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The Conquistador – Cali to Cabo UTV Expedition – May 2018

May 15 @ 8:00 am - May 21 @ 8:00 pm

The Conquistador – Cali to Cabo UTV Baja Expedition- May 2018

Ever wanted to conquer the Baja? Coming this May 2018 we have planned an expedition unlike no other. The 7 day epic expedition will be one you tell your grand kids about. This trip will truly test you. If you’re an adventurous UTV rider and like to push the limits then this is for you. This is NOT a few hour trail ride tour. We will be doing over 1200 miles with 90% all on dirt. The days will lead into nights and adventure of conquering the Baja won’t stop. Along the way we will see some specular sights. Bouncing over the Baja Peninsula from the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific multiple times we will be sure to take in all Baja has to offer. We will have a chance to stop and see historic missions and other Baja favorites. Once we arrive in Cabo your UTV will be transported back to Tecate. (Transport Cost included) This will allow us to fly Back and pick up your UTV in Tecate. The plan is to do 7 days of off road driving down the Baja Peninsula and then stay 2-3 days in Cabo at the Cabo Azul Hotel to relax and reflect on the amazing trip. (Hotel in cabo is not included in the trip cost but we will have a group rate set up) Commonly we have friends and family fly down and meet up with us for the few days in Cabo. Please be sure this is for you. Space is limited and this is not for the faint of heart.

DAY 1. USA TO SAN QUINTIN – This will be a true test of driving ability and endurance!
With a 5.30am start time, the lucky few making this trip will cross the US border, through Tecate into Baja Mexico, on what is to be the adventure that no mere mortal will forget!

We will tackle the fast, windy, drifting trails of the Compadre Trail through the pine forests and over the mountains of Sierra de Juarez, leading us from Tecate to Ojos Negros and Hwy 3.

With a quick stop for gas and no time wasted, the drivers will make the transition over to Valley Trinidad and start the Pikes Peak of Baja, up to Mike’s Sky Ranch. Normally, this would be where we end on the first day, but not for this lucky bunch of Banditos! The group will press on and head down the back side of Mike’s to Old Coyote Ranch, making their way west to the Pacific Ocean. This road I like to call El Baja Talladega, due to the rolling hills and sneaky sharp turns.

Once we reach the Pacific Ocean, we meet up with the Chase Crew for a quick lunch, then race our way down the coast to San Quintin, where we will stay at Baja’s finest – The Old Mill.” As some of you know already, the Old Mill owner, Javier, is one of the most accommodating people in Baja. Javier will greet us with cold cervezas and fresh caught fish, laid out in Baja style!

DAY 2. SAN QUENTIN TO BAY OF LA – Rise and shine, the trail awaits you!

Departing the Old Mill while still rubbing your tired eyes, we have a 50 mile off road loop down Hwy 1 to El Rosario, for a quick splash of gas and snacks before jumping back on the dirt for the mind blowing, Catavina loop, sure to bring a smile to your face.

This is the true definition of Baja. The Dr. Seuss trees and cactus forests will leave you in disbelief of the beauty of Baja. The Off the Grid Expedition crew has pre-run and inter-joined a custom section, so that the loop will take us farther south along the beach, before heading east back up to Hwy 1. Chase 2 meets us here for more gas and we continue on a new trail not yet run on any expedition down to the Bay of LA or Bahia De Los Angeles. The trail takes us past the Mission San Borja onto Hwy 5 for a small road section. Be on the lookout for the Baja Dancing Cirio. As you crest the last of the mountains, you will understand the beauty of the Sea of Cortez. A warmer climate, a nice soft bed, air conditioning and a good dinner will await, with the long day behind you!

DAY 3. BAY OF LA TO SAN IGNACIO.- If you are an early riser, and want to make your family and friends jealous, the sunrise over the Sea of Cortez is spectacular!

Keep in mind Baja has its own climate and being on the gulf side of the peninsula the temperature will be heating up fast.

A first-class breakfast, and then back on the trail, you will see the volcanic islands, just off the coast, and also some old, abandoned jails built by Mexican settlers. The trails of the day consist of some faster dirt roads, allowing you to put the pedal down. But don’t get too comfortable, the trail will become more technical as we head over to San Rafael, to my old friend, Poncho, the Mexican astronaut who inhabits the point of San Rafael. We’ll say a quick hello to Poncho and drop him off some supplies. (Poncho is an old and dear friend, who personally helped me out following a severe motorcycle crash back in 2006. Luckily for me, I walked away battered and bruised, but my bike was not so lucky.)

