Info:Whale watching opportunities (only from Nov-Mar). Hotel Desert Inn San Ignacio.
Hotels:- Hotel California 3***+
Info:Morning in La Paz, after that on to Todos Santos
Info:Rental car return in hotel
A car trip through the amazing landscapes of the Mexican North. Combine it with the Copper Canyon. Duration: 8 days.
Start any day / 2nd and 3rd driver free of charge / BEST PRICE GUARANTEED at Mextrotter!
- Grey whale spotting in Guerrero Negro & San Ignacio (from November to March)
- 7 x bed and breakfast in good middle class hotels
- Mextrotter rental car > choose your car category
- Basic insurance: comprehensive insurance with a 5% deductible; optional upgrade to 0% deductible
- Delivery of rental car at the airport of Guerrero Negro
- 24h service hotline (English spoken) during your trip
- Drop off at your hotel in Los Cabos or at the ferry to Los Mochis
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+7 499 504 2848
Travel tip & Info
Ideal to combine with a train trip through the Copper Canyon
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Day 1 – Arrival in Guerrero Negro
Guerrero Negro is a typical village of the Baja California village and is a good starting point for whale watching in the nearby Ojo Liebre lagoon. Also here is the largest saline in the world with an annual production of seven million tons of salt (!). The opening in 1957 is even the "birth" of the small village Guerrero Negro.
Day 2 – Grey Whale, San Ignacio
From the Pacific coast it goes back inland to San Ignacio, where you are after about two hours. The idyllic, sleepy oasis village of San Ignacio invites you to linger. The city is located between Guerrero Negro and Santa Rosalia. In 1728 the Jesuit Juan Bautista Loyando built there a mission and named it after the founder of his order, Ignatius of Loyola. San Ignacio is the entrance to the lagoon San Ignacio, where you can find gray whales from January to March.
Day 3 – Sta. Rosalia
From San Ignacio it takes about one hour to the Gulf of Cortez, the strait that separates the Baja California from the Mexican mainland. The city owes its existence and foundation the discovery of the regional copper deposits in 1880. The processing and shipment port was built by the French El Boleo Copper Company, and are still maintained. The French influence is still visible in the streetscape. The stylish wooden houses are close together. The city is known for its church Eiffel, which came here after the Great Exhibition of 1889.
Day 4 – Mulege, Loreto
The drive takes about one hour along the coast of the Gulf of Cortez and is one of the most scenic parts of your trip in Baja California. The river valley Mulege was discovered in 1702 by the Jesuit Juan Maria de Salvatierra as a place for a mission and for settlement. A special feature in Mulege is the old prison. Built in 1907 it was created without grids. The prisoners were able to move freely and only had to appear again in the evening. Escape attempts were rare. Where they should escape? In the region of Mulege Baja California is more an island than a peninsula. The state road MEX1 wasn’t built yet. And the border to the U.S. is more than 1000 kilometers away. Before 1976, the MEX1 was a “donkey-alley”. In addition, all prisoners were required to recreate and bring back fugitives. The prison is now a museum. Bahía de Concepción is about 40 km long and starts around 30 km south of Mulege, Baja California Sur. The pieceful waters are shielded from the rough winds blowing from the Gulf of California by a long and wide peninsula, almost like a lagoon. The scenic combination of dry, rough mountains, cacti deserts, mangrove forests, rocky coast, sandy beaches and the turquoise blue and smooth water is absolutely fantastic. Several beaches invite you to swim, to sunbathe and to forget the world. Although there are few trailer parks and very simple facilities for campers and adventurers available, these gorgeous spots are uninhabited and lonely most of the time . If you want to stay at this "Bay of Eden" you have to camp, travel in a caravan or rent a room in one of the few B & Bs. From the beautiful landscape you are already spoiled in any case. On the two hours trip from Mulege to Loreto is another impressive scenery. Especially in winter the bay is full of mobile homes from the U.S.
Day 5 – Coronados Island
Loreto is the only city in the radius of 300 kilometers and was founded by the Jesuits in 1697 as a mission, as the first and oldest Spanish settlement in California. At the same time, Loreto became the first capital of California and was it until 1824. The mission church, the mission museum and the historical center have been restored recently. While visiting Loreto you got a feeling of the Spanish colonial period because the city has not increased significantly. Before Loreto is located the Coronado Island, which can be reached in one hour by boat. On your way, you will see dolphins and go first to the eastern side of the island, where is a large sea lion colony. Then you drive around the island and stop on a bay next to Loreto. The turquoise waters are excellent for snorkeling, and at the fine and sandy beach you can relax for a few hours before it goes back again to Loreto in the afternoon.
Day 6 - La Paz
It takes about 6 hours from Loreto to the capital of the south of Baja California. La Paz is located on the southeast side of the peninsula Baja California and is the most important economic center of the Baja California South. In 1596 the Spanish navigator Sebastian Vizcaino gave the city its name. When he explored the peninsula of Baja California from the sea side, he set up a base in the bay. Even 60 years ago an expedition led by Diego de Becerra came on the ship Conception in this region. But because of looting and rape, they started a bloody uprising of the local indigenous population.
Day 7 – Todos Santos (Welcome to Hotel California)
It takes about one and a half hours to go from La Paz to Todos Santos (85 kilometers). Remember to drive through the south anticlockwise, the first quarter is done. The magical town Todos Santos was founded in 1733 as a Jesuit mission. From here were exported especially fresh spring water and fruits to La Paz. Today the colonial city is a popular tourist stop. A photo-Must-Do is the Hotel California, which was in the Egeals song.
Day 8 – Los Cabos
From Todos Santos to Cabo San Lucas it takes about one hour. Also in this part you see the fantastic desert panorama of the peninsula of Baja California: hilly, dry, unused land.Iin the background rise up peaks of the Sierra La Laguna. The vegetation: shrubs and cacti, in particular the cardones (like a column). Only a few small towns with a bit of agriculture interrupt this "pure landscape". Maybe you drive "out right" spontaneously on a side street to one of the beaches at the Pacific. In the last two decades between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo is created a world class tourism center. The two locations are called Los Cabos. Cabo San Lucas is focused on boutiques and five-star hotels next to posh residential neighborhoods of rich Mexican and American pensioners.
A rental car trip can be combined with a visit to the Copper Canyon which you experience in the Chepe train.
Program after your tour
After your trip to the Baja California we recommend a prolongation of your vacation (from 3 to 5 days) in order to relax and digest the impressions of your journey. To do so you may either go directly to a beach hotel in Los Cabos or fly to the Caribbean (Cancun).
Here you find an overview of the beach hotels according to category:
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