CW Mexican Adventure: Hot Springs Blast Trek (Adult only- 4 days)

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

Map: http://guadalupecanyonoasis.com/MapsandDirections.html

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

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:


A -Passport


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:

http://bajatrek.com/baja-travel-faq.htm

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:

http://bajatrek.com/baja-travel-faq.htm

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!

Don't forget to join our Facebook Group to stay on top of the conversation about this trip:

CALIWEEKENDS

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Joining this trip or event is entirely voluntary and participants signing up for this activity fully understand the risks associated with the activity. It is each participant’s responsibility to ensure that s/he is in sufficient fitness and health to participate in this trip and be prepared with the appropriate water, food, clothing, equipment, supplies and first aid.

Group Organizers and Trip Host(s) make no warranties about the quality, safety, or supervision of these activities. By signing up for this event, you are accepting all the rules of this Trip and the Campground and/or Facility.

When you arrive, please provide organizer and/or hosts with an “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) Contact.

Don't forget to join our Facebook Group to stay on top of the conversation about this trip:CALIWEEKENDS

~ California Weekends Crew ~


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  • C.J.

    It just keeps getting better with CaliWeekends! I had SO much fun. Laughed so hard.. my belly aches today. The trip was a true adventure - cars, buses, trains, planes... we did it all. Travelling through the desert in Mexico, small towns -- with amazing tacos and desserts (and cute construction guys!)...bumpy roads; interesting desert breaks with surprise visits from official looking people! The campsite was great -- hot, hot springs; great diving spots; the food from BajaTrek was sooooo good. The stars and mountainscape was breathtaking. Warm nights! Lots of great one liners (stay tuned for the powerpoint!)... I cannot wait to see all of the pictures and the videos (for the private CW channel only!... I promise :) ). Thank you to everyone who came.. you each made the trip very special for me. I CANNOT wait for the next trip to Mexico.... and other international locations. CW ROCKS!!!

    January 23, 2014

  • ramjet

    If i understand the info correctly i only need to provide for myself lunch and snacks. Is that correct? Breakfast and dinner is provided for us each day in camp?

    January 13, 2014

    • C.J.

      I believe all meals are provided at the oasis.. it is when we are travelling through towns that we have to provide our own food. See you on Thursday or Friday.

      January 13, 2014

  • C.J.

    Please note the departure and return times. Make your travel plans accordingly. :)

    January 3, 2014

  • Mug

    Looking forward to meeting you! Mug

    December 10, 2013

  • Mug

    C.J. PLEASE SCHEDULED THIS TRIP AGAIN! My family is having a reunion in Washington State on this weekend! Rats! I sooooooo wanted to be a part of this adventure! If the event is very successful and everyone is delighted .... Please do it again in the warmer months to come! Mug P.S. I did sign up for an event in March ~ I believe Solano Beach? I wrote it down on my Calendar to be safe! Have fun and be safe! Also take a look at the www.thegardendiet.com Storm, Jinjee and their 5 children are so very amazing!

    December 10, 2013

  • C.J.

    The early bird pricing of $225.00 per person will expire at midnight tonight. If you are planning to go and want this price, please make your full payment by tonight at midnight. Thanks! The price will increase to $255.00 per person (which is still quite a good deal for a 4 Day Hot Springs Trip). Last minute pricing will be $305.00 per person (if you pay during the last week prior to the trip). Pay early.. pay now. Reminder: Your spot is not guaranteed unless you pay.

    December 9, 2013

    • C.J.

      No .. not yet Nancy.

      December 10, 2013

    • C.J.

      Please note that if you were on the waitlist prior to the price change, you can still receive the early bird price -- if and when you are moved up from the wait list. However, for this trip.. there is likely only 1 - 2 spots that may be come available as we get closer to this trip. Moving off of the waiting list is likely not going to happen.... :(

      December 10, 2013

  • Mug

    Hello CJ! I want to join this fabulous event! I am sure that we cannot bring fruit ~ veggies across the border either entering or leaving ~ right? I will be wanting to buy my fruits & veggies for the trip once crossing the border. I have recently become a Raw Vegan, although not 100% as yet! I ate salmon, steamed greens and yams yesterday! Could I bring across some raw walnuts and health food packaged Raw Vegan food? This trip sounds so amazing! Do I click on the waiting list above? I did not see a button for YES I WANT TO ATTEND! And pay button!

    December 2, 2013

    • C.J.

      Hi there... you can join the waiting list for this trip. However, the waiting list is so long.. it is not likely that a space will open up. :( But... you never know. I do not know a lot about the fruits & veggies issue.. but as we get closer to the trip.. we issue a Final Letter that addresses answers to all questions that have been posed by our members.

      December 2, 2013

    • Mug

      Thank you for answering my post! I will hope that you need to balance out the trip with another Southern CA, female, single! Wish I had seen this trip earlier! I will say a prayer that I get to meet you on this one!! Mug

      1 · December 2, 2013

  • Mug

    C.J. Looking forward to meet you and the other group members! I am very excited ~ I will see you at the Jalama Beach Weekend Trip! AND I REALLY WANT TO JOIN YOU FOR THE MEXICAN ADVENTURE! I joined the waiting list for this trip! I hope to see you at the Leo Carrillo Trip as well! It is my favorite local beach!!

    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Yolanda

    The trip sounds great, would love to go!

    October 23, 2013

  • ramjet

    Hoping that I get lucky and can attend

    October 14, 2013

  • Cindy T.

    I would love to go, sounds like it's packed full of people!

    October 14, 2013

  • Sid S.

    L.A Cheto winery is close by. Interesting history and small tour with wine tasting.

    October 11, 2013

  • Kathy K.

    Haven't been to Canyon de Guadalupe in years. I would really like to go.

    October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been down in Baja with Baja Trek. It was awesome. Gus the Bus!

    October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been to that campground twice...you guys will love it!

    October 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Cost, other than travel?

    October 11, 2013

    • C.J.

      Hi Bob.. and Welcome! I will add more details this weekend for both trips.

      October 11, 2013

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