Baja's Scenic Sierras and Coastal Charms

Destination: Mexico

| Activities: Hiking, whale watching, horseback riding, cultural experience

Baja Bliss! Baja California Sur is a gorgeous region of Mexico, with white sandy beaches, moderate temperatures and incredible flora and fauna, there is something for everyone. We'll have a day to enjoy the beach before heading to our luxury tent camp in a bioreserve. Each day will be filled with a choose your own adventure schedule, as packed to the gills or as low key as you'd like it to be. This is the perfect vacation for anyone looking to unwind and relax and experience another culture. Maximum group size: 12


  • Let your worries melt away with a day on the beach
  • Take a cooking class with a renowned Mexican chef
  • Learn about the flora and fauna that inhabit this protected area
  • Hike through diverse ecosystems
  • Whale watch with a local fishermen's collective
  • Stay in family run lodges

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  • All transportation during itinerary including roundtrip airport transfer
  • All accommodations including 3 nights at the Los Colibris Casitas and 3 nights at Camp Cecil de la Sierra
  • All meals from dinner on day 1 through breakfast on final day
  • Daily happy hour in the Sierras (while at Camp Cecil)
  • All activities as described on the itinerary and related gear
  • Local bilingual naturalist guides who are certified Wilderness First Responders, NOM-9 graduates and Leave No Trace certified
  • Entrance fees and permits

What's not included: Travel to and from Mexico, alcoholic beverages (outside of happy hours in the Sierras), snacks, guide gratuities, and travel insurance.

Trip Info

This trip is designed for women in good condition who want an active vacation in a warm winter environment. Our days are full, although there is time to relax built into each one and also the option to opt out of some activities if you want more downtime. Although the hikes on this trip are short, they can be rough and rocky. Horseback riding is not instructional on this trip and some prior experience is helpful. Rating: [1] 2 3 4 5.

We'll swim and whale watch in the warm waters of Baja California Sur. We'll hike, horseback ride and play in diverse ecosystems while staying at the Bioreserve.

All accommodations on Baja Bliss are shared, there are no single supplements available. Three nights will be spent at Los Colibris Casitas. With “the most stunning view in Todos Santos,” Los Colibris Casitas is perfect for nature lovers who appreciate both beauty and tranquility. Every room has a magnificent view of the Pacific ocean, a freshwater estuary and a palm grove oasis to the front, and the Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the side and back. From your casita you can watch fishermen cast their nets on the beach in the early morning light, enjoy the magnificent Baja sunset in the evening, and delight in the vast expanse of a star-filled sky at night. Los Colibris is just a 10-minute walk to 70 miles of pristine, virtually empty beach, and a 5-minute drive to the delightful restaurants, artists’ galleries and shops of Todos Santos.

Three nights will be spent at Camp Cecil in the Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve in the mountains that form the spine of the peninsula. At Camp Cecil you can experience the luxury of Baja Sur's pristine wilderness while also enjoying "glamping" (glamorous camping) with real beds, soft linens, lovely furnishings, chef-prepared meals and daily happy hour.

Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.

Bienvenidas a Mexico! Fly into Los Cabos International Airport/San Jose del Cabo (SJD) by 2PM where you’ll be met by our local guides and transferred to our home away from home for the next two nights, Los Colibris Casitas. With “the most stunning view in Todos Santos,” Los Colibris Casitas is perfect for nature lovers who appreciate both beauty and tranquility. Once settled at the Casitas, we’ll go out for our first group dinner at a local restaurant. During dinner our guides will go over logistics for the week and a safety orientation. (D)

Overnight:Los Colibris Casitas
Nestled between lush tropical vegetation on one side and a dry mountainous desert on the other, Todos Santos is a small town with big appeal. Our lodging provides a perfect view of the Pacific Ocean, where we may even see whales breaching and splashing in the distance! After a delicious breakfast, we'll board small fishing boats to observe whales from the water. Each year the magnificent gray whales migrate 6,000 miles south from the Bering Sea to mate and give birth in the warm water lagoons of the Baja peninsula. They are truly magnificent creatures to behold! In the afternoon we'll drive to Los Cerritos, one of the best beaches in Baja California Sur. A crescent shaped beach with crystal clear waters and a smooth sandy bottom, it's the perfect place to swim, float, lounge, or go for a stroll. There are even massages available beach side to help you start your vacation off right!

