Perfect Pairings: Baja & Espiritu Santo

Mexico
5 nights private tour from $9,100
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Perfect Pairings Baja Espiritu Santo
At a glance
  • Be treated to a fascinating and exclusive trip to view Patricia Mendoza’s wonderful contemporary art gallery, meeting the artist herself 

  • Mask and flippers at the ready you’ll be hosted on a unique expedition from La Paz Marina to the island of Espiritu Santo

  • Take a private panga-style boat to Cabo Pulmo Marine Park, to explore the glittering ocean and its unique marine life 

  • Journey the road less travelled to experience old Baja – heading into Sierra la Laguna to visit small swimmable waterfalls and discover the endemic species of Baja Sur

Journey highlights
  • Be treated to a fascinating and exclusive trip to view Patricia Mendoza’s wonderful contemporary art gallery, meeting the artist herself 

  • Mask and flippers at the ready you’ll be hosted on a unique expedition from La Paz Marina to the island of Espiritu Santo

  • Take a private panga-style boat to Cabo Pulmo Marine Park, to explore the glittering ocean and its unique marine life 

  • Journey the road less travelled to experience old Baja – heading into Sierra la Laguna to visit small swimmable waterfalls and discover the endemic species of Baja Sur

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

When to visit

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Baja California is a rare destination that offers a great getaway year long. Peak time for travel is when weather is temperate in the low 20ºc range and whale watching opportunities are at their best (late-November to April). This also includes the festive holiday and New Year period. Cool temperatures are ideal for desert adventures and hiking and boating for wildlife viewing and island exploration. Summer (April to September) can be hot and humid but the beaches are less crowded. Summer waters are ideal for snorkelling and diving. Hurricanes are much less common than in the Caribbean, but it is something to be aware of for September and October travel which is considered low season.

Baja is blessed with two marine life rich oceans; the Sea of Cortez to the east has a warmer sea temperature than the more exposed than the Pacific Ocean to the west. In the summer the breeze coming from the Pacific is a blessing. For surfing, waves break on the eastern side of the peninsula March to October and on the Pacific west November to March. The most popular summer breaks start in San Jose and extend up to the Eastern Cape making Los Cabos an excellent base. In the winter the best breaks are south of Todos Santos at Cerritos Beach.

When planning your visit, it is worth noting the peninsula's main fiestas. Each March San Jose del Cabo throws an 11-day long Fiesta Patronal with parades and carnival and La Paz holds a similar event.

Your Itinerary

Brace yourself for a thrilling five-night break, taking you straight into the best kept secrets and hidden gems of Mexico’s incredible Baja coast. Staying in luxury beach side retreats you will be treated to mouth tingling cuisine, contemporary art, private marine safaris and the waterfalls of Sierra la Laguna soaking up the abundance of mesmerising landscape and crystal-clear warm waters. Our expert private guides will take you on exclusive excursions throughout this bountiful region.

Sea Lion

Your Itinerary

And relax! You’ve arrived at your first slice of paradise, Las Ventanas al Paraiso. Nestled on a cliff overlooking the ocean, this hotel is beautifully designed in keeping with the external environment. Settle in and enjoy all the facilities. Start with making the most of the spectacular spa here and how about picking from one of the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water to create a spa treatment to perfectly fit your needs?

After your first evening of rest and sumptuous food, spend the morning acclimatising and make the most of the pools, beach and ocean. In the afternoon head out to explore San Jose’s local history, emerging cultural scene, contemporary galleries and art hotspots. You will have the amazing opportunity to visit Patricia Mendoza’s wonderful art gallery, meeting the artist herself. Your experience will close in style with a tasting session at the Agave Handcrafted Kitchen to sample Mexican Tequilas and Mezcals with wine from Baja’s California’s Guadalupe Valley.

The next day take to the waters with your guide to ‘Ghost Island’ from La Paz Marina. Snorkel at the enormous ‘Los Islotes’ rocks and witness one of the largest sea lion colonies that live here. After getting to know the island’s marine life you’ll continue to the stunning beaches, interior salt lagoon and the ‘mushroom’ rock formation. Dive into turquoise waters leading to the low, red, rocky mountain-scape. Your guide will prepare a beach lunch for you to relish before taking in the sunset, surrounded by natural beauty.

Savour your delicious breakfast before you transfer to Cabo Pulmo for an exciting experience on the Sea of Cortez. You will board a private panga-style boat and head out to the glittering ocean to explore the Cabo Pulmo Marine Park taking in the local habitat as you go. Float along the warm waters and watch the incredible marine life pass below, with your guide feeding you fascinating facts.

Next you will journey to your beautiful stay at the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos for the remaining two nights.

Sierra La Laguna

Your Itinerary

You will be amazed by the ultra-lux ambience and style at the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos. Its sleek minimalist design ensures your focus is firmly on the vast, tranquil sea views. Plunge into paradise as you soak up the two miles of stunning sandy beach, six swimming pools and a blissful Oasis Spa offering high levels of relaxation. Sports fans can enjoy access to an 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II plus a sports and activities centre with fitness equipment, a basketball court and two tennis courts. When it’s time to replenish, five exquisite dining and bar options are available, serving everything from farm-to-table al fresco meals and pool tapas to exquisite fine dining and gourmet dishes. 

After a relaxing breakfast it will be time to lace up your walking shoes as your private guide takes you to experience Sierra la Laguna, a natural reserve in the desert. You will discover nature's very own gift of beautiful swimmable waterfalls and discover the endemic species of Baja Sur, as you traverse the desert landscape on foot. Alternatively, for a shorter walk, you may choose to go to the natural hot springs and take a dip. You will be spoiled for lunch as you head to Rancho El Refugio with your guide, in the San Dionisio Canyon. This is 'the' place to try the best handmade tortillas, lovingly prepared by Doña Luz. Here, you’ll also meet local celebrity Rogelio to learn all about the region’s fascinating flora and fauna. 

