Throw off that chill and check out Baja California's most amazing hot springs. Were going to the hot springs at Guadalupe Canyon Oasis. Located in the heart of an isolated desert oasis, a hidden geo thermal spring feeds pools of natural warmth and healing.
For this trip, our guide will be Baja Trek. You can learn more about this travel company by visiting their website:http://bajatrek.com/home.htm
Brief Itinerary (Full Itinerary Can Be Found At This Link: 4 Day Itinerary)
Day 1: We will meet at the border on the day of the Trek. Most people Trolley from a local hotel or carpool to the area. We'll drive east through the backcountry into northern Baja California. On the way, we'll stop for supplies and a few tasty tacos in one of the smaller towns we meet on our journey. After a final slow crawl up the rugged dirt road that leads to the hot springs, we'll sit down to a great Baja Trek dinner next to the campfire and soak our weary bones in the geo thermal hot springs.
Day 2 and 3: Choose between soaking, hiking or relaxing. Pick your spot in this oasis under any palm tree or hang a hammock and relax while listening to the sound of the many birds that call the hot springs home. Don't miss the hike up to each of seven different waterfalls where the natural cool river from the mountains above cascades down to form the pools of crystal clear water in the granite rock. At night, ease back down the trail and enjoy the warm campfire with the group.
Day 4: After a morning soak and a big Baja breakfast we'll begin our slow crawl back to civilization. We'll take our time and slide through a few smaller villages to sample the food and experience a bit of local culture.
HOT SPRINGS SERVICES & AMENITIES:
Campsite Type: Developed
Available activities include:
Hike to the Cool Pools
Take a Mud Bath
See Native Petroglyphs and Pictographs
Rock Climbing in the Canyon
Make Some Music
Website (s): BajaTrek or Guadalupe Canyon Oasis
Phone #: (619)[masked]
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found below:
• Type of Trip: Small Group (20 or less)
• No. of Nights: Three
• Age Limit: 21+
• Pet Friendly: No
• Carpooling: Recommended
No refunds, exchanges or transfers are allowed. To review our detailed policy, please visit this link: RSVP, Payment and Refund Policy
WHAT TIME AND WHERE IS CHECK-IN?
Check-In Time: 8:00 am, Friday, January 17, 2014
GIVE YOURSELF AN EXTRA 30 MINUTES TO FIND PARKING.. SO PLEASE ARRIVE AT 7:30 --- BETTER EARLY THAN MISSING THE BUS!
Check-In Location: San Ysidro Transit Center. GOOGLE MAP LINK: Transit Center
We will meet Baja trek in front of the Greyhound Bus Ticket Booth near the trolley. Once the entire group has arrived Baja Trek will walk everyone across the border to the waiting bus. (Please try to arrive by 7:30 am which will give you time to procure parking and to meet us on time at the Greyhound Bus Ticket Booth)
Make sure to pack only what you can carry as it is a bit of a walk across the border. For more help on packing please browse our What to Bring page. MAKE SURE TO BRING YOUR FOLDING WAGON TO MAKE IT EASIER TO MOVE YOUR BAGS ACROSS THE BORDER. California Weekends Camp Store Link: Folding Red Wagon
WOW.. CHECK IN IS EARLY! WHERE CAN I STAY OVERNIGHT?
Baja Trek recommends staying in one of San Diego's downtown hostels. These are easily accessible and right near the Blue Line Trolley, which goes straight to our meetup location at the border. Specifically, they recommend Lucky D's or USA Hostels SD. Mention that you're headed on a Baja Trek! Note: Several of us are staying at the Lucky D's Hostel. You can check to see if there are beds available.
Lucky D's is about a 20 minute car ride from the San Ysidro Transit Center and a 50 minute Trolley Ride (Blue Line) from the San Ysidro Transit Center.
DIRECTIONS, CARPOOL INFO AND PARKING
Directions: Driving - Most people will be coming from the north so the San Ysidro Transit Center is just off the 5 Freeway and/or the 805 Freeway. Just exit at Camino de La Plaza and head across the overpass to the North side of the freeway. Mass Transit - If you’re coming on mass transit you can pick up the Blue Line Trolley at any Trolley station and ride it to the very last stop where the Blue line ends in San Ysidro.
If you get lost or need a hand just text Baja Trek at[masked]-2477. Cell reception is patchy and texting usually comes through better.
Carpool: If you are planning to drive down to San Diego, please sign up to drive or ride in a carpool at the following link: Mexico Trip Carpool Signup.
