There are no two ways about it--Baja California's Valle de Guadalupe is famous first and foremost as a paradise for lovers of fine wine and food! But this being said, it doesn't mean that there's nothing to do in the Valle beyond hopping from winery to restaurant, sampling what there is to eat and drink.
Even if you're not the world's biggest wine fan, a trip to the Valle de Guadalupe could still be very much worth your while. Wondering why? Well let's take a look at some of the non-wine and food-related activities and things to do that the Valle de Guadalupe has to offer:
Though the Valle de Guadalupe is by no means a typical Mexican destination, the fact of the matter is that traditional aspects of Mexican life continue living on here even today. That's why it should come as no surprise that horseback riding is still a popular activity for tourists and locals alike--though you don't necessarily have to don a charro outfit to enjoy it.
One of the most popular places to partake in this activity is the Adobe Guadalupe, which besides being an excellent winery and bed & breakfast is also the world's largest breeder of Azteca sporthorses. Guests here can ride in both the English and Western styles on well-trained horses adaptable to riders of most any skill level. A horseback ride across the Adobe Guadalupe's vineyards to the neighboring Monte Xanic winery is without a doubt one of the most fun things to do in the Valle de Guadalupe.
When you think about northern Mexico, you probably think "desert"--and when you think "desert," you probably don't think "hiking." That said, the Valle de Guadalupe is not the northern Mexico that you might think you know!
The fact of the matter is that the Valle de Guadalupe features a surprisingly pleasant Mediterranean climate, and the breezy, vegetation-covered mountains surrounding it provide a very agreeable setting for an afternoon hike. One of the area's most well-known trails is accessible from the grounds of Mogor Badán and is around four hours round trip up into the mountains and back.
Though the Valle de Guadalupe can certainly get hot during the day, the cool and clear nights here are ideal for spending out under the stars. Thankfully, there are a few spots in the valley that offer good old-fashioned campsites to visitors looking to enjoy the area's beautiful natural settings in a more rustic way.
Chief among these spots is Bibayoff Vinos, a winery still run today by descendants of early-20th century Russian immigrants to the Valle de Guadalupe. Then, for an even more off-the-beaten-path camping experience, the San Antonio Necua indigenous community--traditional home to the Kumiai people--is a deservedly popular option. The spot is located in the far northeastern reaches of the valley, but campsites are only the equivalent of about six U.S. dollars per night and guided tours of the nearby wilderness on both foot and horseback make the trip well worth it. For a unique, culturally immersive experience in the Valle de Guadalupe, it's a tough option to beat!
At the end of the day, the basic point is that there is a virtually endless supply of worthwhile things to do in the Valle de Guadalupe. Though typical group tours with Baja Winery Tours stick primarily to restaurants and wineries, if you're planning a private tour with us and have another activity in mind, let us know! Though we can't make any guarantees before speaking with you, we're always happy to try and accommodate tour suggestions on an individual basis.