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Conquistador

Trip Outline: Full peninsula, California to Cabo - 8 Days 7 Nights. Tecate USA to San Quintin, San Quintin to Cativina, Cativina to Bay of LA, Bay of LA to San Ignacio, San Ignacio to Scorpion Bay, Scorpion Bay to San Carlos, San Carlos to LaPaz, LaPaz to Cabo.

Dates: May 24th - 31st 2024

Trip Cost Per Owned UTV: $7900.00. It covers two people per UTV: hotels, food, guides, mechanics, support trucks, trailers, and transportation of UTV back to Tecate Baja.  

Deposit: $3500.00 Non Refundable

Ever wanted to conquer the Baja?   We have planned an expedition unlike any other. This 8-day epic expedition will be one you tell your grandkids about.  The trip will genuinely test you; if you’re an adventurous UTV rider who likes to push the limits and explore off the grid, this is for you. This is NOT a few-hour trail ride tour.  We will do over 1700+ miles, with 90% all on dirt.  The days will lead into nights of conquering the Baja.  Along the way, we will see some special sights. Bouncing over the Baja Peninsula from the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific Ocean multiple times, we will surely take in all Baja has to offer. We will have a chance to stop and see historic missions and other Baja favorites.

 

Once we arrive in Cabo your UTV will be transported back to Tecate. (Transport Cost included) This will allow us to fly back and pick up your UTV in Tecate. The plan is to do 7 days of off road driving down the Baja Peninsula and then stay 2-3 days in Cabo to relax and reflect on the amazing trip. (Hotel in Cabo is NOT included in the trip cost) Commonly, we have friends and family fly down and meet up with us for the few days in Cabo. Please be sure this is for you. Space is limited and this is not for the faint of heart.

Whether you’re a Baja race veteran or this is your first time to Baja these professionally guided tours are designed so that we do all the work. You just show up, drive and take the true experience of Baja in. We remove the "what if" factor from your adventure.

Trip Includes -  

- Guided trails from the border every step of the way

- UTV transportation from Cabo San Lucas to the Tecate Baja North. See more on UTV Transport (click here) Flight from Cabo is not included. 

- The entire course has been pre run and mapped so that you will be able to view the trail on your Lowrance GPS unit. See GPS Usage page (click here)

-  All Hotels included while on trail. The hotels are amazing. (Cabo is not included)  You can choose to say at any hotel you like in Cabo

-  Breakfast and dinners, all nights on trail.

-  Unsurpassed trail support. With our mechanics on the trail your mechanical problem is a thing of the past.

-  A lead UTV will guide the group. The lead UTV will radio back any potential  hazards that you may encounter along the way.

-  A sweep support UTV, that hold parts and tools for almost any trail breakdowns, will ensure that everyone gets to their destination. 

- On the trail Mechanics that will handle any issues that might pop up. These mechanics, or “Baja Ninjas” as we call them, are truly amazing to have along.

-  Parts: Please remember there are several different models and manufactures of UTV’s all requiring different parts. Off the Grid does carrie some parts but not all. We recommend you bring any spare parts necessary for your UTV. These parts will be carried on the chase trucks. We do recommend you carry spare belts, rear axels, and communally used parts for your manufacture of UTV. 

-  The Chase trucks hold a multitude of tools, welders, parts, wheels and tires as well as emergency fuel and medical  equipment baring any insentient along the way.

Requirements - (Click Here)

FAQ - (Click Here)

What are you responsible for?

 

 You are responsible for just a few things on this amazing journey.

 

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·First and foremost, you are responsible for your actions. A clear and level headed driver and passenger. You will be able to drive at your pace, and to your driving ability. Whether it be a cruising speed or at a faster pace, as long as you are comfortable and in control, you’re doing good. Good attitude, this is a must!!! We can assure you along the way we will encounter some type of mechanical issue and we will all have to stop. Our mechanics will be on any issue as fast as possible. With a good attitude, we will all  have a good time.

 

 

​OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Flight from Cabo to Tecate to retrieve your UTV. We'll update you on the flight info

  • Snacks and drinks. You are responsible for snacks along the way. You will also want to bring plenty of bottled water and beverages for consumption while out on trail. Please make sure everything is secured. 

  • Gas. We will be stopping for gas on several occasions, which you will be responsible for purchasing. On some  expeditions additional gas will need to be carried.  We will notify you via pre event email if you need to carry the    additional 5 to 10 gallons of gas.