In the evening we'll have a Mexican Cooking Class with local Chef Iker Algorri, the author of Cooking Adventures in Baja California Sur. Learn to make the perfect margarita and gain the skill to make some truly memorable Mexican dishes following Chef Iker’s cooking philosophy, the “Magnificence of Simplicity”. The best part about a cooking class? Getting to eat our new recipes! (B, L, D)

Overnight: Los Colibris Casitas
Camp Cecil de la Sierra is a luxury tent camp situated in a peaceful mango, avocado and grapefruit grove in the Sierra La Laguna Biosphere Reserve. The road to get there is adventurous and bumpy but so worth it! The camp sits on the property of a local ranching family and highlights both the cultural and natural heritage of the mountains. The family is an integral part of the experience; learn how the delicious cheese and soft tortillas we’ll eat here are made by hand and soak up knowledge about the biosphere reserve from the people who know it best. Please note: we spend the middle portion of the trip in the mountains. If you would prefer more beach time, check out our other trip - Baja Beach Bliss.
Covering almost 30,000 acres, the Reserve is one of Baja´s most beautiful but least explored areas. Many of its plants and animals are not found anywhere else on the planet, including 79 endemic plant species, 8 endemic reptile species, 4 endemic bird species, and 4 endemic mammal species. While here we’ll get to hike, swim in water holes with great views of the Pacific Ocean and picnic by peaceful waterfalls. There is fantastic birding in the early mornings, incredible stargazing at night and endless opportunities for wonder and relaxation in between (Another margarita, anyone?). Tonight is our first of 3 nights in luxury tents (see accommodations descriptions for details) (B, L, D)

Overnight: Camp Cecil de la Sierra
Nothing like a quiet sunrise in paradise! Today you are welcome to opt in or out of any activities today - you’re on vacation! Perhaps you’ll join us for some early bird watching around camp or stretch your legs on a hike. There is horseback riding available for cowgirls that feel comfortable in the saddle. Please note: there is no formal instruction given prior to riding so this activity is best for people who have ridden horseback previously. If you're interested in learning how to horseback ride, check out our other trip: Living the Cowgirl Life.

In the afternoon we’ll all enjoy happy hour in the huerta (or garden) before a filling traditional meal. Tonight, we lounge under a blanket of mountain stars - all in all, a magnificent day. (B, L, D)

Overnight: Camp Cecil de la Sierra
Similar to yesterday, today you have the option of doing as much or as little as you please in terms of organized activities. One of the hikes leads to a lovely swimming hole and another to incredible views. At some point during our visit, Chito, the owner of the ranch, will conduct a leather working workshop. Using the tools he inherited from his father and the patience of a man well trained in his craft, Chito will show us the ins and outs of this time honored tradition. Chito’s mother Angela will also teach us how to make dulces, or sweets, in the customary manner. The ranchers of Baja California Sur have passed these skills down through multiple generations and the workshops are not only fun, but a great way to participate in this living history. (B, L, D)

Overnight: Camp Cecil de la Sierra
After a final hearty mountain breakfast, we’ll make the journey back from the Sierras to Todos Santos. Staying at Los Colibris Casitas again, we'll have the afternoon free to relax in the swimming pool or walk down to the beach. (The downtown area of Todos Santos is a 15 minute walk from the hotel. If you'd like to explore the town more, we recommend arriving a day early or leaving a day late!) Over dinner we'll toast to an incredible week in paradise. (B, L, D).

Overnight: Los Colibris Casitas
Last morning in paradise, time to soak up the birdsong, waves crashing and breathtaking beauty of this incredible gem before we leave. Once we’ve had breakfast and checked out of the inn, we’ll be transported back to the Los Cabos International Airport/San Jose del Cabo (SJD) in time for flights after 1PM. (B)


(11 reviews)
4.7 Food
4.3 Lodging
4.6 Safety

*These are the unfiltered reviews of women who have been on this trip in answer to the question "What made this trip special for you?". We take reviews very seriously and often tweak itineraries based on feedback. Please feel free to contact us about any questions you have.

