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5 Of The Best Adventures In Cabo You Should Try

5 of the Best Adventures in Cabo you Should Try

If you’re planning a trip to Cabo there’s a good chance all you’ll want to do is lounge by a pool and drink margaritas. I don’t have the lounging gene and after a day of doing nothing I’m usually chomping on the proverbial bit and ready for adventure. In Cabo, adventure is easy to find. Here are five that should appeal to a broad spectrum of people.

Mountain Bike Adventure in Cabo

5 of the Best Adventures in Cabo you Should Try

The desert landscape in the Cabo area

Biking in Cabo’s outback on the gorgeous Rancho San Cristóbal property is a great way to spend half a day. The track is primarily a dirt road with the odd run of singletrack to keep things interesting. What I particularly loved about the ride, apart from the desert landscape, were all the stops we made along the way to learn about the native flora and fauna. Our guide – Hector – was extremely well versed in the medicinal use of plants. He pointed out nondescript plants that had the most amazing properties – eg. sunscreen from sap. This is an easy ride – and you don’t need much experience.

5 of the Best Adventures in Cabo you Should Try

Mountain biking along a stretch of undeveloped coastline near Cabo

5 of the Best Adventures in Cabo you Should Try

There were only a couple of tougher sections

5 of the Best Adventures in Cabo you Should Try

If I only knew what was going to hit me!

A fantastic Mexican lunch was served at the end of the ride (hot off the grill tortillas, prickly pear cactus salad, tomato salad, guacamole, chicken mole…) followed by a tequila tasting. Although I passed on the tasting I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the types of tequila along with what’s said (sung, chanted, shouted) when you’re about to knock one back. One of the other guests in our group, Diego, who grew up in Mexico City but was working in Russia as a salsa dancer, showed us how tequila tasting is done; four shots later and we was toast for the afternoon.

5 of the Best Adventures in Cabo you Should Try

Postprandial tequila shots

Kayaking and Snorkeling Adventure in Cabo

The beauty of the kayaking and snorkeling trip is that it requires a boat ride to get to the cove – and if you visit during the whale migration you can also knock whale watching off your to do list. It was a leisurely ride out for us as we saw whales in short order. We stayed around until they dove – and really this part of the trip was nearly as good as the full whale watching trip we did the next day.

5 of the Best Adventures in Cabo you Should Try

A couple of whales seen on the boat ride out to go snorkeling

The kayaking was fun and easy. It was all about playing in the water and enjoying the sunshine.

There was a picturesque stretch of coast for snorkeling and although it wasn’t nearly as good as many places I have snorkeled, there were plenty of huge schools of colourful fish to ooh and awe over. If you’re lucky you might see manta rays, sea horses, sea turtles and puffer fish. (no such luck for us except for puffer fish.)It’s an ideal outing for families with older children or for people who haven’t done much snorkeling. There was also the chance to use a power snorkel with a water scooter to up the wow factor.

5 of the Best Adventures in Cabo you Should Try

Easy to paddle sit on top kayaks

Camel Safari in Cabo

The camel safari is one of the most popular Cabo tours judging by the number of people getting on the shuttles. I thought it would be an interesting experience – and I looked forward to returning to the same area where we had gone mountain biking.

5 of the Best Adventures in Cabo you Should Try

A camel safari with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop

I have to say I was disappointed. I did like the Lawrence of Arabia look I sported for 30 minutes but this is one adventure I felt was too touristy – especially as photos “kissing the camel” were only allowed to be done by a photographer who then sold the photos. However, I think I am in the minority as most people were thrilled to bits with the experience. You’ll have to be the judge.

We also had lunch at the end of the safari and a short nature walk. The lunch was just as wonderful the second time round but the nature walk didn’t offer the depth we got on our mountain biking adventure.

5 of the Best Adventures in Cabo you Should Try

My sister-in-law in her Lawrence of Arabia look

It was however, eye opening to sit on a camel – and I have a new appreciation for how uncomfortable a long journey could be.

Whale Watching Adventure in Cabo

Not everyone likes to kayak or snorkel but almost everyone loves to see whales and this is one of the top spots in the world to see humpback whales. It’s a two hour round trip once you’re out of the harbour and it can get breezy and bumpy.

On the whale watching tour, on-board experts dole out lots of fascinating information about whales and whale behaviour. While they keep a respectful distance away, we definitely move quickly towards the whales once they’re sighted – which they are frequently in late January.

Another benefit to doing a whale-watching only experience is listening to the whales via an underwater microphone. We could hear a couple of them directly beneath our boat but they never surfaced for us.

5 of the Best Adventures in Cabo you Should Try

Willing the whales to surface right by the boat

5 of the Best Adventures in Cabo you Should Try

A massive humpback whale

Sunset Cruise in Cabo

A sunset cruise may not sound like much of an adventure but it was truly one of the highlights of the week. Our cruise left the Marina Cabo San Lucas at 4:30 and returned just over two hours later. It was run by Pez Gato and I’d highly recommend them – as the catamaran wasn’t crowded and it was peaceful, unlike some of the sunset tours that include dinner.

5 of the Best Adventures in Cabo you Should Try

Sailing by the famous El Archo at sunset

I loved the tour for the silence once we were out of the harbour. Of course it was pretty, but it was memorable to see whales in the distance and dolphins nearby, especially with a glass of wine and a plate of snacks in your hand. Both my sister-in-law and I had come with low expectations – and they were far exceeded. This is an adventure that is great for all ages.

5 of the Best Adventures in Cabo you Should Try

Looking for whales at the sun goes down

5 of the Best Adventures in Cabo you Should Try

A beautiful evening on a catamaran

There’s plenty of adventures to do in Cabo if that’s what you’re after.

Except for the sunset cruise we used Cabo Adventures. Just be sure to add in up to an hour in travel time both coming and going to your adventure, particularly the bike ride and camel safari. In high season book well in advance.

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Leigh McAdam

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta
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Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 57,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

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