Baja California Painting and Photo Expedition – The Cataviña Ecosystem, Cave Paintings, and the Gulf of California

Baja California Painting and Photo Expedition – The Cataviña Ecosystem, Cave Paintings, and the Gulf of California

DATES: May 02 2023 - May 09 2023

Cost: $2,436*


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Baja Rancho Art and Rancho La Bellota have combined to offer you this extraordinary adventure!

8 days, 7 nights.

The botanically rich Cataviña ecosystem includes incredible boulder fields and indigenous flora – gigantic Cardon Cactus (Pachycereus pringlei), Boojum (Cirios), Mexican Blue Palms (Blue Hesper Palms), and Elephant trees (Bursera microphylla) – are just a few of the species we’ll capture in photos and artwork. We will spend 1½ days hiking and exploring the creative possibilities of this area before traveling further south to the magnificent Cave Paintings in San Francisco de la Sierra and the Mission town of San Ignacio.

The mission has been in continual use since it was founded in 1728 and sits on a charming plaza in the center of this small town. We’ll have time to stroll the town and capture its spirit in our art. Then we’ll head north to the breathtaking Gulf of California, spending a night in San Felipe before heading to San Felipe and Ojos Negros for artisanal cheese tasting. We will spend our final night relaxing at Rancho La Bellota, then cross north at the Tecate border, avoiding the crowds and traffic of Tijuana.

This adventure will be geared to artists and photographers who want to explore unique sites. While in Cataviña we will drive out to different locations to paint, draw, take photos, hike and relax. Raul, our trip guide and Rancho La Bellota host, will ensure we see and taste the true flavors of this visually rich and culturally diverse region of Baja California, Mexico.

See our sample itinerary page for more details.

Payment Terms:

Cost is $2,436.
50% deposit ($1,218) is due February 1, 2023. Balance ($1,218) is due March 1, 2023.
Cancellations within 60 days, 2/3 refund. Within 30 days, no refund available unless we can fill your spot.

What’s Included?

8 days, 7 nights, double occupancy (6 nights in 5 hotels/inns and 1 at Rancho La Bellota)
All transportation in Baja
All breakfasts and lunches included. Dinner in San Felipe and Rancho La Bellota are included. All other dinners paid on your own.

What’s Not Included?

FMM tourist permit fee, $40. We will assist you with this at the border.
5 Dinners, paid on your own
Travel insurance – optional

Accommodation Style

We’ll be staying at inns and hotels in San Quintin, Cataviña, San Ignacio, and San Felipe. Rooms will be double occupancy, with separate beds and en suite bathrooms. At the Ranch you can expect a comfortable cabin accommodation, double occupancy, with separate beds and en suite bathrooms. The ranch is a privately owned horse ranch which is off the grid. Lighting is by kerosene lamps and candles in public spaces and solar powered lamps in the cabins. Cell phone/camera charging will be available throughout the trip.

Helen Shafer Garcia & Eileen Mandell


Helen Shafer Garcia & Eileen Mandell

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May 2, Tuesday, 8:30 am meet up to drive to Tecate border.
May 9, Tuesday, 1:00 pm – Return to U.S.–Tecate border.
Cost: $2,436
Instructors: Helen Shafer Garcia & Eileen Mandell
Instruction Type: Painting & Photography
Instruction Level: All levels welcome
Materials: Beginner art materials are available at the Ranch at cost. Experienced artists – bring your own supplies/projects; you are free to work with the group or independently. A list of suggested camera equipment to bring will be emailed to participants, but you are welcome to use your iPhone and learn a few tricks.

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