Contractor Caravans

Contractor Caravans

Contractor Caravans are an alternative option provided to Airstream Club members to participate in caravans not offered by the Club. All contacts, monies, routes, and activities will be managed solely by the Contractor. The publication of these caravans does not constitute an endorsement. For more information about each caravan, contact the caravan leader directly and review the Contractor Caravan Waiver.

Contractor Caravan Waiver

Road, Sea & Rail

Contractor: Caravanas De Mexico

Coordinator: Paul Wheeler & Janet Soucy

Dates: January 27, 2022 to March 24, 2022

Starting Location Potrero, CA - Ending: Nogales, AZ

58 nights - 20 tours 28 meals 3 hotel nights

This caravan is exclusive to, and designed by, Airstreamers in cooperation with Caravans de Mexico SA Don Gabriel Romero President. The contractor is highly experienced, knowledgeable, and committed to giving us the best of what Mexico offers.

Starting Jan 25th January from Potrero CA USA upon crossing the border at Tecate, you will be welcomed to Mexico by a fabulous dinner and a winery tour.  From there, slowly heading south we will get up close and personal with gray whales in Scammon’s lagoon near Guerro Negro where we will camp. This is whale incredible watching, and on occasion whale touching as the grey whales often come up close to our panga (24’ runabout) to rest their chins on the gunwale. A stop at Mulehge with time for a tour of the old part of the city and to ancient cave drawings follow.

The next stop will be Bahia Conception for a relaxing beach time, then Loreto, known for its golf courses   beaches and fishing   and includes a tour to a historic old Mission. Now to La Paz where you will experience Mexican creativity, joyfulness, and exuberance everywhere. This is a beautiful city with a multitude of attractions, where we will board a boat and travel to the Mexican National Park of Espiritu Santo Island for a day at a remote beach with lots of time to explore.

 Your Sea adventure now begins at La Paz as we board a ship* for a trip across the Sea of Cortez to Mazatlán. We will take this 18-hour cruise across the sea in a ferry/cruise ship complete with stateroom and all amenities, disembarking at Mazatlán.  Here. We will unite with our WBAC members participating in the Three Gems Caravan and all together, enjoy the Mardi Gras parade and celebrations at stet level. Mazatlán has innumerable attractions, old and new, that offer almost anything you seek:  Colonial buildings and historical points, fabulous food, tours and even solitude if desired. While there we will take a tour into the back country where you see to some attractions that the ordinary tourist never sees. We will have 5 days in Mazatlán, camped a skip and a jump from the beach.

From Mazatlán, driving north, we go to Celestino where we will visit a sea turtle hatchery then north to El Fuerte where we begin our rail trip up the Copper Canyon.

 At this point its   great feeling to lock your tow vehicle keys away and just sit back in the comfort of a rail carriage, let the engineer “drive” and enjoy the incredible scenery of the canyon in the company of your fellow adventurers while catered to all the way up and back. We will stay at the best hotels available including one where, you will meet the one and only Zorro in person. Yes, he lives!!  A river trip follows with a visit to ancient petroglyphs. There are other features and attractions on the trip from the worlds longest, and highest, zip line to a quiet Tumamerra village.

Wending our way North, though El Jito, we will visit a rural school and spend 3 days at Alamos where on one evening we will be entertained by travelling troubadours as we stroll through the old town with Caspar – our wine toting burro.

Finally, slowing the tempo a little, we have three days on a beach at Huatabampito, 3 days at San Carlos where there are beaches but also a remarkable pearl factory.

In total, the caravan includes 20 tours, 28 meals and three hotel nights.

While there are many planned trips and tours, there is always time for you to explore on your own or with your caravan companions and these excursions can be rewarding and informative as well. All our routes and locales are safe and welcoming.

We return to the USA through Lukeville Arizona.