Return to the hotel for your final evening of the trip. Make the most of this slice of heaven and choose between one of the many pools for a refreshing swim or ease your body at the Oasis Spa, which boasts 10 free-standing treatment rooms and a menu that incorporates indigenous ingredients known for their soothing and restorative properties. Feeling rejuvenated, round off your trip with a sublime meal in one of the restaurants where you can reminisce over the last few days and your exceptional experiences throughout Baja. 

Itinerary

Day 1-4

Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico

And relax! You’ve arrived at your first slice of paradise, Las Ventanas al Paraiso. Nestled on a cliff overlooking the ocean, this hotel is beautifully designed in keeping with the external environment. Settle in and enjoy all the facilities. Start with making the most of the spectacular spa here and how about picking from one of the four elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water to create a spa treatment to perfectly fit your needs?

After your first evening of rest and sumptuous food, spend the morning acclimatising and make the most of the pools, beach and ocean. In the afternoon head out to explore San Jose’s local history, emerging cultural scene, contemporary galleries and art hotspots. You will have the amazing opportunity to visit Patricia Mendoza’s wonderful art gallery, meeting the artist herself. Your experience will close in style with a tasting session at the Agave Handcrafted Kitchen to sample Mexican Tequilas and Mezcals with wine from Baja’s California’s Guadalupe Valley.

The next day take to the waters with your guide to ‘Ghost Island’ from La Paz Marina. Snorkel at the enormous ‘Los Islotes’ rocks and witness one of the largest sea lion colonies that live here. After getting to know the island’s marine life you’ll continue to the stunning beaches, interior salt lagoon and the ‘mushroom’ rock formation. Dive into turquoise waters leading to the low, red, rocky mountain-scape. Your guide will prepare a beach lunch for you to relish before taking in the sunset, surrounded by natural beauty.

Savour your delicious breakfast before you transfer to Cabo Pulmo for an exciting experience on the Sea of Cortez. You will board a private panga-style boat and head out to the glittering ocean to explore the Cabo Pulmo Marine Park taking in the local habitat as you go. Float along the warm waters and watch the incredible marine life pass below, with your guide feeding you fascinating facts.

Next you will journey to your beautiful stay at the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos for the remaining two nights.

Accommodation: Las Ventanas al Paraiso, A Rosewood Resort ( 3 nights )
Day 4-6

Cabo Pulmo, Baja California, Mexico

You will be amazed by the ultra-lux ambience and style at the Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos. Its sleek minimalist design ensures your focus is firmly on the vast, tranquil sea views. Plunge into paradise as you soak up the two miles of stunning sandy beach, six swimming pools and a blissful Oasis Spa offering high levels of relaxation. Sports fans can enjoy access to an 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II plus a sports and activities centre with fitness equipment, a basketball court and two tennis courts. When it’s time to replenish, five exquisite dining and bar options are available, serving everything from farm-to-table al fresco meals and pool tapas to exquisite fine dining and gourmet dishes. 

After a relaxing breakfast it will be time to lace up your walking shoes as your private guide takes you to experience Sierra la Laguna, a natural reserve in the desert. You will discover nature's very own gift of beautiful swimmable waterfalls and discover the endemic species of Baja Sur, as you traverse the desert landscape on foot. Alternatively, for a shorter walk, you may choose to go to the natural hot springs and take a dip. You will be spoiled for lunch as you head to Rancho El Refugio with your guide, in the San Dionisio Canyon. This is 'the' place to try the best handmade tortillas, lovingly prepared by Doña Luz. Here, you’ll also meet local celebrity Rogelio to learn all about the region’s fascinating flora and fauna. 

Return to the hotel for your final evening of the trip. Make the most of this slice of heaven and choose between one of the many pools for a refreshing swim or ease your body at the Oasis Spa, which boasts 10 free-standing treatment rooms and a menu that incorporates indigenous ingredients known for their soothing and restorative properties. Feeling rejuvenated, round off your trip with a sublime meal in one of the restaurants where you can reminisce over the last few days and your exceptional experiences throughout Baja. 

Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos at Costa Palmas ( 2 nights )
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When to visit

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  • F
  • M
  • A
  • M
  • J
  • J
  • A
  • S
  • O
  • N
  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
Baja California is a rare destination that offers a great getaway year long. Peak time for travel is when weather is temperate in the low 20ºc range and whale watching opportunities are at their best (late-November to April). This also includes the festive holiday and New Year period. Cool temperatures are ideal for desert adventures and hiking and boating for wildlife viewing and island exploration. Summer (April to September) can be hot and humid but the beaches are less crowded. Summer waters are ideal for snorkelling and diving. Hurricanes are much less common than in the Caribbean, but it is something to be aware of for September and October travel which is considered low season.

Baja is blessed with two marine life rich oceans; the Sea of Cortez to the east has a warmer sea temperature than the more exposed than the Pacific Ocean to the west. In the summer the breeze coming from the Pacific is a blessing. For surfing, waves break on the eastern side of the peninsula March to October and on the Pacific west November to March. The most popular summer breaks start in San Jose and extend up to the Eastern Cape making Los Cabos an excellent base. In the winter the best breaks are south of Todos Santos at Cerritos Beach.

When planning your visit, it is worth noting the peninsula's main fiestas. Each March San Jose del Cabo throws an 11-day long Fiesta Patronal with parades and carnival and La Paz holds a similar event.

Perfect Pairings: Baja & Espiritu Santo
Perfect Pairings: Baja & Espiritu Santo

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