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.


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Baja winery hop

10 am Saturday April 21
$170.85
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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
Tickets

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
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 1 p.m., with an estimated return to the border at 9 p.m.


'Children's Day' Tijuana toy tour

10 am Sunday April 29
$11.54-$40.03
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Toys, toys, toys! Join us for this special "Día del Niño" edition of our monthly market hops, an annual holiday in Mexico that's all about celebrating kids both big and small, young and old.

We'll do stops at four of Tijuana's most iconic mercados, 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, and FrikiPlaza, Tijuana's three-story mothership for all that is anime. Each market is a hot spot for toys both new and slightly used, and we'll wind down the day with a visit to Tijuana's new toy museum, Museo del Juguete Tijuana, too.

Keeping with the Children's Day theme, we're asking each participant to bring along or purchase a new toy during the tour as a donation to Eunime Por Tijuana, a local home for children living with HIV.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, complimentary pan dulce upon arrival and admission to Museo del Juguete.

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 dives

7 pm Friday May 18
$49.52
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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.


'Against the Wall' border proximity pilgrimage

10 am Sunday May 20
$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 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.

Joining the tour will be 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 6 p.m.


Mariscos & Margaritas: a Tijuana-to-Ensenada progressive meal

10 am Saturday May 26
$95.94
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It’s arguably one of the more majestic stretches of freeway south of the border, but the road from Tijuana to Ensenada makes for more than just one sweeping ocean view after another. Join us for our inaugural progressive meal 80 miles down the Baja peninsula, a literal buffet of incomparably amazing mariscos.

We’ll do fresh oysters seaside in Popotla, a small coastal cove where fishermen haul their catches out of the waves for purchase atop the sand, followed by roadside mussels near La Misión and tostadas at Ensenada’s La Guerrerense, whose some dozen varieties of ceviche — from scallop to sea urchin — have been deemed the world’s best street food by Anthony Bourdain. And, being the birthplace of the fish taco, no trip to Ensenada would be complete without a taste of what is without a doubt the most authentic incarnation of the taco de pescado, at Tacos El Fénix.

The itinerary includes a stroll through Mercado Negro, one of Mexico’s most iconic fish markets, and a round of timelessly potent margaritas at Hussong’s, the first cantina to open in Baja California in 1892.

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

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation and courses at five food stops.

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 7 p.m.


Baja winery hop

10 am Sunday May 27
$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.


El Vallecito cave paintings trek

9 am Saturday June 2
$82.23
Tickets

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 Anthropology 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.

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