I’ve had the exceptional opportunity to dive with both giant manta rays and hammerhead sharks in the Sea of Cortez. The experience of being so close to these spectacular creatures is absolutely awe-inspiring.
Watsonville, CA (Vocus) December 8, 2009
While Cabo San Lucas has long been known for incandescent nightlife, star-spangled resorts and magnificent villa rentals, visitors who are willing to venture beyond that shimmering beachfront can encounter the truly wild side of Baja. From desert safaris to diving with hammerheads, Earth, Sea & Sky Vacations (ESSV), the leading provider of luxury vacations in Los Cabos, offers active travelers the opportunity to experience the area’s natural wonder—along with a heart-pounding thrill or two.
Surrounded by miles of stunning desert terrain, the mighty Pacific Ocean and the legendary Sea of Cortez, Los Cabos is an easily accessible Mecca for nature and adventure lovers. In fact, it was the abundance, beauty and mystery of this unique environment that first drew a steady stream of visitors to the sun-drenched tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula.
For today’s visitors looking to explore the red hills and giant cacti of the desert outback, ESSV provides a variety of unparalleled off-road adventures. Visitors can hop aboard a Sand Spider buggy, Yamaha Rhino or ATV for a trek off the beaten path through Baja’s trails past working ranchos, enchanting arroyos, secret waterfalls and striking views of the sea. Starting at just $75 per person, these tours include snacks, experienced guides and plenty of good times. Hummer and Jeep caravans (starting at just $135 for up to two persons) kick up the action even further, with scenic routes through the very heart of the Sierra la Laguna mountain range, past magical villages to jaw-dropping overlooks above the Pacific or Sea of Cortez. Following a guide, drivers get to challenge the swooping trails and carved-out curves while savoring vistas that rival the polished prettiness of Cabo’s resorts.
To see Los Cabos from a bird’s-eye perspective, ESSV offers thrill-seekers the chance to bungee-jump over desert arroyos, cruise along a monster zip-line or parasail above Cabo San Lucas Bay while taking in views of Land’s End. And then there’s Wild Canyon’s “Sling Swinger” (from $50 per person); participants head out to the gondola suspended 300 feet above the canyon floor at the oasis of El Tule before being launched on an exhilarating swing ride at speeds in excess of 75 mph.
There are plenty of thrills to be had underwater, as well. Scuba diving in Los Cabos is in a class of its own, with the Sea of Cortez having been described by Jacques Cousteau as “the world’s aquarium.” Home to hundreds of species of sea life, these rich waters are a veritable treasure trove of exotic fish, turtles—and sharks. ESSV has partnered with Manta Scuba Diving to offer visitors the unforgettable opportunity to dive with some of the area’s most enigmatic undersea denizens. Don Hirschaut, ESSV’s president, says, “I’ve had the exceptional opportunity to dive with both giant manta rays and hammerhead sharks in the Sea of Cortez. The experience of being so close to these spectacular creatures is absolutely awe-inspiring.” Divers at the Gordo Banks, a spectacular seamount eight miles off the coast of San José del Cabo, may also have the opportunity to swim alongside enormous whale sharks. Snorkeling trips offer a more accessible, but equally breathtaking, chance to check out the colorful sea life.
While many visitors come to lounge around oceanfront pools while sipping tropical cocktails, those looking for excitement will find plenty of authentic, unforgettable experiences in ESSV’s Los Cabos tours and activities.
About Earth, Sea & Sky Vacations (ESSV)
Specializing in Cabo vacations for over 20 years, ESSV represents over 140 private villa rentals and 50 beachfront resorts throughout Los Cabos. The company’s knowledgeable staff offers an unparalleled level of personalized guest service, customizing a complete vacation experience for each guest. Every property is rigorously inspected to ensure it meets ESSV’s exacting standards of quality. ESSV also offers in-villa spa and chef services, private jet and yacht charters, tours, golf reservations, fishing charters, ground transportation, a 24-hour Cabo San Lucas service team and full event coordination, including destination wedding planning.
For more information about ESSV, visit Cabovillas.com.