Meet the locals
Meet the locals
Every great city is best known for its people and San José del Cabo is no exception. This 7-hour tour includes a session with the Coffee Lab barista; a craft beer tasting at Boutique Hotel Drift; a tour of jewelry workshops and a luxury BajaMed dinner at Casa San José 23400.
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WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE IN SAN JOSÉ
9:30 to 10:15 AM
As scheduled with your concierge, at exactly 9:30 hrs, your vehicle will be waiting for you at the entrance of your hotel. You can rely on the service of a professional driver within a secure and comfortable unit equipped for your peace of mind. The vehicle model may vary according to the size of the group. San José del Cabo is 30 minutes away.
The right thing to do is to begin this experience with a good cup of coffee. In old-school San José, you will meet with Gerry Rivero, Coffee Lab barista, who will tell you all about the origins of his grains, the toasting process and the aroma of your drink. Apart from the coffee bar and terrace, an adjoining gallery used as a multi-purpose cultural space has been added.
Your meeting with the barista will be a sensory workshop. Gerry will offer you several varieties of coffee from Oaxaca, Veracruz and Chiapas. Each one has its own characteristics, the toasting process adds flavor and body, releasing notes of caramel, chocolate and citrus fruits. Follow a demonstration of different ways to prepare coffee: drip method, Chemex or the classic bag, learn how each one develops different unique characteristics of the coffee grains.
EXPERIENCE SAN JOSE AS A LOCAL
This is just the beginning. Next up you’ll be meeting Kristian Sandoval, our host “choyero” – a popular nickname for the natives of Baja California Sur. Kristian will direct the group to Helados 3R (Rescue, Rehabilitate, Release), a boutique ice cream parlor owned by Jaime Bernal, who, in addition to offering premium ice cream, is a relentless conservationist and protector of marine animals.
You will continue walking with Kristian, he is a local entrepreneur and an active member of social welfare organizations. He will guide you through history, from prehistoric times to the first steps of the pericúes and guaycuras nomads, passing through the stage of the Jesuit missionaries responsible for founding missions like the San José Mission, the same one that you will be simultaneously looking at in front of San Jose’s main square.
Inside the Hotel El Encanto Inn you will taste the typical Damiana liquor, to which aphrodisiac powers are attributed. The walkthrough will continue towards multiple art galleries and artist workshops that belong to those that have made San Jose their home. Around this time of day it might start getting a bit hot, the perfect moment to visit our local contact at the Drift boutique hotel.
ARTESANAL PAINTING IN DRIFT
Eduardo Aguilar is as passionate about San José as he is about craft beer. You will be directed towards an intimate space within the hotel. You can cool off with a glass of Baja craft beer or, if you’re curious, a shot of Damiana liquor. Eduardo will talk about the beer movement, the crafting process and will also offer a tasting to teach you the different styles of beer. Likewise, he will talk about the taco, the tradition of the local markets and the culinary livelihood of the city.
JEWELRY WORKSHOP IN CABOS
Continue your walkthrough. The presence of jewelry workshops will become evident, you will run into multiple designs in gold and silver. There is no doubt that unique and handmade pieces are crafted here. You will get to know the history of the Sanchez family, all the siblings have inherited the jeweler’s trade from a family lineage that goes all the way back to the traditional city of Taxco in the state of Guerrero. Visit Eduardo’s workshop, for him the jewels he creates are expressions of love, beauty and sensuality. You will also visit the workshop of Jesus and Cecilia Luna, who work with opal jewelry, also known as Mexican fire. If any design catches your attention feel free to ask and, why not, take home a unique piece that will make you feel special and will forever remind you of Los Cabos.
Cooking without borders
Your next host will be chef Ulises González at restaurant Casa San José 23400. He is passionate about cooking, music and painting, a discipline from which he has taken inspiration to approach each dish as a new canvas for his culinary creations. Ulises describes his style as “cooking without borders”. With fresh local products, chef Ulises prepares what he calls “the handsome men of the house”: a tuna tartare or an avocado tartar with tuna. At your table there will be good wine to pair with your food; labels brought from the Valle de Guadalupe will top this sensory experience.
Ulises will tell you about the culinary experiences he enjoys with his colleagues, creating new proposals involving four sets of hands and inspiring his dishes through local art… a true story of the “Art to Table” kind.
BACK TO YOUR HOTEL
After a spectacular experience, you will make your way back to your hotel. With newly acquired friends, farewells will become “see you soon”. Your driver will drop you off at your hotel’s front door; recount the day’s experiences and the new friends that you now share in this new home called Cabo San Lucas
All year long (except on rainy days)
What is included
- Luxury vehicle transportation with capacity for up to 12 passengers
- Driver and professional guide
- Pick up and return to hotel
- Food and drinks
WHAT TO EXPECT
Hotel pick up…
We will pick you up promptly at your hotel. One of our team members will welcome you and answer any questions that may arise during the…
Transfer to San José
Buckle up. Because safety comes first, we invite you to wear your seatbelt at all times.
Lets begin at the Coffee Lab bar. Here you will taste delicious coffee and bread to begin your day properly. We will talk with Gerry in his gallery, where he will surely share several personal experiences as well as the projects of young local entrepreneurs and other relevant movements.
Transfer to downtown San José
A short 10 minute walk will take us to the meeting point with our next host. Let’s go to the ice cream parlour.
A walk through time
We will meet Kristian. A fourth generation “choyero”. His enthusiasm and passion will lead us through history, visiting the most emblematic spots in San José while sharing family anecdotes as well as those of other locals and legends that have made their mark in the locality.
Snack at Hotel Drift
Arrive at the courtyard of an old house that has been transformed into a boutique hotel. A snack couldn’t hurt anyone. Here, Eduardo will guide us through a craft beer tasting.
Make your way to a jewelry store
Make your way to one of the amazing workshops and exhibitors of designer jewelry that exist in downtown
Jewelry Workshop and Display
Meet face to face with the designers and creators of unique pieces, handmade with metals and incrustations of coins and/or precious stones. You will also learn about the Triunfo mine and its legacy to San José.
Walk to the restaurant
There are several restaurants with splendid food that use only local products. We will walk to Casa San Jose 23400.
Restaurant Casa San Jose 23400
Chef Ulises will welcome you to his restaurant. Enjoy a wine instroduction and fresh, organic and local foods. His “cooking without borders” style allows him the freedom to play with the flavors and present an amazing honest meal. That’s right, very local.
Transfer to your hotel
It has been an extraordinary day. You are 30 minutes away from your front door.
See you soon…
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In Los Cabos there is much more to do and we hope that your next experience will be just as magical than the one before.