What often stays foremost in the minds of people who have enjoyed travel in Los Cabos, Mexico, is its pervasive sense of ease. It’s a feeling given force by the soothing hush of waves along the lengthy shoreline and especially at the tip of Baja California Sur, right where Pacific Ocean waters mingle with those of the Sea of Cortés (aka the Gulf of California). There, too, easily visible from the idyllic town of Cabo San Lucas, is the transfixing natural stone Arch of Poseidon, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site referred to by locals as the Window to the Pacific.
No longer a secret, if indeed it ever was, Los Cabos has grown in stature and renown as a holiday destination. Beach bums love the white sand and secluded coves, big-game fishermen idle all day on the water, and divers and snorkelers ogle the teeming marine life. There is, of course, plenty more to see and do in Los Cabos, some of it manmade, a lot of it cultural and delicious, but most of it involving nature in splendid abundance.
Finding Your Way the Right Way
With sights and population centres spread across the peninsula from Cabo San Lucas in the south to La Paz, the state capital, 160 kilometres (100 miles) to the north, and even Los Cabos International Airport 45 kilometres (28 miles) from central Cabo San Lucas, ground transportation is a vital consideration when in the area.
But while there is a solid assortment of transfer services, the eco-friendly qualities of only one of them really sets it apart. In the midst of the natural exuberance of Los Cabos, only the Green Path Transfers local partner provides a ground transportation service that is committed to going green.
Launched in March of 2011, Green Path Transfers is the global, environmentally and socially responsible transport service with a 100-percent carbon-offset policy. And its local partner in Los Cabos is Gray Line Los Cabos.
On the Green Path
Gray Line Los Cabos was launched in 2002 and immediately started offering airport and intercity transfers around Los Cabos in addition to destination management services such as the sightseeing tours and all types of adventure and group experiences.
For its transportation purposes, the company currently manages two types of vehicles: Eurovans with an eight-passenger capacity and VW Crafters that can comfortably sit 16 passengers. They are the backbone of the famously punctual Gray Line Los Cabos airport meet-and-greet service available 365 days a year and managed by bilingual staff (English and Spanish).
These vehicles run on diesel, reports Karem Matamoros, a sales executive with Gray Line Los Cabos. In keeping with Green Path Transfers sustainable travel values, this means “they emit less carbon dioxide as it’s more fuel efficient,” she adds, but then admits that it’s only a first step until better solutions come along. “In Mexico, hybrids and other alternative vehicles are not popular yet and not many companies manufacture them. The ones that do exist are only compact cars.”
Fortunately, through Green Path Transfers, Gray Line Los Cabos can count on the policy of offsetting 100 percent of carbon emissions. “For now, I am afraid the only way we can contribute is through the carbon offset,” says Matamoros. “We hopes that the car companies start producing options more suitable for us to change our entire fleet.”
Trust a Local Native
In addition to competitively priced earth-conscious transfers, Gray Line Los Cabos promises comfortable recent-model vehicles, insurance and certified bilingual drivers who have completed training through a National-Tourism-Board-sponsored program called moderniza certification. The drivers also take a Red Cross class in first aid.
These drivers are mines of information and can really bring to life the Los Cabos area in a way only possible through locals. In Cabos San Lucas, they can take you to Medano Beach, a must-see location where people can satisfy all their water-activities desires. In the nearby town of San José del Cabo, the drivers can point out the Art District, where historic and picturesque buildings display the work of creative talents, and the main square is home to an 18th-century Mission.
In neighbouring Todos Santos, the drivers can explain why the National Tourism Board has declared it a ‘Magic Town,’ a title conferred on places that preserve their culture and architecture. Todos Santos is full of art galleries, beautiful old buildings and cosy traditional restaurants. Further away, La Paz, the capital of the state, is a tranquil city with a beautiful Malecón that still holds the Old Baja atmosphere.
Whatever the path taken, “Gray Line Los Cabos brings to Green Path Transfers its transportation services operated by locals who really know Los Cabos and give their customers the best local approach, always ruled by the service standards of the Gray Line family,” adds Matamoros. She concludes: “In return, from Green Path Transfers, we hope to reach visitors who are coming to Los Cabos looking for a safe and affordable way to travel using a responsible company that provides quality transportation service in Los Cabos.”