What a fantastic way to spend the day and see sites most travelers would never see otherwise. We were picked up at 8 am by Rodrigo, aka El Che, a world traveler from Argentina who speaks excellent English, is well educated and a total delight as a tour guide. We hit the jackpot and were the only couple to sign up for the Jeep tour to Cabo Pulmo on the Sea of Cortez that day. Che gave us a choice of driving our own Jeep or letting him chauffeur us. We chose to simply be passengers while he drove, and it was definitely the right choice. Che is incredibly knowledgable about Los Cabos and the Baja.
We drove only a short distance before we left the paved roads and headed through the desert towards the coast on some of the most trecherous dirt roads you've ever seen. The scenery was incredible - the mountains, the enormous and varied types of cactus, the strange trees - and Che knew everything about all of them. Che asked if he minded if he made a quick personal stop to buy some eggs and homemade cheese from a friend. He shared the cheese with us, and it was delicious. The "ranch" we stopped at was a very interesting peek into the lives of rural Mexicans that most tourists never get to see.
Then we got to the coast and discovered a variety of folks living "off the grid." We would not have believed it if we had not seen it with our own eyes. Everything from ratty old campers belonging to aging hippy surfers to enormous stucco mansions, right on the gorgeous beach in the middle of absolute nowhere, with no running water and no electricity. We had wild donkeys walk up to the Jeep and stick their heads inside looking for treats. There were cows wandering the roads, seemingly homeless, although Che assured us that they belonged to the various "ranches" we had passed.
As mentioned in another post, Che is extremely ecology minded, and when we encountered a large rattlesnake in the road, Che protected it from being run over until it slithered off into the brush. (Here in Georgia, the only good rattlesnake is a DEAD rattlesnake!) We also saw a number of adorable little kangaroo rats, something new for us.
When we finally reached the National Park of Cabo Pulmo where we were to snorkel, a place Jacques Cousteau called the Aquarium of the World, it turned out that it was extremely windy and the water was much too rough - and cold - for snorkeling. Che was equipped with wetsuits for us, but we could tell that he thought it was not a really good idea for us to try snorkeling. That was fine with us and we spent time climbing the rocky cliffs around the beach while Che pointed out various flora and fauna to us.
Che suggested that to make up for missing out on snorkeling, he could take us to the Saturday Organic Market in San Jose del Cabo. We agreed and what a delightful experience it was. Arts, crafts, organic foods, Yoga, massages, clothing made from handspun yarns, music - all very colorful and interesting. We quickly discovered that San Jose is full of Americans and Canadians who live there full or part time - many of them seemingly stuck in the 60's - which made it all the more interesting.
We then got a driving tour of San Jose, especially their really cool art district. Then Che took us to his favorite restaurant - really a sidewalk cafe with a roof - and encouraged us to try the Smoked Marlin Tacos and the Salsa Bar. I would sell my soul for one of those tacos for lunch right now.
On the drive back to our resort, we got Che talking about his life and his family - all very interesting. (His grandmother was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work in Argentina!)
My husband and I would HIGHLY recommend this Jeep Tour to Cabo Pulmo, or any other tour you could get with Che as your guide. It was absolutely the best part of our vacation in Los Cabos, and seeing the sights that Che showed us is what will take us back to Los Cabos again someday - soon, we hope.
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August 23, 2013
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Thank You, for your great review and specially for your kind words about Rodrigo (Che).
Working with enthusiastic people like you makes our efforts worthwhile. We hope to have you among us again very soon, take care and keep the memories.
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