8 Day Baja Discovery Tour
Join us as we take you to some of the most remote mountains and gorgeous coastline riding anywhere! We will be riding through some of Northern Baja’s mountain roads and then flip to paved roads along the coast to some of Baja’s most quaint destinations and awe inspiring scenery. The off road riding sections will be friendly enough for you to ride a larger bike (BMW 1200 GS as an example) loaded with your own luggage for the trip. For this trip we will stay in all hotels so your luggage needs can be reduced to clothes and personal items. Tacos and beer is the saying…and it’s true! The fish taco originated in Baja…or at least it makes sense that it would have. We will have ample opportunity for fish tacos and numerous other culinary options that are special in Baja!
WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK?
Similar to a day ride, you will want to pack snacks for your convenience during the day. We will stop for lunch at local taco stands and restaurants in towns on riding days and the cost for this will be on your own. Dinner (and most breakfast meals) are included with the price of the tour and will be at or near our hotels we are staying in.
Proper riding gear is a must! We will cover this with you in more detail when we speak about the trip. Clothes are an area where people tend to over pack. Besides riding gear (including a helmet, jacket, gloves, pants and boots) you will need layers for constant weather changes. You may want a separate set of clothes/shoes to wear in town or at the hotel while we are lounging.
If you have a good set of tools it is not a bad idea to bring them. Some people like to be self-sufficient. If you don’t have any or want to save room we should have enough tools to fix or repair most bikes on the fly.
Additional Skills you may likely learn on the discovery ride
- Tire/Tube Repair
- Bike Rescue
- Bike to Bike Towing
- Real world Trail Riding Tips
- Bike Packing
- GPS Satellite Response
- Communication Devices helmet to helmet and music
- Tools to bring
- Trail Etiquette
- Team Mentality
WHAT DO I NEED TO PREPARE FOR WITH ADVENTURE RIDING?
Packing: You will want to pack lightly, efficiently, and in a way that encourages proper bike performance. We can help you with that! Since we are staying in all hotels, you won’t need to worry about camping equipment. However, you are welcome to take any items that you like for this trip.
WHAT KIND OF MOTORCYCLE DO I NEED?
Any motorcycle can be converted into a dual sport bike. Heck, we know people who have converted their Harleys into adventure bikes! But if you have one that’s already capable of off-road riding, you can get started a little sooner. Many brands of bikes are readily available and having ridden and owned most of the major OEM’s popular dual sport bikes we can help you find the bike that fits you best. If you don’t have a bike we can help you with a rental.
WHAT ELSE DOES W38M OFFER?
Our goal is to share our passion for riding and discovering remote locations on adventure and dual sport motorcycles with those who don’t know quite know how to get into this but really want to! We were all new at this once as well, and we had challenges finding good information about products, trips, groups, and classes. We want to be your resource for finding not only everything you need, but the best the industry has to offer. (And then go riding!)
Baja Check List
- Driver’s License with motorcycle endorsement
- Your own motorcycle. If you don’t have one, we work with many reputable Motorcycle rental outlets and we can assist you with obtaining a motorcycle.
- Luggage to carry all your clothes and personal belongings. Again if you don’t have this we can assist you with obtaining motorcycle luggage.
- GPS or phone for Navigation
- Must obtain Mexican insurance for your motorcycle
- Your lienholder may also require granting you permission to take your motorcycle to Baja
Day 1 = Spring Valley California to Mike’s Sky Ranch
After a night of getting to know each other and preparing for the tour, we will set off as a group and head for the Tecate border. At the border crossing we will take turns as a group getting our tourist visas and exchanging money. A passport is highly suggested for traveling in to Mexico and getting back into the US. Once we finish with this process, we will make our way through Tecate and link up with the Old Compadre Trail. Wide open vistas and mountain dirt roads will lead us back to Hwy 3. We will stay on pavement and top off with gas on our way to the dirt road entering Mike’s Sky Ranch. Today will be a mix of pavement and dirt at about 50/50.
