Journey up into the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve to experience ranchero culture in a lush oasis from the desert surroundings. Experience the natural wonders of the Baja California peninsula. Explore breathtaking Todos Santos and the Espíritu Santo island in what Jacques Cousteau named the world’s aquarium and observe gentle whale sharks up close. Visit the wonderful places of Todos Santos and Espiritu Santo to see learn about cooking, history, surfing, and swimming with the whale sharks! Your feet will get wet on this participatory experience that lets you work alongside fishermen and conservationists in a project recognized as a model for community efforts to protect endangered species and habitat.
Welcome to Mexico! After clearing customs and immigration, you will be met by your private driver in the arrivals area and transferred to your hotel in Todos Santos. The drive will take about 90 minutes, sit back, and enjoy the ride. When you arrive, take some time to settle into your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a delicious gourmet taco welcome dinner at Iker's Colibris Cafe. During dinner, our guides will host a trip briefing, outlining the adventures to come. (This service is on a private basis.)
About 50 miles north of Cabo on the Pacific side of the Baja peninsula is a pueblo magico called Todos Santos – All Saints. And truly, the handiwork of all the saints seems to be reflected everywhere in our home town. It’s easy to imagine that St. Anthony (San Antonio), the Patron Saint of the Desert, had his hand in the underground springs that make the town a true desert oasis, thick with palms, lush with lagoons and filled with the birds they attract. St. Francis (San Francisco), Patron Saint of the Environment, seems like a sure bet for the town’s seemingly endless miles of pristine beach – home to 5 of the 7 turtle species found in the world, host to surf breaks that make the town one of the best surfing destinations on the Cape, and favored people-watching spot of gray whales on their annual trip to Baja because they can get so close to shore. St. Isidore (San Isidro), Patron Saint of Agriculture, almost certainly got in on the act with the vast orchards of mango trees and fields filled with strawberries, chilies and herbs, while St. Peter (San Pedro), Patron Saint of Fishermen, could easily be the wily soul who ensured no natural harbor in the town to keep the waters from being overfished and therefore full of bounty for the intrepid local fishermen, masters of the surf launch and landing. But perhaps the saint who most shaped the town with his piece of manna was St. Aaron (San Aron), the Patron Saint of anyone who lives a passionate life. Todos Santos may be a tiny town but it is filled with Mexican and expatriate artists, chefs, musicians, fishermen, photographers, philanthropists, surfers, sculptors, farmers, film-makers, potters, spiritualists, naturalists, adventurers, entrepreneurs, explorers, yogis and more, all pursuing their passions in this paradise that draws, inspires and drives them. The result is one heckuva place to indulge your passions for travel and adventure so grab your St. Christopher (the Patron Saint of Travelers) and head to Todos Santos!
After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a day of surfing, boogie boarding and picnicking at one of the best surf breaks in Baja. No experience? No problem! Our surf instructors guarantee that they'll have you catching a wave by the end of your first hour of instruction - even if just for a moment! Todos Santos has the best surfing in all of Baja. Those who don't feel like surfing can boogie board or simply relax on the beach.
You are in for a yummy treat this afternoon! Learn to cook delicious Mexican dishes while learning about the culture. Iker Algorri is a local lawyer turned chef and author of Cooking Adventures in Baja California Sur. Iker will be your teacher for today! He is also the chef-in-residence at Los Colibris Casitas. During the class, you will have a lot of fun, learn to make perfect margaritas, learn new skills, and learn about the chef's cooking philosophy. You will also get to learn about Latin music and perhaps end the class dancing!
After a hearty breakfast, you will be picked up at your hotel in Todos Santos and transferred to your accommodations in Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve. The driving time will be around 90 mins, sit back and enjoy the beautiful ride towards this Baja California Sur biosphere! Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure to learn about the location, take a hike, eat delicious food, or just relax.
Activities at the camp include beautiful hikes in the reserve, with opportunities to get terrific views of the Pacific ocean, swim in watering holes and picnic by waterfalls. There is fantastic birding in the early mornings, amazing star gazing at night, and plenty of opportunities to interact with the ranch family and work with them making cheese, tortillas and other products in the traditional manner. You can also just hang out in the shade of the mango trees and enjoy the books in the library, perhaps while sipping a margarita.
Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve is located in the State of Baja California Sur, close to the southern tip of Baja California Peninsula. This semi-arid to temperate subhumid climate area represents highly important and contrasting ecosystems, including arid zones, matorral, low deciduous forest type, evergreen oak: Quercus devia (“Encino”) woods, pine-evergreen oak mix woods and oases with palms and “guerivos” situated throughout the gallery forest following the extended river basins. The variety of ecosystems leads to very rich biodiversity with 974 higher plant species reported of which 23.2% endemic species, including five endemic geneva. Higher degrees of endemic species are found in the core area zone, mainly in the pino-encino ecosystem.