  • Lunches and chase truck refueling. Off the GRID Expeditions will pay for the lunches and chase truck fuel as most lunches are on trail or supplied by the chase team. At the end of the trip the total amount of is divided evenly amongst the number of UTV's and paid back to us.

  • Cash, small bills. Please make sure you have cash. Most gas stations do take credit cards but not all them. Recommended amount for a full peninsula trip is $2500.00

  • Passports and Drivers licenses. You will need you passport to enter back into the USA. 

  • Insurance. You will need insurance for your UTV. We will provide the link to the insurance  company after you have signed up. There is a discount rate set up. 

  • **  Special Note: Absolutely no illegal drugs or guns are allowed in Baja. Prescription Drugs need to have valid documents with them.

 

The cost:

      $7900.00 - includes 2 participants (Driver and Passenger) 

       All accommodations for 8 days and 7 nights, including breakfast and dinner. 

       Logistics/GPS mapping. Trail support w/ mechanics. Chase trucks and trailers. Mechanics and support staff.     

-Additional Passengers Please Call 

Questions please contact us... info@offthegridexpeditions.com

Detailed Trip Itinerary 

Off the Grid Expeditions is renowned for putting on some of Baja's most exhilarating off-road trips. Our passion for this majestic place has kept us returning year after year. With our extensive knowledge of Baja and “to the T” logistic planning, the Off the Grid Expeditions Crew prides itself on making your trip one you will never forget! This is the longest trip to the tip of Cabo, and we can guarantee you nothing has been left out!

 

With extensive planning, these tours are designed for you to show up and enjoy yourself. Leave all the stressful logistics and planning to us! Baja Sur is simply the most amazing adventure available. 

Day 1 USA TO SAN QUINTIN - This will be a true test of driving ability and endurance!  With a 6:00 am start time, the lucky few making this trip will cross the US border, through Tecate into Baja, Mexico, on what is to be the adventure that no mere mortal will forget.

We will tackle the fast, windy, drifting trails of the Compadre Trail through the pine forests and over the mountains of Sierra de Juarez, leading us from Tecate to Ojos Negros and Hwy 3. With a quick stop for gas and no wasted time, the drivers will transition to Valle Trinidad and start the Pikes Peak of Baja, up to Mike’s Sky Ranch. Normally, this would be where we end on the first day, but not for this lucky bunch of Banditos! The group will press on and head down the back of Mike’s to Old Coyote Ranch, making their way west to the Pacific Ocean. We like to call this road El Baja Talladega due to the rolling hills and sneaky sharp turns.

Once we reach the Pacific Ocean, we meet up with the Chase Crew for a quick lunch, then race down the coast to San Quintin, where we will stay at Baja’s finest - The Old Mill.” As some of you know, the Old Mill owner, Javier, is one of the most accommodating people in Baja. Javier will greet us with cold crevasses and freshly caught fish laid out in Baja style!

 

Day 2 SAN QUENTIN TO CATIVINA

Rise and shine; the cactus forests await you! Departing the Old Mill while still rubbing our tired eyes, we have a 50 mile off road loop down Hwy 1 to El Rosario for a quick splash of gas and snacks before jumping back on the dirt for the mind-blowing Catavina loop, sure to bring a smile to your face. This is the true definition of Baja. The Dr. Seuss trees and cactus forests will leave you in disbelief of the beauty of Baja. The Off the Grid Expedition crew has pre-run and inter-joined a custom section so that the loop will take us farther south along the beach before heading east back up to Hwy 1. to the hotel. The day will be amazing, with perfect trails and sights you'll never forget. The cactus forests and rock formations of Cativina are true sights to see. Most of the trails are in good shape, with an occasional rock or two that might jump out, so drive wisely. Not a huge day but all the same, we will put in the miles. 

Day 3 - Cativina to Bahia De Los Angeles

We start our day by heading west toward the Pacific Ocean on a new trail that has yet to run on any expedition down to the coast. The 100-mile loop will sometimes take us from Cativina to Chapala and will be technical. Rocks and ruts will be your nemesis as you negotiate the trails. The coastline drive is spectacular. This is a time for great pictures. Turning back inland to complete the loop, we cross the Chapala dry lake bed and back to the HWY. Splashing gas off the Chase Trucks and grabbing a quick bite to eat, we waste no time; we have some big miles to complete. We head into the Bay of LA or Bahia De Los Angeles. The trail takes us past Mission San Borja onto Hwy 5 for a small road section. Be on the lookout for the Baja Dancing Cirio. As you crest the last of the mountains, you will understand the beauty of the Sea of Cortez. A warmer climate, a nice soft bed, air conditioning, and a good dinner will await with the long day behind you!

