Driver and Passenger
9 Day 8 Night Baja Expedition
UTV Baja Ride
This El Bandito has been talked about for years. If you have ever done one of our full peninsula trips like the Conquistador or Lands End you know the conversation always comes up. "If only we had more time to explore more and take in the mystic sights of Baja" So we are putting it into play for 2022. 9 Days down the Baja Peninsula coving over 1700 + miles while staying at Baja most prestige private resorts all the way down the peninsula. Yes this is theEl Bandito Expedition. We plan to spoil you all the way down the peninsula. First class trails, Food, hotels and more exploration time to see the treasures of Baja.
DAY 1. USA TO SAN FELIPE - This will be a true test of driving ability and endurance!
With a 5.30am 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 time wasted, the drivers will make the transition over to Valley Trinidad and through the San Matias Washes. The group will press on and head down to El Diablo Dry Lake than over the Sierra San Felipe Mountains to the famous " Zoo Road" of San Felipe to end day 1. We'll stay right on the Ocean at the Cortez Hotel.
DAY 2. SAN FELIPE TO CATAVINA - Rise and shine, the trail awaits you!
Departing the SAN FELIPE while still rubbing your tired eyes, We'll head back into the mountains of the Sierra San Felipe mountains and navigate the washes of San Felipe through the Motomi Wash.... Yes the famous was of most all Baja races. Pulling out of the washes and onto Hwy 5 we'll have a short pavement drive down to the 1st real challenge of the trip. "The Goat Trail" the name does not do it justice. 4wd Low and don't look down as we tip toe up the mountain side. The Goat Trail will lead us up and over to Hwy 1. Once we all reach the Hwy we'll drive north to Catavina for night 2.
DAY 3. CATAVINA to BAY OF LA.- This is the true definition of Baja. Bahía de los Ángeles...... This is where I always say the trip starts. 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. Chase 2 meets us here for more gas and we continue on a new trail not yet run on any expedition down to the Bahia De Los Angeles. The trail takes us past the 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. Bahía de los Ángeles to Santa Rosalia
Leaving the Bahía de los Ángeles is always a little depressing but rest assured we have more exciting trails and sights to see. We'll drive south thought San Rafiel and El Barril and then into the never never as we decent into the uncharted..... Washes through the Sierra De San Francisco mountains then back down to Punta Baja... This route is not joke bit doable and simply epic.... They amazing sights and beaches we'll see wont disappoint. Well end the Day in Santa Rosalia (Santa Rosalia has a colorful history. However, before written history, the Cochimi Indians were recording their own life on the walls of caves and leaving behind fanciful painting on stones. All along the gulf the Indians lived for thousands of years, fishing the rich waters and gathering native plants. The bays were natural protection from fierce northern winds and destructive hurricanes. These naturally became fishing villages where children were born and raised and when the missionaries arrived they found communities. With the discovery of small green nuggets their pastoral life changed forever. Copper had been found in Baja California Sur)
DAY 5. Santa Rosalia to Scorpion Bay
A first-class breakfast, and then back on the trail, you will see the volcanic islands, just off the coast, and also some old, abandoned jails built by Mexican settlers. The trails of the day consist of some faster dirt roads, allowing you to put the pedal down. We'll start with a short Hwy drive south with an amazing view off the Sea of Cortez before heading Wast through small town of San Jose Magdalena. The trails are tight and technical but absolutely breath taking. Cave painting and over hanging cliffs make up most the day as we merge trails with La Vuelta canyon. This epic canyon covered with green lush growth is something from a Jurassic Park movie. The trail will lead us up and over some fun twisty mountains roads before heading into Scorpion Bay for the night...
San Juanico, better known as Scorpion Bay, is a small fishing village on the Pacific side of the peninsula that’s become a classic Baja surf spot. There are multiple point breaks that bring epic surf when the conditions are right. When a big south swell hits, the waves break at four points and rides can last for over a minute. Small days are great for beginner surfers while bigger days require a little more experience.
DAY 6. Scorpion Bay to Loreto
This is the El Bandito and it would not be complete with out putting in some kind of big miles... So today we'll go from coast to coast. Leaving scorpion Bay on the beach drive of a life time. Down the Pacific for miles before exiting at Punta San Gregorio point. Once we exit the mountains are calling....... La Purisima!!! The trails are good but watch out for all that volcanic rock as we climb up the remands of a 10 million year volcano. Although green and lush plants are everywhere the red rocks desecrate the trails as we climb.... Good news this does not last forever as we enter Comondú For more than two centuries, the territory that today is occupied by the municipality of Comondú was very thinly populated. The old missionary towns such as Loreto, San Javier, San José and San Miguel de Comondu, La Purisima and San Luis Gonzaga contained the most people and mainly after the transfer of the capital in 1828. What makes this so amazing is the landscape sounding Comondú.... Old ruins, green majestic landscape and yea the fact we are driving UTV's and taking this all in is amazing... As we end our trail we take a quick detour to the Mission of all Mission San Javier or also know as Mission San Francisco Javier 9
The second California mission was originally founded 5 miles north, but moved to the current location in 1710. The church was built from 1744 to 1758, and remains as the finest preserved stone mission in Baja California. Here is how the mission came to be:
Having heard of an Indian settlement (rancheria) of La Vigge hidden away amid a circle of virtually impassable mountains, Padre Francisco Maria Piccolo forced his way afoot through rocky arroyos and precipitous passes until he reached the site. The trek was arduous indeed. Thinking the rancheria was termed La Vigge, which to the Indians meant mountain, each time he came upon a new group of Indians and inquired of the way to La Vigge, they would send him off to a new series of mountain peaks. Having arrived at last, he founded Mission San Francisco Javier de Biaundo on May 11, 1699, about five miles north of the present mission, developed later by Padre Ugarte. After we'll drive down to the La Mision Hotel in Loreto. This hotel is amazing once again.... Dinner pool side with the sun glissading off the Cortez once again you have crossed the Baja peninsula.
