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.


Damn-fine Tijuana dive bar hop

8 pm Friday Feb 22
$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 8 p.m., with an estimated return to the border at 1 a.m.


'Against the Wall' border proximity pilgrimage

11 am Saturday Feb 23
$74.84
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, 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 11 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 4 p.m.


Tijuana market hop

10 am Sunday Feb 24
$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 some 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, and Pasaje Rodriguez and Gomez.

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.


Tecate cave paintings + bakery trek

9 am Sunday Mar 3
$87.50
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 12.

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 6 p.m.


Baja waterfall hike and wine picnic

10 am Sunday Mar 10
$83.28
Tickets

Each spring, seasonal rains quench the arid Baja Californian landscape, blanketing the desertlike vistas with short-lived greenery and — if you happen to know where to look — the occasional waterfall.

Join Turista Libre for our inaugural journey to El Salto, a private nature reserve nestled in the hills between La Misión and Valle de Guadalupe wine country that’s best known for tranquil hiking opportunities and springtime cascades.

Given the distance, we’ll be forgoing our usual mode of bus transportation for a van with room for 12.

Tickets include roundtrip transportation, a picnic lunch and sampling of local wines that we’ll enjoy alongside the waterfalls and a taco stop before returning to the border.

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.


'Against the Wall' border proximity pilgrimage

11 am Sunday Mar 17
$74.84
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, 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 11 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 4 p.m.


Road trip to the 2019 Ensenada beer fest!

10 am Saturday Mar 23
$61.13 – $87.50
Tickets

Hop in the official Turista Libre carpool to the 2019 Ensenada Beer Fest, a gathering of more than 100 independent brewers from Baja California and beyond, 20 restaurants and five stages of live music, too.

Given the distance, we’ll be forgoing our usual mode of bus transportation for a van with room for 12.

Tickets include private roundtrip border transportation, entrance to the festival, a pregame round of incomparably iconic Ensenada fish tacos and, as always, the typical Turista Libre fun along the way.

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 10 p.m.


Tijuana market hop

10 am Sunday Mar 24
$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 some 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, and Pasaje Rodriguez and Gomez.

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.


Tijuana 'hold the meat' vegan eats

10 am Saturday Apr 20
$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 eateries 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.

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