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Self-drive Mexico: Baja California

14 days from €6,085pp

What is tailor made? Customised itinerary | Every trip is unique | Flexible accommodation options | Designed to your budget

Itinerary highlights

  • 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.

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

Price includes

Scheduled international and domestic flights
Fully insured vehicle hire
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  • Mexico City & Around
  • La Paz
  • Loreto
  • Puerto Lopez Mateos
  • Todos Santos
  • San Jose del Cabo

Itinerary idea in detail

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Including international flights from Ireland.

Day 1 Mexico City & Around

Mexico City & Around

Upon arrival at Mexico City airport, meet your driver who will transfer you to your hotel, located in the historic centre.

Day 2 Mexico City & Around

Mexico City & Around

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.

Day 3 Mexico City & Around

Mexico City & Around

Coyoacán is one of the capital's prettiest districts with tree-lined streets and plazas, it is also home to a vibrant arts scene and some wonderful cafes 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.

Day 4 La Paz

Mexico City & Around , La Paz

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.

Day 5 La Paz

La Paz

Shared excursion to Isla Espíritu Santo. You will be amazed by the variety of sea birds, 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 snorkelling with the fun-loving sea lions.

Day 6 La Paz

La Paz

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.

Day 7 Loreto

La Paz , Loreto

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.

Day 8 Loreto


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

Day 9 Loreto


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 organise another whale watching tour independently.

Day 10 Puerto Lopez Mateos

Loreto , Puerto Lopez Mateos

Self-drive to Puerto Lopez Mateos, a journey of approximately two hours. Located towards 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.


Day 11 Todos Santos

Puerto Lopez Mateos , Todos Santos

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

Day 12 Todos Santos

Todos Santos

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.

Day 13 Todos Santos

Todos Santos

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

Day 14 Return home

Todos Santos , San Jose del Cabo

Drive to San Jose del Cabo Airport and leave the car here. You'll then catch your overnight flight back home.

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Mexico City & Around
La Paz
Todos Santos
San Jose del Cabo