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Ensenada/Guadalupe/Tecate: October 7-9, 2017



During this 3-day photo adventure, we'll first explore Ensenada Mexico, which lies only an hour and 15 minutes south of the border and full of wonderful photographic opportunities. From the bustling fish market at the colorful wharf to the elegant Riviera Cultural Center - downtown Ensenada has innumerable colorful, unique subjects to photograph:  harbor scenes, pelicans, sea lions, locals, colorful shops and signs, vendors and their wares, classic musicians, and lots more.

On the second day we'll take a boat ride in the harbor before making the scenic drive to the famous blowhole situated out on beautiful Punta Banda. We’ll photograph seascapes, vendors and musicians, the blowhole, and maybe a beautiful sunset.  

This trip's final day we'll visit and tour one of the wineries – we’ll photograph the cellars and participate in wine-tasting. After a delicious lunch overlooking Guadalupe valley, we'll take the scenic drive to Tecate.  A rustic pottery factory will be visited, then a final stop in Tecate's central plaza.

During the trip, Jim will also be giving slide show lectures on creating more dynamic photographs and on maximizing your results with digital SLR cameras.          

Itinerary Ensenada/Guadalupe/Tecate
Day 1:
(Oct 7)

We’ll meet at our meeting spot in San Diego, and depart for Ensenada. Upon arriving downtown, we’ll  explore the harbor and Mercado Negro (fish market) area to have lunch and photograph the action at the fish market and scenes of other vendors and the harbor. After lunch we’ll photograph some of the local musicians. After checking into our hotel, we’ll meet in the conference room for a preview of images from the trip and a photography workshop. In the late afternoon we'll visit the Cathedral, and then the Riviera Cultural Center for the last light. We'll then go up on a viewpoint above the town and take twilight shots of the city and harbor. We'll have a good dinner, and maybe a tasty margarita. On the way back to the hotel we’ll visit the famous Hussong’s Cantina, and take some shots of the revelers and musicians.

Day 2:

We'll get up early and go for a sunrise boat ride to photograph a working harbor - many old boats and ships, dock workers, sea-lions, and birds. After the boat trip we’ll walk along the malecon, the sea walk along the harbor.  After breakfast we'll have a photo workshop and discussion. We’ll have some free time in the middle of the day, then make the 45 minute drive out to La Bufadora, where we’ll photograph the blowhole, and the many colorful vendors. We’ll visit and photograph the people who sell home-made tamales and jars of honey, chilies and other products. Then we’ll go on the cliffs for some scenic shots of the sunset. We'll end the night with a good dinner.

Day 3:

After breakfast and some image sharing, we'll start the drive on scenic highway 3 through the Guadalupe Valley to Tecate. We'll visit and tour one of the wineries – we’ll photograph the cellars and participate in wine-tasting. After a delicious lunch overlooking the valley, we'll take the scenic drive to Tecate, stopping on the way at a rustic pottery factory to photograph the workers and their craft. We'll arrive in Tecate in time to explore the area around the central plaza, before heading north across the border.



Jim Cline

Jim Cline

Jim Cline, (founder and trip leader), is an award-winning cultural documentary and travel photographer based in San Diego, California. Jim is known for his willingness to shoot all around the edges of light, creating images with tremendous impact that capture the essence of a place or culture. He always strives to transcend ordinary travel pictures, and to convey a strong sense of place, and the spirit of the people in his photographs.

Jim’s wanderlust and search for compelling images has brought him to many less-traveled areas around the world. He takes particular interest in the indigenous peoples and traditional and tribal cultures of developing nations, and in documenting these disappearing cultures. Through his images he strives to portray the dignity and timeless beauty of these people living in harmony with nature.

As well as winning numerous awards, Jim’s work has been displayed in the San Diego Natural History Museum and the Museum of Photographic Arts, and in many galleries, both in the U.S. and abroad. He gives frequent slide presentation lectures of his travels throughout the world. Jim and his photographs have been featured in several books. His images have also been published in numerous magazines, newspapers, annual reports, tourist brochures, calendars, websites, and CD covers. Jim founded Jim Cline Photo Tours in 2002 and he currently leads small-group photo tours to various locations around Latin America.  

