Tijuana & Baja California


The themes of our Tijuana and Baja California public treks rotate from weekend to weekend, and most itineraries — with the exception of seasonal tours — happen every six to eight weeks.


Tijuana zombie taco crawl!

11 am Sunday Oct 21
$59.02
Tickets

Calling all walkers, biters and cold bodies! ’Tis the season — ¡el Halloween pues! — to sink your teeth into the annual "zombie" edition of Turista Libre's famed Tijuana taco tour, as we trek to the edges of the border city in search of its most authentic, incomparably "living dead" incarnations of Mexico's culinary superstar.

On the menu: brains, eyes, tongue, tripe, blood sausage and all the other appendages usually reserved for the famishedly undead. But never fear, survivors. There’ll be plenty of safe options, too, from asada to adobada.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, courses at three taquerias, a round of locally brewed pints at one of the city's top taprooms and dessert at an artisan ice cream parlor with more than 80 flavors.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 11 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 6 p.m.


Día de Muertos Tijuana cemetery trek

10 am Saturday Oct 27
$76.95
Tickets

The annual passing of Día de Muertos calls for a visit to one of Tijuana's oldest cemeteries, which serves as the resting place of Juan Soldado, the city’s unofficial, controversial folk saint. While his guidance has been sought by border crossers since his death in 1938, the events leading up to his arrest and execution — in the very same cemetery, no less — continue to spark great debate among locals.

Also on the itinerary is a lap of Mercado Miguel Hidalgo, the city's oldest open-air market and home of its largest Día de Muertos altar, where we’ll learn a bit about the significance and symbolism each of the items used to celebrate this iconic Mexican holiday, followed by time for sugar skull and papel picado shopping.

We’ll start off with lunch at a Chiapas-inspired restaurant, and end with a few rounds of mezcal and lotería at a folkloric mezcalería.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, lunch and mezcal.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 10 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 5 p.m.


Día de Muertos Tijuana cemetery trek

10 am Sunday Oct 28
$76.95
Tickets

The annual passing of Día de Muertos calls for a visit to one of Tijuana's oldest cemeteries, which serves as the resting place of Juan Soldado, the city’s unofficial, controversial folk saint. While his guidance has been sought by border crossers since his death in 1938, the events leading up to his arrest and execution — in the very same cemetery, no less — continue to spark great debate among locals.

Also on the itinerary is a lap of Mercado Miguel Hidalgo, the city's oldest open-air market and home of its largest Día de Muertos altar, where we’ll learn a bit about the significance and symbolism each of the items used to celebrate this iconic Mexican holiday, followed by time for sugar skull and papel picado shopping.

We’ll start off with lunch at a Chiapas-inspired restaurant, and end with a few rounds of mezcal and lotería at a folkloric mezcalería.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, lunch and mezcal.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 10 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 5 p.m.


Día de Muertos Tijuana cemetery trek

10 am Friday Nov 2
$76.95
Tickets

The annual passing of Día de Muertos calls for a visit to one of Tijuana's oldest cemeteries, which serves as the resting place of Juan Soldado, the city’s unofficial, controversial folk saint. While his guidance has been sought by border crossers since his death in 1938, the events leading up to his arrest and execution — in the very same cemetery, no less — continue to spark great debate among locals.

Also on the itinerary is a lap of Mercado Miguel Hidalgo, the city's oldest open-air market and home of its largest Día de Muertos altar, where we’ll learn a bit about the significance and symbolism each of the items used to celebrate this iconic Mexican holiday, followed by time for sugar skull and papel picado shopping.

We’ll start off with lunch at a Chiapas-inspired restaurant, and end with a few rounds of mezcal and lotería at a folkloric mezcalería.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, lunch and mezcal.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 10 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 5 p.m.


Tijuana 'hold the meat' vegan street eats

10 am Saturday Nov 17
$67.46
Tickets

Be it de chile, lenteja, yuca, garbanzo, betabel, coliflor, huitlacoche or huazontle, nothing compares to the almighty taco. Join Turista Libre for a special vegan edition of our regular treks to the edges of Tijuana in search of the city's most authentic, incomparable incarnations of Mexico's culinary superstar.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, courses at three vegan taquerias, a stop at a vegan bakery and dessert at an artisan ice cream parlor with more than 80 flavors, half of which are vegan, too.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 10 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 5 p.m.


Damn-fine Tijuana dive bar hop

7 pm Friday Nov 23
$49.52
Tickets

Rev up for a run around downtown Tijuana’s damnedest-fine dive bars, a collection of what locals know as the border city’s most quintessential cantinas. Watering holes that double as would-be wormholes in the spacetime continuum, these are hands-down some of our most favorite classic spots in town whose names, in the spirit of suspense, we’ll keep secret until the night of.