DAY 7. Loreto to San Carlos
Breakfast while watching the sun on the Cortez.... not a bad way to start your day! We all know everyone loves to ride so today we ride!!!... Leaving Loreto we start on the trail back up to the mission with a mountainous drive. We'll soom be on the dirt making up time and "Yes heading for the pacific today. Pictures and video for sure - because once you tell your friends they won't believe you. As the mountainous drive ends, we exit at the Hwy for fuel. Santa Dimingo is an amazing place. Soft looney trails through the mangroves ...... You'll be asking your self do i need more power.... The fast whooped out trails are some of our favorites in Baja... San Carlos Sur is our destination for night. Located just feet from the water's edge, this amazing destination is everyone's favorite. From the first class location to the amazing food and atmosphere, San Carlos won't disappoint.
DAY 8 San Carlos to La Ventana
High speed is a YES! on these trails. Tons of whoops but not big enough to throw you out of rhythm, they allow you maximize your UTV's full potential, taking on over 200 miles of never ending trails. Although not directly on the beach sand, the hard packed dirt is lightly covered with a soft layer of sand, making for some amazing trails, drifting corners and endless Pacific ocean sights to see. We meet up to get gas from the three chase trucks and enjoy lunch safari style again. Once again we'll cross he peninsula over to the Cortez.
Day 9 La Ventana to Cabo
avigating our way back out of this major city and heading south down to our trail on this final day of an amazing trip.
We will make a slight detour, and head over to visit the Bahia de Los Metros (Bay of Dreams.) This is when you plan your next life move to Paradise. The we treat you to 170+ mile drive down the East Cape to Cabo. This is a fast-paced, drifting road, with some truly amazing architectural sights to see. Before you know it, we will be in Cabo, at the Hard Rock Hotel…. rubbing your eyes and asking yourself “What have I just done?” Some 1500 + miles later!
So what's included on this UTV adventure?
With extensive planning, these tours are designed for you to just show up and enjoy yourself. Leave all the stressful logistics and planning to us!
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 will remove the "what if" factor from your adventure.
· Guided trails right from the border every step of the way.
· The entire course has been pre run and mapped so that you will be able to view the trail on your mandatory Lowrance GPS unit.
· Hotel accommodations for all nights.
· Breakfast and dinner, all nights.
· Unsurpassed trail support. With our mechanics on the trail your mechanical problem is a thing of the past.
· A lead UTV will guide you every step of the way. The lead UTV will radio back any potential hazards that you will be encountering 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 for most manufacturers are carried on trail, as well in 2 fully outfitted Chase trucks and trailers. (We still require you to carry your own specialized parts for you own 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.
· Media coverage, to capture photos and video footage of our adventure.
What are you responsible for?
You are responsible for just a few things on this amazing journey.
· 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!!! I 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.
· Minimum of 1 spare tire. A second can be carried on the chase truck for you.
· Tools to change a tire. (Jack, tire iron, etc)
· Minimum of 2 or more spare belt
· Preparation. Please have your UTV prepped and ready for this adventure. This includes all spare parts stowed securely away, as well as tools and spare tires. Please make sure all services are completed and your UTV is well maintained.
· Helmets wired to radio via intercom. This is mandatory. At the speeds these UTV's can get going you will have no time to fumble around looking for you hand held radio mic.
· GPS and Radio with Intercoms. Mandatory
· The GPS used are the Lowrance units. We will provide the trail map and load it onto your device for you.
· VHF radio. Handheld or mounted system.
**Please make sure both are in good working order and you know how to use them.
WHAT WE & YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR:
· Food and drinks. You are responsible for your lunch and trail 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.
· Cash, small bills. Please make sure you have cash, in small bills. The gas stations do not take credit cards.
· 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.
$7400.00- includes 2 participants (you and your passenger)
All accommodations fo 9 days and 8 nights, including breakfast and dinner.
Logistics/GPS mapping. Trail support w/ mechanics. Chase trucks and trailers. Mechanics and support staff. Media coverage.
-Additional Passengers Please Call
Questions please contact us...