BACKCOUNTRY & BAJA

Camping & Snorkelling Adventure Honeymoon to Utah & Mexico

Baja California, California, The American Southwest

Duration: 14 nights

Price: From £5,800 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, some meals, private transfers, experiences as stated and taxes

This honeymoon in the Southwest USA and Mexico is the perfect way to celebrate your new married life if you simply love an adventure. Kick things off in Sedona and be welcomed by blazing red rock formations that will take your breath away; before embarking on a five day trek through the world’s deepest and longest canyon. Then it’s a quick stop in Santa Monica to recuperate on the beach before a week in Baja California to meet the resident whale sharks, blue whales and sea lions.
Perfect forWildlife loving, adventure obsessed honeymooners.
In the knowAn expedition cruise in the Sea of Cortez to take your marine life safari to the next level.

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  • Honeymoon

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2 nightsSEDONA

After touching down in Phoenix, you’ll be driven north to Sedona, which will take roughly two hours until you reach your hotel, L’Auberge de Sedona. Gaze in awe at the infamous red rock formations from this luxurious hideaway, and indulge in an organic spa treatment or yoga class to unwind after the flight. Delight in haute cuisine crafted with locally foraged produce at Cress, or toast your honeymoon with a tequila cocktail at 89Agave. Get out and explore the fiery rock landscapes of Sedona, whether by hot air balloon or helicopter, to take in the sheer beauty of this lunar-like setting. Rich in historical and archaeological sites, the Verde Valley is a particular highlight, encompassing fascinating ecological systems including pine forests and spiritual sites.  Discover the Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments to have an insight into the culture of the Sinagua people. The Verde Valley is also a prime spot for independent wineries, so wine lovers can savour varieties cultivated from volcanic soil on a private wine tour. Always believed in aliens? Sedona is the place to go UFO hunting, so join Chris O’Brien, a journalist and author to learn cutting-edge sighting techniques in this world-renowned UFO sighting spots.
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4 nightsBUCKSKIN GULCH

Having settled into your wild surroundings, you’re ready to begin the exciting five-day trek through Arizona. You’ll walk the longest and deepest slot canyon in the world - one of the most incredible canyon hikes throughout the Southwest - getting up close to the arches, soaring walls and amphitheatres that characterise this extraordinary area. Stretching for 30 miles, the trek follows the Paria Canyon to Lees Ferry, setting up camp along the way beneath a canopy of stars and enjoying the delicious, hearty meals. Starting at a remote trailhead, you’ll pass Navajo sandstone walls flanking trickling rivers, through Bucksin Gulch to the Boulder Jam and beyond. Marvel at the beautiful colour transformation of the canyon walls, as the light changes throughout the day, and hike to one of the most remote arches in the world: Wrather Arch. Get a dose of local history by visiting historical sites like the Lonely Dell Ranch, and come up close to age-old Petroglyphs. After five days and 30 miles, you’ll have reached the end of this epic hike – and a well-earned drink is in order!
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1 nightSANTA MONICA

From Flagstaff you’ll fly onto Los Angeles and be transferred to your hotel in Santa Monica, Oceana. After all the trekking and adventures of the last few days, relax in this quintessentially Californian bolt-hole either in a cabana by the outdoor pool or in the luxury of your bright and spacious guestroom. Feast on freshly caught seafood at the Michelin-starred Tower 8 and hit the beach to laze around and people watch. You can guess what Muscle Beach has been named after! If you’re still feeling active, hop on a pair of bicycles and explore the coastline on two wheels, and continue along to Venice Beach for a vibrant yet grittier slice of LA life complete with street art. Stroll along Santa Monica Pier and watch the glorious sunset over sundowners in one of the hip bars.
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3 nightsLORETO

Re-energised, it’s time for Mexico; take the short flight to Loreto and transfer to Posada de las Flores which will be your home for three nights. You’ll know you’re in Mexico as soon as you step into the beautiful colonial building, with its hacienda-style stone arches, heavy wooden doors and pretty courtyard. Settle in with a welcome cocktail in the rooftop garden or tuck into the afternoon tea in the courtyard; and cool off with a refreshing dip in the outdoor pool. The next few days can be spent immersing yourselves in the fantastic marine wonderland of Baja California, and in particular the Loreto National Marine Park which in the spring becomes home to an incredible array of sea life including grey whales and blue whales. The whales migrate to the Sea of Cortez to feed and nurse their young, numbering up to 300 at once. After an early morning excursion to see these incredible creatures, enjoy lunch on a beautiful beach and take time to go snorkelling, hiking and taking in the pristine scenery.
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4 nightsLA PAZ

The final stop on your adventure honeymoon is La Paz, a four hour road transfer from Loreto, which is an excellent base for all the wildlife safaris you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy in the area. Be inspired by the top researchers and scientists in Mexico who are working to protect and understand the largest fish in the world, the whale shark. These gentle giants gather every year just off the coast of La Paz and you’ll be able to snorkel alongside them in their natural environment, as well as learn about the projects taking place to understand them better. While in La Paz you’ll also be able to interact with playful sea lions on Epiritu Santo Island, an hour and a half from La Paz, where a sea lion colony is found. Take your time to swim and snorkel with these sea creatures and climb back on board your panga boat to reach some of the most virgin beaches on the island for a picnic lunch. Here, your guides will explain the history of the island, its ecosystem, and the wildlife that thrives here. Go on a nature hike or kayak around the bay before enjoying sundowners on the beach. During your time in La Paz you’ll be staying at Costa Baja, a luxurious five-star resort where you can go for a round of golf in the morning, make the most of the Beach Club in the afternoon and feast on freshly caught fish in the evening. The perfect spot to finish up your adventurous honeymoon.
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