Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.
Activity note: Independent arrivals to San Diego. Hotel check-in from 3:00 p.m.
Afternoon: After you check in and have your room assignment, confirm with the front desk the name and location of our Road Scholar private meeting room where the Orientation session will take place. 5:00 p.m. Register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the hotel front desk when you check in. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Our knowledgeable Group Leader will also serve as our Study Leader for most field trips and deliver educational content unless specified otherwise. Transportation will be via private motorcoach. For meals that offer a choice of dishes, we will circulate a form in advance to note each person’s preferences and save time ordering. While in Mexico, purified water will always be available on the motorcoach, at the hotels, and in restaurants. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances / conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Please be aware that this is a dynamic moving program which involves long drives on the bus on some days. However, that time/space serves as a classroom on wheels, with lectures and entertainment while enjoying the scenic desert and coast.
Dinner: In the hotel’s private meeting room.
Evening: We will be joined in the meeting room by a local expert who will present an informative lecture providing an introduction to Baja California and our unfolding educational adventure. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning. Note: Both a valid passport and a personal permit are required for entry into Mexico. The permit will be issued by the Immigration Bureau upon entering Mexico. Keep the permit with you. The Group Leader will be on hand to assist as needed. You must carry all your belongings across the border when entering Mexico and again when re-entering the United States. When going through Customs into Mexico and returning to the US, as a general rule, no fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats nor plants are allowed.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 90 miles, approximately 2 hours. Walking approximately 1 mile throughout the day. Standing and walking at a slow pace for up to 1 hour per activity. Must carry all belongings across the border and walk 200 feet. Keep passports on hand for border crossing. No fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats nor plants are permitted into Mexico.
Breakfast: In the hotel’s private meeting room.
Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we will board a motorcoach and begin the journey south, driving through the most-crossed border in the world, separating the United States and Mexico at San Ysidro. Together with the Group Leader, we must get off the bus and walk across the border (approximately 200 feet) carrying all our belongings as we go through Mexican immigration and customs. You will need to present your passport and complete a form on site to receive the required personal permit. The Group Leader will be on hand to assist as needed. Keep this permit with you; it must be returned when leaving Mexico. Tijuana is a city of contrasts characterized by its endless cross border activities. It is a fast growing city constantly changing and adapting to the necessities of the time. Located next to the powerful hub of Southern California, it exemplifies the strong cultural and economic ties that exist between the U.S. and Mexico. We will enter the Tijuana market. This will be both an educational and a sensory experience as we walk through a colorful, lively market with our Group Leader to see, touch, smell, and taste local delights. Our next stop is at a migrant shelter to delve into the complex issues of migration. We will hear from the directors and the volunteers and learn about their devoted arduous work.
Lunch: At Caesar’s Restaurant, we’ll have lunch featuring the renowned Caesar Salad. The story goes that the original salad recipe was concocted in the 1920s with what was on hand for a group of pilots from Rockwell Field outside San Diego. The dish, originally dubbed Aviator Salad, became popular and was soon called Caesar Salad for the restaurant. Part of the appeal was and is having it prepared tableside.
Afternoon: Next, we will ride to the Tijuana Cultural Center, known as CECUT. Since its foundation in 1982, CECUT has presented numerous art forms and themes exemplifying contemporary culture. The modern Museo de las Californias in the central building uses visual displays to present the history of both states of the Baja California Peninsula: Baja California and Baja California Sur. A member of the staff will lead our exploration. We will then continue by motorcoach — along Mexican Federal Highway 1 that runs the entire length of Baja California from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas — to the town of Ensenada. The scenic drive offers beautiful views of the coastline and Pacific Ocean. After checking in to our Ensenada hotel, the remainder of the day is free. Ensenada is an active seaport and a popular holiday destination in Mexico. You might like to stroll along one of the main streets lined with cafés and boutiques and choose a restaurant for dinner.
Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.
