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Wine and Cheese Excursion in Ensenada 2016

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    721 E San Ysidro Blvd, San Ysidro, CA (map)

    32.545265 -117.029861

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  • Price: $110.00 /per person

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  • This is a 2 day overnight trip to two valleys in Ensenada to enjoy cheese and wine where they are made.

    PLEASE NOTE YOU MUST BRING A CURRENT VALID PASSPORT OR PASSPORT CARD TO GO ON THIS TRIP. 

    Day One:  Valle de Ojos Negros is a lesser-known Wine and Cheese Valley in Ensenada about 30 minutes east of downtown Ensenada. What I believe is it's most interesting place to visit there is Cava de Marcelo where they make cheese. There's also a restaurant there as well.   Here's their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/www.Lacavademarcelo.com.mx?fref=ts

    Day Two:  Valle de Guadalupe is referred to as the Napa of Mexico.  We intend to visit at least 4 wineries and 2 restaurants.  Specific locations to be determined, but will be worth it.  This is an investigative trip to visit mostly wineries I have not been to.

    Cost:  TBD. (plan on between $125-$150 to include lodging (Double Occupancy) and transportation.)

    Lodging:  Posada Del Rey.  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g150770-d154504-Reviews-Americas_Best_Value_Inn_Posada_El_Rey_Sol-Ensenada_Baja_California.html

    Main Location to  Visit: Valle de Guadalupe and Valle de Ojos Negros, in Ensenda, BC, Mexico.

    Fees at Event:  Tastings vary between $8-$15, plus food and meals with tastings.

    Transportation and Lodging (Double Occupancy) Costs Per Person to Event: $140 for professional transportation and lodging.  Please note that tastings and food are not included and are at your discretion so that everyone can budget their costs as they like.

    RSVP and Wait List: RSVP requires payment.  If you do not pay when you RSVP you maybe dropped entirely unless you are driving.    Waitlist will be as space available. 

    Payment:  You can pay through this event page and Meetup.com or Paypal directly with my e-mail address at [masked].  If you cannot provide payment through PayPal, then please make arrangements to provide the fee otherwise.  Refunds are provided at discretion of organizer based on whether seats are filled on the transportation.

    Bring Enough Cash:  My recommendation is to bring at least $200+ for food, transportation and other activities afterward.  (If you really want to have a good time, you should bring more money.  ATM's work in Mexico for US ATM cards, but most only give Pesos--yes some rare ones due give Dollars.)  

    Parking at the Border: I recommend the UETA parking lot on the west side of the freeway going into Mexico.  Otherwise the parking lot across the street from the Jack in the Box on the east ide of the freeway going into Mexico is good as well.  Where the meet up location can effect which choice is better.  Without guarantees, this appears to be a safe location.   Note this event is longer than 8 hours, and parking to fees may be per hour increments.

    Carpooling or Trolley to the Border: Feel free to post below to solicit others to car pool with to the border and share parking costs.  The trolley can be a convenient way to travel to the border as there are free areas of parking at different stops like the H street depot.  Just be mindful that the trolley does not run 24 hours and at times it only runs on the hour.  After an active day in Mexico, you may not want to deal with the hassles of the trolley.

    INFORMATION ABOUT CROSSING THE BORDER

    Border Crossing Documents in Mexico: Participants are advised that they have to have a valid passport or passport card when entering Mexico as it is requirement for entering into that country, regardless of what type of document you use to get back into the United States.  It is understood that if you are a Mexican Citizen or Resident, then you may not need a passport, but the bottom line is that you must have valid documents to cross on foot into Mexico without any problems causing you to go to secondary revision or otherwise cause the group to unnecessarily wait for not having proper identification to cross.  No excuses--no exceptions.

    Tourist Permit Card: You will need a Tourist Card anytime entering into Mexico.  Those without cards will be sent to the back of the line to allow those who have pre-printed their tourist Cards to cross first.  Day trips are at no cost.  You can get one for 6 months that is now less than 20 dollars.  With this Tourist Card you can bypass the tourist line and enter like a Mexican Citizen.  Well worth the $20. Here is an explanation and link on obtaining your card: https://www.facebook.com/notes/baja-culturista/online-tourist-permit-application-for-travel-into-mexico-on-foot-for-less-than-7/572769432909837

    Pedwest Point of Entry into US: Please note, and make your arrangments accordingly, that for all Baja Culturistas events and trips you will be dropped off to cross back into the US using the new Pedwest Point of Entry just west of the freeways at the border.  The old San Ysidro (eastern) port of entry is under construction for the next 3 years and has severly reduced its lanes causing substantial delays in crossing.  You can find out more information about this new pedestrian port of entry here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/baja-culturista/new-pedwest-port-of-entry-into-the-united-states/583917801795000

    Border Crossing Documents in USA: As for getting back into the United States, a passport, passport card, Global Entry or Sentri card should be used to avoid problems returning to the United States. At minimum, and if you are a US citizen, you should cross with a birth certificate and a drivers license or other type of government identification. However, the law does require some sort of passport identification when returning to United States. If you don't have any of these types of proper identification for border crossing, then act now as it takes a minimum of about a month to at least get a passport card. 

    PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE REVIEWED AND UNDERSTAND THE GROUP RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR SAFETY AND ENJOYMENT PURPOSES.  THEY ARE POSTED IN THE "ABOUT US" SECTION OF THE GROUP'S MEETUP HOME PAGE.  BY RSVP'ING TO THIS EVENT YOU ARE AGREEING YOU CONSENT TO AND SHALL ABIDE BY THE GROUP RULES AND REGULATIONS. 

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