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Baja Outback. Baja Outback offers a variety of guided tours that range from four hours to several days long. The routes run through Baja backcountry, where you have the opportunity to explore the Cape's rarely seen back roads while learning desert lore from a knowledgeable guide-cum-biologist. One option takes you to a remote mountain ranch before lunching and snorkeling at Cabo Pulmo. Day trips may include anything from hiking and snorkeling to city tours and turtle release programs (August to November). Baja Outback also offers multiday tour packages especially designed for kids with boogie boarding and sand castle building. For adventure-driven vacationers, tours include kayaking, surfing, and stand-up paddle boarding. San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23450. 624/142–9215. www.bajaoutback.com. From $185 per person.
Baja Wild. Baja Wild has a number of adventure packages including the "Six Day Inn-to-Inn Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Snorkeling, Surfing, and Whale-Watching Adventure." You'll see the natural side of Cabo, with hikes to canyons, hot springs, fossil beds, and caves with rock paintings. They offer backcountry jeep tours, full-day kayak tours at Cabo Pulmo, and ATV tours in the desert. Private tours are available. Plaza Costa Azul, Hwy. 1, Km 28, San José del Cabo, Baja California Sur, 23400. 624/172–6300. www.bajawild.com. Backcountry jeep tours from $420 per vehicle; full-day kayak tours at Cabo Pulmo, $140; half-day ATV tours, $80. Private tours are available for double price.
Cabo Adventures. With a wide variety of unusual activities Cabo Adventures is unique adventure operator. Along with its popular Cabo Dolphins program are the four-hour Desert Safaris, which take you into the Sierra Mountains by Swiss-made Unimog to commune with camels, of all things! They also offer ziplining, mountain biking, whale shark tours, and flyboards (like water jetpacks). Blvd. Paseo de la Marina, Marina, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, 23410. 624/173–9500 or 888/526–2238. www.cabo-adventures.com. 109 per person.