Amazing Views Sierra SF (for alumni mostly, or intermediate to experience riders) This trip can be set up as a custom tour with 1 to 2 months prior notice. May also be planned as 5 days.
Meet in San Ignacio, Baja California Sur on the day prior to the ride days
Day 1 -This morning we'll all travel by Taxi van from San Ignacio
to San Francisco de la Sierra. We meet the mules and guides, pack the burros, and drop
into Santa Teresa canyon to camp. Dinner included.
Day 2 - An all day trip on foot or partly by mule to rock art sites
Cueva La Pintada and Cueva de las Flechas, Piedra de Chuy and La Soledad…possibly others
if timing allows. We'll leave our tents in place in the morning and return to the garden
camp again in the evening. Dinner included.
Day 3 - Stopping to visit at Santa Teresa ranch and observe the making
of goat cheese, we ride out of the canyon on the south trail, visiting Cueva La Palma
(or Santa Teresa 1, on some maps) along the way. The old access-trail to the mesa tops
is one of the most spectacular view-trails in the sierra. Cirios dance around us as we
top the ridges. We'll make a camp near Rancho La Presa. Dinner included.
Day 4 - A bit of road riding in the morning and we'll have a chance
to visit Cueva El Ratón as we ride past en route to a mid-day stop at Hostal
Buenaventura. After lunch, tighten the cinches and in ten minutes we are on another of
the most-beautiful-view trails for much of the afternoon. We'll stop to visit very good
friends at a roadless ranch, San Antonio; and camp near the old grave-site of the
papás of "Tacho" Arce, the long-time guide and friend of Harry Crosby. Lunch and dinner included.
Day 5 - A leisurely ride down switchback trails and the spine of a
ridge dropping into the valley of Santa Martha tonight. We'll ride to a couple of ranches
at mid-day for visits, and move on to camp at the base of the Cueva Palmarito trail.
Day 6 - It's about an hour and a half to trek up the trail to visit
Cueva Palmarito at best-light timing, during mid morning. Another spectacular view place
and one of the most popular visitation sites. Truly a world heritage treasure. In the
afternoon at the trailhead again, a taxi van will load our gear and shuttle us back
to San Ignacio. Adiós mulas y guías.
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