 

Day - 4 Bahia De Los Angeles to San Ignacio

If you are an early riser and want to make your family and friends jealous, the sunrise over the Sea of Cortez is spectacular. Keep in mind Baja has its climate, and being on the gulf side of the peninsula, the temperature will be heating up fast. A first-class breakfast, and then back on the trail, you will see the volcanic islands just off the coast and some old, abandoned jails built by Mexican settlers. The day's trails consist of faster dirt roads, allowing you to put the pedal down. But don’t get too comfortable; the trail will become more technical as we head over to San Rafael, a remote but beautiful beach. Then, we will traverse the trails over to El Arco and into San Ignacio, located in the middle of the peninsula and surrounded by a lagoon-type tropical feeling. This is where the humidity starts to kick in, and a tropical part of Baja can be seen for a short while. We have planned to stay at the Hotel La Huerta Hotel, where, with all things going our way, we can relive the stories of the day with an ice-cold beer! Get some much-needed rest because, as stated before, the sun will be up before you know it.

Day 5 - San Ignacio to San Juanico aka “ Scorpion Bay” 

Today is the shortest day of the trip. With just 100 miles to San Juanico, aka “ Scorpion Bay,” we will have no chase support, so this is a night we will need a small bag with a change of clothes and overnight items. The riding for the day is fast, but you have to have your wits about you, and we will be heading through the salt flats. Even with the GPS line guiding you through the always-changing terrain, you need to stay in the dry line on the trail. As we crank out the 100 miles into San Juanico, aka “ Scorpion Bay,”  located on the Pacific Ocean, we will eat lunch overlooking the waves and on the shore. Fueling our UTVs in San Juanico is a timely process as it's all hand jug filled out of a small store… Yes, we are off the Grid, guys. We will gas the UTVs the night before to save time. The hotel for the night is the Scorpion Bay Hotel, another boutique-style hotel with extremely comfortable accommodations and delicious food. 

 

Day 6 -  San Juanico to San Carlos

Pacific Beach Day. Yes, today we ride the beaches of the Pacific Ocean, and I mean right on the sand just inches from the water. You have to keep a sharp eye out for beach debris, driftwood, and other berried items as you drive along the coastline. Our first beach run will seem endless, but as we turn, we will have time to drive the soft dunes before making our way to the hard-packed trails. Today will be a multi-day of beach runs, hard-pack trails, and soft washes. Although very fast and extremely fun, you will use all of your driving ability today. Lunch for the day will be Pizza as we fuel our UTVs Before riding the famous sand Hwy into San Carlos. The hotel for the night is once again located right on the water on Magdalene Bay, known for its fishing and whale-watching tours. The Hotel "Villas Mar y Arena” offers amazing views of the ocean and some of the best seafood in Baja. 

 

Day 7 - San Carlos to Lapaz

Another big mile day today. 200 ish down the Pacific with some epic views of the untouched beaches of Baja California. Our route depends on the time of year. We will either ride the Pacific down or cross the peninsula through the mountain, eventually turning south to ride the beautiful Cortez into Lapaz. Lunch will be on the trail, and we usually eat on one of our check-up sports on the beach. The drive from San Carlos to Lapaz is beautiful, and the trails are fast, but today is a big mileage day, so it will be pedal down. As we finish the day and head into Lapaz, we will stay at the city's north end at the Water Front Marina Hotel overlooking the private marina. 

 

Day 8 - Lapaz to Cabo

This is our last ride. So let's make it a good one. Today, we ride in Cabo. The East Cape of Southern Baja offers a slower speed of riding at first as we drive the sheer edge cliffs of the Pacific Ocean.  Once again, depending on the time of year, we will enjoy this treasure of Baja. Stopping to enjoy the waters of Cabo and epic white sand beaches is just part of our Baja Adventure. Our last check-up will be before we cross the mountains of Cabo. These narrow trails, with several side wash-outs and cliff edges, can be challenging. After navigating through the mountains, our amazing journey will end. 

Along this trip, we have planned several more sights to visit - Missions, historical points of interest, and several coastal wonders. We also wanted to plan a great off-road trip to include an expedition-style feel and explore a little. Most mornings, we have a 7:00 am breakfast and leave by 8:00 am. The earlier we leave, the more we can see throughout the day

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