Is it safe for me to visit the Valle de Guadalupe?
Contrary to media sensationalism, the vast majority of Mexican territory is totally safe for foreign visitors. Safety is a top priority on every one of our tours, and the Valle de Guadalupe itself is so peaceful that never at any time will you question your security. For a more detailed look at the topic of safety in the Valle de Guadalupe, feel free to check out this post on the Baja Winery Tours blog.
Do I need a passport to go to Mexico?
Historically, going into Mexico has not required a passport. However, recent law now states that a passport is required to get back into the United States! Despite this, the fact of the matter is that many U.S. citizens still cross the border day in and day out without a passport--we've personally seen friends walk across with nothing more than a California I.D. We strongly recommend having a passport, but if you don't and are a U.S. citizen, you are still welcome on our tours. Please bring both an official government-issued I.D. and your birth certificate, and keep in mind that the U.S. border patrol may give you a hard time fully verifying your identity on the way back into the country.
How much is the tour?
When/Where do we leave from?
The tours depart at 9 am from a central meeting point in San Diego, typically from the Linda Vista Transit Station an all day parking lot where tour guests can park for free.
How long is the drive?
The drive from San Diego, CA to Mexico's Valle de Guadalupe is about one and a half hours each way along beautiful ocean-side Highway 1.
How long is the tour?
We leave from San Diego at 9 am sharp and typically arrive back around 6 or 7 o clock depending on the border wait.
What can we expect from the tour/what is the itinerary like?
How long is the border wait?
The border wait used to be a roll of the dice, ranging anywhere from one to upwards of four hours. However, thanks to recent changes to the San Ysidro border crossing the wait is often no more than one hour. You can check the current border wait time here at the California Border Patrol's website.
Do I need to be 21 years of age? Can I bring my children younger than 21?
Simply put, our tours are catered to adults and involve drinking alcohol. For this reason, we ask that only mature adults accompany us on our Valle de Guadalupe winery tours.
However, the drinking age in Mexico is 18, not 21 like in the United States. In Mexican culture, it is considered normal and healthy for young adults to engage responsibly in the occasional alcoholic beverage. Therefore, if you or your children are 18 years of age or older and mature enough to responsibly enjoy a bit of fine wine, then you will be a welcome guest on our tours.
How many bottles of wine can I bring back?
Unfortunately you are only allowed to bring back one liter of alcohol when returning to the United States. Simply put, we know that this situation seems unfair. If you'd like to complain, please do so to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.