Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find responses to questions we receive. If you don’t find the answer (or question) you seek, please let us know. We love to hear from our travelers.

What are the seasons?
You can count on warm weather from June through October. It typically cools down a bit at night, with the exception of July-September when it stays fairly humid. In October it starts to cool off, and it can get pretty chilly from December through March, especially on the Pacific coast. We can get storms and even hurricanes from July-October, and from November-March we typically get a few days of rain each month.

 

What should I pack? Do I need fancy high-tech gear?
You probably have everything you need for your upcoming trip with RED Travel México, so don’t worry about rushing out to buy the latest high tech gear. If you don’t, you can probably borrow it. That said, there are a few essential items that you should bring with you. We recommend bringing a medium sized duffel bag or suitcase and a small daypack.  Pack for cold and hot as we get drastic temperature swings and wind and a setting sun can turn a hot day into a cold night quickly in the desert or on the water.

  • Sun hat and warm hat in winter/spring months
  • Sunglasses
  • Long sleeve shirt for sun protection
  • Bathing suit
  • Long pants and shorts
  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking and old tennis shoes or sturdy water friendly sandals
  • A windbreaker and in winter months  a warm layer or other jacket or sweater, rain jacket
  • Water bottle. Please bring your own reusable water bottle
  • A small flashlight or headlamp
  • A dry bag or large ziploc is handy to keep valuables dry and the sand/dust out
  • Any personal medication you need
  • If you wear glasses or contacts you may want to bring a spare pair
  • Reef-safe sunblock
  • Ear plugs
  • Personal toiletries
  • Camera with protective case
  • A towel or sarong is nice to dry off and help fend off the sun
  • Cash is handy for tipping guides, camp staff and and captains.
  • A good attitude. Weather changes, food tastes different, speaking Spanish is harder than you remembered. Roll with it and have a good time!

 

Can I bring a drone on my trip?
Drones are not permitted in natural protected areas without special permits. Most of our trips operate within natural protected areas, so no, we don’t allow our guests to operate drones during our trips.

 

Is it common to tip in Mexico?
Tips are important to people working in the tourism industry in Mexico. Tourism work is very seasonal, and tips make up an important part of income. Tips are always optional, but we encourage our travelers to tip generously when they are deserved. The below is a guideline for day trips. For multi-day itineraries, we can provide more specific information.

Tipping guide. How much gratuity do you recommend for the following staff:
Restaurant staff:
We recommend you tip as you would back home. 15% is a good starting point.
Porter at hotels:
10-20 pesos per bag
Cleaning staff at hotels:
50-100 pesos per night
Drivers
Tips for drivers are not required but definitely appreciated.
50-100 pesos per transfer or per day
Guides and boat captains
300-1000 pesos per guide/boat captain is a standard range. RED guides and boat captains split tips evenly.

 

Are visas and passports required to enter/exit Mexico?
You need a valid passport with at least 6 months before its expiration to enter and exit Mexico. Contact your local embassy, or consulate for more information. Upon entering Mexico you will be asked to fill out a migration form. Keep this with you as you will need to turn it in before leaving the country.  

 

Can RED help with hotel reservations?
We can book hotels and make other arrangements including car rental for travelers purchasing a trip with RED.

 

Will my cell phone work in Mexico?
While cellular service is widely available throughout the Baja California Sur, some destinations on your itinerary may not have cellular service. Please check with your cellular provider to verify if your phone and plan will work in Mexico.

 

Can I use Lyft, Uber or another ride share service in La Paz?
Uber has landed in La Paz and if you have an account it should work without any problem. Drivers may request to meet you away from the site of taxi stands, as some taxi drivers are not on board with the ride share revolution. Taxis can be found in front of hotels and around the city center. Contact RED staff or your hotel concierge for recommended taxi service.

 

Do I need to buy an electrical adapter?
Mexico uses 120V/60Hz 15A polarized power. The socket type can be “A” (2 pin, ungrounded) or “B” (three pin, grounded).

 

I have special dietary needs. Will this be a problem nn my trip?
Experiencing new tastes is an important part of traveling. Our pre-trip information forms request that you provide us with any dietary restrictions or preferences so that we can take them into account during your visit. Vegan and vegetarian options are increasingly more common in La Paz.  

 

Can I reserve a single supplement?
Please contact us regarding your specific itinerary.

 

Should I purchase travel insurance?
We highly recommend all travelers purchase travelers insurance.

 

What airport should I fly into?
There are three international airports in the state of Baja California Sur:
Los Cabos International Airport (SJD)
La Paz International Airport (LAP)
Loreto International Airport (LTO)
We can provide ground transfer service to and from any of these airports.

 

Is La Paz safe?
The downtown area of La Paz is generally safe during both day and night. We recommend visitors exercise good judgement, and take precautions including traveling by licensed taxi, and walking accompanied if late at night, which we recommend when traveling to any city. Uniformed tourist police are distributed throughout the downtown area and are trained to assist travelers.

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