Are you afraid of heights?

On the Tijuana-Ensenada libre, you do not need to worry about the San Andres fault, about 76 kilometers away from Tijuana, there is a great canyon called El Salto.

It's about a 30 minute hike uphill to get to see this view.
It’s about a 30 minute hike uphill to get to see this view.

This can either be a day trip or a week-end long trip. You pay 20 pesos (less than two dollars) per person upon entering the park, and at around 5 pm you will get kicked out; or you can pay 60 pesos (less than 5 dollars) per person and camp. It’s reasonably priced considering you have access to a bathroom, (cold) showers, a barbecue and fire pit. The installations are clean and the staff is friendly.

Take advantage of the amenities to cook up a carne asada or some hamburgers.
Take advantage of the amenities to cook up a carne asada or some hamburgers.

The hikes are very nice, there are a couple that can be done, some more difficult than others. The first one does not have any incline and ends at a canyon where people have lunch or rappel. If you do want to rappel, you bring your own, there is no one there providing equipment. The canyon is quite big and there are lots of places one enjoy the view.

Feeling up to it?
Feeling up to it?

If you want to sweat a bit, take a left before the canyon. You will see a path, climb to the top of the path and you take a right, there you will get to a “mirador” (view point) where you can see the valley from the top. It’s pretty scary because there is no protection, but if you stay safe, you won’t fall off. If you’re not tired after that, you can keep on hiking down the hill (on the other side from where you came) and you will arrive to a tiny lake with a teeny waterfall.

If you come after a lot of rain, there is more water and you can jump off the rocks into the water
If you come after a lot of rain, there is more water and you can jump off the rocks into the water

If you are feeling adventurous, there is a little beach you can camp at. The park is already quiet, this campsite is extreme solitude! There was a tent, but keep in mind you have to pick up after yourself and make sure that you leave the area as it was when you came. And make sure you can carry everything because it’s a steep walk back to the main campground.

The way up, very slippery but easier on the way up.
The way up, very slippery but easier on the way up.

Whether you only have the day or the week-end it’s a great trip for your family and your dog. Not once did we feel unsafe or threatened; nature is for everyone and if you can experience it close to untouched, well how great is that?

Puppies (and humans) are happier outside!
Puppies (and humans) are happier outside!

Unfortunately there is no website to the place but it’s called EL SALTO near Ensenada, BC. Try to take the trip!

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