Explore the raw beauty of one of North America's last frontiers, Baja California, Mexico. This is a one of a kind tour which will take you from EagleRider headquarters in Los Angeles through the US/Mexico border at Tijuana to the tip of the peninsula at Land's End, Cabo San Lucas and back again. Ride the famous Mexico Highway 1 along rugged coastline and through expansive deserts with giant cactus as far as the eye can see. Mex 1 is a two lane highway that has it all! Tight twisties, long straight aways and very little traffic. Eat with the locals at roadside cafes featuring the fresh catch of the day. This trip is not to be missed by anyone looking for a serious adventure. Intermediate to advanced riding skills recommended.
Baja California Self Drive Motorcycle Tour - Itinerario del Tour
Arrive at Los Angeles airport and transfer to your hotel. Explore L.A.’s night life in Hollywood or Santa Monica or just get a goodnight’s sleep to get ready for your incredible journey.
This morning you pick up your bike at EagleRider’s Los Angeles store and you head south along the California coastline to the border at Tijuana, Mexico. About an hour after you have entered Mexico you will reach to your final destination for today, the bustling port town of Ensenada. Watch the sunset over Ensenada Bay and it won’t take you long to realize you are on the cusp of something special.
Today you head south on Mexico Highway 1 leaving the busy border towns behind. You dive deeper into Baja where Cirio trees and giant Cardon cacti begin to appear alongside the road. You enter the Vizcaino Desert, one of the most fascinating desert regions on this continent, and experience expansive views of boulder formations, rugged hills and dense desert vegetation. You arrive in Catavina just in time to watch the desert sunset behind huge boulders and Cardon cacti. You will have a long ride tomorrow so be sure to get a good night’s rest.
Today you cross the state line from Baja Norte into Baja Sur. You will notice a change in landscape as you ride over several 3,000 foot summits, past flat topped volcanic cones and cactus covered hills into the charming pueblo San Ignacio, an authentic desert oasis located at the bottom of a wide arroyo with date palms and a natural spring fed pond where you will overnight.
This morning is the massive ‘Volcan Las Tres Virgenes’ which tells you the origin of recent lava flows around you. You will descend Devils Grade, seven miles of switchbacks that take you down to the warm waters of the Sea of Cortez. Winding along the shores beautiful Bahia Conception, one further scenic delight of Baja California, with deep-blue waters, volcanic islands and isolated beaches. In the afternoon you will reach Loreto which is the oldest Spanish settlement along the West Coast. The town offers a picturesque central plaza, shopping and a selection of excellent restaurants.
Today you will ride along the base of the Sierra de la Giganta Mountains and then rapidly climb up to the summit past hat-shaped mountain peaks crossing the peninsula back to the Pacific Coast. you will reach the Santa Domingo Valley and move back across the peninsula until you hit a small fishing village of Los Barriles on the Sea of Cortez. Take a walk on the white sand beach and see for yourself that this is one of the prettiest towns in Mexico.
Enjoy a well deserved rest day in the picturesque seaside fishing village of Los Barriles. Watch the sun come up over the calm blue waters of Sea of Cortez or take this opportunity to sleep in. There are many daytime activities available in Los Barriles. Go sport fishing, rent an ATV and ride miles of beaches, go stand up paddle boarding or kayaking, get pampered in the Spa, or simply relax at the beautiful beachfront hotel pool.
Under the shadow of Cerro del Venado you will roll into San Jose del Cabo and down the coast of Bahia San Lucas which was a favorite hiding place for pirates who laid in wait for Spanish treasure ships in the 16th and 17th century. Today your destination is the popular resort town of Cabo San Lucas. Just before arriving in Cabo you will get a view of ‘Land’s End,' the southernmost tip of the Baja peninsula!
It’s time to head back north again as you ride along the Pacific coastline to the small artist's community of Todos Santos. Here you can spend some time walking around town visiting art galleries and souvenir shopping. Have some fresh fish tacos at one of the small taco stands or enjoy a gourmet lunch at the famous Hotel California. After lunch you head back to the Sea of Cortez and the capital city of La Paz, which is considered one of the Baja’s most beautiful cities.
Today you will continue north through the desert on Hwy 1 through Ciudad Constitucion where you can stop for lunch. Your afternoon ride will take you east across the broad desert expanse over to the coast of the Sea of Cortez and Loreto. Loreto was the departure point from which Junipero Serra launched his northward quest in 1769 to establish a chain of missions in Alta California.
Enjoy a day off in one of the most charming towns in Baja, Loreto. Founded in 1697 by Jesuit Missionaries Loreto is the oldest settlement in Baja. Visit the historic Mission of our Lady of Loreto which is the start of the El Camino Real (The Royal Road), a historic corridor which ends in Sonoma, California following the ancient route of Spanish missions. Visit the Loreto Bay Marine park for a day of snorkeling and kayaking. During the months of March and April whale watching is also available.
You will continue north on Mexico Highway 1 with Conception Bay on your right. You'll stop at one of the beautiful sandy coves where you can take a dip in the warm waters.You stop and have lunch in a small village of Mulege, a cute traditional Mexican Town located at the mouth of a river. Back on the road you will ride via Santa Rosalia to San Ignacio where you can take an ice cream break in the town plaza. From San Ignacio you continue across the barren Vizcaino desert to your hotel in the town of Guerrero Negro, just south of the Baja California Sur state border. The area around Guerrero Negro is part of the El Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve, designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993. Encompassing bays, lagoons, vast expanses of the Sonoran Desert and the rugged Sierra Mountains. Scammon's Lagoon is an important breeding and birthing site for the California gray whale.
Your ride continues north on Highway 1 through the vast desert landscape of Valle de los Cirios. The desert is full of a large variety plants including the Dr. Suess-looking Cirio tree. After a lunch stop in Catavina you will wind through twisty roads back toward the Pacific coast and finally to your beach front hotel in San Quintin.
You leave the beautiful beach of San Quintin and are on your way to Ensenada. The port city boasts a scenic setting, pleasant weather, duty free shopping, fine sport fishing and close proximity to the United States. Ensenada is famous for it's fish tacos and Hussong's Cantina, Baja's oldest bar. Enjoy your last evening south of the border.
Today your trip will take you back into the United States. You can take Hwy 3 out of Ensenada and enjoy a scenic ride through the vineyards of Valle de Guadalupe towards the Mexico/U.S. border at Tecate. Once back in the US, you can ride through some great motorcycle roads in the eastern San Diego countryside as you make your way to the coast in San Diego. It is a bitter sweet feeling as it is now time to return your bikes at EagleRider‘s LAX location with images of Baja swirling in our heads.
Today your exciting trip will come to an end with your departure flight back home.