San Javier and Ranches
Day 1 – Arrive Loreto.
A Saddling South representative will meet you at the airport and help you with a transfer to town, get settled
into a hotel, and have an orientation
meeting. Dinner on your own as you stroll the
historic town center.
Days 2 - 4 or 6 Trudi or another Loreto guide will meet
you for breakfast and we'll head for the hills to
our trail head. Meet the mounts and our local
packers... then, ride off to discover the back
roads and trails into Baja’s hidden oases.
You’ll be surprised to see ponds, creeks
and springs tucked away in steep-sided canyons.
Ranching friends have led us to wonderful pools
in the desert on centuries old routes their
ancestors have used for travel in the rugged
mountains; we’ll take you to a few of
these local treasures on our favorite springtime cultural
As we ride between the ridges of the sierra we'll visit remote old historic sites
and some working ranches in the outback where folks still weave horsehair ropes and tan hides in the old-style methods. During
citrus season we ride away from local orchards
with saddlebags stuffed with oranges; and on
visits with the señoras of the sierras we often share meals of homemade
tamales, tortillas, and the famous Baja machaca
tacos we can later tuck away as “trail
food”. Guests rate this trip as one of
the best ever for a true taste of Baja.
We ride through the quaint village of San Javier to visit its famous Jesuit-built mission from the 18th century.
Beautiful gardens and the spectacular historic
the best preserved on El Camino Real, grace the single cobbled street of
Day 4 or 6 p.m.- We’ll ride
back to our local ranch base, bid good bye to
the guides and mules, then head back to Loreto
for a hot shower in a comfy hotel room and a
fun evening farewell dinner.
Day 5 or 7 – Departure day.
Your guides or the hotel desk will help arrange a taxi back to your
departing flight. Buen Viaje ! We hope to see
you again in Baja!
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