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Debby H.
1 year ago

I really enjoyed being with this group. Everyone got along really well. For me, being in 75+ degree weather in January is a very positive plus.

Char R.
1 year ago

Being around fun and interesting women.

April B.
1 year ago

The inspiring women who sign up for these trips. The watercolor classes that Brenda did were fun and a nice change of pace. The stargazing that Alejandra led us thru was awesome, she's so knowledgeable. The cooking class was so fun! The highlight and most emotional part of the trip for me was the release of the baby sea turtles, really a priceless experience.

Jody R.
1 year ago

whale watching, star gazing, sea turtles, great food & drinks.

Linda C.
1 year ago

The guides, including the two Baja guides, Alejandra and Andrea, and the AGC guide, Brenda, were beyond wonderful! Smart, kind, fun, knowledgeable, attentive to every detail, sensitive to personal issues and group dynamics both.

Betty B.
1 year ago

Warm sun, good food and a variety of fun adventures in January.

Becky W.
2 years ago

I was pleased with how nice it was to travel with all the people involved. I felt like Brenda was very present and calmly and quietly attended to us.

Jeanne B.
2 years ago

A warm destination in January; good price; great guide (Brenda); I like Mexico; my first time to do Glamping

Monica H.
2 years ago

It was the other women, my fellow travelers, that made this trip extra special. They were all wonderful, interesting and fun!

Mary H.
2 years ago

Where to start? Ocean views from the beautiful casitas and pool! Beautifully landscaped grounds! Stargazing from the hot tub! Morning yoga from the mountain deck with a spectacular 360! A dip in a cool mountain waterhole by the falls after a good hike! Horseback riding the trails! Experiencing my first piñata, a surprise from our wonderful local guides! Not to mention good food and fun and camaraderie throughout! The trip introduced us to parts of Mexico that I don't think the average traveler has the opportunity to see. Just be prepared for the (literally) rocky roads!

Maria B.
2 years ago

The opportunity to go whale watching and the excellent meals at the camp.

  1. Is this trip on the beach or in the mountains?

    We spend the first day and last day in the town of Todos Santos, which is oceanside. The hotel where we stay, Los Colibris Casitas, is a short and steep hike away from the beach but the rip tide is strong here and swimming is not recommended. If you would like more beach time while in Baja, we recommend extending your stay or checking out our Camping on the Sea of Cortez trip!
  2. Where do we eat?

    We will be eating a few meals out at small local restaurants and the rest will be prepared on site at Camp Cecil of the Sierra using lots of delicious farm to table ingredients.
  3. What dietary preferences or restrictions can you accommodate on this trip?

    If we know well in advance, we can accommodate vegetarian, lactose-free, and gluten-sensitive diets. If you are vegan, we ask that you bring some additional protein bars; and if you are gluten-sensitive, please bring some gluten-free snacks. If you have severe allergies, Celiac disease and/or other significant dietary restrictions, please call the office before you register.


Baja's Scenic Sierras and Coastal Charms Packing List



• 1 pair sturdy sandals (Ex: Tevas, Chacos,Keens)

• 1 pair flip-flops or comfortable sandals

• 1 pair sturdy walking shoes (athletic shoes with good soles, trail running shoes, or lightweight & flexible hiking shoes/boots)

• 2 - 3 lightweight synthetic socks (Smartwool, Darn Tough , running socks, etc.)



• Passport (as well as a paper and digital copy)

• One 1-liter water bottle or hydration system

• Sunglasses (100% UV protection) w/retention strap

• REEF SAFE Sunscreen and lip protection

• Small headlamp or flashlight

• 1 daypack(18-24 liter)

• Insect repellent Individuals allergic to insect stings must bring an EpiPen.

• 1 garbage bag for wet clothes

• Ear plugs (for a good night’s sleep!)

