FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Where does the tour go?

We specialize in tours to Ruta del Vino. It's located about 15 miles northeast of the city of Ensenada, Baja California in México. We will drive south from San Diego, cross the border into Tijuana and drive south along the amazing scenic route D1, pass by Rosarito, Puerto Nuevo to arrive into the wine country, about  83 miles from San Diego.

 
Why should I choose Baja Vino Tours ?

We're experts in Ruta del Vino. We were part of team at the Baja California State Tourism Office (2001-2006) that developed the area as a tourist destination, we have seen it grow and flourish and deeply admire the love and dedication of those who work in this amazing region. Your local guide is certified, bilingual and knows the area like the palm of his hand.  You'll be able to relax and enjoy the day.

 

Where does the tour meet?

Old Town Transit Center in San Diego, CA. Click here for a map.

 

Do I need a reservation?

Yes. We'd very sad if  you arrive at the meeting point only to find there is no space on the bus.

 

What time does the tour return to Old Town Transit Station?

The tour intends to return between 7:00 and 8:00 PM. However, border waits vary from ten minutes to sixty minutes.

 

Which wineries will we visit?

Please refer to the tour details to learn wich wineries we will be visiting. There are 3 regions within la Ruta del Vino. We will focus on the central area where there are over 80 wineries. We tend to rotate those we choose to visit depending on the time of the year and their events calendar. Typically, we like to showcase a large, medium and boutique sized winery.

 

What's for lunch?

We will have a sit down luncheon at one of the area restaurants. Prepare to enjoy an amazing luncheon that will showcase local products. The restaurant selected varies depending on the tour you have selected. If you have any dietary restrictions, please send us an e-mail right after booking your tour and we will make arrangements to try to accomodate you. 

 

What kind of vehicles do you use for the tour?

Most tours are on modern 52 seat bus, with bathroom, AC, music and sound system. Special tours can be made per special request in sedan vehicles or vans.

 

What kind of identificantion do I need to cross the border?

Please review this links for the most updated information regarding this topic:

Department of State

Department of Homeland Security

 

In general, U.S. citizens and nonimmigrant aliens from Canada entering the United States by land or sea are required to present a valid WHTI-compliant document, which include:

  • Passports

  • U.S. Passport Cards

  • Enhanced Driver's Licenses

  • Trusted Traveler Cards (NEXUS, SENTRI, Global Entry or FAST)

  • Military Identification Cards (for members of the U.S. armed forces on official orders)

  • U.S. Merchant Mariner Document (for U.S. citizens on official maritime business)

  • Enhanced Tribal Card (where available)

 

What items can bring (or not bring) back to the U.S.?

Please review this link for the most updated information regarding this topic:

 

  • All articles acquired in Mexico must be declared.

  • $800 exemption for gifts and personal articles, including one liter of alcoholic beverages per person over 21 every 30 days.

  • Cuban cigars are prohibited.

  • Check with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) about importing any medications prior to crossing into Mexico.

  • CBP has a zero-tolerance policy on illegal drugs. Any type, in any amount may result in serious fines, seizure of vehicle, federal record and/or imprisonment.

  • Switchblade knives, sea turtle boots or any other articles of endangered species (i.e. spotted cats, coral, crocodile, elephant, etc) are prohibited.

  • Most fruits are prohibited (No oranges or apples).

  • Do not take U.S. fruits and meats to Mexico-You cannot bring them back.

  • Before you go to Mexico, ask a CBP Officer for a list of items you can bring back.

  • Fines of $50 to $1,000 may result if you fail to declared agricultural items.

 

What should I wear?

Weather will have minor variations from the San Diego area, in general we recommend you to bring comfortable shoes, hat, sunglasses, wear sunscreen and bring a bottle of water. Don't forget your camera or phone to take lots of great pictures. You might also want consider bringing a shopping bag because we are sure you will want to bring back some local products and wine. You can use your credit card or Mexican pesos for your purchases, some establishments may accept US dollars but don't count on that. Also be sure to check whether your credit card charges foreign transaction fees.

 

Is my purchase refundable? 

Refunds will not be given after the initial 48 hours purchase period. No full or partial refunds are given to customers who miss a tour. Purchasers will be notified prior in the case of a cancelled or rescheduled tour. Cancelled tours will be fully refundable. If you can't make the new date of a rescheduled tour, you are entitled to a refund upon request. 

 

What's the cancellation policy? 

There is a chance your tour could be cancelled. If your tour is cancelled due to dangerous weather conditions or any other reason, you will be notified via the email used to reserve your ticket no later than 5:00 pm PT the day before your scheduled tour.

 

What if I want to drive myself? 

If you choose to drive your own car be sure to visit our friends at Bajabound.com for inexpensive and important insurance to cover you and your car. Bajabound.com has a wealth of information as well. Just remember, drinking and driving is not recommended, especially on unfamiliar roads in a foreign country. 

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12934 Francine Terrace 

Poway, CA 92064

 

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TEL: (619) 567-9244

E-MAIL:  greg@bighammerwines.com

 

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