The we will traverse the trails over to El Arco and into San Ignacio, located in the middle of the peninsula and surrounded by a lagoon-type tropical feeling. This is where the humidity starts to kick in, and a tropical part of Baja can be seen for a short while. But we have planned to stay at the historic Rice and Beans hotel, where with all things going our way, we can relive the stories of the day with an ice cold beer! Get some much needed rest, because, as stated before, the sun will be up before you know it.

DAY 4. SAN IGNACIO TO LORETO – With an early start, we travel just a few miles into San Ignacio town square to see the beautiful Mission of San Ignacio!

We will do a little sightseeing around the Mission, take some group pictures, and get back on the super fast trail heading to one of the best surf spots in Baja, Scorpion Bay. Along the trail we cross the salt flats and some possible non-hazardous water crossing, before our lunch destination in Scorpion Bay. Do not dilly-dally, we have a long road ahead of us, driving down the Pacific Coast before turning off into the mountains of La Prisma. This is where you need all your wits about you – there is no room for mistakes!! The volcanic mountainside claims tires, due to its sharp, razor-like edges, but with careful driving and co-driving it can be easily navigated. Once we start our descent headed for Loreto, we encounter a few silt beds, but what is Baja without a little silt – right?

So, clear the silt from your eyes, as we enter the city of Loreto – the fourth largest city in Baja, with a backdrop of the Sea of Cortez, sail boats and historic buildings, enough to blow your mind! We spend the night in a hotel there, before moving on to the next adventure.

Please remember, we will be getting in after dark on most of these days, so with early starts our chances of seeing the sights each day is improved.

DAY 5. LORETO TO PUERTO SAN CARLOS – Back into the mountains we go!

At first, this seems an easy day on a smoothly graded trail, leading to the historic San Javier Mission, where we do a small tour. As we leave the Mission, the trail slowly turns into a single- lane graded rock infested trail and leads us back over the peninsula to Puerto San Carlos. This is a fishing town, best known for the viewing of grey whales and unbelievable views.

We stay the night in a beachfront hotel. Although this is one of the shortest days of the trip, with less mileage it allows us to take in some amazing sights and do any needed truck maintenance. On this trail you will want to make sure your windows are rolled up, since we have several water crossings to traverse.

DAY 6. PUERTO SAN CARLOS TO LA PAZ – Being well rested on days 5 and 6, we are ready to get the heart pumping again!

Heading back out on the trail, we start our winding way over the mountain range. Several places to see along the way: the San Luis Gonzaga ruins and the Mission San Luis Gonzaga Chiriyaqui – the most southern of the missions – will be next to visit. Then we start the trail back over the peninsula to hug the coast down to the City of La Paz

The trails to-day consist of single-lane rocky roads and some possible water crossings and super fast two-lane dirt roads. Time permitting, we will have a chance to see one of the most beautiful bays in Baja, San Evaristo.

DAY 7. LA PAZ TO CABO – Navigating our way back out of this major city and heading south down to our trail on this final day of an amazing trip.

We will make a slight detour, and head over to visit the Bahia de Los Metros (Bay of Dreams.) This is when you plan your next life move to Paradise. The we treat you to 170+ mile drive down the East Cape to Cabo. This is a fast-paced, drifting road, with some truly amazing architectural sights to see. Before you know it, we will be in San Jose del Cabo, at the Cabo Azul Hotel…. rubbing your eyes and asking yourself “What have I just done?” Some 1200 + miles later!

Along this trip, I have planned several more sights to visit – Missions, historical points of interest and several coastal wonders. I wanted to plan a great off-road trip to also include and expedition-style feel and explore a little. Most mornings we will have a 6am breakfast and leave by 6.30am. The earlier we leave, the more we can see throughout the day.

Off the Grid Expeditions is renowned for putting on some of the most exhilarating off-road trips in Baja. Our passion for this majestic place has keep us returning year after year, and with our extensive knowledge of Baja, and “to the T” logistic planning, the Off the Grid Expeditions Crew prides itself on making your trip one you will never forget! This is the longest trip to the tip of Cabo and we can guarantee you nothing has been left out!

Details

Start:
May 15 @ 8:00 am
End:
May 21 @ 8:00 pm
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Website:
http://www.offthegridexpeditions.com/el-conquistador

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Off the GRID Expeditions
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https://www.facebook.com/OfftheGRIDExpeditions/

Venue

Off the GRID Expeditions
1701 Carnegie Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705 US
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