Costs: Rig, tow vehicle and two persons: 8,265$ USD

*Ship travel costs vary with the length of the rig and are an extra.  C de M will do the bookings

Deposit 1,000 USD deposit with sign up. (non-refundable)

Payment: 3,632 USD April 1, 2021

Balance on crossing border

Contractor Caravan Waiver

Three Mexican Gems

Contractor: Caravanas De Mexico

Coordinator: Michel Bourassa

Dates: February 10, 2022 to April 12, 2022

Starting Location Nogales, AZ - Ending: Lukeville, AZ

60 nights - 26 tours 240 meals 8 hotel nights

This  caravan, custom designed for Airstreamers by Caravans de Mexico, invites you to sign up and enjoy a unique Mexican experience like no other. We have selected three Mexican gems that simply must not be missed:  A 4-day trip by rail up the Copper Canyon, 3 days in Mexico City and a stay in Mazatlán in time to see a carnival that rivals Rio’s. The setting for these jewels is just as attractive- the colonial central core of Mexico – Guanajuato, San Miguel Allende, Durango, Patzcuraro, Villa Corona and other unique towns and cities from the colonial era. Along the way we will have cooking lessons for   those interested, hot springs for tired bones, ancient ruins including Teotihuacan (Established in 200BC), the magnificent Museo National de Anthropologia in Mexico City and Aztec ruins for our art and history aficionados. In addition, historical and cultural presentations and of course, beaches. Beautiful beaches in small out of the way towns away from the pressing crowds found in many tourist areas.

We will enter Mexico from Nogales Arizona and drive directly to the west coast. A nice stop at Alamos, a small Mexican town to be treated to a walking tour of the town conducted by professional troubadours. Further down the coast, we will visit a unique pearl farm before boarding the train for our trip across the Copper Canyon.  From Mazatlán we will head inland to visit Durango, Zacatecas,  Mexico City then back to the coast for sun and sand with a few days at Mazatlán to experience the Carnaval from street side bleachers. Following that, a leisurely drive back along the coast with says at a variety of beach towns.

During hotel stays (included in the Kitty Fee) all rigs will be in guarded compounds. Pets are welcome.

The Tail Gunners will be the Angeles Verde – Green Angels – trained and equipped by the Mexican Dept of Tourism to handle almost all automotive repairs that might be required, to facilitate our caravan in and though large cities and through various checkpoints. They add to our safety and ease of travel.

Total distance to be travelled is 4,800 KM (2,892 Miles) mostly over good roads but shoulders and guard rails are often absent. We will use toll roads when possible as they offer less traffic, more consistent caravan speed and better surfaces. One road deserving special mention is the new highway from Mazatlán to Durango over the Sierra Madre.  With over 80 tunnels and even more bridges across the most incredible scenery, there is no road like it in North America.

Campground amenities are reasonable but expect a few days of dry camping some modest facilities and even to deluxe full-service RV parks and swimming pools. 

Our contractor, Caravanas de Mexico have been operating tours and caravans into Mexico more than 10 years and has conducted more than 40 caravans within Mexico without any significant issues. The owner/Operator Don Gabriel Romero knows his country and knows what we will like and to that end has spared no effort in designing and supervising this, a caravan to remember. His goals are always safety, unique experiences, dramatic ruins, buildings and scenery and a strong dose of Mexican hospitality

Costs:

Rig, tow vehicle and two persons: 9,300 US$ or equivalent in CAD

1)Deposit:  $1,000  to be paid within 10 days of signing up.  Refund:  50% up to September 1st 2021; After September, 2nd, no refund.

2)Installments: First installment of $4,650 to be paid on or before July 1st. Refund: Full refund in case of cancellation up to December 1st.


3)Final installment: Upon crossing the US/Mexican border.


4)Special Conditions: In the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond a signup's control which makes it impossible to participate, every effort will be made to substitute his/her allocated slot with someone else resulting in a full refund payment of less than $400  for administrative costs.  In the event that no substitutes are available, rule 2 applies. In this case, the contractor C de M reserves the right, its  sole   discretion,  to  adjust or modify   the application of these rules  as may be appropriate

 

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