Want to enjoy the dream-like riding in Mexico you’ve heard all about—the expansive terrain, trails beside the ocean, little towns you can ride your vehicles through or parts of the famous Baja 1000 racecourse? Mexico offers a wealth of riding, beautiful scenery and excellent food, but you can’t just take your machines across the border and take off riding. Knowing where and where not to go is very important, and having experienced support people along if mechanical or medical problems occur in remote areas can be life-saving.
Fortunately, you can hire expert guides to handle all the planning and logistics so you can enjoy a worry-free ride. We went on a Baja UTV tour with Go Baja Riding Tours recently, and the riding was excellent, and every part of the trip—from the food to places to stay along the way—was expertly handled.
HOW THE TOURS ARE ARRANGED
Go Baja Riding Tours is all-inclusive, with four-, five- and seven-day tours available. You will need a valid passport and basic riding gear, though riding gear is available for rent. Arctic Cat Wildcats are provided, as are fuel, food, hotels and support. Four-day tours are $2,195 per person, five-day tours are $2,595 per person and seven-day tours are $4,295 per person.
The tours are led by Bruce “Bruno” Anderson, a multi-time Baja racing champion with a lifetime of riding experience in Baja, and his team. He’s fun to ride with and very professional. Safety is stressed, but you are allowed to go fast as long as you have the necessary skills and concern for safety.
On day one of the tour, you are picked up at San Diego Airport or the Holiday Inn Old Town San Diego and transported to the hotel in Ensenada. Dinner is in town at an excellent restaurant. Four-day tours begin with riding in the pine forests, part of the Baja 1000 racecourse, Diablo dry lakebed and a stop in San Felipe, a small fishing town on the Sea of Cortez. Day three takes you to Mike’s Sky Ranch, a secluded hotel above Valle De Trinidad. Day four starts with a trek to the Pacific Ocean and the return to Ensenada and then San Diego.
Day four of the five-day tour goes from Mike’s Sky Ranch to San Quintin, a beautiful day’s ride along the Pacific, through the pine mountains and close to the highest peak in Baja at 10,000 feet! The route includes stream crossings and high-mountain vistas, then out to the beach trails south into San Quintin. Day five of the five-day tour goes from San Quintin to Rancho Santa Veronica (Tecate), including trails from the famous Tecate Enduro course.
The seven-day tour to Cabo takes a different route after day two. Day three goes from San Felipe to Bahia de Los Angeles (Bay of L.A.) deep into the Baja Peninsula. Day four goes to San Ignacio/Scorpion Bay, across the peninsula to the east. Day five journeys to Loreto, an old-world village built by Spanish missionaries 300 years ago and home to a beautiful mission. The trails take you to high-mountain vistas, beautiful beaches on the Pacific and the Sea of Cortez. Day six takes you to Todas Santos/La Paz along desert trails of the Baja 1000 racecourse and to the oldest mission in Baja, San Javier. Day seven ends in Cabo San Lucas, the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, known for beautiful beaches, water activities and nightlife. You must arrange your own travel home from Cabo San Lucas for the seven-day tour.