ACE CAMPS TRAVEL COMPANY

TODOS SANTOS 2018


EXPLORE TODOS SANTOS ~ AN ADVENTURE IN THE SOUTHERN BAJA | TODOS SANTOS, BAJA, MEXICO |  NOVEMBER 2 - 8, 2018


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From the migration of the humpback whales and the giant sea turtles, to the sea lion colonies and reefs abundant with fish, Baja California is home to unique wildlife that is effortlessly accessible. The rich colonial history of Baja contains some of Mexico’s first Spanish missions while cave paintings from pre-Columbian civilizations remain. A varied selection of luxury Baja California hotels and residences also make it the perfect place to relax and enjoy a beach vacation.

Learn to surf, ride a bike, hang out on the beach, shop in Todos Santos, visit art galleries, drink the best margaritas (and coffee) ever, eat organic freshly prepared meals, head out on a boat cruise in Cabo San Lucas, hang out in the hammocks, beach walk, watch the sun every night over the Pacific Ocean, have fish tacos (or not if you're vegan), daily yoga, boogie board and more. We might even have a bocce ball tournament on the beach at sunset.

Once a secret enclave for artists and surfers, Todos Santos, north of Los Cabos on Baja’s Pacific coast, is most definitely on the map these days. Despite becoming a hot spot, the once-sleepy colonial beach town still casts a spell. It’s one of only 30 communities in Mexico designated as a Pueblo Magico, or “Magical Town,” for retaining its authentic historic and artistic charm. Couple this with the views of snow-capped mountains, sweet waves, and a vibrant gallery scene and you’ll see why so many consider it Mexico’s own Shangri-La.

Join us for 6 nights in the Baja, Mexico for a few nights in San Jose Del Cabo at Drift Hotel, and four nights in Hotel San Cristóbal. We will swim with the Whale Sharks in the Sea of Cortez in La Paz. From early winter until late spring the whale sharks can be found feeding in the rich waters of the Sea of Cortez and in the Bay of La Paz in Baja California Sur. The gentle giants of the sea are the largest fish in the world and each season return to the waters close to the city of La Paz. This trip includes surf lessons on Cerritos Beach, 


Four years ago, when Austin-based hotelier Liz Lambert first laid eyes on Todos Santos in Baja California, 47 miles north of Cabo, she knew immediately this was where she’d open the Hotel San Cristóbal, her first property outside of the U.S. “It was a place with a deep soul and a story that I wanted to tell,” she says of the historic mission town. Its relaxed vibe reminded her of Marfa, Texas (her second home), and that setting—framed by the deep blue Pacific and a golden desert coastline—is about as idyllic as it gets.

 

...as always there will be free time for you to explore on your own. We think that's important!

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The ACE CAMP TOUR LEADER is a part of your group and will be there to look out for your safety, to help resolve issues, and to make sure you get what you want from your vacation. The Tour Leader will make sure that everyone who wants company has it, including dinners when no group meal is scheduled.

They also work with the local guides to insure the right combination of pace, information, and duration.

This Ace Camp includes:

  • 6 nights*  (based on shared occupancy)
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • Airport transfers 
  • All transportation throughout the Southern Baja to San Jose Del Cabo, Todos Santos and Cabo San Lucas
  • Surf Lessons
  • 3 Yoga Classes
  • Swim and snorkel with the Whale Sharks in La Paz

*Rooms are shared with one other person.  


This Ace Camp is limited to 10 people.

Fee:  $2195.00 USD - airfare is not included

Deposit: $1195.00 USD - due when place in workshop is confirmed 

Final Payment: $995.00 USD due February 7, 2018

Payment in USD


 

SAN JOSE DEL CABO – San Jose del Cabo is located near the tip of the Baja Peninsula, on the Sea of Cortez, 17 miles east of Cabo San Lucas. The central downtown area has many fine restaurants and is well-organized for shopping and is generally pretty busy with tourists and locals mingling together. It seems that the historic centre is like a magnet that draws everyone toward the recently refurbished town square. The hustle and bustle of San Jose does not seem to interfere with the feeling of calm that prevails here, like it does in many other tourist centers.

