Faq

ARE YOUR BAJA TOURS SAFE?

Yes! Your safety is our number one priority. Just like any other destination when traveling, awareness of your surroundings is important. From start to finish, we provide safe and reliable transportation, experienced tour guides, and coordinated visits with our destinations. If you have any questions regarding safety, please feel free to contact us.

What documents do I need to enter into Mexco by land?

All U.S. Citizens will need a valid passport or passport card. Global Entry/Sentri will only get you back in the U.S. from Mexico. 

Beginning September 1, 2015, the Immigration Service of Mexico requires a valid passport of your home nation for pedestrians entering Mexico at San Ysidro. For more information, please see the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s website:

U.S. Citizens - Documents needed to enter the United States and/or to travel internationally https://www.usa.gov/enter-us#item-34787


Entering the U.S. - Documents required for Foreign Nationals (International Travelers)

https://www.usa.gov/enter-us

Will we have our own transportation?

Yes, all day, safe and secure, private transportation. All of our drivers are experienced traveling Baja and the surrounding areas, holding correct licenses and insurance.

How do I get to the border? (pedeast)

There are many options in order to get to the border.

  1. Driving & Parking: Depending on traffic, driving from downtown San Diego to the San Ysidro border takes between 20 to 30 minutes. There are many parking options at the border costing approximately $30 to $40 per 24-hour period. 

    1. Border Station Parking - http://borderstationparking.com/

      1. 4570 Camino De La Plaza, San Ysidro, CA 92173

    2. International Parking

      1. 729 E San Ysidro Blvd, San Diego, CA 92173

  1. Taxi/Rideshare: It is very easy to take a taxi or a rideshare program (Uber/Lyft) to the border. When instructing the driver, or inputting the address, be sure to indicate that you are going to the “PedEast” border entry located at 795 East San Ysidro Blvd, San Diego, CA 92173. Prices for the taxi or rideshare program vary by distance and type of ride.

  1. Public Transportation - Trolley: The Trolley is an easy and cost-effective way to get to the border. Depending on your origin, the Blue Line’s last stop is the San Ysidro Transit Center. Head South, the McDonalds should be on your left and follow signs and people until you see “to Mexico”. More information can be found at www.sdmts.com.

  1. Public Transportation - Bus: The bus does not have a direct route to PedEast border crossing. More information can be found on www.sdmts.com or www.maps.google.com and selecting the “transit” (bus) icon.

Depending on who is hosting from Baja Society Tours, we will do our best to try and meet the group on the U.S. side. Regardless, clear instructions will be provided a couple days before the start of the tour stating the meetup location. Don’t worry, walking into Mexico is as simple as presenting your passport and meeting your guide directly after passing through the turnstiles on the Mexico side. 

What's the dress attire?

The attire is ‘valle chic’ (vAY-ai sheek). When tasting wine in the Valle, people tend to go with clothing that is “dressy casual”. Ultimately, choose something that you are comfortable with given the day’s weather forecast. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended, heels are not. 

The forecast be found here: 

Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico Weather and Radar Map

Will there be nonalcoholic beverages?

Water bottles will be available during transportation free of charge. Additional nonalcoholic beverages can be purchased at our destinations.

How will pay once I'm in Mexico-dollars, pesos, or credit cards?

All the wineries we visit accept major credit cards. However, American Express may not be accepted at all locations. It is best to contact your credit card provider to make them aware of your travel plans and understand the potential fees associated with each transaction. In addition, all wineries accept U.S. Dollars. Small US bills are recommended. It will be tied to a lesser exchange rate than current market rates, so if you plan on spending a lot of cash, exchanging pesos at the border is recommended.

How do I cross the border? Does it take long?

During entry and exit in and out of Mexico, border wait times very. SENTRI, Ready Lane and Global Entry Card holders will gain entry back into the U.S. the quickest. Estimated border wait times can be found here: https://bwt.cbp.gov/index.html deselecting “commercial vehicles” and “passenger vehicles” icons and selecting “San Ysidro”. Typically, the time of night we are crossing, border wait times are minimal (approximately 30 minutes). 

What if i want to make a change or cancellation to a reservation?

Purchased tours can be rescheduled and used at another time or refunded if Baja Society is notified within 72 hours of tour start time. Please be aware of posted start times as we cannot wait for guests that do not arrive on time. Allow time for parking, delays in public transportation, traffic, walking to meet-up destinations, etc.

What can I bring back home to the US?

Adults(21 years and older) can bring back up to 1 liter of alcohol. We recommend declaring everything you purchase when entering back into the U.S. Food restriction information can be found here:
https://help.cbp.gov/s/article/Article-3619?language=en_US#:~:text=You%20may%20be%20able%20to,%2410%2C000%20in%20fines%20and%20penalties.

What languages are the tours in?

English. However, each tour will have a bilingual speaking, English and Spanish, team member.

gratuity?

During wine tastings, lunch and after transportation is complete, there will be an opportunity to express your appreciation for the excellent level of service you receive. It is common in Mexico to tip between 10-15%, 15% being excellent. Please remember to bring small U.S. bills.

Can i use my cell phone?

Whether or not you can use your cell phone depends on your carrier. Please be sure to check for connectivity while in Mexico and daily rates.

is there wifi available?

Most locations that we will patronize have WIFI. You will be able to use your mobile devices to connect.

Where will we get dropped off at the end of the tour?

At the end of the tour, the group will be dropped off at the pedestrian border crossing on the Mexico side. Our team member will escort you to the U.S. Customs & Border Patrol line for entry back into the United States.

how do i enter mexico?

What is known as “PedEast” border crossing, it is the old U.S./Mexico border entry located at 795 East San Ysidro Blvd, San Diego, CA 92173 and it facilitates people crossing the border on foot. 

additional tips?

1. Do not bring unnecessary valuables. Pack light!

2. Remain with the group. Please do not wander off the premises without a Baja Society Tours escort.

3. Act accordingly with Mexican Laws. Please behave as you would in the U.S. The same laws apply.

4. Hydration is important. While we want everyone to have a great time and soak in all that Baja wine Mexico has to offer, do remember to pace yourself. Be sure to eat properly and drink plenty of water. Our vehicle will be fully stocked with water.

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