• 1-2 bandanas



• 1-2 pair lightweight pants (synthetic material like nylon)

• 1-2 lightweight long-sleeve shirts with sun protection

• 1 lightweight “waterproof” raincoat with hood- PVC coated nylon or Gore-Tex type material (It’s not likely to rain on our trip but just in case! Also, a good raincoat can serve as your windbreaker too if it gets chilly!)

• 2-3 pairs of shorts: quick-drying nylon is recommended

• 4-5 T-shirts(synthetic and moisture wicking for hiking)

• 1 wide-brimmed hat, for rain, sun and high fashion!

• 1 lightweight fleece jacket, fleece sweatshirt, or other warm layer

• 1-2 swimsuits (make sure one would fit comfortably under a wetsuit and when laying on your stomach on a surfboard, i.e. no excessive strings or buckles!)

• Underwear/nightwear

• 2-3 changes of casual comfortable clothes (Ex: sundresses, skirts, cotton articles of clothing, blouses etc.) Try Toad & Co for sustainable options!



• Toothbrush and toothpaste

• Dental floss

• Hand sanitizer

• Shampoo & conditioner

• Personal items (contact lens supplies, sanitary items, personal medications)

• Personal first aid/patch kit - Band-Aids, 1 safety pin, moleskin, Compeed (or blister bandages), ibuprofen



• Camera and film/memory card (extra batteries), waterproof camera bag

• Water resistant watch

• Compact binoculars

• Journal and pen, book to read



Adventures in Good Company's packing list includes items to help you be prepared for the various activities and conditions. It is not personalized, so please add the items that you require to travel safely and comfortably but remember – less is better! You may not use everything you bring; however, you need to come prepared for all possible weather. At the same time, you must be able to carry your own luggage, sometimes up and downstairs. As space for luggage on our trips is limited, please do not overpack!


DAYPACKS: Your daypack should be large enough to hold the following items: 1 liter of water, rain gear, lunch/snacks (for the day), sunscreen, personal first aid kit, and personal items such as a camera, etc. We recommend a daypack with a capacity of between 18 - 24 Liters with a hip belt, padded shoulder straps, and ‘lifters.’ Before you leave home, check to be sure that it is comfortable to wear all day and has sufficient space for all of the items listed above.


FOOTWEAR: Well-fitting, lightweight boots or trail shoes are very important to your safety and enjoyment. If you plan to buy new footwear, break them in by wearing them around town and taking some short hikes before your trip. For hiking at Camp Cecil, lightweight and flexible boots/shoes with a Vibram sole work well. If you have weak ankles or are recovering from an ankle injury, get boots that come above the ankle– you’ll find that this will give you more support in uneven or slippery terrain.


CLOTHING: The clothing listed on the packing list has been chosen for your specific trip conditions and for its versatility for layering. NO COTTON for your activewear! It should all be made from synthetic/synthetic blends, down/down blends, or wool/wool blends. Layering is the most practical and efficient method of insulating the body. Several layers of varied-weight materials provide better insulation than one thick layer of clothing. Also, adding or subtracting layers allows you to adjust to the temperature at your particular level of activity.


HYDRATION: Being able to easily access your water without assistance so that you can drink frequently is important to your safety and enjoyment. One method is to have a water bottle attached to the outside of your backpack. Another option is to use a HYDRATION SYSTEM such as CamelBak, Platypus, and MSR bladder bags, which are collapsible water bags with a hose attachment that you drink from. The bag fits inside or outside your pack with the hose positioned over your shoulder so that you can access your water as you hike. Bladder bags can hold 1 - 3 liters of water.


PERSONAL FIRST AID KIT: Bring a small first aid kit with familiar medicine and first aid supplies you might need. Recommendations include the following: feet blister remedies like moleskin, Compeed, blister bandages, or similar, a small roll of duct tape (always useful!), and remedies for respiratory ailments, stomach ailments, sore muscles, or joints. Your AGC guide will have a robust first aid kit, but knowing what you know works well for you is a good idea.


INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: Please note that a valid passport is needed to travel to Mexico from the United States. For information on how to obtain a passport or renew your current passport, please visit, ask your travel agent, or call the Passport Office at 202-647-0518. Allow at least 6 weeks.


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