Historically, going into Mexico has not required a passport. However, recent law now states that a passport is required to enter into Mexico or to get back into the United States! It is required that you bring your passport on the trip in case immigration officers on either side of the border asks for it. As they say, “Better to bring it and not need it , than to need it and not have it!!!” If you decide to come on the trip without a passport and you are not allowed to go into Mexico, then you will have to stay behind and find a return trip back home on your own without any refund for the tour.
Contrary to media sensationalism, the vast majority of Mexican territory is totally safe for foreign visitors. Safety is a top priority on every one of our tours, and the Valle de Guadalupe itself is so peaceful that never at any time will you question your security. For a more detailed look at the topic of safety in the Valle de Guadalupe, feel free to check out this post on the Baja Winery Tours blog.
Yes, you do need to bring your passport on any of our tours into Mexico.
Our day trips range from $69 US to $229 depending on the destination. Our most popular all inclusive day trip, Valle de Guadalupe wine tasting tour, is $199 per person for a group tour and $229 for a private tour.
The tours depart at 9 am from a central meeting point in San Diego, typically from the Linda Vista Transit Station an all day parking lot where tour guests can park for free.
The drive from San Diego, CA to Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe is about one and a half hours each way along beautiful ocean-side Highway 1.
We leave from San Diego at 9 am sharp and typically arrive back around 6 or 7 o clock depending on the border wait.
Check out our group tours page for an example itinerary, or for a more in depth look our blog post “A day in the life” for an example of one of our amazing excursions
The border wait used to be a roll of the dice, ranging anywhere from one to upwards of four hours. However, thanks to recent changes to the San Ysidro border crossing the wait is often no more than one hour. You can check the current border wait time here at the California Border Patrol’s website.
Simply put, our tours are catered to adults and involve drinking alcohol. For this reason, we ask that only mature adults accompany us on our Valle de Guadalupe winery tours. However, the drinking age in Mexico is 18, not 21 like in the United States. In Mexican culture, it is considered normal and healthy for young adults to engage responsibly in the occasional alcoholic beverage. Therefore, if you or your children are 18 years of age or older and mature enough to responsibly enjoy a bit of fine wine, then you will be a welcome guest on our tours.
Unfortunately you are only allowed to bring back one liter of alcohol when returning to the United States. Simply put, we know that this situation seems unfair. If you’d like to complain, please do so to the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.