South - General Information
TOURS and RIDES - Multi-day camping venues in the area west of Loreto. - Ride the
cowboy trails and experience life as it was
on the California frontier. Multi day pack trips
are designed to visit historic missions, traditional
ranches and the waterholes used for centuries
by local travelers. A campfire by a palm-lined
pool ends a fantastic day on the trail.
San Javier B&B Trips - Enjoy quiet village
life in the tiny mountain town of mission San
Javier. Have the luxury of a bed in a flower
covered bungalow, with daily rides on historic
trails and visits to picturesque ranches.
TOUR COST INCLUDES - Local cowboy trail guides, riding and pack stock, a Saddling South bilingual liason and camp organizer, most expedition gear (see the packing list), great coffee and drinks in the morning and favorite camp dinners. For Custom trips and rates please check with us.
ANIMALS - On our tours our local guides
select the best desert-trained mules and horses
from the area, and do their best to match your
skill level to an appropriate mount.
T r a v e l - For flights
to Loreto, Baja California Sur, contact:
Alaska Airlines 800 426-0333 -- Flights from Los Angeles to Loreto 4-5 times per week.
Calafia Airlines - Tijuana to Loreto 3 times per week, for about $115 dollars one way (for their US-based number, dial 1 (213) 928-5692 ) Calafiaair.com.mx (with a walk-across bridge to the Tijuana airport it's easier than ever!) AND Westjet.com for direct flights from Calgary to Loreto.
Please check on flight
availability early & inform our office of
your travel arrangements as soon as they are
For Travel to the Trailhead to meet for your selected ride click here or see the link at bottomof Itineraries list on the home page.
A c c o m m o d a t i o n s -
our lists of local hotels and contact the hotel
direct to make a reservation.
E q u i p m e n t
Mules, or horses, and related equipment - western
saddles and traditional regional saddles (western
style with built-in leather pommel bags and
saddle bags). Tents - one and two person sturdy
A-frames and domes. First aid and repair kits.
All other camp and commissary equipment. Please let us know in advance if you would like to rent a sleeping bag and/or ground pads - $20 -$25 per week. Limited # of bags and pads for rent.
P h y s i c a l R e q
u i r e m e n t s
Anyone in good physical condition and willing
to share in an occasional camp chore is welcome
on our tours. Some regular exercise and stretching
will help if the activity is new to you. The trails in the sierras of Baja are very rugged and rocky. Please contact us if you have any concernes. Minimum
age is 10 years old on posted trips, see about custom tours for families with small children.
F o o d
For our great camp dinners, served with a Baja flair, many guests exclaim, "I never knew one
could eat so well on a camping trip!" Please
note any specific dietary requirements on the
reservation form. See the list of B&L ideas for bringing your own cold breakfast and lunch items. Vegan and Gluten Free folks or anyone with food allergies may need to bring additional personal meal supplements.
W a t e r
Drinking water used on trips will be purified.
For those of you concerned about the possibility
of an intestinal disorder, we suggest a daily
dose of acidophilus for one to two months before
travel. Be sure to buy the kind which needs
no refrigeration, and remember to continue taking
them for the duration of your trip.
G u i d e s
On our trips you may be accompanied by Trudi
Angell and local cowboy guides. Trudi has spent
the last 40 years exploring and living in Mexico. She speaks
fluent Spanish, is an experienced trip organizer
and is a friend to the ranch folks we meet along
the trail. Other Saddling South guides may be scheduled to lead a tour for some trips. The local guides are respected friends
who share wonderful stories of desert lore and
local history and make us feel at home with
their genuine ranch hospitality.
Tipping: If you choose to reflect your satisfaction
with a wrangler's performance, consider a tip of
$3 to $5 per day per guide (sometimes there are 3 or more guides on the rock art rides). On Traditional Ranches rides there will generally be just 2 guides unlees the group size is larger than 6 riders. Usually a group will
pool tips and present it at the end of the trip.
W e a t h e r
Baja California has essentially two seasons
- hot and humid in summer / mild and windy in
winter, with conditions for touring best from
fall through spring. As everywhere in the outdoors
weather conditions may alter a travel plan and
an itinerary may change if necessary.
A v e r a g e D a y t i m e
T e m p e r a t u r e - Please NOTE that in the central peninsula on the Rock Art rides in the sierra San Francisco, we are at a higher altitude and temps can be colder mid winter.
Rain is infrequent. Only a few trips each winter
might experience a day or two of wet weather.
Night temperatures can occasionally fall to
30's mid-winter if a cold front swings down from the north.
S p e c i a l N o t e
A valid passport is required for entry into Mexico.
You will be issued a tourist card on your flight, which will
be stamped upon arrival at the Loreto International
Airport. See Discover Baja Travel Club for travel and immigration information if you are driving to San Ignacio or Loreto.
No immunizations are required for entry
We request that alcohol intake be
kept to a minimum while in remote environments.
Wine or beer with dinner is occasionally provided
on a tour. Any illegal substances are strictly
prohibited by Mexican laws.
I n s u r a n c e
It is strongly recommended that participants
have trip cancellation insurance to protect
against the unexpected need to cancel your reservation
at a late date. We also encourage you to consider
insurance coverage for expenses caused by accidents
in and evacuation from remote areas. Saddling South is not responsible for re-imbursement of tour-related funds in case of travel warnings or travel carrier default. See Allianz travel insurance as one possibility.
I n f o r m a t i o n
R e s o u r c e s / B o o k s
Almost an Island by Bruce Berger / Gathering
the Desert by Gary Nabhan / A Desert Country
Near the Sea by Ann Zwinger / Into a Desert
Place by Graham MacIntosh / Travels with a Baja
Burro by Graham MacIntosh / Baja California
Plant Field Guide by Roberts / Loreto: First Mission and Capital of Spanish California, by Ann O'Neil / Last of the Californios
by Harry Crosby* / Cave Paintings of Baja California
by Harry Crosby* / *note: that most of the Crosby
books are out of print and can be ordered via
your local library, anything he has written
on Baja is well worth reading!
R e s e r v a t i o n s
here to make a reservation. A deposit of $250 per person
is required to reserve a space. The balance is payable 60 days prior
to the trip starting date. If you must cancel 31 days or more before
a trip, the fee less the $250 per person deposit will be refunded.
No refund will be available for cancellations up to 30 days before
a trip. See information above for details and
suggestions for trip cancellation insurance. For more information
or to check availability of trip spaces
please contact our office .
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