This route takes us to Rancho San Gregorio,
Cueva La Palma, Cueva El Borrego, plus
Pintada (Gardener Cave), Cueva de las
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 9 day tour may allow us time to visit all of
the area's sites authorized by Mexico's Department of History and
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 contact 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
arrive a day or two prior to and after the listed trip dates for travel from
Loreto to San Ignacio... about 4 hours of driving time, and 2 hours to the trail head from town.
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 on your own in town, we’ll
check in at the San Ignacio cultural
office, and then head to the Sierra
It’s about a two hour drive up to the
small mountain village; the jumping-off
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'll send you a list of ideas for you to bring your own trail lunches... And we serve you great breakfasts and dinners, fresh with local
flavor. When possible we may arrange for a meal with one of the
families. Home-made tortillas, cheese enchiladas, stews, beans, 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
the best of Baja’s mural art and local
The afternoon or evening of the final
day you can overnight in a small hostal in the village of San Francisco de la
Sierra, or return 2 hours back to San Ignacio to a hotel.
Buen Viaje and we’ll
hope to see you again in Baja!