Los Ca­bos done three different ways

Ex­plor­ing the tip of Baja Cal­i­for­nia by land, sea, air

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - Toronto - Dean Lisk


Way down at the very south­ern tip of the Baja Cal­i­for­nia penin­sula, Los Ca­bos is a place of con­trasts: Where ocean meets coastal deserts and lux­u­ri­ous re­sorts, and spas nes­tle among the rugged, rocky land­scape. While you could spend your whole visit pool­side sip­ping drinks and work­ing on your tan, the best way to ex­pe­ri­ence the re­gion is to ex­plore what land, sea and air have to offer.

By land

No mat­ter where you are in the con­voy of util­ity ve­hi­cles speed­ing through the basin of a dry river gulch north of Cabo San Lu­cas, you will end up cov­ered in a fine layer of ochre dust and sand. Take this piece of ad­vice — bring a change of clothes and shower twice back at your re­sort. Cabo Ad­ven­tures kits you out with ban­danas to cover your face and hair, gog­gles to pro­tect your eyes, a sturdy hel­met, and a name tag (the only way to tell each other apart). After a safety les­son, you are let loose in a Po­laris UTV, churn­ing up dust as you race at high­way speeds through sand dunes and over rocks. The ad­ven­ture ends with the con­voy racing onto the beach for a photo op with the roar­ing Pa­cific surf as a back­drop. (caboad­ven­tures.com)

By sea

Swim­ming next to a whale shark — the largest fish in the world, and, yes, a mem­ber of the shark fam­ily — you feel dwarfed by the crea­ture. At one point, our group of four swim­mers is en­cir­cled by three of them, mak­ing it in­creas­ingly harder for us to avoid bump­ing into each other as we try to keep a re­spect­ful dis­tance from these oceanic giants. Cabo Ad­ven­tures drives tourists from Cabo San Lu­cas to La Paz — the cap­i­tal of Baja Cal­i­for­nia Sur — to swim with the whale sharks in the Sea of Cortez. Be­fore we even get in the wa­ter we are given strict in­struc­tions — keep your dis­tance, stay out of their way, don’t panic in the wa­ter — and a spe­cial sun­screen to pro­tect us from the sun and the fish from any tox­ins. Snorkels in mouth, we fi­nally dive in the wa­ter as the giants swim past.

By air

Visi­tors in need of an adrenalin rush should head straight to Wild Canyon Ad­ven­tures, where eight zip lines cross the top of a steep and deep canyon. With more than 2,700 feet of lines strung across the gorge, it’s not un­usual to see birds fly­ing For more Los Ca­bos at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing restau­rants and nightlife, go to metronews.ca.

be­low you as you glide across the canyon alone or in tan­dem with your friends. If you need a big­ger adrenalin boost, a cable car fer­ries the brave to a glass­floored gon­dola sus­pended from the cen­tre of the canyon. There you can bungee jump to­ward the canyon floor 300 feet be­low, or try out the Sling Swinger, where you free fall be­fore swing­ing back and forth like a pen­du­lum. (wild­canyon.com.mx)

Cabo ad­ven­tures

Race util­ity ter­rain ve­hi­cles at high­way speeds with the roar­ing Pa­cific surf as a back­drop.

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