When not busy running his Photo tours business and leading trips to the best photographic locations in Latin America, Jim works on assignment as a photographer for humanitarian organizations. His images have graced the covers of annual reports  for groups such as Freedom From Hunger, and have appeared on websites, brochures, postcards and other mediums promoting their efforts around the globe.

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Cost includes: round trip transport from San Diego, 2 nights hotel accommodation, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, boat trip, winery tour & wine-tasting, drinking water, and photography workshops. Price is based on double occupancy, a single supplement would apply. 

Cost does not include: flights to/from San Diego, passport & visas fees, travel insurance, vaccinations and medical cover/treatment, meals not specified, tips to guides, drivers and bellboys, and personal expenses such as alcoholic beverages or snacks, internet access fees, laundry fees, etc.

Deposit and Final Payment:  A deposit of $200 per person is required at time of booking. Full payment is due 30 days prior to departure.

Cancellation:   On cancellations more than 60 days prior to departure, all monies are refunded less a $125 administrative fee and less any monies spent on participant’s behalf such as airline or other tickets.

Less than 60 but at least 30 days prior, total deposit amount is forfeited.
Less than 30 days prior to departure, 100% is forfeited.

Notification by phone or email is acceptable, but please follow with written notice. In the unlikely event we have to cancel a tour, a full refund will be given.


Jim Cline Photo Tours LLC, and their agents act only in the capacity as agents in all matters pertaining to hotel accommodations, sightseeing tours, and transportation, and are not responsible for any loss, damage, theft, or injury to person or property resulting from a defect in any vehicle, or the actions of any persons who provide services for this tour or for the action or inaction of any third party. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely. The tour operator reserves the right to withdraw the tour at any time, to decline any person as a member of the tour for any cause at any time. All prices are based on current rates of exchange and, while every effort will be made to hold them firm, they are subject to change. All participants are required to submit a signed Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability form prior to the tour’s departure.


It is the responsibility of each tour member to inform the tour operator of any possible health problems or handicaps upon registration. By forwarding a signed reservation form and trip deposit, you certify that you do not knowingly have any physical or other conditions of disability that would create a risk for you or other trip participants. Once a trip has been confirmed, medical circumstances will not be considered as exceptions to our cancellation policy. We assume no responsibility for medical care or for special dietary requirements.


To allow for any unexpected contingencies, all participants are strongly urged to purchase trip cancellation and interruption insurance.


While Jim Cline Photo Tours LLC endeavors to make the itinerary as accurate as possible, it should be considered as an approximate schedule of activities rather than a rigid schedule of events. Trip itineraries are subject to revision due to weather, ocean or trail conditions, government restrictions, and other reasons beyond our control. The tour leader has the right to make changes in the published itinerary whenever in his sole judgment conditions warrant, or if he deems it necessary for the comfort or safety of the tour.

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Health Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the CDC website. For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the infectious diseases section of the World Health Organization (WHO) website.  To see whether this country is currently affected by Malaria click here.  The WHO website also contains additional health information for travelers, including detailed country-specific health information.

Money:  Mexican currency is called peso.  Currency exchange rates

Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards can be used to obtain cash easily from ATMs in Mexico, and are accepted for payment by some restaurants and stores. In addition to major credit cards, bank cards, such as those on the Cirrus and Plus systems, can be used to withdraw pesos from ATMs. The exchange rate that banks use for ATM withdrawals is generally better than the ‘tourist rate’ for currency exchange, though you may be subject to extra handling fees, interest charges and other banks fees.

Internet Access: WiFi hotspots are widely available across Mexico, and even in some of the more rural areas. Many of the hotels we'll be staying at offer WiFi access to guests.  

