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25 January 2016

Baja Mexico Trip, 2015-2016, Part 3. Ensenada Baja California Mexico to Coyote Beach Baja California Sur Mexico


Drive from Ensenada to Coyote Beach south of Mulege


After three nights in Ensenada, shopping (stocking up for a few months) at Costco and Walmart, doing maintenance work on the truck and trailer, we are ready for the road again.

Anders adjusting the Hijacker Autoslide Hitch at Esterio Beach, Baja, Mexico.
Anders adjusting the Hijacker Autoslide Hitch at Estero Beach, Baja, Mexico.
Heading south from Ensenada, Baja Mexico.
Heading south from Ensenada, Baja Mexico.
It's the 6th of November, just a few clouds in the sky and about 15 Celsius.



Today we plan to drive from Ensenada to Guerrero Negro.



It is only about 610 km, but pulling the trailer on this road is pretty slow going. We will only average about 60-70 km per hour.

South of Ensenada, Baja Mexico. Lots of green houses and horticulture.
South of Ensenada, Baja Mexico. Lots of green houses and horticulture.

Workers in the field. Baja California, Mexico. South of Ensenada.
Workers in the fields. Baja California, Mexico. South of Ensenada.

Lots of taco stands along the Mex one highway.
Lots of taco stands along the Mex. 1 Highway.
We are on the road at around 7:30 am. It is an epic drive. (Knowing what we know now, next time we will start two hours earlier) The roads are narrow, but in pretty good shape.



Driving down here you really have to keep an eye on the road, many roads do not have any shoulders at all.



However, they are doing improvements, and the roads are getting better and better every year.



You also have to watch for cows, goats and horses on the road.... this is mostly open range.



Most drivers, including the truck drivers, are courteous but they all drive very fast (if that makes sense at all).



Liz is not too fond of all the up and downs, and all the "curva Peligrosa" or dangerous curves.



Along the way, it seems to us that there are more and more green houses and plantations, among others: Driscolls and Los Pinos the largest companies.




Wonderful landscape along Mex 1, Baja California, Mexico.
Wonderful landscape along Mex 1, Baja California, Mexico.

You will be a pro at "White Line Driving" after a while. Baja, MX.
You will be a pro at "White Line Driving" after a while. Baja, MX.

The landscape is ever changing and beautiful. Baja California, Mexico
The landscape is ever changing and beautiful.

Pitstop along the road. Baja California, Mexico. Along hwy Mex 1
Pit-stop along the road.

Saguaro cactus along the road. Hwy Mex 1, Baja
Cardon cacti along the road. Hwy Mex 1, Baja
Entering Baja California Sur (BCS), Mexico
Entering Baja California Sur (BCS), Mexico

We arrive in Guerrero Negro just as the sun sets.
When we arrive in El Rosario, it is sunny and 24 C, nice. Here we fill up Diesel. We are pleasantly surprised and find, since our trip two years ago, there are now way more gas stations along the road.

The last two hours of driving before Guerrero Negro are on very narrow and windy roads.

Just north of Guerrero Negro we cross from Baja California (Norte) to Baja California Sur (BCS).


Here at the check point, everybody has to stop and pay 20 pesos. It is for spraying your under-carriage of your vehicle.


Also, you are not allowed to bring citrus fruits into BCS. Here you also turn your clock ahead one hour.


Once we arrive in Guerrero Negro we check in at Malarrimo RV Park. We are both tired. We decide to take advantage of their really nice Mexican Restaurant on site.


The RV park is pretty basic, but has full hook- ups with 30 amp power.

As in many places in Mexico, the water pressure in parks is on the low side. Some places there is no water at all for a while, so it's a good idea to keep at least half a tank of water in your RV.

Drive from Guerrero Negro to Mulege and Coyote Beach, BCS, Mexico
Drive from Guerrero Negro to Mulege and Coyote Beach, BCS, Mexico

Stunning landscape, BCS.
Stunning landscape, BCS.

Liz is enjoying a quick stop along the road, BCS.
Liz is enjoying a quick stop along the road, BCS.

You will really enjoy this drive. BCS.
You will really enjoy this drive. BCS.

Just before Santa Rosalea is a really steep and long hill with sharp curves.
Just before Santa Rosalia is a really steep and long hill with sharp curves.

Sea of Cortes or Gulf of California, just north of Santa Rosalea, BCS.
Sea of Cortes or Gulf of California, just north of Santa Rosalea, BCS.

We can now see Bay of Conception or Bahaia de Concepcion. BCS.
We can now see the Bay of Conception or Bahaia de Concepcion. BCS.

Bay of Conception or Bahaia de Concepcion, part of the Sea of Cortes. BCS
Bay of Conception or Bahia Concepcion,is part of the Sea of Cortez. BCS
The next day, November 7th we chat with a fellow that drives the Baja 500 ( an yearly off-road race on the Baja). He has been touring the Baja for the past 20 plus years.



He informs us that the east coastal route or highway number 5 is almost completely paved all the way except for about 30 km.



In the future, when this is completed, we will consider crossing the border at Mexicali. From there, we could just head south on number 5 towards San Felipe and onward to Chapala where number 5 joins Mex.1. That is excellent information.



I questioned him, about his banged up driver side rear view mirror. He smiles, he lost it to an on-coming semi truck.... Yes, he warns us that the roads ahead will be even narrower.



We fill up Diesel, and then hit the highway at 8:30 am. The highway south bound from Guerrero Negro cuts across the peninsula from the west coast to the east coast from the Pacific to the Sea of Cortez or the Gulf of California.



