NOTE: This hike can also be arranged in the evening (2:00pm-6:30pm). Please contact the host Michael if you would like to do this hike during the morning. 9:30am: We will meet at the restaurant El Esterito. 9:30am-10:00am: We will leave the restaurant and drive in our own vehicles to the property where the first trailhead is located. 10:00am-11:30am: We will hike to Canyon El Silencio, taking time to observe the geology of the canyon as well as the unique species of plants and animals we may encounter. 11:30am-12:00pm: We will return to our vehicles and drive to the property where the second trailhead is located. 12:00pm-1:30pm: We will hike to the spring of El Ojo de Agua. This mountainside spring has water year-round and harbors mosses and ferns. In addition, we will see many Mexican fan palms and stunning views of the coastline. 1:30pm-2:00pm: We will reconvene under a shady palapa and enjoy freshly prepared ceviche from locally caught fish served on a tostada with sauces of your choice. If you find you are still hungry after the ceviche, we can visit the restaurant El Dorado where you can purchase excellent seafood. This palapa restaurant is located on a beautiful sandy beach where you can observe local fishermen returning with the days catch, or enjoy a pleasant swim (weather permitting) in the waters of the Sea of Cortez.
I have received a Master's in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Arizona through the Marine Sciences program. Originally from Caborca, Sonora I have always had a profound appreciation of the Sea of Cortez, and the people who call this region home. I speak both English and Spanish at a mother tongue level, and am in effect bicultural. As a former educator at the University of Arizona, I have taught and coordinated numerous field trips to the coast addressing conservation and ecology issues pertinent to the Gulf of California and the surrounding Sonoran desert. I hope to inspire and share my appreciation and understanding of the ecology of the region of San Carlos with you!
Freshly prepared ceviche of locally caught fish served on a tostada with sauces of your choice.
Purified filtered drinking water to fill your personal drinking containers.
Paid entrance to the private properties were El Silencio and El Ojo de Agua are located.
Appropriate field guides to identify the various plants and animals we may encounter
El Silencio and El Ojo de Agua are located on private property with limited access. The microclimate at these locations is wetter and cooler than the surrounding desert creating an oasis with an abundance of native fan palms amongst lush vegetation. The habitat resembles tropical deciduous forests found further south and here many tropical species find their most northern distribution. This is a unique experience, unlike most tourist activities!
The hike described to Canyon El Silencio and El Ojo de Agua involves desert hiking and is only possible in the cooler months of the year. Other hikes can be arranged amongst a variety of palm oases.
Hike desert palm oases with a biologist