Evening: At leisure. Ensenada has an active nightlife. If you choose to go out, the Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 40 miles, approximately 1 hour. Walking up to approximately 1.5 miles and standing up to 1 hour during field trips; climb one flight of stairs.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: Originally sighted by the Portuguese in 1542 and settled by the British in 1882, Ensenada is now the third-largest city in Baja and the first major port south of the border. Its history has been turbulent at times, contrasting with the pleasant contemporary ambience that has earned it the nickname La Cenicienta del Pacífico — the Cinderella of the Pacific. In addition to historical and cultural attractions, Ensenada is the gateway to the Valle de Guadalupe wine region. We will set out with our Group Leader on a field trip to the Riviera del Pacífico. Once an extravagant casino and glamorous resort during the U.S. prohibition years, today it is a social and convention center. We will explore the gardens and admire the Spanish-style architecture while hearing about its glorious past. We’ll then take a motorcoach drive through the older part of town and continue to the adjacent wine country that produces more than 90% of Mexico’s wines, now gaining world fame. Next, we will visit two of the midsized wineries producing quality wines in the Guadalupe Valley, the heart of the wine country, one before and one after lunch. In each winery, local personnel will take us through the winemaking process ending in the tasting room where we will have an opportunity to taste delicious wines accompanied by locally made cheese.
Lunch: At a restaurant in the wine country.
Afternoon: The valley was once home to people with diverse heritage: Kumiai Native Indians, Spanish missionaries, and a colony of Molokan Russians. The Group Leader will discuss this intricate regional history during a visit to a small museum installed in a former Russian home. Artifacts and documents provide an insight into the migration and everyday life of the Russian colony. Returning to Ensenada, we will have some “down” time before leaving for a Road Scholar exclusive personalized Mexican fiesta. With our Group Leader we will discuss about the uses of cacao, one of Mexico’s most important culinary gifts to the world. Then in a chocolate-focused cooking class led by an expert local cook, we learn to prepare chocolate-based recipes such as mole (MO-leh) and chocolate patties.
Dinner: At the cooking class, featuring the traditional thick mole sauce.
Evening: While enjoying the hot chocolate, we’ll be entertained with colorful lively Mexican folk dances performed by local dancers. The group leader will introduce the dances as well as the performers for you to meet. Return to the hotel. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 240 miles, approximately 5.5 hours. Short desert walks on uneven, gravelly paths up to 0.5 mile.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: We will check out of the hotel and board the motorcoach. Before departing Ensenada, we make a quick stop at the folkloric fish market, known as the Black Market due to its fish smuggling origin. An exceptional selection of fresh fish and seafood set in carefully arranged piles or in tanks fill the stalls together with small restaurants featuring specialties from the sea particularly the fish tacos which were invented in the very same Black Market. Together with the Group Leader identify some of the products and learn about the many types of colorful salsas displayed on the tables. Heading south, we’ll stop for a field trip in San Vicente and visit a small community museum maintained by an enthusiastic local lady who proudly welcomes guests to her museum. This area is known as the vegetable garden of Baja California. We will then drive on to San Quintín for lunch.
Lunch: At a restaurant facing San Quintín Bay
Afternoon: We’ll see ruggedly beautiful landscapes as we ride into the desert and begin to explore its wonders. The mountainous peninsula is covered by innumerable species of flora, many of which are endemic. Among them is the cirio (boojum tree), Baja's signature plant. Our Group Leader will provide expert commentary aboard the motorcoach to introduce the varied desert eco-systems as well as local flora which will help us to recognize and understand the distinctive vegetation during short nature walks in these magnificent landscapes. Upon arrival in Cataviña, we will check in to our hotel with some time to freshen up and relax before dinner. Located in the middle of the Valle de los Cirios Nature Reserve, it is characterized by plentiful sun, sand, gigantic granite boulders, and combinations of boojums, cardons, and elephant trees that make this a superb desert garden. Gather in the cozy bar for a taste of tequila, Mexico’s national drink. We will learn about its origin, the production process, and how to choose a good tequila. Then, toast the Mexican way: salt-tequila-lime, salud! We’ll also have an opportunity to break open a piñata the Mexican way. The group Leader will familiarize us with the important role of the piñata in Mexican traditions. Continue with finger-food fiesta type dinner.
