Discover the magic of Baja and experience one of nature's greatest wonders on a BlackSwanMoto Tale of the Whale tour. Whether all paved or dual-sport, you'll experience fantastic sights and enjoy the hospitality of Baja's inhabitants. From delicious street tacos to four-star dining, garden hotels to beach-side lodges, you will enjoy some of the best that Baja has to offer. After our ride down the Baja peninsula, we'll switch from bikes to boats for your personal encounter with the gray whales.
The gray whale makes one of the longest of all mammalian migrations, averaging 10,000-14,000 miles round trip from Alaska to Baja lagoons. Hunted almost to extinction in the 1850s, the gray whale was given full protection in 1947, and has since made a remarkable recovery, with the population now numbering between 19,000 and 23,000. With a little luck you will get the chance to pet or even kiss one of these gentle giants. It is hard not to be awed when this close to one of these large majestic animals.
"Mark and Luanna, you took great care of us! And your shared knowledge of the area was so interesting. The trip could not have been better...a trip that I will never forget!"
Our group will meet near the Border where we’ll introduce ourselves and have a short discussion about the morning ride. We'll stop to get our tourist visas processed before taking the scenic road down the coast towards our lunch stop. After lunch we'll continue our ride south to our first night's stop near San Quintín.
After a hardy breakfast we're back on the road. Today's route takes us over some mountain ridges and through forests of Boojum trees and giant boulder fields. We'll grab lunch from a small restaurant before continuing our ride to the Sea of Cortez, with a stop to take in the unparalleled view before we drop out of the mountains.
Some spectacular twisties await us today as we climb back onto the desert plains before dropping down to the Pacific coast. Be sure to keep an eye open for the giant Osprey nests as we get close to the Pacific. Our day ends in the desert oasis of San Ignacio, which we'll call home for the next couple of days.
The highlight of our trip, we're off on small boats to observe the whales, close-up and personal. If you're lucky you'll get the opportunity to reach out and pet one—maybe even steal a kiss. We'll enjoy a fantastic fish taco lunch before heading back to town and our hotel.
Today is officially designated as a rest day. You have the option of doing nothing at all. Or, head back to the bay for another whale trip or take a ride a bit further south to explore the mining town of Santa Rosalia. It's your day to relax and do as you like.
Today we sadly have to turn towards home. But our trip is not over yet as we retrace our route north. Tonight's hotel is located almost entirely on its own in the middle of the dessert. Be sure to get a look at the stars before turning in.
As we continue our way north, we'll stop this morning to visit the famous Mama Espinoza's restaurant and check out the racing memorabilia. Mama's was the site of the first checkpoint in the first Baja 1000 and racers have been stopping by ever since. We wrap up our day in Ensenada with our farewell dinner and a chance to explore a bit.
We may have had our last dinner together but we still have some riding to do. Today we'll explore the Ensenada wine region on our way to the Border. One more taco lunch, some last goodbyes, and it's back into the States and on to your final destination for the day. Until the next time!
Our first stop is at the border where we'll get our tourist permits before we hit the dirt. It's an easy and scenic ride today as we climb over the mountains on our way south. We'll wrap up our day on San Felipe’s malecón with a great dinner looking out on the Sea of Cortez.
We'll awaken as the sun rises over the Sea of Cortez. The first half of today will be a causal ride with ocean views, followed by a lunch of fresh fish and shrimp tacos. Then we're on the dirt and headed over the hills towards the Transpeninsular Highway. Before we get there we'll stop at Coco's Corner for a drink and a short visit with Coco. After a short section on the Highway we veer off for the road to the coast and our night's rest.
After breakfast it’s back on the bikes, and we're on our way to a restored mission on the original trail of El Camino Real. Rebuilt over the last 20 years, we'll get a chance to tour the stone church, view the adobe ruins and explore the vineyards and grounds. Then it's a short bit of challenging off-road riding to our lunch stop. After lunch we'll ride a variety of terrain on our way to camp, where we'll check in to our cabanas before a relaxing dinner.
Today we go whale watching! After a hearty breakfast prepared by our camp hosts, we will join our guide aboard his panga for a trip out on the water to see the whales. Waiting for us on our return are fresh fish tacos. Then it is a short ride into the town of San Ignacio, where we'll have time to wander the plaza before a sumptuous dinner.
Leaving San Ignacio, we turn north and start our trip back up the Baja peninsula. Not content to just retrace our route, we'll head over to the Pacific coast before ending our day on the border between the states of Baja and Baja Sur.
A big off-road day awaits us as we continue to work our way north. A hearty breakfast and a last splash of gas will hold us over as we explore remote coastal roads, tackle challenges, and ride along beaches, cactus forests and desert valleys. We get to experience it all today.
After our long off-road day, we'll start today with some easy highway miles, and then some mountain twists, before we hit the Pacific coast and continue our day off-road. More beach views along with agricultural plains and mountain passes await. Our last night will be spent around the fire pit reliving the week’s adventures and sharing a drink with our new friends.
Not yet ready to call it quits, our group will continue up the coast before rejoining the highway. We’ll wind our way through Ensenada before continuing on some twisty pavement towards lunch. After lunch we’ll work our way to the Border and our final taco feast. Then it's goodbye for now as we head off in different directions. But the glorious memories of the past week will live on and on.