Within its 11,600 hectares, Sierra La Laguna represents not only a diversity of natural habitats but also of land cover derived from human activities such as profitable use of timber and non-timber forest products, extensive farming including cattle raising, which is practiced by 90% of the communities living within the Biosphere Reserve. Moreover, this area is vital for ensuring the water supply of the main adjacent settlements. The Biosphere Reserve is set up by Presidential Decree of 6 June 1994, which under Mexican law establishes core areas and buffer zones only.
Today you are off to Isla Espiritu Santo and the magical Camp Cecil! After breakfast, you will head back to Todos Santos and go to the bodega to pick up snorkeling gear and wet suits. Then transfer by boat to Isla Espiritu, where your next adventure in the Sea of Cortez awaits.
Spend the next few days doing whatever please you - kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, swimming with sea lions, stand up paddle boarding, bird watching, or exploring hidden lagoons and deserted beaches.
Isla Espiritu Santo is in a National Marine Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the best marine life viewing destinations in the world. Whales, dolphins, whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays, and plenty of beautiful tropical fish call the surrounding waters home. As well as a terrific range of bird species including Blue-footed Boobies, Reddish Egrets, Great Blue Herons, and Yellow-footed Gulls frequent the island’s skies and shores. The island itself is stunning, with magnificent towering cliffs, spectacular sandy bays, amazing lava rock formations, and rock art left by the now-extinct Guaycura and Pericu Indians. There’s even an endemic ring-tailed cat, the babisuri. It’s a remarkable place to explore!
Spend this time free at your leisure! You can paddleboard with the sea turtles, snorkel with sea lions, spot some whales, or maybe dance with some Blue-Footed Boobies. The days are yours to make it as magical as you want, and don't forget the fantastic food and drinks!
Today we'll depart from Camp Cecil and head for one of the most amazing experiences yet-swimming with the largest fish in the world - the whale shark! Whale sharks are beautiful, gentle giants that feed on the plankton found at the Bay of La Paz. Get ready for a remarkable experience while observing and swimming with these giants. In the afternoon, you will return to Todos Santos. After checking into your hotel, you will head out to town for a beautiful farewell dinner.
Although your adventure must come to an end today, you will be leaving with new friends, amazing experiences, and memories to cherish for the rest of your life. Once you have checked out of your hotel in Todos Santos, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the airport in good time to board your international departure flight.
We wish you safe and happy travels home!
Los Colibris Casitas was made for nature lovers seeking beauty and tranquility. The property offers the services and amenities of a boutique hotel, combined with the privacy and comfort of a vacation home. Each of the casitas offer magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, a freshwater estuary and palm grove oasis to the front, and the Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the back. From your casita you can watch the fishermen cast their nets on the beach in the early morning light, wait for the green flash of magnificent Baja sunset in the evenings and enjoy a star-filled sky at night. Los Colibris is just a 10 minute walk to 70 miles of pristine, virtually empty beaches and a 5 minute drive to the delightful restaurants, artist galleries and shops of Todos Santos.
Camp Cecil de la Sierra is a luxury tent camp in a mango and grapefruit grove in the Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve of Baja California Sur, about 90 minutes from Todos Santos. It is the sister property to our award-winning Camp Cecil de la Isla on Isla Espiritu Santo. Camp Cecil de la Sierra is on the property of a local ranching family, and the camp highlights both the cultural and natural heritage of the Sierras. The family is an integral part of the experience, providing all the meat, cheese and tortillas for the camp, teaching guests how to make tortillas and cheese in the traditional manner, and acting as guides in the reserve. The Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve is one of Baja´s most beautiful but least explored areas. Part of an island off the coast of Baja 10 million years ago, the Reserve is one of the most biodiverse areas in the world. Reflecting it's long history of island isolation, almost 25% of plants and 10% of animals found in the Reserve are endemic to the area, i.e, they are not found anywhere else on the planet. Activities at the camp include beautiful hikes in the reserve, with opportunities to get terrific views of the Pacific ocean, swim in watering holes and picnic by waterfalls. There is fantastic birding in the early mornings, amazing star gazing at night, and plenty of opportunities to interact with the ranch family and work with them making cheese, tortillas and other products in the traditional manner. You can also just hang out in the shade of the mango trees and enjoy the books in the library, perhaps while sipping a margarita.
Camp Cecil is on Isla Espiritu Santo which is in a National Marine Park, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the best marine life viewing destinations in the world. Whales, dolphins, whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and plenty of beautiful tropical fish call the surrounding waters home, while a terrific range of bird species including Blue-footed Boobies, Reddish Egrets, Great Blue Herons and Yellow-footed Gulls frequent the island’s skies and shores. The island itself is stunning, with magnificent towering cliffs, spectacular sandy bays, amazing lava rock formations, and rock art left by the now-extinct Guaycura and Pericu Indians. There’s even an endemic ring-tailed cat, the babisuri. It’s a remarkable place to explore. We’ll spend the days doing exactly what pleases us - kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, swimming with sea lions, stand up paddle boarding, bird watching, and exploring hidden lagoons and desert beaches. Hanging around doing nothing, reading trashy novels and sipping margaritas also highly encouraged.
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