Jessica Hartmann / Special to Cruiseable
Jessica, the author, on the world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge, in Cabo.
Early this summer, during a trip to Cabo San Lucas, I wound up taking advantage of some of the awesome recreational activities available to those visiting this outdoor playland in the dry heat of Baja California.
What to do during your visit
Here’s the first installment … It was was my first experience riding an ATV (all-terrain vehicle). And it just so happened to be across what was billed as “the world’s longest ATV and pedestrian suspension bridge,” at Wild Canyon in Cabo.
Jessica Hartmann / Special to CruiseableHere I am on my ATV along the beautiful coastline of Wild Canyon. Right behind me is the land's end, which is the southern most part of Baja, Mexico (click to enlarge).
The tour took about 2 to 2 1/2 hours in all. This was a good amount of time to experience the area, while enjoying the ATV’s. After riding through the canyon trails, we rode our ATVs to the beach for some scenic views.
Jessica Hartmann / Special to CruiseableHere I am crossing the suspension bridge on my ATV. It was a rush!
In Cabo, the ATVs are allowed to be on the beach, which was a fun experience! The sand was really soft to turn in, causing some of the ATVs to get stuck for a little while.
Jessica Hartmann / Special to CruiseableIn Cabo, the ATVs are allowed to be on the sandy beach, tho a few got stuck.
Personal experience: First time on an ATV
This was actually my first experience riding an ATV. I was very hesitant after hearing the multiple horror stories about riding an ATV in Mexico, but was determined to ride anyway.
We rode in a group of six, with two instructors and four tourists. Of the tourists, I was the only one who did not know how to ride an ATV. The instructions were very fast and limited, as I had no idea what to do. I felt very uncomfortable with switching gears, so I left the gears in 4 the whole time. (The lessons weren't really geared toward beginners, but I quickly learned and picked it up.)
The tour took tight and fast turns, which scared me at first, but after getting the hang of things, I felt more comfortable. Keep in mind: This activity is not recommended to kids or those who would like a ‘‘tour.’’ It's best enjoyed by those who have biked before and are looking for some adventure. The attendants provided us handkerchiefs for the dust — otherwise we would have been breathing straight dirt!
Jessica Hartmann / Special to CruiseableYou can tell I got into it after a little while!
Although all photos were required to be taken by the paid photographers on the tour, I sneaked my phone in to snap a couple shots while at the beach and before riding across the bridge. This ensured that I got some scenic shots in addition to action shots.
Next in this series: Camel riding in Cabo!
Want to cruise to Cabo?
The ATV tour can be enjoyed during a day trip on a cruise to Cabo San Lucas. Want to go? Contact the Cruiseable Business Department and tell them Jessica H. sent you — and you'll get a $50 discount on your booking. Email a Cruiseable travel advocate or call 1-877-322-3773.
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Day Tripping: Other articles in our series