The idea of a vacation in Los Cabos conjures images of a blue
ocean, soft sand, whale-watching, fish tacos and sun. With its
prime location on the Sea of Cortez, tourism companies have focused
on watersports and marine adventures. However, new operators like
Cabo Adventures, are exploring activities away from the waves.
Cabo Dolphins, which offers one of the location’s most popular
activities interactive dolphin encounters is branching out with
Cabo Adventures, offering a 4x4 desert safari to the other side of
The idea behind Cabo Dolphins is to bring Mexico’s natural
environment and inhabitants to visitors, but the new Cabo
Adventures does the opposite by taking clients away from the
built-up strips and into the “real Cabo” the desert still populated
by untainted nature.
The trip begins with an off-road journey into the desert. The
paved roads of Cabo San Lucas instantly transform into wide dirt
paths as the truck bounces and kicks up dust. Visitors sit on
benches facing each other in the back of the truck, belted in tight
and entertained by the informative guides on everything from
tequila to the hawks overhead to the original meaning of the word
Once sufficiently deep into the desert, guides lead an easy
nature walk down a dry riverbed. Here they pick out what few
non-locals would see tiny pale scorpions and a furry black
tarantula. Butterflies flock to watch the tourists. Another stop is
a visit to the small desert town of Candelaria, where inhabitants
are rumored to be followers of witchcraft. Untouched by nearby
tourism, the town boasts only two telephones. A pretty little
church, goats penned in yards and a boarding school illustrate the
way of life for those outside the bar-lined streets of Cabo San
Another sampling of Mexican life is found at a ranch house
farther on, where a family offers up homemade tortillas, spicy
guacamole and ranchero beans in a large ceramic pot for a
much-needed snack. Local fruits like jicama and tamarind are also
served up for the tasting.
Lunch is a spread of barbecued chicken and steak with hot
tortillas and icy margaritas, on an unspoiled stretch of beach,
with mats and umbrellas provided for a welcome catnap in the sun
after the bouncy morning ride. Away from the big blossoming
resorts, visitors can experience the natural Los Cabos and the way
many still live there today.
Guests must arrive at Cabo Dolphins by 8:30 a.m. for the
seven-hour excursion. The truck is open-air so advise clients to
bring a jacket and walking shoes for the hike.
Getting up close with the natural environment and a taste of
local rural life gives guests an opportunity to see the
behind-the-beach view of the destination. Cabo Adventures is
bringing tourists to the heart of Los Cabos.