ULTIMATE GRAND CANYON EXPERIENCE

 

Dates: May, 2021

State: Arizona

Max Group Size: 7 people

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Itinerary

Day 1: Hola, Los Cabos!

Landing on the southern tip of Baja California, one of the world's longest peninsulas, we begin our adventure exploring the streets of a charming historic town. This evening, our first authentic Mexican experience awaits us.. tequila tasting with one of the most well known names in the game.

Hint: you've probably had the American version of his grandfather's tequila.

Day 2: Jewel of the Sea of Cortez

Driving down a remote coastal road, from which even whales may be visible, we reach one of the most pristine waters on the western coast of North America. Upon arriving at our sandy beach, you can whip out your snorkeling mask to swim over a unique hard coral reef, teeming with marine wildlife. If you prefer sunbathing, you'll have plenty of time to work on your tan instead. 

Day 3: Baja's Island in the Sky

The southernmost mountain range of the Baja Peninsula is often overlooked, but it's an exotic playground just waiting to be explored. The granite canyons of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains are full of endemic species, swimming holes and hot springs. Today, we hike & mountain bike down paths used by local rancheros and enjoy a traditional, home-cooked meal for lunch. We return back to base once the sun starts setting over the peaks behind us.

 

Day 4: Water Sports Kingdom

It's January and the "El Norte" winds are blowing through the sheltered Bay of Palms. That's why today's seaside town is a cult destination for water sports like kiteboarding & windsurfing. On this day you'll get to pick your activity, whether it's one of the classic options, taking a break sunbathing on the soft sands or even freediving deep under the waves with an expert instructor!

 

Day 5: Swim with the "Gentle Giants"

Setting out into the Bay of La Paz, a once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits you if there ever was one. The harmless Whale Shark is a seasonal visitor in the plankton-rich waters right off the mangroves of El Mogote. It's one of the few destinations in the World where this experience is possible & we'll do it with the help of the most environmentally responsible local tour operator. At over 30 ft long, you've probably never felt as tiny as you will alongside this majestic creature.

                                                                   

Day 6: "Pueblo Mágico" y el "Pacífico"

In the morning, we'll head for the shallow blue waters of what is widely considered Mexico’s most beautiful beach. Next on the menu is lunch.. in a village honored with Mexico's "Magical Town" designation. It's filled with colonial charm and has been around since the 1700s. To cap the day off, we burn some calories with a short hike to the top of a bluff from which we’ll get a first glimpse of the Pacific Ocean at sunset.

Day 7: The Perfect Margarita & Sea Turtle Hatchlings

We start this day off with a different kind of "adventure" & dive into the culinary world of Mexico. A local chef will teach us the ins-and-outs of dishes made from local ingredients. Most importantly, we learn how to make the perfect Margarita, a lesson that may become priceless over time. At sunset, we'll help several species of Sea Turtle hatchlings make their way back across the beach & into the Pacific Ocean with the help of local marine biologists.

 

Day 8: Laid-back Surf Town

As it has to this point, our lodging will continue to be steps away from the beach. The outer reef provides safe water conditions for beginners to try their hand at surfing, an expert teacher will guide you through the first steps of this awesome sport. As we wind the day down, we head to the world-renowned Cabo San Lucas to celebrate our adventurous tour.

Day 9Expedition to Land’s End

It's time for your last real Adventure, a short hike to the best viewpoint overlooking the southern tip of Los Cabos. The Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean will meet before your eyes.. Lover's Beach & Divorce Beach will be in view as well. Enjoy the rest of the day at your own leisure, or ask for Adventure suggestions if you haven't had enough. Farewell Dinner in the one and only Cabo San Lucas.

Day 10: Adios, Baja California Sur!

We'll have to be at the airport in the late morning, so our only Adventure of the day will be getting to the airport with plenty of time to spare. This may be harder for some than others, considering we had a Farewell Dinner the night before! Adios!!

