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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'Mariscos & Margaritas' Tijuana-to-Ensenada progressive meal

10 am Saturday Aug 18
$98.05
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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 a 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, 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 four 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.


'Against the Wall' border proximity pilgrimage

10 am Sunday Aug 19
$55.85
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 10 a.m., with an estimated return to the border at 3 p.m.


Tijuana Toros baseball south of the border

4 pm Sunday Aug 19
$37.92
Tickets

A cornrowed Kenny Powers is about the only sideshow missing from this dose of pro Mexican baseball (dancing bull-alligator-chicken mascot trio and cheerleading squad aside). Grab your mitt and Big Chew and join Turista Libre in cheering on the Tijuana Toros as they take on the Aguascalientes Rieleros at Estadio Gasmart, a 16,000-capacity ballpark that underwent a nearly $2 million renovation in 2013.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, en-route libations, a pre-game pint at one of Tijuana's many craft tap rooms and entrance to the game.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 4 p.m., with an estimated return to the border at 11 p.m.


'Mariscos & Margaritas' Tijuana-to-Ensenada progressive meal

10 am Saturday Aug 25
$98.05
Tickets

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, 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 four 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.


Tijuana waterpark trek

10 am Sunday Sept 2
$45.30
Tickets

Waterslides that should probably require helmets but everyone rides face first anyway. Collosal beers rimmed with chile and chamoy. Tambora bands, corn on the cob on the grill, Tecate eagle fake tattoos, a Tarzan rope. Join us for what's now a Turista Libre tradition seven years in the making, as we wind down the 2018 summer season at El Vergel, Baja California’s largest waterpark.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, park admission, en-route libations and complimentary artillery for the en-route water gun fight.

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.


The annual Tijuana Fair!

7 pm Friday Sept 7
$43.19
Tickets

Calling all fair fans! It's time once again to graze the acres of seasoned rides, gimmicky sideshows and games at the annual Feria Tijuana in Parque Morelos, a complete sensory overload of neon, strobes, bleeps, bloops, gongs and bongs that makes for a buffet of postmodern folklore unlike none other.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, en-route refreshments and fair admission.

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 a.m.


Tijuana craft brewery hop

11 am Saturday Sept 22
$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.


Tecate cave paintings + bakery trek

9 am Saturday Sept 29
$85.39
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 6 p.m.


Tijuana market hop

10 am Sunday Sept 30
$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.


Tijuana zombie taco crawl!

11 am Saturday Oct 20
$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.

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