Baja Botanical: 7 Day Adventure in Baja California Sur

Join herbalist, forager and chef Jess Starwood along with botanist and herbalist Dennis Sharmahd on a seven day adventure to southern Baja California Sur, Mexico, to explore wild foods and herbal medicines this unique yet diverse region offers.

The Food: We will eat fresh local, organic foods directly from farms and ecovillages that we visit, along with unique and unusual edible plants as we adventure through the landscape. Herbalist, forager and chef Jess Starwood will prepare and serve healthy, plant-based meals each day. You are welcome to bring your own snacks and supplementary foods.

The Plants (& Mushrooms): There are many unique, rare and endemic plants that inhabit this region. From the multitude of edible cacti fruits such as Pitaya Agria Stenocereus gummosus, and Pitaya Dulce Lemaireocereus thurberi, unique fruits such as Desert Honey Persimmon Diospyros intricata, Melon de Coyote Ibervillea sonorae, Wild Plum Cyrtocarpa edulis, and Baja Black Sapote Diospyros californica, plus the multitude of herbs Damiana Turnera diffusa, Copal Bursera empanada & hindsiana, Baja Bouillon Bush Cordia curassavica, Desert Passionfruit Passiflora arida, plus the low-tannin Encino Negro Quercus brandegeei for some acorn pancakes. We will seek to find as many as possible throughout our adventure. There is also a possibility of finding wild mushrooms as well if the season allows for it.

The Adventures: During our time together we will visit breathtaking waterfalls, crystal clear natural pools, eco-farms, camp out, secluded hot springs and snorkel in coral reefs with an excursion to the higher elevation mountain region for an overnight backpacking trip.

See our trip report and photos from the Foraging Baja 2019 adventure.

TENTATIVE ITINERARY:*

1st Day. Arrival in Los Cabos Mexico. Drive to our base camp and Nature Cabins at the base of Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve.

2nd Day. Hiking up the canyon we are staying at. Exploring some of the 88 endemic species of plants of the area. Then jumping into the waterfall pool to cool off.

3rd Day. Visit to a small eco community on a permaculture mango farm. Then up the road to a hot spring and waterfalls.

4th Day. Go to the largest river in southern Baja. Check out some eco ranches. Then start hiking up the mountain trail with an overnight camp out.

5th Day. Continue exploring all the rare plants and trees in the higher elevations and amazing crystal clear pools. Then heading back down and to the cabins.

6th Day. Head to one more canyon. This one has a sweet hot spring pool. Chill day exploring around the springs and up the river to natural swimming pools.

7th Day. Beach day. Drive to a protected bay with a large Coral Reef. Go swimming with the fishes. Bring a mask and snorkel. Then on the way back we will stop at a Botanical garden for lunch and a tour of the gardens.

8th Day. Pack up to head home and the Airport. 😢 Possibly time in the morning to go for a short walk around the Eco Ranch we have been using for a base camp.

*Itinerary subject to change with weather conditions etc.

Due to increased interest in this trip, we are taking applications. Once approved, your payment secures your spot in this trip. Venmo or check payments are preferred.

Cost: $2,200 includes all accommodations and three meals per day during the trip. Does not include airfare or required travel insurance.

November 5-12th, 2021
Baja California Sur, Mexico
Airport: San Jose Los Cabos

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