TODOS SANTOS - In the 19th century, long before it was a hideaway for tourists who don’t think of themselves as tourists, Todos Santos was the sugar capital of Baja. A century later, it was a sleepy little village that attracted the attention of an American painter and sculptor named Charles C. Stewart. According to local folklore, in the early 1980s a census taker knocked on Mr. Stewart’s door and, seeing his work, made a note that Todos Santos was an artists’ colony — despite the fact that there was only one. It took a few more decades, but over time Todos Santos quietly became a refuge for an art crowd.

LA PAZ
La Paz is undoubtedly a place that offers top quality services without losing the charm of a small city, safe and welcoming, but cosmopolitan at the same time, surely a city that covers all your needs. It is the perfect place to enjoy beaches, landscapes, water activities, adventure and promenades almost exclusively, thanks to its tranquility and unique features that make it a place away from the hustle and bustle.


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WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO?

Wandering the streets of Todos Santos and popping into the local artisan shops is a joy, with everything ranging from Baja hoodie sweatshirts (remarkably appropriate given the cool desert temps in the mornings and evenings) to intricately patterned handwoven textiles. Visit Nomad Chic on the town’s main drag for desert bohemian pieces like gauzy caftans and leather and silver necklaces from local designers. In Pescadero on the way to Cerritos Beach, Loveleigh offers handmade dresses and kimonos made from printed vintage fabrics and jewelry created by local artists in a whitewashed space next to Baja Beans.

How Long Will Todos Santos Remain Mexico's Best-Kept Secret?

Jazamango - Renowned Mexican chef Javier Plascencia has just opened what will no doubt become a hotspot just outside Todos Santos. Having won accolades for his restaurants in San Diego, Plascencia is returning to his Mexican roots with the opening of Jazamango and two other restaurants in Tijuana and the Valle de Guadalupe. He hopes to bring a new kind of high-end dining experience to the area by introducing recipes and dishes that unite the land and ocean that surround Todos Santos.

Restaurant Bar Bahia - A super casual corner spot in Todos Santos with awesome fish tacos and ceviche. Cash only.

Café Santa Fe - A Todos Santos institution established in 1990, with a reputation for some of the best Italian food outside Italy. A meal here is a must.

If you're looking to take home a souvenir from Mexico, Todos Santos is the perfect place to shop. Forget about the items you'll find in the standard gift shops back in Cabo San Lucas; Todos Santos is filled with cute, small stores selling tons of locally-made goods. You'll find handmade shoes, purses, embroidered linens, hand-painted dishes and much more. This is as authentic as souvenir shopping gets, plus you get to support local artists and local business—a win-win!

Art Gallery Touring – There are over a dozen art galleries showcasing local artist’s work, from pottery to photography to painting.

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TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS

ACE CAMPS  will email you when it is time to make your travel arrangements. This email will always be sent 60 days or more before your trip departs unless you book within 60 prior to the camp. 

San Jose Del Cabo (SJD) is the airport.  You will be picked up at the airport and driven to Los Milagros for our Introduction to the Ace Camp, Meet + Greet followed by dinner in the garden.

You will be brought back to the airport following this workshop - if you would like to stay longer let me know, we can discuss the best places to visit.

WEATHER

Los Cabos has beautiful weather during all twelve months of the year, with the average temperature in the winter being in the 70's.

During the summer months the average temperature climbs up into the 90's, not getting as hot as other parts of Mexico at the same latitude due to its coastal location.  Most people choose to come to Los Cabos during North America's cooler months, from November through May, to escape the cold weather.

