Disclaimer: This trip is very different from the other trip reports that we will be writing because of a spiritual moment experienced. To our family and friends of various faith or our family and friends who are not affiliated with any faith group, thank you for visiting and supporting our blog. We understand that our life view might diverge on certain issues. Regardless of our differences, we love and respect you tremendously. The content of this blog is based solely on our personal experience/opinions. By no mean does it reflect the opinions of any organizations we are affiliated with both personally and professionally. If you are not interested in the sightseeing and foodie components of Los Cabos but would like to hear about our experience, please skip to Day 4.
Los Cabos, a popular travel destination for spring breakers in California. Who would have thought that I would fall in love with this little city in Mexico? For those of you who are as confused as we were when we arrived “Cabo”, Los Cabos is a municipality in the state of Baja California Sur. It includes the famous towns of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Those are two towns that we traveled to during our 4 days trip to Los Cabos. This is a trip report about how God uses all our experiences to grow and refine us. As you all know, international travel does hold a level of discomfort. Prior to this trip, we received a travel warning to Mexico just weeks before our trip and storm Lidia hit Los Cabos the weekend before our arrival. Yet, our anxiety and discomfort gives us an opportunity to have a greater dependence upon Him. As we open our eyes to the lives and plights of other, it drew us closer to Him and grew spiritually.
We arrived the Los Cabos Mexico International Airport (SJD) on Friday afternoon and took the Ruta Del Desierto bus to transport to Fairfield Inn, Marriott. The Ruta Del Desierto is the cheapest way to get from the airport to San Jose or San Lucas. It costs only 80 pesos or $5 per person. Whereas if we were to use a shuttle ride it will cost $20 to $40 per person.
We chose the Fairfield Inn because of its location being close to downtown, the market at the Marina, and the famous Arch of San Lucas (El Arco de Cabo San Lucas). Although it is not an all-inclusive fancy hotel like some of the other popular hotels in Los Cabos, we enjoyed the hearty breakfast served daily and the excellent staff who always go out of their way to help us.
Dining and Activities:
We had an amazing dinner at La Golondrina (the ceviche is highly recommended), took a stroll at the beach, and called it a day.
We took a sightseeing tour to discover the highlights of San Lucas. The tour started with a visit to a hand-blown glass factory, where we had a chance to blow glass ourselves! We then went on a tequila tour and learned all about the tequila making process. We were so intoxicated that we were basically done for the day. Just kidding! I’m allergic to alcohol and Cameron cannot drink much due to health reasons. So, we sampled a few licks of what was offered and proceeded to our next destination.
After that, we went on a glass-bottom boat ride to see the Arch. This is where the Pacific Ocean meets the Gulf of California. We also saw the Lover’s Beach, the Pelican Rock, and the Land’s End.
Our tour ended after a trip to Marina Mercado, an Arts and Crafts Market where we found most of our souvenirs for the family.
For dinner, we went to the Koi sushi. Koi has excellent, quality sushi for half the price of what we would pay in California. Thanks to our friend’s recommendation, we tried the specialty rolls (which is not on the menu). Our favorite is the Alexia roll, with spicy crab, avocado, cucumber, cream cheese, tempura shrimp, and mango with eel sauce. Also try any sushi with the cilantro sauce, any rolls with their cilantro sauce are amazing!
Day 3 Part 1
We walked around the city’s cruise ship pier and went to a few silver stores in the morning. There is an abundance of silver stores in Los Cabos that sell Taxco Silver and Mexican fire opals, one of the most sought-over gifts to bring back from Mexico.
A week prior to our trip, Cabo was being hit by Storm Lidia, where many buildings, restaurants, and local stores were demolished. When we arrived, we saw mud and water damage everywhere. Many locals have lost their homes and much of the roads/freeways were impassable due to constructions. The two silver stores that we went to, Ayla and Bla Bla Bla Silver, were among the stores that experienced severe damaged caused by the storm. To our surprise, they were both open and back in running the day we visited. We scored a few silver pendants and fire opal pendants as gifts for family and friends’ upcoming birthdays.
