Caves of Baja Pack Trip
This route takes us to Rancho San Gregorio,
Cueva La Palma, Cueva El Borrego, plus Cueva
Pintada (Gardener Cave), Cueva de las Flechas,
and more in Santa Teresa canyon. A total of 12 to 16 archaeological sites may be visited on the Painted Caves of Baja route. The 11 day tour may allow us time to visit all of the area's sites authorized by Mexico's Department of History and Anthropology.
Highlights - World Heritage sites of prime
Mural Rock Art. Cultural and Natural History
taught by local guides as you travel the spectacular
desert outback. Ranch visits. Plus a glimpse
into the lifestyle of locals, and their Baja trail rhythms.
See Trudi’s trip Journal and Photos from
November 2006, and call us to receive a copy of the dvd Corazon Vaquero - a documentary on the lifestyle of Baja's ranch history and culture.
Please remember to add a day or two prior and after the listed trip dates for travel from Loreto to San Ignacio... about 4 hours of driving time.
In pre-trip communications we will let you know a time and place the night before the riding starts where the group will gather for a quick orientation meeting.
Day 1 - After breakfast we’ll
check in at the San Ignacio cultural center
office, and then head to the Sierra San Francisco.
It’s about a two hour drive up to the
small mountain village, jumping-off point for
the best of Baja’s rock art sites. Today we meet our local guides, mules and pack-burros and head down the trail for a great adventure.
Days 2 - 9 - We'll ride
a favorite route through the mountains to visit
over a dozen caves and historic sites. Traveling
along rugged trails, through cactus garden canyons
and palm oases we’ll stop at local ranches
to learn about the Old California lifestyles
still being lived in the desert outback. At
one ranch hides are tanned and made into saddles
and other useful ranching works of art. On top
of a spreading mesa, families raise goats for
cheese making. And nestled deep in Santa Teresa
canyon we’ll camp next to a ranch garden
full of citrus and vegetables for the remote
family’s daily use.
We serve you dinners fresh with local flavor and when possible we may arrange for a meal with one of the families. Home-made tortillas, cheese enchiladas, stews, fresh garden vegetables, regional sweets and mesquite-roasted coffee or a local herbal tea might be on the menu. On the final day’s
ride we end up back at our vehicles in the village of San Francisco de la Sierra
– having traveled a loop route to visit
the best of Baja’s mural art and local
The afternoon or evening of the final day you can overnight in the small village of San Francisco de la Sierra, or return 2 hours back to San Ignacio. See our pre-trip travel suggestions or the DIY pages for more information.
Buen Viaje and we’ll
hope to see you again in Baja!
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