Whilst this is a review of Real Baja Tours, it is truly a review of our guide, Joey, who was the most personable, efficient, and capable fellow we could have hoped to look after us on our ride.
My wife and I were in Cabo, staying at the Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort for our cousin’s wedding, but we took a day for ourselves to do a bit of horseback riding, an activity we both enjoy but neither of us would admit to being competent equestrians.
Real Baja Tours looked after us from the start. We were picked up in their shuttle from our resort and driven the 40 minutes to their location. It was there that Joey greeted us with excellent English (good for me as my Spanish is appalling, unlike my wife who speaks it well,) made sure we were welcome, had access to water and restrooms, and helped us check in. He then took us to meet our horses San Jose, for my wife, and Palomo, a white quarter-horse for me. Whilst quarter-horses appear small they are strong, eager, and quick and didn’t seem to mind the 210 pound fat lad, sitting on their back!
As, I said before, this review is really about Joey. A lot of guides tend to go through the motions. They have their spiel, they have their route, and you get the feeling that if you were a potato strapped to the saddle you’d be getting exactly the same tour. Joey wasn’t like that at all. We were lucky, I suppose, as my wife and I were the only people on the ride and Joey responded by giving us a personalised tour and his undivided attention. Joey is a friendly guy, consummate horseman, and a great conversationalist. Whether he was explaining to us the local geography, showing us the indigenous plants and their uses (sun block and fish hooks!), or teaching us to be better riders, he did so with a laconic enthusiasm that made us feel we were in very safe hands.
The ride was flat and easy but it lasted about two hours so be prepared to ache some the next day and wear long sleeves, pants, and wear a hat because the sun is brutal.
There is a margarita bar run by John-Michael in the shack Real Baja Tours operates out of, a rare character and a great guy. I was looking forward to his freshly squeezed hibiscus frozen margarita after Joey had brought us safely back, when I realised my money clip with all my cash (and more worryingly my ID) was no longer in my back pocket (how many times did your dad tell you not to put your money in your back pocket? Well, I’m listening now, Pa!) Joey didn’t miss a beat, he just nonchalantly motioned to the passenger seat of a Razor ATV he was already climbing into, a machine operated by the other side of Baja’s tour business and we sped off. We’d taken an hour coming back from our horse ride, Joey got us back there in 3 minutes flat. What hope was there of finding my clip? I mean it would be like finding a needle in a haystack or say, a small, silver money clip on a two mile stretch of beach. Joey found it in less than five minutes.
Saved our holiday.
Not only is Joey a great guy he’s also a hero and he got me back to the bar before the margarita I had not asked John-Michael to pour me was thawed out. Top guy!
Go ride a horse or an ATV with Real Baja Tours. Ask for Joey.