Tijuana & Baja public treks


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 craft brewery + taco hop

12 pm Saturday May 25
$73.79
Tickets

Raise a glass to Baja California's craft beer scene — the epicenter of cerveza artesanal in all of Mexico — with visits to three of the city's some 45 craft brewers that are on the rise: Border Psycho, Insurgente and Mexica.

Also on the itinerary are stops at two of the town's star taco stops, too.

New on this installment of our Tijuana brewery hops is Insurgente's sleek onsite taproom and rooftop sundeck, both of which, after being in the works for several years, just opened in early 2019.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, tastings at each brewery — one of which is closed to the general public — and tacos at each taquería, too.

The group meets on the U.S. side of the Pedwest border crossing at the Virginia Avenue Transit Center at 12 p.m., with an estimated return to the border at 7 p.m.


Tijuana market hop + street eats trek

10 am Sunday May 26
$45.30
Tickets

On Sundays, the hilltop streets of Tijuana are filled by markets 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.

Each market is also home to some of the city's most-mouthwatering street eats, which is why we like to tout our monthly market hop "a food tour in disguise."

We'll do stops at some of Tijuana's most iconic markets, from flea to folk: the city's longest-running swapmeet, the Mercado de Artesanías crafts market, Mercado Miguel Hidalgo, the city's oldest open-air farmers market, and locals'-only boutiques in downtown's Pasaje Rodriguez and Pasaje 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.


‘¡Pescado, por favor!’ Tijuana fish taco tour

11 am Saturday June 1
$74.84
Tickets

From its home-cooked origins in the kitchens of Ensenada to the tables of top restaurants around the globe, the fish taco has come a long way. But be it the battered-and-fried classic served curbside with an agua fresca or a posh reworked take paired with a craft cocktail, nothing encompasses the unique flavor of Baja California like the almighty fish taco.

Join us in retracing the evolution of this local culinary staple with stops at three different Tijuana eateries, each serving its own unique incarnation of fish taco.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, tacos and a beverage of your choice at each restaurant (two of the three spots boast an excellent roster of craft cocktails and local beers) and dessert at an artisan ice cream parlor with more than 80 handmade 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 5 p.m.


Baja winery hop

10 am Sunday June 2
$178.23
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 transportation for a van with space for 12.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, tastings at three wineries and dinner at celebrity chef Roberto Alcocer's famed Malva.

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.


Baseball south of the border with the Tijuana Toros

12 pm Sunday June 9
$41.08
Tickets

¡Vamos al beis! Grab your mitt and Big Chew and join Turista Libre in cheering on the Tijuana Toros as they take on the Torreón Algodoneros at Estadio Chevron, 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 12 p.m., with an estimated return to the border at 7 p.m.


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

10 am Sunday June 16
$98.05
Tickets

Albeit one of the most majestic stretches of freeway south of the border, the road from Tijuana to Ensenada makes for more than just sweeping ocean views. 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 12.

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 Saturday June 22
$47.41
Tickets

Waterslides that should probably require helmets but everyone rides face first anyway. Colossal 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 eight years in the making, as we kick off the 2019 summer season at El Vergel, Baja California’s largest and without a doubt most epic waterpark and home of the notorious Slip N Fly.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, park admission, prepark mezcal Jell-O shots and complimentary artillery for the en-route water gun fight. Your first beer at the park's on us, 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 6 p.m.


Tecate cave paintings + bakery trek

10 am Sunday July 7
$93.83
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.


'Feliz cumpleaños, Tijuana!' progressive meal

11 am Saturday July 13
$83.28
Tickets

Celebrate the 130th anniversary of Tijuana’s founding — July 11, 1889 — with a trip down memory lane like none other.

On the itinerary is a progressive meal along Avenida Revolución, with stops at the city’s most historic restaurants, including Restaurante Caesar’s (1927) and Taqueria La Especial (1952).

We’ll also visit the majestic Agua Caliente Casino and Hotel's minaret — which, built in 1930, continues to stand as one of the oldest and most iconic structures in the city — and bust open a piñata at Tijuana III Milenio “La Mona,” a 55-foot concrete live-in statue built by local architect-sculptor Armando Muñoz Garcia to commemorate the city’s first centennial anniversary in 1989.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, food and drink pairings at each restaurant and cocktails at La Mona.

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 7 p.m.


Tijuana market hop + street eats trek

10 am Sunday July 14
$45.30
Tickets

On Sundays, the hilltop streets of Tijuana are filled by markets 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.

Each market is also home to some of the city's most-mouthwatering street eats, which is why we like to tout our monthly market hop "a food tour in disguise."

We'll do stops at some of Tijuana's most iconic markets, from flea to folk: the city's longest-running swapmeet, the Mercado de Artesanías crafts market, Mercado Miguel Hidalgo, the city's oldest open-air farmers market, and locals'-only boutiques in downtown's Pasaje Rodriguez and Pasaje 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.


Baja winery hop

10 am Saturday July 20
$178.23
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 transportation for a van with space for 12.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, tastings at three wineries and dinner at celebrity chef Roberto Alcocer's famed Malva.

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.


Baseball south of the border with the Tijuana Toros

12 pm Sunday July 21
$41.08
Tickets

¡Vamos al beis! Grab your mitt and Big Chew and join Turista Libre in cheering on the Tijuana Toros as they take on the Nuevo Leon Tecolotes at Estadio Chevron, 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 12 p.m., with an estimated return to the border at 7 p.m.


Tijuana waterpark trek!

10 am Saturday July 27
$47.41
Tickets

Waterslides that should probably require helmets but everyone rides face first anyway. Colossal 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 eight years in the making, as we kick off the 2019 summer season at El Vergel, Baja California’s largest and without a doubt most epic waterpark and home of the notorious Slip N Fly.

Tickets include roundtrip border transportation, park admission, prepark mezcal Jell-O shots and complimentary artillery for the en-route water gun fight. Your first beer at the park's on us, 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 6 p.m.


Baseball south of the border with the Tijuana Toros

12 pm Sunday Aug 11
$41.08
Tickets

¡Vamos al beis! Grab your mitt and Big Chew and join Turista Libre in cheering on the Tijuana Toros as they take on the Monclova Acereros at Estadio Chevron, 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 12 p.m., with an estimated return to the border at 7 p.m.


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