Electricity in Mexico: Converters & Adapters Required

Visa ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS: All U.S. citizens including children are required to present a valid passport or passport card for travel into Mexico.  All U.S. citizens aged 16 or older must present a valid U.S. passport book to return to the United States via an international flight. All U.S. citizens aged 16 or older traveling outside of the United States by air, land or sea (except closed-loop cruises) are required to present a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document such as a passport book or a passport card to return to the United States. Travelers with passports that are found to be washed, mutilated or damaged may be turned away at the time of departure, by an airline staff (it happened to an acquaintance) or refused entry to Mexico or return to the United States.   All U.S. citizen travelers should apply for a U.S. passport well in advance of anticipated travel.  For the latest entry requirements, contact the Embassy of Mexico, Washington, DC 20006, telephone (202) 736-1600.


Should I exchange dollars for Pescos before the trip? There is no need to since U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere in Ensenada and Tecate.
Will water and food be readily available? We will provide drinking water, and there will be plenty of opportunities to eat in clean restaurants, but participants are free to bring snack food if you wish.
Concerning equipment to maximize the photo opps on this tour, what is suggested? A digital SLR (or Micro 4/3) camera with lenses offering a focal length from wide (24mm or wider) to telephoto (100mm or longer), a circular polarizing filter for scenic shots, and a laptop or netbook computer running image viewing software. Additionally we strongly recommend a back-up device such as a portable external hard drive.
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We take pride in our trip testimonials. We hope you’ll take a moment to read those below written by previous participants of this tour. 

"The tour offers lots to shoot that's out of the ordinary, including many opportunities to think out of the box.  So much of it was just great shooting and I got lots of great pictures!  The workshops [and leader] helped me think in different ways/capture images out of my typical pattern.  Thanks so much for putting together a great trip...which exceeded my expectations."  -Rose S. 2014


“The trip was fantastic, I had a great time, and Jim was absolutely the best tour guide you could ever ask for. He is patient and kind, generous and fun. I can't say enough.  The overall pace of the trip was perfect in my opinion, my photography improved by 100% and the photo discussions were very informative.  I was happy with the hotel, which was very nice and centrally located.  I would fully recommend this trip.  It was a wonderful group of people, and so nice to meet so many walks of life and hear stories of our own journey's shared together.  Thank you so much.”  -Khristy F. 


"The trip was fabulous. I can't even suggest any improvements. The trip was stress-free for me because you knew where to go, including the restaurants. I really appreciated how you gave pictures from a previous trip out to the folks in Ensenada.  That paved the way for us to take more pictures of them plus it just showed what a nice person you are! I definitely will take a longer trip with you in the future!"  -Lisa C. 


"This was a very good trip, my favorite part being the harbor boat ride with the sea lions all around.  The photo opportunities were good and Jim was great-- very nice and helpful.  I loved all the food/restaurants.  Overall, it was a very nice, well organized tour. I hope that I can go on another tour someday."  -Gale C. 2014 


"This trip was great as a photography tour and cultural experience. I liked all of the restaurants; it is more about the experience and seeing something different.  My favorite part of the trip was going to the blow hole! I also enjoyed the photo critique and picking up needed skills from the other experienced photographers. I feel like I got some great pictures. I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in photography. Jim was great! Overall I had a great time and can't wait for my next tour!"  -Dara W. 2014


"Not a bit more excitement, photography nor sightseeing could be packed into a 3-day span which this trip covers.  We went to a plethora of terrific spots, my favorite being the cliffs, ocean, and what looks like a geyser.   I think that each day, most in the group shot over 125 images, because we saw so much!  Diligent pre-planning of this trip by Jim insured our group visited pre-determined spots at certain times of the day which allowed us to shoot with optimal lighting conditions.   Jim combines his organizational and creative sense to provide a seamless, exciting and productive photo tour.  The workshops he gave, and group 'shares' with constructive criticism, were insightful and highly educational.  I must add that the meals -like fresh fish, lobster, etc. were outstanding - including the French food at an esteemed restaurant.  The guides, plus uniquely Mexican food, photo opps and entertainment all made for a rewarding and satisfying tour."  -Michelle D. 2014