Parking: There are a few pretty good size parking lots near the San Ysidro Transit Center at a cost of $5 -$12 dollars per day. Look for the Jack in the Box and there are a few 24 hour, long term parking lots in that general vicinity. When you park at the border make sure you pick a lot that charges by the day NOT by the hour. People have also had luck parking on the other side of the freeway at the UETA Lot duty free store (cheaper parking, 5775 Camiones Way, San Ysidro,California 92173) and walking across the pedestrian bridge to the meeting spot. It is safe, secure and guarded 24 hours a day. MAKE SURE TO BRING YOUR FOLDING WAGON, ESPECIALLY IF YOU PARK ACROSS THE FREEWAY.
GIVE YOURSELF AN EXTRA 30 MINUTES TO FIND PARKING.. SO STRIVE TO ARRIVE AT 7:30 AM.
What Documents Do We Need?
We do recommend that you carry a passport to return back to the United States from Mexico. If you don't have one, the folks at the border have outlined two options for you:
Single document option
This includes a choice of:
B -Military I.D.
C -Tribal Card
D -Merchant Marine card.Two document option
A -Driver's License or Federal or State I.D. and
B -Birth certificate or certificate of naturalization or a U.S. Citizen I.D. Card
This information came from Federal Form 0644. If you don't have a passport than the second option would probably be the easiest. Also, these rules sometimes change without our knowing, so make sure you do your research as well, especially if you have special circumstances. Nobody enjoys a stressful border crossing!
Here is the link to Baja Trek's FAQ page with more information:
HOW ARE MEALS HANDLED?
The Food Fund portion of the Trek Fee is intended to cover meals prepared in camp by the group. Because we're in the land of delicious Mexican food, it doesn't seem fit that Baja Trek will cook every meal. They like to patronize their favorite local restaurants and taco stands. This is why they only charge us for 70% of meals. The other 30% (no-host) will be stops en route where you can purchase food from local vendors. This helps support the local economy and gets us in touch with real-life, delicious Mexican cuisine. While our Food Fund also covers water, it doesn't cover alcoholic beverages of any kind. Please purchase your alcohol in Mexico. Unless alcohol is purchased at a duty free store you will be charged a 90% tax on all liquor and beer. It will also making crossing the border slow and painful with the added weight.
WHERE DO WE SLEEP?
People can sleep in the bus, on the bus and even under the bus if they wish. Most people prefer to pitch a tent near their hot tub so that it's more convenient and secluded (that is where the "Palace" will be!).
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
You should bring money, I.D., required legal documents, a backpack and a duffel. Your backpack should be packed with such travel basics as shorts, pants, long and short sleeved shirts, a pullover hoodie, a jacket, a swimsuit, socks and decent hiking shoes, toiletries and personal care items (at a minimum). Make sure to bring some warm layers as well because it can get chilly at night, especially after getting out of the hot springs tub (a cozy bathrobe comes in handy for this). Your duffel should be packed with a tent, a sleeping pad or mattress, and a sleeping bag. If you don't have a sleeping bag or tent you should purchase or borrow one before the Trek (try the California Weekends Camp Store). Also, it's always good to bring a flashlight, games, a good book, and a portable music player if you can't live without tunes. Here are some packing suggestions from the Baja Trek website: http://bajatrek.com/what-to-bring.htm
Baja Trek provides most camping gear like chairs and cooking gear.
I AM NOT A HOST.. SO WHAT AM I EXPECTED TO DO TO HELP OUT?
Please help out with general camp duties, such as helping during meals and also helping each other out. Baja Trek sets up all the cooking stuff and prepare meals but help is always nice.
ARE THERE QUIET HOURS?
Yes. 8:00 pm until 8:00 am. Noise levels must be kept at reasonable levels at all times. Please do not sleep near gathering areas if you are sensitive to noise. Sleeping aids are highly recommended (earplugs and over-the-counter sleeping medicine). We are known for staying up pretty late.. not everyone.. but some of us. So.. just be prepared for this possibility. For the late night people.. please, please, please keep your voices low and respect our fellow campers, Baja Trek Staff, Oasis Staff, CW hosts and our camping neighbors who want to get a good nights sleep. Voices carry late at night.. you may think you are being quiet.. but..trust us.. you could be a little too loud!! Thanks in advance!
ARE THERE RULES AND REGULATIONS?
As an attendee on this CW Trip, you understand and agree to observe the rules, regulations and special requirements pertaining to this event, the park and site reserved. You understand it is your responsibility to access and read the rules and policies found at - Guadalupe Canyon Info
WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?
Check out the weather forecast at the following link: Weather Forecast
Also - Check out Baja Trek's Responses to Frequently Asked Questions:
Final Details Email Can Be Found Here: Final Details Email
NO SOLICITATION: Please review our No Solicitation Policy (Click link to the left)
Please check out our Guide To A Fun Camping Trip [click link to the left].
We hope this answers the majority of your questions.. if you have any more, feel free to contact one of the event hosts!
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