Tickets include a round at each cantina, plus an all-you-can-eat feast of tacos varios before calling it a night.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 7 p.m., with an estimated return to the border at 1 a.m.


Tijuana craft brewery hop

11 am Saturday Nov 24
$69.57
Tickets

Join Turista Libre in raising a glass to Baja California's craft beer scene — the epicenter of cerveza artesanal in all of Mexico — with a visit to three of Tijuana's more than 45 craft brewers that are on the rise. Also on the itinerary are a pair of taco stops, too.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, tastings at each stop and tacos at two of the town's famed taquerias.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 11 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 6 p.m.


Tijuana market hop

10 am Sunday Nov 25
$45.30
Tickets

On Sundays, the hilltop streets of Tijuana are filled by swapmeets so massive – blocks and blocks of vendors selling mountains of the most random secondhand loot. Even if you make your way out of the bargain bin maze without dropping a single peso, you’ll walk away having lived an essential Mexican experience: the mercado.

We'll do stops at four of Tijuana's most iconic tianguis, including the city's longest-running flea market, the Mercado de Artesanías and Mercado Miguel Hidalgo, the city's oldest open-air market in Zona Rio.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation and complimentary pan dulce upon arrival.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 10 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 5 p.m.


‘Meals of Migrants’ Tijuana food tour

11 am Saturday Dec 1
$59.02
Tickets

Throughout its short history the state of Baja California has become a kaleidoscope of migrant populations from around Mexico and the world, too. Join Turista Libre for the next installment of our Meals of Migrants food tours, a gastronomic sampling of the diverse migrant identities that have made their home in Mexico’s northwestern border region.

On this round we'll be traveling to Jalisco and Haiti via stops at two Tijuana eateries specializing in Guadalajara-style tortas ahogadas and creole poul fri, respectively. Also included are a paleta dessert stop and a pint of Baja brew at a local taproom.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, courses at each restaurant and a donation to Espacio Migrante, a Tijuana-based NGO dedicated to the protection of the human rights of migrants and the awareness of migration-related issues.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virgina Avenue Transit center at 11 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 5 p.m.


'Against the Wall' border proximity pilgrimage

10 am Sunday Dec 2
$57.96
Tickets

See the U.S.-Mexico border like never before, with this expedition to three iconic spots along the already-existing San Diego-Tijuana border fence, first erected during Operation Gatekeeper in 1994.

Among the stops are the eight 30-foot prototypes for the Trump Administration’s proposed border wall in Otay Mesa and Friendship Park in Playas de Tijuana, the northwestern-most corner of Latin America where the border fence trails some 100 yards into the Pacific.

Also on the itinerary are three of the historic 276 boundary monuments that were placed by the International Boundary Commission after the Guadalupe Hidalgo Treaty in 1848 and Gadsden Treaty in 1853, which redefined the border after the Mexican-American War. Historic but often overlooked, as most are just south of the current border fence, these obelisks stand half in one country, half in the other.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, lunch at one of Tijuana’s many gastro parks and a donation to Espacio Migrante, a Tijuana-based NGO dedicated to the protection of the human rights of migrants and the awareness of migration-related issues.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 10 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 3 p.m.


Virgen de Guadalupe feast day + Turista Libre holiday party

10 am Sunday Dec 9
$74.84
Tickets

Queen of Mexico. Empress of the Americas. Lupe, my homegirl. Her titles may be many, but her precedence south of the border is second to none. Join us in celebrating the annual feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, as the people of Tijuana take to the streets to honor the nation’s patron saint with processions, prayers and parades.

We’ll start with a pilgrimage to what's arguably the most impressive Guadalupe statue in the city, followed by a visit to Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Cathedral in downtown Tijuana.

And, as this day marks the official kickoff of the holiday season in Mexico, the day's itinerary includes a posada holiday party complete with piñatas, punch, buñelos, rompope, games, regalos and more.

Tickets include roundtrip border transport, lunch and dinner.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 10 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 6 p.m.


Tijuana holiday market hop!

10 am Sunday Dec 16
$45.30
Tickets

On Sundays, the hilltop streets of Tijuana are filled by swapmeets so massive – blocks and blocks of vendors selling mountains of the most random secondhand loot. Even if you make your way out of the bargain bin maze without dropping a single peso, you’ll walk away having lived an essential Mexican experience: the mercado.

On this special holiday edition of our monthly market hop, we'll do stops at four of Tijuana's most iconic tianguis, including the city's longest-running flea market, the Mercado de Artesanías and Mercado Miguel Hidalgo, the city's oldest open-air market in Zona Rio, which will be especially festive in honor of the season.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation and complimentary pan dulce upon arrival.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 10 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 5 p.m.

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