Although Cameron and I are not avid naturalist, travelling certainly help us appreciate God’s creation more. Even when natural disaster strikes, we were amazed by how God brought his people together and how he takes care of his people. Only a week after the storm, the people of Cabo are already back to work and making tremendous progress with the clean-up. We are so thankful that God gave us the opportunity to see a different side of Cabo, to help us learn more about this place, to connect with the locals, and blessed us with an intact home to return to. Our heart goes out to the people we have met in Cabo. We prayed that God will continue to be their strength and rock in this recovery process.
Supplies are needed for the more remote area surrounding Los Cabos that were affected. Food and water is also needed for volunteers and the families who lost their homes. Various organizations are purchasing mattresses, medical supplies, and cleaning supplies to keep the clean-up effort going. For more information about how to support the recovery from Storm Lidia, please visit http://www.loscabosguide.com/ways-support-tropical-storm-lidia-recovery/ .
Day 3 Part 2
We had lunch at another Japanese restaurant, Nick San, on Cameron’s birthday. The seafood at Los Cabos is fresh beyond compare. We had some amazing tuna tostada and a special roll with cucumber and crab wrapped in tuna yumminess.
In the evening, we went on a sunset cruise on the Cabo Blue boat. On the boat, we experienced more amazing views of the Arch and Land’s End from the top deck.
For dinner, we went to a little local restaurant, Camaron Pelao Cabo. Amazing dishes of grilled shrimp and tuna were served. Our server, Jésus was amused when Cameron ordered a Cameron (shrimp) dish while they exchanged names.
This is the last day of our trip, we checked out of our hotel and took our bag packs with us to visit San Jose Del Cabo since we have an evening flight and have some time to kill.
For the transportation between San Lucas and San Jose Del Cabo, we took the Ruta del Desierto bus again which cost 37 pesos per person (approximately $2).
Our Amazing Experience:
On the bus, an elderly gentleman (a remarkable street performer) started playing the guitar and sang with a beautiful, light baritone voice that reminds me of Frank Sinatra (except he was singing in Spanish). We marveled at the beauty of his voice and utterly enjoyed the songs performed. As he was leaving the bus, several passengers handed him tips in coins or small bills as a token of appreciation. As I did the same, this gentleman suddenly stopped in his tracks and walked back towards me. With a caring look on his face, he grabbed my hand with both of his, and started praying for me in Spanish.
Although my Spanish is very limited and I had very little idea of what he was praying for, I was very touched by his gesture and started crying uncontrollably in this bus. The bible verse from Mathew 19, where it says, “And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” flashed through my mind. At first, I was perplexed as to why this verse was reminiscing. Cameron and I are both blue/white collar workers and are nowhere near rich, not by Orange County standard anyways. Yet, as I ponder on what has happened, I realized that like a rich person, we are often preoccupied with coveting materialistic things or the next thrill/experience.
As this elderly gentleman who is satisfied with God’s grace prayed over me, I was touched by his faith and his generosity to share God’s grace with me. At that moment, I realize that he is by far much richer in spirit than myself, as was grateful for his sweet charity of prayer.
Throughout my travel, I often noticed that people who lives in poverty, who are gifted with creative talents (such as street performers) or those who work in settings that are most intimate with the earth (such as farmers and animal keepers) has the most potential to have an intimate relationships with the Lord. In them, I see this hopefulness and utter dependence on God to endure the hardships of life. But what about us, the white or blue-collar workers who works in a much more comfortable setting?
Travelling challenges me to step outside the protected elements of my life and examine whether I am grateful for the beautiful California weather and our abundance in daily bread, or whether I have been taking all for granted.
I will end this trip report with this verse, I hope it inspires you to travel as much as it does with me.
“But ask the beasts, and they will teach you; the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you; or the bushes of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” (Job 12:7-10 ESV)