The landscape is flat, flat, flat through the Desierto de Vizcaino. The roads are very, very narrow. According to Liz, I have now become an expert "White Line Driver".



We again see lots of green houses under a cloth-like material. The weather is nice and warm at 25C or 77F.



Once in San Ignacio, the landscape changes. By the way, if you have some time, go into the old town of San Ignacio and have a look around. It is very quaint.



From San Ignacio towards Santa Rosalia the landscape is beautiful with hills and huge boulders.... pretty fascinating actually.



The last 20 km before Santa Rosalia can be a bit stressful to drive.



Steep hills up and down and windy roads. It is mostly paved, except for one little part, where they were working on the road. We had to drive through a ditch with huge rocks in 4 x 4 mode; the trailer just tagged along, not sure how, but it did.



The long hill down to Santa Rosalia is steep, and did I say long? Make sure to gear down, or your breaks will be smoking at the bottom of the hill.



Santa Rosalia is an old mining town. The architecture in town is very European, mostly French.



I belive the church "Iglesia de Santa Bárbara" in town was designed and built by Gustave Eiffel who also designed... you guessed it, the Eiffel tower in Paris.



The road through Santa Rosalia is pretty rough with lots of pot holes. Drive slow.








Coyote Beach, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Coyote Beach, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
The drive from Santa Rosalia to Mulege and on to Coyote Beach is very beautiful.



Actually, the scenery is close to the top in beauty that I have seen.



We arrive on Coyote Beach around 2 pm. We are welcomed by our good friends Dave and Lynne. Big hugs.


We set up camp on the beach and later get invited by Dave and Lynne for supper. Life is good!

View from our campsite on Coyote Beach, BCS.
Views from our campsite on Coyote Beach, BCS.
For more pictures from this part of our trip. Have a look at our on line album.







01 January 2016

Baja Mexico Trip 2015 - 2016, Part 2


Baja Pony Express, Mexican Cell phone, Insurance and more in Baja California and Baja California Sur


Our camp site in East Cape RV Park, Los Barriles, BCS, MX
Our camp site in East Cape RV Park, Los Barriles, BCS, MX
As I am writing this post, we are camped at East Cape RV Park in Los Barriles, BCS, MX.

We have had several inquiries about getting info on the Baja Peninsula and also how to stay connected while you are down here.



Baja Pony Express


There is an email publication that is sent out just about every day and it is called the Baja Pony Express. Here you can find just about everything that is happening, for sale, for rent, lost and found, events and more. To subscribe to the daily emails follow the directions here.

The Baja Pony Express is a free service, and is a really valuable source when spending time down here. Don't leave home without it!


Baja Nomad.com


Baja Nomad is a forum where you can post questions, search for answers and more. This is also a valuable source for people that spend lots of time down here.


Kites lined up on the beach in Los Barriles waiting for more wind.
Kites lined up on the beach in Los Barriles waiting for more wind.
Mexico Sim Card.com


So how do you stay connected down here. The Canadian and US cell phone carriers are changing their rates fairly often so before you purchase anything else, check and see what kind of deal you can get from your current carrier.

What we have done (and many others) is to get your own Mexican phone number.


It is not hard at all. Just go to www.MexicoSimCard.com and sign up for the plan that works best for you.

The customer support is fantastic, the sim card is mailed or sent by courier to you and once you are in Mexico you just take out your current sim card and install the new one. Follow the prompts and you are up and running in no time. If you have any questions or issues just send and email, and you will have a quick respond. Keep in mind, you will only have cell coverage in populated areas.

Something to keep in mind if you are spending lots of time down here, that next time you go to purchase a cell phone, you may want to consider a "dual sim card" smart phone. This way you can have your current number and a new Mexican phone number all at the same time.... pretty cool! Here is a list that is updated regularly about best dual sim phones.

Roammobility.com

At Roammobility the prices are very good. Not just for Mexico but especially for the USA. They have several plans that might be of interest to you at a really good price. Have a look.

Weather Info in San Juanico on Scorpion Bay, Baja California Sur
Weather Info in San Juanico on Scorpion Bay, Baja California Sur

Baja Weather.com and Windfinder.com


Staying on top of the weather is always important and especially down here in the hurricane season. You can use the regulars weather services like Weather Network, AccuWeather etc.

A local site is Baja Weather. It is only for the southern part, Baja California Sur. It is a great site and you can sign up for warnings etc.

www.WindFinder.com is also a great site that we use often. Here you get the wind predictions hour by hour and the local forecast.

Anders and Liz out for a hike. This time the Box Canyon, Los Barriles
Anders and Liz out for a hike. This time the Box Canyon.

Dinner in the moon light at Coyote Beach Mulege, BCS, MX
Dinner at Coyote Beach Mulege, BCS, MX
Vagabundos Del Mar


When travelling down and into Mexico, you will need insurance for your car, truck, RV, boat etc. You also need a tourist visa or FMM card.

If you are planning to do any fishing from a boat, you will need a fishing license. All passengers fishing or not, on boat with fishing gear, must have a fishing license.

There are several companies you can look into to help you with the paperwork and information.

We are using a travel club called Vagabundos Del Mar. They are very good, and they will look after it all for you. Here is their website and contact info.

British Columbia residents please note, the ICBC insurance does not cover you in Mexico. You need in addition a Mexican insurance.

You can get a refund on the BC insurance when you come back. You just have to show some kind of proof that you were down here.... gas receipt (ask attendant to add your license plate)

Baja RV Parks


Baja RV Parks is a pdf file with most RV parks from Tijuana to Cabo. This has some great info. Check it out here.

Hope this helps. If you have any questions, just contact us.

Safe travels