Dinner: At the hotel
Evening: We’ll continue to enjoy the merriment and further immerse in Mexican traditions. Prepare for check-out and transfer tomorrow
Activity note: Morning walking excursions. Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 120 miles, approximately 3 hours. Walks up to 1 mile; slight uphills, uneven gravely paths. Short steep hike approximately 0.3 mile to visit cave; gravelly terrain.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: After breakfast, we will explore Cataviña’s wonderland. We set out on a walk behind the hotel to see the thorny, magnificent desert against the early morning sun. Then we take a short drive to a nearby cave with simple cave paintings. Until recently, thought to be about 2,000 years old, tests have dated some of the older paintings at closer to 7,500 years. The scenic hike to the cave offers exceptional views both at the bottom and top of the hill where the cave is located. We will be joined by local schoolchildren who will lend a helping hand where the terrain is most challenging. The kids speak minimal English, so use your Spanish — no matter how rudimentary — or communicate in the universal language of gestures. As we interact with these youngsters, we’ll get a sense of what life is like in such a remote place!
Lunch: At the Cataviña hotel restaurant, we’ll have Caldo Tlalpeño, a traditional soup- meal.
Afternoon: Checking out of the hotel, we’ll relax aboard the motorcoach as we ride towards Guerrero Negro. We’ll stop along the way for a walk amid especially tall cardons and elephant trees. During the drive, our Group Leader will provide expert commentary about the gray whales in anticipation of our whale watching adventures ahead. Guerrero Negro — Black Warrior — is situated on the 28th parallel just below the border with Baja California Sur. It also marks the beginning of the Vizcaino World Biosphere, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to whale sanctuaries, migrant birds, endemic vegetation, gigantic rock art caves, and the world’s largest salt plant. Upon arrival in Guerrero Negro, we’ll check in to the hotel with some time to freshen up, then gather for a margarita toast and chat with fellow Road Scholars before dinner.
Dinner: At the hotel.
Evening: At leisure. Tonight or any night when appropriate, enjoy the “sobremesa” — lingering at the table to chat after dinner — as is customary in Mexico. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 90 miles, approximately 2 hours. Getting in/out of minibuses, on/off a small “panga” boat (10-16 passengers) from an inclining pier with a knee-high step; panga riding approximately 3 hours. Dress in layers with waterproof jacket or windbreaker for boat ride, likelihood of getting wet. Boat ride can be bumpy and cold if windy and cloudy, but warm if sunny. Walking short distances; mostly flat, gravely, uneven terrain.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: We’ll check out of the hotel early and board our motorcoach for our first whale encounter. Permission to enter the whale sanctuaries is granted only to a restricted number of eco-companies. We will drive to the office of an eco-company, hop onto their minibuses, and drive across part of the Exportadora de Sal, an enormous salt plant. As we ride, we’ll learn about the history and process of Baja's solar evaporation salt production process. Ospreys are particularly numerous nesting on telephone poles and even on the ground. Then our gray whale adventures begin! Reaching the pier on Scammon’s Lagoon, we’ll embark on the first of two memorable outings to meet the gray whales. We will divide into smaller groups and join the skilled captains of panga boats who will be in charge during our field trip. In each small panga, we’ll ride out among the whales to view these massive mammals at arm's length, perhaps closer. Each year, gray whales travel some 5,000 miles from the Bering and Chukchi Seas to the warm waters of Baja’s wildlife refuges to court, mate, give birth, and care for their young.
Lunch: Bag lunch aboard the boats.
Afternoon: Returning to the pier, we’ll transfer again to the minibuses and return to the eco-company office. After a brief rest stop, we’ll get back aboard the motorcoach and ride to San Ignacio, sharing our whale experiences. The Sierra de San Francisco Mountain chain rises parallel to the highway. Rolling hills of red volcanic rocks change the landscape and palms fill the canyon where San Ignacio is located. The charming, sleepy town developed around an imposing 18th-century mission, still in use today, in the midst of a lush, tranquil palm oasis. After we check in at the hotel, we’ll enjoy free time to relax or explore the town on our own. Before dinner, we regather at the bar to taste a local liqueur or a lemonade.