Day 2 = Mike’s to Alfonsina’s
We will depart Mike’s the same way we came in and head out on the pavement for Gonzaga Bay and Alfonsina’s. We will stop for lunch in San Felipe and find a restaurant on the Malecon (boardwalk by the water). After lunch we will head out on pavement to Alfonsina’s. This section will be a mix of improved and unimproved pavement. Watch out for the Vados! Along this section we get exposed to some of the most beautiful scenery on the gulf side! Alfonsina’s is located on the beach in Gonzaga Bay!
Day 3 = Alfonsina’s to Bay of LA
This day will not be as long for us as some of the others. Today we will make our way out of Alfonsina’s where our first stop will be the famous Coco’s Corner. Coco is a legend in Baja and his place is visited by thousands of traveler’s every year. After a coke or water at his place, we will make our way to the highway and head to the Bay of LA. When we arrive at the Bay of LA we will have a choice of stopping and relaxing for the day, or riding up to the Mission San Francisco de Borja. For those that would like to keep riding we can drop our luggage at the hotel and head out to the Mission. The mission is roughly 35 miles one way from the Bay of LA. Once we turn on our dirt road it’s through the mountains again arriving at the gorgeous and historical Mission. You won’t want to miss this!
Day 4 = Bay of LA to San Ignacio
This day will be mostly dirt as we wind our way out of the Bay of LA through the coastal gulf mountains and along the gulf coast. We will stop along the way in San Rafael to see old whale skeletons and have a cold drink. From there it is back on the dirt where we leave the coastal mountains and head into the desert. This ride is fantastic and the desert terrain has a harsh beauty that is better experienced than described. Once we hit the pavement we will make our way to the gorgeous and quaint town of San Ignacio.
Day 5 = Tourist day in San Ignacio
Today we will go on a bit of a different tour and add some Baja wildlife to the mix…how about Pacific Grey Whales! If you have never been whale watching get ready for this! We will leave as a group from San Ignacio to the Pacific Ocean side of Baja and enjoy a day of whale watching, food/drinks and a life altering experience!
Day 6 = San Ignacio to Mission Santa Maria
Today will be our longest day but we will get to take it easy on the pavement. However, don’t let that fool you. This time of year the desert flowers are bursting and we will get to travel through some of the most beautiful inland mountain, desert and farm towns in all of Northern Baja! Get your cameras ready for some fantastic inland photos! The fun does not stop there…when we get to our hotel, Mission Santa Maria, we will have an opportunity to ride our motorcycles on the beach! If you have never done this it is fantastic! We will eat a gourmet meal at the hotel restaurant and enjoy cocktails in the bar after this long awesome day!
Day 7 = Mission Santa Maria to Coyote Cal’s
Today we will be rewarded with a shorter ride as we make our way to Coyote Cal’s. When we arrive we will have a choice again of relaxing or taking a ride along the coast. This area of Baja has some of the most beautiful scenery along the Pacific Coast! The terrain can be compared to the Pacific Coast Highway along the California coast between LA and San Francisco. This ride and scenery will not disappoint!
Day 8 = Coyote Cals to Tecate
On our last day we will make our way out of Coyote Cal’s and say goodbye to the dirt roads…and head into Ensenada. After a good lunch there we will make our way back to the Tecate border where the tour will come to an end. What an adventure we will have had!
Additional expenses to be expected
- Insurance – $100-$120 for the week
- Fuel – 25$/day on the high end
- Baja Travel Visa – $30
- Alcoholic Beverages during dinner
What is included:
- includes pre-tour welcome dinner in San Diego
- Breakfast will be included most days while on the tour. There are a few places where breakfast will be your own expense.
- Lunch – paying for lunch will be on your own and we will stop in small towns as a group
- Dinner – all dinner meals are included while on the tour
- All Hotel accommodations while on the tour
- includes pre-tour hotel night in San Diego
- Professional Guide Service
- Professional Riding Instruction and Tips specific to the riding terrain
- Whale Watching Eco Tour on Day 5
- Support Truck
- Support Driver
- Stocked Cooler with beer for after the ride day enjoyment
What is not included:
- bring your own or rental – we can assist you with a rental if needed
- Lunch meals while on the road
- Alcoholic Drinks
- Motorcycle Insurance
- Baja Travel Visa