My wife brought me here as a birthday present a couple of years ago and it was one of the most delightful trips we've ever taken. As a bonus, we got a "two-fer" on the trip -- an escape from a dreary Portland, OR winter as well as a visit to this lovely place.
Los Colibris sits atop an oceanside cliff and the views are spectacular. On most days, the vista in three directions stretches out over 50 miles. The ocean sits directly in front of and below the grounds, with a large lagoon just off the beach. We stayed in La Chucha Casita, perfect for a couple. Roomy, airy, comfortable, tastefully decorated and impeccably clean, La Chucha gave us no cause for complaint. The rooftop patio with its gorgeous view was icing on the cake. Visits from the well-mannered resident cats -- Cuchi and Cinco -- were an added treat for us.
Bryan and Sergio Jauregui are the perfect hosts. Relaxed and friendly, yet professional and knowledgeable, they make everything happen effortlessly. Sergio runs an eco-tourism business as well, so the possibilities for recreation are many and varied. With a background in the marine sciences and nearly 15 years' experience as a tour guide in Baja, there is little Sergio doesn't know about the flora, fauna, geography and history of the area. Bryan runs her own China-based business, and will speak Mandarin for you on a dare. She and los perros (the dogs) -- Mofles, Juliette and Charquitos -- will occasionally join you on your strolls as their schedules allow.
We took advantage of several of Sergio's offerings, including a village tour of Todos Santos (complete with history), cliff walk (spectacular), horseback riding on the beach and a visit to Doña Ramona, one of the La Candelaria mountain potters. This last was a remarkable little cultural excursion, something like the Baja equivalent of a trip to deepest Appalachia -- and Doña Ramona provides a delicious homemade lunch!
The highlight of an already wonderful trip was an overnight jaunt to Magdelena Bay, where the Pacific gray whales we see so often off the Oregon coast go to mate and bear their young. We spent most of a day cruising the bay in one of the local pangas, or skiffs, cruising among the mothers and their calves -- an extraordinary experience for even the most jaded traveler. I got to touch a baby whale on my birthday, an intense, child-like pleasure for me. Words truly fail me on this one -- you'll just have to experience it for yourself.
For the Baja visitor seeking something more than the sterile offerings of Los Cabos, the small town charm of Todos Santos and environs offers a refreshing alternative. There are other pleasant places to stay in the area, of course, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a lovelier spot or more congenial hosts than at Los Colibris. You'll be missing a bet if you don't try it at least once.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Los Colibris (“The Hummingbirds”) was made for nature lovers seeking beauty and tranquility. Our 2 casas and 2 casitas each have magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean, a freshwater estuary and a palm grove oasis to the front, and the Sierra de la Laguna mountains to the back. We have the most stunning views in Todos Santos. We are a 5-minute drive to the shops, restaurants and artists galleries of Todos Santos. ... more less
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