San Gregorio Ranch and Art
Highlights - World Heritage sites of prime Mural Rock Art. Cuevas
- La Palma, El Borrego and Boca de San Casimiro among others. 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
other Baja trail rhythms.
Overnight in the town of San Ignacio, the jumping-off point for the
best of Baja's rock art sites.
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 up the trail for a great adventure. First camp destination involves about
2 hours on the trail, riding or hiking. It's a gorgeous route with views and cactus
garden scenery. Camp on Mesa Soledad.
Day 2 - Three trail hours today, dropping into San Gregorio
canyon, delivers us into a sweet garden camp across the arroyo from Rancho San
Gregorio. Orange trees and date palms offer shade, and a small stream of running
water refreshes in camp. This is a wonderful base for 2 to 3 nights as we explore
the archeological sites and meet the families there. In the afternoon we may visit
the sites called San Gregorio 1&2.
Day 3 - A layover day today (no packing of tents or gear)
we can opt to ride or hike to 3 more of the sites famous in the area. In the
evening there should be plenty of time to visit the neighbors, two Arce Arce
families that live on the slope across the canyon, a short distance from our camp.
Day 4 - In the morning we can be in slow mode for breaking camp,
get in some last minute visits to more art or the small schoolhouse that serves 5
of the lovely ranch children, or catch up on your journals over a cup of Chema's
famous campfire coffee. By evening we will be back up on the mesa again, in place
to have a short ride to the roadhead by mid day on the final day. (alternate is
to spend another whole day and ride out 4 to 5 hours on Day 5)
Day 5 - Final trail day… after arriving in the village of
San Francisco de la Sierra and back to our parked cars or taxi van, we say goodbye
to guides and mules and arrive in San Ignacio by evening or overnight at the hostal buenaventura in San Francisco.
Buen Viaje and we'll hope to see you
again in Baja!
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