 to Mar 20, 2020
  • Custom departure dates available for groups of 6 or more - November 01, 2019 through Mar 31, 2020.

+ Length

8 Days / 7 Nights

+ Price

$2,040 USD per person

+ What's Included

  • Lodging
  • Sea Kayak gear
  • All meals
  • Alcohol
  • Cheese Tasting
  • Guide support
  • Daily adventure activities
  • Transportation within the ranch and between sea to mountain portion of the trip
  • Transfer to departure airport

+ What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Transportation from Arrival Airport
  • Extra Alcohol
  • Stay at Seven Crowns Hotel

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