Tour Includes:
•Pre-Tour Group Meetup & Orientation

•10 Days of Adventure

•9 Nights of Lodging

*all lodging is within 5 minutes of the beach

Havasu Permits

GRAND CANYON CAVERNS SUITE (UP TO 8 PPL)

•SUV Transportation throughout the Tour

•Beginner Surfing Lesson & Equipment Rental

•Guided Snorkeling w/ Whale Sharks Excursion

•Mexican Cooking Class w/ Local Restaurant Chef

•Tequila Tasting Experience w/ Tequila Connoisseur

•Sea Turtle Hatchling Experience w/ Marine Biologists

•Full-Day Hiking & Mountain Biking Tour w/ Local Guide

•All Park Entrance Fees

•All Road Tolls & Parking Fees

•Headlamps (Tour Use)

•Tour Director, Olivier Smolinski

 

Early Bird: SOLD OUT

Tour Price: $1979​

Tour Price after December 1st: $2179

Tour Price Does Not Include:

•Flight to/from San Jose del Cabo, Mexico (~$260)

•Food

•Insurance of any Kind

•Tips for Excursion Guides

•Day 4 & Day 9 Optional Excursions

•Souvenirs & other Personal Expenses

Hiking:

There are so many activities on this adventure that hiking will be at a minimum. The few trails we will hike vary in difficulty from easy to moderate; the hardest hike will be 4 miles long round-trip (half of it is uphill, think 2 miles on a treadmill incline).

 

Booking:

Accepted payment methods are Credit Card, Venmo, QuickPay, PayPal & Cash.

An $849 deposit is required to lock in your spot, $400 is fully refundable until noon on November 10th, the remaining $449 of is non-refundable. Between November 10th and December 10th, the remaining $400 can be applied to any future tour if you have to cancel your travel plans. After December 10th, the $849 deposit is no longer refundable. The remaining balance will be collected 4 weeks before the start of the tour. If cancelling within 1 week of scheduled tour departure, no tour costs can be refunded.

Note on Itinerary:
Although I do my very best to adhere to the tour schedule, the itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond my control (weather conditions, road/trail closures, etc.).

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TESTIMONIALS

"Olivier’s Trails is a truly unique travel experience. Olivier's passion for the outdoors and adventure is reflected in his thoughtfully crafted itineraries. From the local culinary experiences, thrill inducing activities, to details such as timing to catch the sunset at some of the most magnificent peaks in the world, Olivier’s attention to detail and overall preparation is reflected in the day to day of his trips... The 10 day European Alps ski trip Olivier crafted is one I’ll never forget. Highly recommend to those looking to experience the world through the lens of the outdoors."

Monika

Chelsea, New York

"Upon my return, I was asked... How was your trip? and my response was... An adventure of a lifetime! Olivier is truly dedicated to what he does and his intense enthusiasm shines through. He had planned an adventure-packed, scenic trip that included everything from rock climbing to whitewater rafting and hot spring sunsets in the Pacific Northwest that I will always treasure. Everyday the group trekked through new trails, saw amazing views and caught incredibly picturesque sunrises/sunsets. Olivier is passionate about what he does and you cannot go wrong joining him on his trails!"

Dominika

Glendale, New York

"Olivier organizes thorough itineraries and takes the hassle of planning, logistics and research away so you just need to fly to your destination and enjoy your time. He'll take you off the beaten path and show you an active vacation in a way you most likely haven't experienced before, all while sharing a ton of knowledge with the group throughout the adventure. Each day is packed with adrenaline-filled activities and after your tour is over, you will surely be coming back for more. Highly recommended!"

Jakub

Greenpoint, New York

"Olivier provided the most unique and adventurous way to enjoy the beauty Costa Rica has to offer. Rather than going on the typical tourist excursions, we were immersed into the local atmosphere in every way possible. From surfing, to rappelling waterfalls, each and everyday was its own extraordinary adventure.

Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful experience. I truly felt I was living my best life in Costa Rica!

PURA VIDA"

Paulina

Little Neck, New York

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