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Self-drive Mexico: Baja California

14 days from CAD7,995pp

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Tour highlights

  • Soar over the UNESCO-listed archaeological zone of Teotihuacán in a hot air balloon.

  • Explore the desert landscape of the Baja Peninsula at your own pace.

  • Day trip to Espíritu Santo Island to spot a number of bird species as well as observe and snorkel with playful sea lions.

  • Boat excursions to spot whales and dolphins in pristine lagoons.

Price includes:

  • Fully insured vehicle rental
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Mexico City. Upon arrival at Mexico City airport, meet your driver who will transfer you to your hotel, located in the historic center.

  • This morning you will have an early start, however this will be rewarded with a real once in a lifetime experience of seeing the Teotihuacán pyramids, commonly known as the City of Gods, from the sky. Exploring by hot air balloon really is the best way to appreciate the impressive scale and grandeur of the ancient site. You will also have a chance to walk around the Teotihuacán pyramids on foot after. You will then have the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Coyoacán is one of the capital's prettiest districts with tree-lined streets and plazas, a vibrant arts scene and some wonderful cafés and restaurants. Your tour today will introduce you to this arty part of town and its highlights like the Blue House, Frida Kahlo's Museum.

  • You'll be taken to the airport very early for your flight to La Paz, the capital of the Baja Peninsula where you'll pick up your hire car at the airport and head into town to your hotel. You'll have the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Shared excursion to Isla Espíritu Santo. You will be amazed by the variety of seabirds, including the blue footed booby. The waters surrounding the island often surprise the visitor with schools of dolphins, jumping stingrays and whales. The highlight for many is snorkeling with the fun-loving sea lions.

  • Today you'll have a day at leisure in La Paz. Some of the peninsula's prettiest beaches are a 20-minute drive out of La Paz: you can arrange a tour to visit them or drive there yourself. Your Mexico specialist will be able to give you further ideas.

  • Self-drive to Loreto, a journey of approximately four hours. The Bay of Loreto National Park is home to dolphins, whales and pelicans. The city is backed by the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range, where trails lead to prehistoric cave paintings.

  • Today you'll enjoy a watching tour in Loreto National Marine Park, where you might see blue whales.

  • Today you'll have the day at leisure in Loreto. The town itself is easy and well worth exploring on foot. You could visit the mission church of Loreto, built in 1697, and the former monastery, which is now the Museum of the Missions, where you can learn about the Jesuit missions. Alternatively feel free to organize another whale watching tour independently.

  • Self-drive to Puerto Lopez Mateos, a journey of approximately two hours. Located toward the northern end of Magdalena Bay, it's one of the breeding grounds of migratory gray whales. Here, you'll have a chance to spot them on a whale watching excursion. This part of Baja California is famous for having one of the "closest" experiences with the whales, as the panga boats are allowed to get extremely near, in some cases within touching distance.

  • This morning you'll have another opportunity to go out on a whale watching excursion, where you might see gray whales before driving to Todos Santos, a journey of approximately four and a half hours.

  • At leisure in Todos Santos. The town boasts several art galleries with ever-changing collections; we recommend the Galeria de Todos Santos which focuses on regional artists. There are also a number of excellent cafés and restaurants, worth stopping in to have a light meal or coffee.

  • Another day at leisure in Todos Santos. Wander round the galleries and craft shops, or head down toward the ocean to view a glorious deserted surf beach.

  • Drive to San José del Cabo Airport and leave the car here. You'll then catch your overnight flight back home. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Mexico City
 
La Paz
 
Loreto
 
Todos Santos
 
Baja California
 

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