North Baja – Cactus, Dream Beaches, and Uninhabited Regions

North Baja – Cactus, Dream Beaches, and Uninhabited Regions
In Tijuana, a massive fence marks the border between the USA and its southern neighbor Mexico. Directly after crossing the border, we find ourselves in a different world: the streets are narrower, people walk along the highways, everything is dustier and dirtier. Now our travel adventure has really begun! We keep driving until we reach Ensenada in order to put a lot of space between us and the border area we have heard is unsafe.
After spending two nights on a beautiful beach, we feel we have really arrived in the new country and ready to drive off into the desert of the 1,056-mile-long peninsula of Baja California. The first few days, we spend a lot of time along the ocean, where we see dolphins, and Max digs up lots of mussels which we have for dinner. Further inland, we see gigantic cacti and plants related to them growing in all sorts of forms and variations, and we feel like we are in a scene from a movie. In Bahia des Los Angeles, we are able to arrange a boat tour with snorkeling using our scant language skills in Spanish. Ricardo takes us all around the bay with its many islands, and we are able to swim first with seals and then with big whale sharks. The whale sharks aren’t bothered by us at all (as long as we don’t touch them) and swim around right next to us fishing plankton out of the water with their broad mouths wide open.
After this fantastic unique experience, we disappeared into solitude for several days and didn’t see any tarred streets for five days: we plied our way on to Punta San Francisquito and then back to Highway 1 along the rally stretches (Baja 1000/500/200) in the outback. We had to let air out of our tires and reduce our average speed to about 12 mph. The track conditions varied from excellent to just barely passable. The children had great fun driving over the big bumps and through the puddles, which there were plenty of after the daily rainstorms. At one place, Max even had to cut through a few cacti with the machete to make enough room for us. We are extremely pleased at how the Bremach takes to this terrain and how everything in the cabin stays just where it should be. After two days on tracks through the most desolate areas on our trip so far, we came to a marvelous beach with clear turquoise water that was that is pleasantly cool, lovely coarse-grained sand, and waves that were perfect for the children. We spontaneously decide to spend a night here, but we can’t stay longer than that since our food provisions are running out. Just like all the camping sites, this one seems to be abandoned: the tourist flow from the USA has decreased dramatically in the past few years, and the summer vacation time for the Mexicans has also just come to an end, while the winter vacationers hungry for the sun haven’t arrived yet. Everything is set up for many more people, but obviously hasn’t been used for quite a few years and looks abandoned and falling into ruins. But even in the poorer areas, the people seem to be happy with what they have. So far, the Mexicans have been friendly and helpful without any exception. And yesterday, a few Mexican surfers brought us a delicious fish dish to try out, just like that, without much ado or many words.
After a few nights with temperatures over 90 degrees in the Bremach, we have become used to the high temperatures and consider sleeping temperatures of 86 degrees very pleasant. We have accepted sand and dust as our constant companions, and, instead of jumping into a cold river or lake, we now have the warm ocean. The northern part of Baja is sparsely settled, and shopping in the small, dark supermarkets is a great contrast to the enormous consumer-oriented stores in the USA. For lunch, we enjoy eating the dishes typical of the people living here instead of self-made sandwiches, and we’ve taken a special shine to the fish tacos.
Yesterday we leaped back one time zone (now only 8 hours difference from Germany) and are now in Baja Sur, the southern part of the peninsula. The next few days will be full of beaches and the ocean; the region along the Sea of Cortez has an awesome reputation.

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2 Thoughts on “North Baja – Cactus, Dream Beaches, and Uninhabited Regions

  1. Oh Yeah,
    freue mich über weitere spannende Bericht welche ich voller Neid lese…
    Viel Spaß euch und liebe Grüße
    Marc aus Nordheim

  2. It was so fun to meet you in Bahia de los Angeles and to share our shower, water, and selves with you! We were looking for mention of our lovely meeting on your blog but missed it. But we know the memories we shared of us loving on your kids and you both, don’t we? What an incredible trip you’re taking and memories you’re making! God bless you all!

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