Overview

Cultural Day Trip to Sierra Rancho

Make a cultural day trip to a working rancho in the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve. Your driver and guide will take you on the scenic, 1.5 hour drive south from La Paz and up into the mountains. Your hosts, a local family, will be waiting to receive you. Help milk the cows and afterwards learn how to make artisanal cheese. You can also try your skill at making handmade tortillas on the wood burning comal. Enjoy a scenic nature hike and learn about local flora and fauna. During lunch you’ll have the chance to learn about ranchero culture and some of the century old traditions that are kept alive in the sierra communities. You’ll also learn about some of the conservation and restoration efforts managed by local families. Afterwards, you’ll bid farewell before making your way back to La Paz.

About the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve

The Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve is one of Baja California Sur’s natural protected areas. It is registered with UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. Home to different micro-climates and ecosystems it offers spectacular views and opportunities to view flora and fauna. These including matorrales, low deciduous forests, native evergreen oaks, pine-evergreen oak mix woods and numerous oases. The reserve offers many opportunities for hiking, bird watching and camping and is the perfect place for a cultural day trip. Ranchos sparsely populate the reserve, where groups of families practice traditional activities including raising animals, and crops. A biosphere reserve is different from a national park in that it has varying zones of impact.  This allows for varying levels of human activity.

RED’s Conservation Work in the Sierra de la Laguna

Several years ago, RED partnered with local residents in the Biosphere Reserve and the National Protected Areas Commission to design and implement a comprehensive program to restore habitat in the reserve. The Sierra is the primary water source for La Paz and Los Cabos municipalities. The project focuses on 1) fencing to keep out grazing animals; 2) soil restoration to prevent runoff and promote filtration; and 3) tree planting to hold soil down and provide habitat for birds and bats. Learn more about this project here, and here, or view a short video here. Your trip with RED Travel generates a positive local impact by creating a sustainable economic alternative and helping to finance local conservation and restoration work.

Trips length:

9-10 hrs


Price from:

US  $695 for up to 4 travelers

$85 each additional traveler


Private departures only



Dates:

Available year round

Itinerary


Summary itinerary - Cultural Visit to Sierra Rancho

7:00 - Depart La Paz
8:30 - Arrive to Sierra rancho
9:30 - 12:30 - Activities on the rancho
12:30 -13:30 - Lunch
13:30 - Nature walk
15:00 - Departure to La Paz
16:30 - Return to La Paz

Included: round trip ground transportation; activities as described in the itinerary; lunch, drinks and snacks; bilingual, WFR certified naturalist guide; park entrance fees; taxes and insurance

Not included: gratuities; meals and activities not described in itinerary

ADDITIONAL TRIP DETAILS:

Trip begins and ends at your hotel.

RED partnerswith local residents in the Biosphere Reserve and the National Protected Areas Commission to implement a comprehensive program to restore habitat in the reserve. The Sierra is the primary water source for La Paz and Los Cabos municipalities. The project focuses on 1) fencing to keep out grazing animals; 2) soil restoration to prevent runoff and promote filtration; and 3) tree planting to hold soil down and provide habitat for birds and bats. Learn more about this project here, and here, or view a short video here. Your trip with RED Travel generates a positive local impact by creating a sustainable economic alternative and helping to finance local conservation and restoration work.

Trip Impact

trips length:

9-10 hrs


Price from:

US  $695 for up to 4 travelers

$85 each additional traveler


Private departures only



Dates:

Available year round

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General Trip Information

trips length:

9-10 hrs


Price from:

US  $695 for up to 4 travelers

$85 each additional traveler


Private departures only



Dates:

Available year round

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