“Live simply that others may simply live.” – Mohandas K. Gandhi
The respected philosopher Plato, founder of the first institution of higher learning in the Western world, believed that “this world is indeed a living being endowed with a soul and intelligence…a single visible living entity containing all other living entities, which by their nature are all related.” Twenty four Centuries later, American author, conservationist and activist, Terry Tempest Williams, states in front of the Senate Subcommittee on Forest & Public Lands Management that “Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from. To be whole. To be complete.”
True is that when you find yourself before natural beauty, such as the beauty you see here, a sense of awe vibrates through your whole body and a realization happens. In a Baja moment all the possibilities of a natural lifestyle awaken in you a spirit of adventure, inviting you to experience activities such as kayaking, whale watching, eco-camping, sailing, or wildlife cruising, paddling or surfing, hiking or swimming, all which make Baja Sur a world’s favourite eco-adventure.
Wonderful habitats such as Isla Espíritu Santo and Laguna San Ignacio give you the chance to connect with the natural world in unique ways. For a relaxing vacation, you can eco-camp and watch the whales, or paddle on a coastal kayaking expedition. Also, plenty of opportunities are available to participate in ongoing conservation research studies with local wildlife and marine biologists and naturalist. Baja connoisseurs such as our oldest and most environmentally responsible adventure travel expedition operator, Baja Expeditions, will make your eco travel worthwhile. For those who prefer to stay closer to town, the option to have a Cabo adventure team guide you, is a very good idea. High Tide Sea Expeditions is a passionate lover of adventure travel and eco-tourism, you can learn to surf, paddle, snorkel, visit beautiful secret beaches, hike our desert canyons, or take a guided tour through our Sacred Geometry Eco-park Wirikuta. For the more contemplative adventurers, you will want to visit places such as Rancho Carisuva, an eco-adventure company based in Playa Migriño just 8 miles north of Cabo San Lucas. Carisuva Ranch is a typical Baja Californian ranch with 43 horses, a fresh water well, farm animals like goats, chickens, friendly donkeys and cows as well and a traditionally built desert hut (Baja California Style), where you get to enjoy a sunset horseback riding, or a fun hiking burro, all through private trails that run along the desert lunges, virgin pacific beaches, and amazing ocean side cliffs. If your timing is in synch with planetary cycles, you and your kids could enjoy their full moon horse back adventure and listen to an astronomy lover talk about our constellations and the wonders of our Cosmos!
Eco is short for ecology, the science of studying the earth, the environment. The prefix eco- means environment or habitat. Eco friendly refers to goods, services, processes or people deemed to do minimal harm to the environment. To allow the local families who care about our ecology to serve you is the most eco friendly way to experience any land you visit, but we understand also those who enjoy adventure as a more personal experience and choose to explore the territory without help. For you, the thermal Springs offer a great relaxing and therapeutic outdoor spa experience. El Chorro is a thermal hot spring near the small village of Agua Caliente. It is nestled in the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range, a biosphere set aside and protected by the Mexican government. Here, warm water bubbles up from beneath the ground as cool water drizzles down the sides of the mountains. Other springs are close by and you get to swim and hike. There is a 20 pesos entrance fee per person. Make sure to bring snacks, maps and water. Another nature’s hot tub adventure is at the Santa Rita Hot Spring, close to the small village of San Jorge. Drive to Agua Caliente and look for a sign directing you to the small village of San Jorge which is about 15 minutes north. Afteryou cross the Agua Caliente and San Jorge arroyos, proceed up a hill which takes you into the village of San Jorge. Continue on until you come to a left hand turn in the road which will take you to the Santa Rita Hot Spring located in Canyon San Jorge. A member of the local Ejido will take your entrance fee. A rock climb will take you to a small pool of warm water. The tranquil setting of the Santa Rita Hot Spring will give you a sense of retreat in nature bliss. Cascada Sol de Mayo is a beautiful Ecological Ranch . A family hiking experience that ends in a refreshing fresh water cascade rendezvous. They also have cabins where you can spend the night, a small eco zoo display and a rustic restaurant where to enjoy the local family cuisine where guests applaud the lobster tacos. This is a lovely place about 9 km outside of the charming small town of Santiago in the foothills of the Sierra Laguna. From Santiago to the entrance it’s a 20 minute drive on dirt roads. It’s a short hike to view the waterfall from high above. You can continue toward the right to other lakes and a much longer hike or take the steps in the boulders which allow you to hike down to the palms surrounding the base of the waterfall.
May your Eco-adventure be full of joy, full of happiness, full of harmony.