BEST SOUVENIRS

Milagros (small, religious charms)
Pewter and Ceramic
Victoria Beer Trays
Hammered Copper Pots
Hand-blown glassware
Papal Picado - perforated paper flags
Devotional paintings from the twenties to the fifties
Textiles ~ sarapes, huipiles, otomi, carpets
Silver Jewellery
Mexican Palm Baskets
Market bags - woven shopping totes
Dulce de leche/cajeta
Rustic wooden dough bowls
Molcajete - Mexican Stone Mortar and Pestle
...and so much more.  We’ll have a shopping list for you.


ITINERARY

Day One    Travel Day

Arrive at San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico

Settle in your hotel room in San Jose Del Cabo or explore the shops and sites. Wind your way through the colourful back streets of San Jose del Cabo as galleries open their doors to tourists and art lovers for a fantastic cultural extravaganza. Grab a glass of local wine as you stroll and admire works by renowned local artists.

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Meet + Greet Group Dinner at Acre

Day Two 

Pick up and travel to Todos Santos, Mexico

Lunch at a local taco stand.  An amazing taco stand!

We'll drive through Cabo San Lucas on our way along the Pacific Coast to Todos Santos and make our way to San Cristobel.

Dinner at the hotel

Day Three    Yoga + Surf Lessons

Breakfast at the hotel

Start your morning with yoga or a walk on the beach then you will head to Los Cerritos beach for a surf lesson.  All levels of ability will be taught.

Coffee break at Baja Beans.

Dinner at Hierbabueno - an outdoor restaurant in the farming fields of Pescadero. All meals cooked from fresh produce from the area.

Day Four    

Breakfast at the hotel

Meet local potters in a true mountain oasis, and learn how Baja Californians have carved their homes and livings out the mountains for centuries. Admire the simple but impressive architecture of the area and, of course, view the work and art of the potters. Getting there is half the adventure, driving through the huge, dry arroyos and the beautiful desert roads that lead up into the Sierra de la Laguna mountains, passing through forests of cactus and desert life along the way. 

Spend an afternoon window shopping on Todos Santos’s main drags, Benito Juarez and Colegio Militar, where you’ll find a plethora of craft shops and art galleries that attract international collectors. Be sure to spend time in Galería de Todos Santos, a pioneer on the local art scene when it opened in 1994; it displays exclusively the work of Baja artists. 

Dinner at Jazamango

 

 

Day Five       Adventure in La Paz, Swimming with the Whale Sharks  

Breakfast at the hotel


Board the research vessel at La Paz marina where you will be greeted by the scientists and researchers who are working on protecting and understanding whale sharks, the largest fish on the planet. We head out early this morning for a full day on the water in the Sea of Cortez. Begin the day in La Paz Harbor and head out in search of whale sharks this morning, including a thrilling opportunity to snorkel with them first hand. Next, visit stunning Isla Espiritu Santo by boat where it’s possible to snorkel with a sea lion colony and enjoy or gorgeous picnic lunch on the idyllic white sand beaches of Isla Espiritu Santo. Spend your afternoon in search for massive humpback whales. This area is considered one of the best spots in the world for Humpback Whale sightings. You can also try to spot magnificent migratory birds like the infamous blue-footed booby.

Lunch in La Paz

Dinner on your own.

Day Six

After breakfast a relaxing morning to check out the area.  As a group we will decide what we want to do for the afternoon.  Maybe  head to a private club for lunch, go for a mountain bike ride or just relax by the pool.

Afternoon we'll head into Todos Santos to look at the shops, go for a margarita and roam the galleries.

Dinner in Todos Santos.

Day Seven

Travel back to San Jose Del Cabo after breakfast.

Visit Cabo San Lucas for shopping and lunch in a special garden.

This afternoon we will hit some of the local beaches for snorkeling and swimming.

Dinner in San Jose Del Cabo

Day Eight    Travel Day

We head back to the airport during the morning.

 

There will be no refunds for this trip - please know you can make it before your registration.

 

Nota Bene: this is a prospective itinerary. It is subject to modest modifications, dependent on local weather, new opportunities and the desires of the group.