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Apr 22, 2013 12:11 PM

Valle de Guadalupe Driver / Taxi?

I'm going down to Baja this weekend for my birthday, and I'm going to be spending Sunday in the Valle de Guadalupe staying at Hotel Endemico. Last time I was down there, I drove myself around, but this time I'd like to have someone do the driving for us. Can anyone recommend a good car service for a day of wine tastings? Fluent English isn't necessary, but would be a bonus. I'm mostly hoping it's not too tall of an order to find someone who is familiar with the area that I can just give a list of a couple wineries and have them take it from there.

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  1. Hotel Endemico is a full service hotel. Call and ask them if they have a driver they use or can recommend. Let them arrange it for you, after all it *is* your birthday :-).

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      I e-mailed them and sure enough the manager offered to take care of everything. Thanks DiningDiva!

    2. How was your stay at Hotel Endemico? I'm thinking of making a trip down there and would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

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      1. re: Scottfj12


        Our stay was excellent and I whole heartily recommend this hotel. The cabin (for lack of a better term) was on par with high end hotels in terms of comfort and amenities. It was great coming back after our long day of wine tasting to relax on our cabin's private patio, which had great views of the valley and felt isolated from the rest of the cabins. We had no problems with the walkie talkie system the hotel uses, and someone quickly came out to light our chiminea so we could enjoy that during the evening. Karla, the manager, prearranged taxi service for our day of wine tasting and made her own suggestions, which were essentially identical to the itinerary I set at home. She didn't try to steer us to LA Cetto or any of the bigger wineries; instead, she recommended Las Nubes, Hacienda La Lomita, and Vinos Pijoan (amongst many others we just didn't have time for). At each of these, we got great one on one time with the people running the tastings, and weren't just rushed along as part of a giant tour. The rest of the staff at Endemico were just as friendly. The only part I can't speak to is the food on site; I was much too hungover to partake in my free breakfast the next day, hah. I can't wait to go back. Strangely, I've checked the hotel's booking site and it claims to be booked out well into next year. Not sure if you just have to contact them directly now or if they really are so popular they've booked out that far in advance.

        If you can't get into Hotel Endemido, I would just as highly recommend La Villa del Valle. It's more secluded, so it lends itself more to staying on the property, which isn't such a bad thing since El Corazon del Tierra is an amazing restaurant. It was just as comfortable and picturesque, and the manager and owners are great people. The transmission on my car blew out the day before we left, and the manager was incredibly helpful and provided assistance translating with a local mechanic and the representative from the Mexican insurance company. The owners even gave my boyfriend and I a free bottle of wine from their personal stash to make us feel a little better. I would definitely stay there again, but next time opt to hire a taxi for driving around the valley. Of course, this is moot if you have a high clearance vehicle.

        Pardon my lack of brevity here, and if you have anything else you're wondering about, let me know. I hope you have a great trip!

        1. re: mom jeans

          Great! Thanks for the response. I really appreciate it. I saw that the hotel was booked solid too, but then also discovered it has changed names to Encuentro Guadalupe. The Encuentro Guadalupe website appears to be down now as we'll. Not sure what's going on at the property. Anyways, thanks again!

          1. re: Scottfj12

            Try booking through I was able to book Hotel Encuentro without too much problem.