Baja Cultural Backpacking - Prime

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Baja Cultural Backpacking - Prime

Culture and exploration in Baja California

Leave behind the tourist track and go to the heart of Baja California. Challenge yourself climbing hills and exploring desert canyons. Listen to vaqueros discuss horse-raising techniques and talk about the region’s history. See and appreciate ancient cave murals made thousands of years ago. On this course, you’ll explore the peninsula of Baja California on foot, getting an intimate view of this place while gaining skills in cultural competency and the outdoors.

This course is for anyone who wants to learn more about a culture through the outdoors. Starting with thousand-year old cave paintings at the Santa Teresa cavern, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then moving on to visit the vaqueros who live in the area’s ranching and agricultural communities, you’ll learn about the language and culture of the different peoples who have called this peninsula home. As you travel through the Biosphere Reserve of the Vizcaíno Desert, you’ll learn the outdoor skills you need to live comfortably, like setting up tents and cooking meals on a camp stove. Combining these outdoor skills with cultural experiences means you’ll walk away from this course with a deeper understanding of this region and, more importantly, ready to engage and lead in an increasingly interconnected world. 



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8 days

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23 yrs.


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Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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“ My perspective, self-centeredness, gratitude, and life values have all been shaped in more positive and beneficially simpler ways. There were the most beautiful, euphoric, accomplished of times, as well as the pivotal hardships moments. In my experience, these highs and lows were the crucial shaping moments that took the trip from just being an amazing memory to it being something that has changed my life and character forever.”

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