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.


Lucha libre Mexican wrestling live in Tijuana

7 pm Friday Feb. 23
$20.51–$64.29
Tickets

Masked men in stretchy pants throwing down body slams, somersaults, backflips and trash talk en español could only mean one thing. Así es, ¡lucha libre! Mexican wrestling differs little from its American counterpart, technically speaking. Best two out of three wins. But the camp, action, drama, color, acrobatics and sporadic pyrotechnics make it nothing short of a living, breathing comic book.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, entrance to the match, pre-fight tacos and beers and a lucha libre souvenir so sweet you’ll probably pass it on to the grandkids.

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 12:30 a.m.


Tijuana market hop

10 am Sunday Feb. 25
$35.81
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 three of Tijuana's most iconic tianguis: 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 4 p.m.


Tijuana street art trek with Clos

11 am Saturday March 3
$59.02
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Get upclose and personal with the borderland's sprawling concrete canvas on the next installment of Turista Libre's ongoing series of Tijuana street art treks. For this edition, we'll be touring the colorful collisions of Eastern theology and prehispanic-inspired geometry that are the works of "Clos," aka Carlos Rodriguez.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, a lap of recent murals with the artist, lunch at one of Clos' favorite taco spots and a private visit to his Tijuana home-studio.

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.


El Vallecito cave paintings trek

9 am Saturday March 10
$79.06
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Journey with us to the eastern edge of Tecate to El Vallecito, the lone site in the state of Baja California recognized by INAH, Mexico’s National Institute of Archeology and History, thanks to a series of Kumeyaay cave paintings that date back some 3,000 years. 

Scattered along two kilometers of pine-lined trails, these figures provide a silent yet powerfully direct connection to the original residents of the California peninsula.

We’ll start with lunch at a classic roadside cabin diner in the town of La Rumorosa before continuing to explore El Vallecito and nearby Campo Alaska, the former summer home of the Baja California government. Built in 1916, it’s now home to a small history museum with Kumeyaay artifacts. 

And, as the region is also famous for its baked goods, we’ll finish up with a stop at a local panadería before returning to the San Ysidro border crossing.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, guide, entrance to El Vallecito and Campo Alaska and lunch.

Given the added distance, we’ll be forgoing our usual bus transportation for a van with room for 11.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 9 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 7 p.m.


'Against the Wall' border proximity pilgrimage

10 am Sunday March 11
$53.74
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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, 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 258 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.

Joining the tour will be Tijuana-based photographer Jill Holslin, who has been documenting the border fence since 2009 and more recently made headlines after participating in a controversial project to project "light graffiti" across the border and onto the prototypes, and members of Espacio Migrante, a Tijuana-based NGO dedicated to the protection of the human rights of migrants and the awareness of migration-related issues.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, lunch at one of Tijuana’s many gastro parks and a donation to Espacio Migrante.

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 4 p.m.


Tijuana 'hold the meat' street eats

10 am Saturday March 24
$59.02
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.


Tijuana market hop

10 am Sunday March 25
$35.81
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 4 p.m.


Baja winery hop

10 am Saturday April 21
$170.85
Tickets

Eighty miles from the border lies the Valle de Guadalupe wine country, a cluster of some 150 vineyards scattered between the hills between Ensenada and Tecate. Often referred to as the Napa of Mexico, it's increasingly perking the curiosity of oenophiles from near and far.

Given the distance and rural terrain, we'll be forgoing our usual mode of bus transportion for a van with space for 11.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, tastings at three wineries and dinner at celebrity chef Javier Plascencia's famed Finca Altozano.

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 9 p.m.


Tijuana mega monuments

10 am Sunday April 22
$53.74
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Join Turista Libre for an afternoon of iconic photo opps with the city's stationary giants and their historic backstories, statues that most locals know from afar but few have actually stopped to take in: the Agua Caliente minaret, Avenida Revolución's iconic Clock Monument, Armando Muñoz's Tijuana Milenio III (better known as La Mona), Tijuana's take on Rio de Janeiro's Christ the Redeemer, Cuauhtémoc and more.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, en-route libations and lunch.

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 4 p.m.


Tijuana craft brewery hop

1 pm Saturday April 28
$69.57
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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 1 p.m., with an estimated return to the border at 9 p.m.

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