Dinner: At the hotel
Evening: At leisure. You might like to relax in the pleasant patio or at the bar.
Activity note: Getting in/out of vans, driving about 65 miles, approximately 2.5 hours round-trip; partly graded road. In San Ignacio Lagoon, getting in/out of small panga boats from the beach, possibly wading into shallow water up to knee high. Riding in pangas approximately 2.5 hours. Bring water shoes, waterproof gear, wear roll-up pants. Boat ride can be bumpy and cold if windy and cloudy, but warm on a sunny day.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: With our Group Leader, we will hop into vans and drive to the secluded San Ignacio Lagoon for another adventuresome ride among whales. Each outing is different offering new experiences. We will see small fishing settlements along the shore of the lagoon and some eco-camps authorized to service the whale excursions. Arriving at a designated eco-camp, we’ll prepare for a second memorable outing preceded by a short presentation by camp personnel on the whales, the lagoon, and the whale-counting process. We’ll then divide into small groups and board the panga boats with their captains and look for those blows, humps, and fins!
Lunch: In a restaurant at the eco-camp.
Afternoon: We’ll continue at the lagoon with some independent time to look for migrating birds, observe the ospreys caring for their chicks in nearby nests or simply find a spot to relax. Midafternoon, we will return to the hotel by vans and freshen up before setting out again on a walking field trip with our Group Leader into the tree-filled plaza. We’ll explore the well-preserved mission and observe life on the plaza where local people gather and children play soccer.
Dinner: In a restaurant facing the plaza
Evening: At leisure. You might like to stroll on the plaza or enjoy the warm evening air in the hotel garden. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 140 miles, approximately 3.5 hours. Walking up to 1 mile; steps and sidewalks with uphills, a short stretch of gravelly path.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: After checking out of the hotel, we will walk along the oasis to reach the water spring, a scenic picture spot, then board the motorcoach and ride along Highway 1 en route to Loreto in Baja Sur. The variety of scenery makes this part of the road particularly interesting. We will ride past the Tres Virgenes volcanoes, cones of red lava rock dotted with white elephant trees and stop for a brief walk to take in the scenery. The road then reaches one of the steepest grades in the peninsula, ending at the blue waters of the Sea of Cortes. A series of small towns have developed along the coast. The first in line is Santa Rosalía. With our Group Leader, we will walk through the Old French Quarter and visit the Museo el Boleo, a mining museum, to learn how the French established this copper mining town and brought over the prefabricated iron church designed by Mr. Eiffel, still standing today, that we will see. The next town is Mulege, a mission settlement on a riverbed in a palm oasis. We will see the beautiful stone mission located on a hillside and the impressive view of the palm-filled landscape and mountain peaks beyond.
Lunch: At a local restaurant in Mulege.
Afternoon: One of the highlights of the Sea of Cortes is beautiful Bahía Concepción, a bay within a bay. We’ll drive along crystal clear blue waters of this stunning bay dotted with islands and lined with unspoiled beaches. We will stop at one of them to walk along the shores. You may want to meet a “snowbird” living in RVs or in palm-thatched temporary homes along the shores. On the last stretch to Loreto, giant cardon cacti dominate the landscape backed by the jagged peaks of the Sierra de la Giganta Mountain chain. Sandwiched between the Sea of Cortes and the abrupt Sierra de la Giganta, the charming town of Loreto is the site of the first mission and the oldest permanent settlement of the Californias having served as the capital of the territory for more than a century. We will check in to the hotel facing the Sea of Cortes and take some time to freshen up before dinner.
Dinner: At the hotel.
Evening: At leisure. You might like to make it an early evening in order to get up and see the magnificent sky at dawn.
