July 2017 Baja Bulletin

Vendimia Paella FestTickets on Sale for Concurso de Paellas!

This year’s Paella fest will take place on Sunday, August 20, 2017 and is considered one of the premier events of Valle de Guadalupe’s Fiestas de la Vendimia. As the closing event of the Vendimia wine harvest festival, the Concurso de Paellas will feature over 90 teams presenting paellas for competition and consumption. More than 50 wineries from the region will be serving wine tastings of more than 130 different wines. The event takes place each year outside under the oak trees at Viña de Liceaga. To learn more about the event, read our article about Concurso de Paellas.

We have tickets available for US$60 each for DBTC members (US$70 each for non-DBTC members). Please call 800-727-2252 or email ask@discoverbaja.com to purchase your tickets. We strongly suggest that you pay an additional $7 per order for USPS priority shipping as DBTC is not responsible for tickets lost in the mail.


Valle de Guadalupe brochuresValle de Guadalupe’s Fiestas de la Vendimia

The 2017 Fiestas de la Vendimia will be an extra week this year, taking place from July 28 to August 20. Here are some of the great resources we’ve put together for you to enjoy:


Roadside geology and biology of baja california“Roadside Geology and Biology of Baja California” Book

Completely updated, the 2nd edition of the “Roadside Geology and Biology of Baja California” is now available! This full-color book will guide you through the geology and biology of Baja’s Transpeninsular Highway. The road logs provide kilometer-by-kilometer information about the roadside geology and biology, accompanied by photographs and sketches. The book includes an introduction to the geology and biology of the peninsula as well as an illustrated glossary. This guide will enhance your Baja road trip experience, whether you’re a novice traveler or an advanced scientist. Call 800-727-2252 to order.


Southbound PedWest Border Crossing to Open July 15

The southbound lanes for the PedWest San Ysidro (Tijuana) pedestrian crossing are due to open July 15, 2017. The bidirectional land port of entry will contain a Banjército for payments for FMM tourist permits. For more directions and information about the PedWest crossing, read our PedWest page.


Permanent Gillnet Ban Enacted to Save the Vaquitas

On June 30, 2017, a permanent ban on gillnet fishing went into effect in the northern Sea of Cortez in order to help protect the endangered vaquita marina. Gillnets are used to illegally catch totoaba fish, whose swim bladders can sell for up to $20,000USD per kilo in the markets in China where the swim bladder is believed to have healing properties (an unproven belief). The vaquita get caught in these illegal totoaba gillnets and perish. The ban on gillnets is part of an agreement made by the Mexican government and the foundations of actor Leonardo DiCaprio and businessman Carlos Slim.


wbb1 (1)Panterra Eco Expeditions

Join Panterra on one of their all-inclusive eco expeditions to the Sea of Cortez. The journey is onboard Panterra’s 110 ft. live aboard ship, the “MV Adventure,” custom designed and built for comfortable, quiet, intimate cruising. Multi-day expeditions offer the opportunity to explore, discover, and learn through close encounters with whale sharks, sea lions, dolphins, whales, manta rays and other marine life. Discover Baja members receive a 15% discount on Panterra Eco Expeditions. Please email info@panterra.com or call 250 655 1915


Fall 2017 Trips:

Dive Expeditions
Dates:  Sept. 22 – 27 and Oct. 11 – 16 (4 days live aboard and 2 days hotel stay day diving)
Special price: $1295.00 USD per person based on dbl occ (Reg. Price: $1795.00 USD)

Natural History and Whale Shark Research
Date:  Oct. 11 – 16 (5-day live aboard)
Special price: $1295.00 USD per person based on dbl occ (Reg. Price: $1595.00 USD)

Wine and Culinary – A Seafood Extravaganza
Date:  Oct. 28 – Nov. 1 (5-day live aboard)
Special price: $1395.00 USD per person based on dbl occ (Reg. Price: $1695.00 USD)



whale sharks LA baySnorkel with Whale Sharks for Science

Join the Vermillion Sea Institute and help scientists identify new and returning whale sharks in Bahía de los Ángeles.

There are two dates (and a possible thrid) for this trip: August 11-16, 2017, August 21-26, 2017. The $960 all-inclusive price includes round trip travel from San Diego, lodging, meals, boat rental, wetsuit, and fins. For more information see the Vermilion Sea Institute website.



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