"Jim Cline was an awesome leader who brought us to places I'd never get to on my own. Very cool!  I loved this trip- it surpassed my expectations.  The three days offered much variety and the photo opps were fantastic- it was great getting to shoot a little bit of everything.  It was a great trip."  -Dan B. 2014


"Another great trip and Jim was great, as always; he is a pleasure to travel and shoot with.  I thought the photo opps were all good.  I can definitely recommend this trip considering it is a short, less expensive trip that gives you an authentic experience of Mexico and some great photo opportunities."  -Robert D. 2014


“I’d definitely suggest this trip to others and rate it as the best.  I was very pleasantly surprised and enjoyed every minute of it. There’s not one favorite part of the trip, all of it was enjoyable.  Tour leader Jim was always attentive to my needs and I always find the photo discussions to be very useful.”  -Claude L. 


“I loved the trip and it was packed full of fun places to see with excellent photography instruction. The trip was not too long either which sometimes is really nice. Short, sweet and jam-packed full of learning!  I liked the selection of places visited where the photo opportunities were terrific: the fish market, the evening view of Ensenada, the harbor cruise, the blow hole and markets, the winery, pottery factory, roadside tamale shops and the Tecate sign.   

Jim was so helpful both in his presentation and while we were shooting.  I liked learning new camera techniques and the opportunity to use a tripod. I got some great shots and learned so many techniques.  The visit to the art gallery where Jim's photos were displayed was excellent. Talking about how each picture was captured was extremely valuable.

Again, it was a short trip so not everything can be accomplished and I thought Jim did a remarkable job packing in so much.  Jim was terrific and made such an effort to be sure EVERYONE was happy. He wanted everyone to enjoy the trip and to learn new things about photography and he took every effort to make this happen. He has a great sense of humor and was flexible but kept the program on time.

I thought the entire trip was great -- definitely a TEN [highest]!  Absolutely I feel the tour is good value for the money and would absolutely suggest it to others.  Jim Cline provides high quality tours [4x tour participant] with loads of photography instruction, individual help, wonderful places to see, and Jim succeed to get our group to these places at the right time of day for the best pictures. Thank you.” -Bonnie S. 


“Thanks for putting together such a great trip! I am happy that I got to experience some new places and become reacquainted with places I'd seen before.  Your willingness to help with photography tips, knowledge of the area and language made the trip really special.  Thanks again for a terrific trip.”  -Wille O. 


"Being in good locations and enjoying wonderful scenery and delicious food! Many thanks for the wonderful trip. I did enjoy it very much."  -Raini M. 


“Jim was a very good leader--he was friendly, attentive and helpful. I liked the way he made how-to suggestions to us before a shoot and was particularly aware of the newbies in the group.  The photo discussions were just right.  I enjoyed all the tour stops, the places were all new to me.  The trip’s pace was very good; I never felt rushed, nor did I ever feel that we had too much time in any one place.  The hotel was fine- clean, friendly staff, and in a very good location for the tour group.

I'd rank the tour a ‘10’ [highest] since I enjoyed it all and would absolutely recommend this trip.  I think it was fun and interesting and provided me the opportunity to take pictures in places I would never have gone on my own--the boat ride, the pottery factory, the winery. All at a very reasonable price that offers a good value.  Thanks for a wonderful trip!”  -Betty W.


“My overall feedback: Outstanding!  Extraordinary value and highly recommended.  I have never been on a photo workshop that offered so many different photographic opportunities in such a short period without feeling rushed: coastal scenery, colorful fish markets, harbor scenes, and markets; underground winery bottle and barrel storage; night photography overlooking a harbor and later of neon signs against setting sun; pottery factory lit by rays of light through eerily dusty interior; urban and rural landscapes; colorfully attired cultural events; and wildlife in seals and birds on a dawn harbor cruise.  The trip was paced well, offered a good selection of food and accommodation; clean, comfortable van and driver used.   Excellent knowledge of the area was shared by trip leader Jim, who has personal relationships with many of the locals we encountered.  I will go with this trip leader again.”  –Dale T. 

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