Activity note: Getting on/off panga boats from a pier and from the beach for a one hour round trip in calm water; brief walk on a mostly flat sandy path. Walking and standing in town for approximately one hour on paved sidewalks.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: Jacques Cousteau (1910-97) — scientist, explorer, and inventor — was a leading figure in the environmental movement. He once described the Sea of Cortés as “the aquarium of the world” for its unmatched and unique diversity of underwater life. The protected island of Coronado is located in front of Loreto in the Loreto Bay Marine Park Reserve, part of the UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve which includes more than 200 islands, islets, and coastal areas in the Sea of Cortés, also known as the Gulf of California. We will walk to the small Loreto harbor to board our panga type boats and head out to Coronado Island. We will encircle the volcanic island to admire the fascinating geology, the intricate black cliffs where herons, pelicans, osprays and blue-footed boobies perch. A colony of amusing sea lions occupy a rocky outcropping. We might spot a school of dolphins, a breeching whale, a jumping ray, or a turtle. We’ll then arrive at a cozy bay with a white sandy beach to relax and admire the crystal clear azure waters. You may want to swim or you may join the Group Leader for a walk along a sandy path to recognize desert vegetation growing among lava and sandy soils. We will return to the hotel for lunch.
Lunch: At the hotel pool-side restaurant.
Afternoon: We will have some time to freshen up, then we will set out with our Group Leader to explore the lovely town. We’ll wander along pedestrian streets, spend some time in the plaza and enter the mission church, also named “The Mother of the Missions”. We might catch sight of a wedding or a quinceañera coming-of-age celebration. The remainder of the afternoon and the evening are at leisure. You may remain on the plaza to people watch, browse in the shops, choose a restaurant for dinner or return to the hotel to take advantage of its installations.
Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.
Evening: At leisure. The romantic boardwalk offers a perfect opportunity for a stroll. Prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: San Javier excursion: getting in/out vans; driving about 80 miles, approximately 1.5 hours round trip on paved mountain road. Walking approximately 0.5 hour on mostly flat cobblestones and some gravely paths. La Paz transfer: getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 225 miles, approximately 4.5 hours including rest stops.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: We’ll check out of the hotel, board the motorcoach, and travel to La Paz with a detour into the mountains. The rugged peaks of the Sierra de la Giganta provide the backdrop for one of the peninsula’s most beautiful excursions off Highway One. We will first transfer into vans for the steep drive along a reddish rock canyon to reach a plateau where subtropical vegetation mingles with desert plants. On the way, we will stop to visit a goat ranch. The mountains and deserts of the peninsula are sprinkled with ranches settled by past adventurers searching for fortunes or isolation. These true cowboys live today much the same as in the past. We’ll get a glimpse into their lives at the goat ranch. We’ll learn about the process of making the cheese and under the supervision of our host, we will make flour tortillas by hand to taste with the cheese. We then follow the riverbed into the village of San Javier. As we approach San Javier, we will spot from afar the bell tower of San Javier Mission, reachable via a picturesque cobblestone road lined with fruit trees and thatched-roof homes. Known as “the jewel of the missions,” San Javier — officially Misión San Francisco Xavier de Viggé-Biaundó — is one of the best preserved in Baja. Its orchard was planted by Spanish missionaries. We will explore the mission, walk to an olive tree over 300 years old, and see the original irrigation system.
Lunch: At a local restaurant in the mountains
Afternoon: Back to Highway One, we transfer into our motorcoach and continue the drive to La Paz along scenic seashores, through the tail end of Sierra de la Giganta, across an important agricultural area, and an extensive plateau dotted with colorful roadside chapels. The Group Leader will lecture as we ride and lead songs and games until we arrive in La Paz and check into our hotel outside of town next to the Costa Baja Marina complex. The capital and most important city of Baja California Sur, La Paz’s tree-lined streets and calm clear beaches inspire tranquility. We’ll board the motorcoach again for the short transfer to dinner at a waterfront restaurant, a La Paz experience. Facing the setting sun, we’ll have a glass of Baja California wine and toast to the beauty of nature.
Dinner: In a restaurant on the waterfront
Evening: Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach driving approximately 1 hour; Walking up to 3 miles on city sidewalks.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: In a hotel private room, we will be joined by a local professor who will give us a lecture on the geology of the peninsula. We will then board the motorcoach with our Group Leader to reach the Museo de la Ballena, the whale museum, to further deepen our knowledge of our cetacean friends and clarify any unanswered doubts. Midday, we will head out to the beaches north of La Paz stopping in one of its protected bays to have lunch in a palapa (thatched-roof) restaurant set on the beach, a true La Paz tradition.
