"BAJA ON DOWN" Adventure Tour in beautiful Baja California, Mexico
Day 1 - Arrival in sunny San Diego, California - (Itinerary is reverse for northbound trips)
Welcome to Southern California, if you are coming from further north where winters are more extreme, you'll appreciate the many reasons why this land is among the most sought-after real estate in the world. Sunny skies, year-round warm weather, and this location perfect for crossing into Mexico will serve as our starting point. Arrive midday to get settled in before meeting with your guides for a trip briefing and a "meet & greet" dinner with a group of strangers that will likely become lifelong motorcycle tracel buddies after this epic ride through Baja California.
Prepare to wake up early tomorrow and toss your luggage in the support vehicle, we will be crossing the "frontera" (border) into Baja California, Mexico before you know it!
Day 2 - San Diego to Ensenada, Mexico- 250Km
Those simple words, "Welcome to Mexico" as stated by Officer Antonio and noted in Eric's original blog post in 2008 meant open arms, friendly faces, and beautiful spaces were ahead.
Not a long ride today as the crow flies, but with some extra riding in between and the border crossing into 'ol Mexico, we'll begin the adventure and then settle into Mexican heading south through Tijuana or Tecate and the beautiful northern Baja wine country before rolling into Ensenada. The best fresh fish tacos, ceviche, tequila and ice cold cervezas you'll ever have are so close you can taste it in the ocean breeze as we ride down the Pacific Coast.
Day 3 - Ensenada to Catavina - 410Km
As we continue further south with opportunities to ride off the beaten path along the Pacific Coast, escaping the hustle and bustle of the border towns, we head into the less known magical land that is the Baja Penisula. Enter the extra terrestrial landscape of Valle de los Cirious, transporting us into a fantastical Dr. Suess-like landscape. Massive cacti and volcanic boulder piles resembling odd fictional characters will get your imagination going.
Catavina, barely a spot on the map, offers nothing more than a perfect overnight oasis in a vast desert. Step outside late at night and, if the moon is not too bright, enjoy a spectacular dark sky splattered with stars.
Day 4 - Catavina to Bahia de Los Angeles - 302Km
Don't worry, leaving Catavina, the wonderful display of Cirio, Cardon, Cholla, Pitaya, Cochal and Senita Cacti continues as we cross the peninsula to our next destination and one of the most incredible remote bays that few are lucky enough to find. Bahia de los Angeles is a small fishing village along the Sea of Cortez with no cell coverage, ATM or other conveniences, but what it lacks it makes up in still turqoise waters, white sandy beaches and a tranquil escape from the world.
Day 5 - Bahia de Los Angeles to San Ignacio-340Km
For those that are prepared for a long sandy road lies the most northern stone Spanish mission in the middle of nowhere that was once one of the most populated mission centers in the late 1700's, but now is nothing more tha a ghost town.
The riding continues through El Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve and Mexico's largest wildlife refuge, where rodents, hares, the California Pronghorn, Desert Bighorn Sheep, and other sitings are possible. Combining the best dirt roads available for the big adventure bikes and some pavement as well, arrive in the true oasis town of San Ignacio and prepare for a nice evening with great food and drinks.
Day 6 - San Ignacio to Loreto-274Km
With coastal riding like this ahead, winding along white sand beaches with a beautifully blue Sea of Cortez trapped up against all these twisties and sweepers, oh what a day lies ahead. The town of Heroica Mulegé offers up some great history and lunch spots just before the jaw dropping veiws and riding along the Bay of Conception. Beauty that only a true poet could put into words, so we will not attempt it here.
Today we reach Loreto, one of the few National Marine Parks, where we will enjoy a rest day tomorrow. A day of relaxation on the beach, fishing, golf, or go for another ride, the choice is yours.
Day 7 - Rest Day in Loreto - (Riding Optional)
Enjoy the day off in the vibrant coastal town of Loreto, go for a ride along the coast, or arrange for a day trip to the Coronado Island and Loreto Bay National Marine Park. While there, swim with Sea Lions, and keep an eye our for dolphins, and enjoy a half-day along these white sand beaches. Full day whale watching adventures are also available from Loreto January through April. If you get to pet a whale personally ... we promise this is an experience that will never ... ever ... be forgotten. (We are offering these Baja trips mid-January through March, which is peak season for whale watching)
Day 8 - Loreto to La Paz-374Km
More Baja fun, enjoying open desert routes and tiny villages. Pristine paved twisties in the morning arrive in at the San Javier Mission, before heading onward to a beautiful long dirt and light sand section to continue further south (a fully-paved option is also possible this day.) A few hours later and another blue-water arrival in the lively coastal city of La Paz makes for a picturesque setting and plenty of great dining options out on the town.
Day 9 - La Paz to San Jose del Cabo-228Km
South out of La Paz, a quick stop in the mining history museum at El Triunfo leads us into more great twisties and coastal views. Down to Los Barriles and another great lunch spot, riders can choose pavement to finish the ride, or some playful, not-too-deep sand riding along the Cabo Pulmo area. Mansions and beach resorts full of surfers and sand life line the route leading to San Jose del Cabo, another lively town and perfect spot to finish a motorcycle trip.
Day 10 - Departures
Leaving already? Most of us will arrange a few extra days, maybe have a significant other fly down to soak-up the sunny beaches, activities, dining, and shopping found here in Los Cabos. But if you must leave, do so with a smile, as you've clearly conquered Baja, and have plenty of pictures and stories to share and gloat about to all your riding buddies that "couldn't make it".
We are grateful you chose to RIDE with us and hope that you'll come back to us for your next big moto adventure!
2019+ Honda CB500x
Another recent assertion by Honda Motorcycles into the Adventure Riding world, riders seeking a compact-sized adventure bike have been raving about the CB500X. With plenty of power emanating from the parallel-twin engine, and an agile disposition, everything from paved twisties to gravel, dirt, and sand can be conquered with this fun adventuring option. Starting in 2019 with the 19" front wheel, this bike has proven itself for us in places like Patagonia, and will be a great option for riders exploring beyond.
- Wet Weight - 430lbs
- Seat Height - 32.7 inches
- Fuel Capacity - 4.6 gal
471cc Parallel Twin
Honda Africa Twin
Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports
Honda Africa Twin CRF1100 (2020+)
KTM 790 Adventure
33.5/32.7 in / 851/831 mm
5.3 gal / 20 L
KTM 790 Adventure R
34.6 in / 879 mm
5.3 gal / 20 L
Yamaha Ténéré 700
This highly-anticipated "masterpiece of value" has finally been released, giving dual sport adventure riders around the world one more incredible middle-weight adventure bike to choose from. With 73+ smooth, linear horsepower pouring through one of most beautiful exhaust notes out there, the Ténéré 700's unique anti-squat design puts that power into the ground, instead of into the rear shock. The result is one of the best handling, adventure bikes on the market, all backed by typical Yamaha-reliability. Take this agile machine on short trips or long, paved twisties or dirt roads, and know that this may be as close to the "perfect" adventure bike as we have seen in a while. With an attractive entry price, and corresponding rental rate, we expect the number of Ténéré 700's in our fleet operations to grow steadily and remain a factor for a long time.
34.4 in / 874mm
452 lb / 205kg