Lunch: At a beach restaurant
Afternoon: We will have some time to enjoy the beach before returning to the hotel to freshen up. When the heat subsides, we’ll drive into town with our Group Leader to get to know the city center. We will stop at the main plaza, then reach the famous boardwalk whose three miles are decorated with statues, plazas, and benches to rest on. In the late afternoon, locals of all ages flock to the boardwalk to stroll, skate, take part in an exercise class, gather with friends, enjoy an ice cream, take in the seashore and the evening breeze. In keeping with another La Paz tradition, we will stop at an ice cream parlor to choose our favorite flavor from the wide selection of exotic ice creams. Free time to join the locals on the boardwalk, then we will re-group for a Mexican taco dinner.
Dinner: In a "taqueria", a tacos restaurant
Evening: Returning to the hotel, prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.
Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 100 miles, approximately 2.5 hours. Getting on/off a small boat from a pier; boat excursion is approximately 45 minutes with possibility of swells. Walking up to 1 mile; sidewalks and smooth paths.
Breakfast: At the hotel.
Morning: We will check out, board the motorcoach, and drive the final stretch of the peninsula to Finisterra — Land’s End. On the way, we will enter Sierra de la Laguna, the southernmost mountain range of the peninsula. Silver and gold were discovered in these mountains in the mid-1800s, attracting miners and adventurers from many countries. El Triunfo was once the largest city in Baja California Sur with more than 10,000 miners. The town was also a cultural center, with pianos and other instruments brought from all over the world. A 100 feet high smokestack designed by Gustav Eiffel dominates the landscape. The mines shut down in 1926, most people left, and El Triunfo became a virtual ghost town. Recently, things began to change as tourists visited, cafés developed and buildings restored. Some of the original homes house small museums that tell the story of the town and of mining. We will set out with our Group Leader on a walking field trip through today’s El Triunfo with some time on your own visit the visual self-explanatory museums.
Lunch: In a restaurant in El Triunfo
Afternoon: Boarding the motorcoach, we will drive across the peninsula at its narrowest point to the turbulent Pacific Ocean, then the drive skirts the coastline with magnificent views of deserted wide open beaches. The Tropic of Cancer crosses here where the Sierra de Laguna mountains, the Pacific Ocean, and the Baja desert meet. The Transpeninsular Highway ends in Los Cabos at the very tip of Baja California Sur. We enter the bustling resort of Cabo San Lucas to reach the pier for a boating excursion to El Arco — the Arch—just off shore. We’ll hop into boats and ride past limestone formations and “lover’s beach” to view the arch up close. As we encircle it, we enter the open sea. We’re at the end of the peninsula, the place “where land ends and heaven begins”! The last segment of the highway is known as the Los Cabos Corridor, a coastal road along a stretch of beautiful beaches dotted with conspicuous hotels connecting Cabo San Lucas with San Jose del Cabo. The latter is a quiet town with colonial architecture, narrow streets and a plaza sided by a Mission Church. Our hotel is located on a beautiful stretch of the San José beach, a 5 minute ride to the historic center. We will check in to the hotel with a brief time to freshen up, walk on the beach or take a dip in the pool. We will re-gather in the dining room for the farewell dinner to share favorite experiences with our new Road Scholar friends and toast to our memorable educational adventure... until we meet again.
Dinner: In a reserved section of the hotel’s main dining room.
Evening: At leisure. Relax and enjoy the setting, take a night stroll on the beach, attend an evening performance at the hotel, or take a taxi into town. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.
Activity note: Hotel check-out 11:00 a.m. Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) is about 10 miles away, approximately 20 minutes; taxis available outside the hotel. Keep passports on hand. Personal travel permits must be returned upon leaving Mexico, the airline will collect them during check-in. No fruits, vegetables, cheese, meats nor plants are permitted into the United States. The State of California allows only one liter (approx. one quart) of alcoholic beverages per person over 21 years of age.
Breakfast: At the hotel’s beach front restaurant. This concludes our program.
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