Last days in Baja


We left Bahia de los Angeles at 7:30 am heading south. We rode through desertic canions until Mulege, where it seemed as though we entered a different world. It was like a little oasis in the middle of the desert: luxuriant vegetation and crossing rivers. I realized now how much I have missed the green!

We decided to stop and camp at Playa Santispac Best decision! The beach was really beautiful, the water very nice and clear.

In the evening I went to walk on the beach, with my feet in the water, and I felt something nibbling on my feet. I thought it would be little fish, since they do that, but guess what: it was little crabs! And as soon as I would move my feet, they would hide in the sand in a second. That was so cute!

Vasile kept teasing me that I found this cute, but I freak out if I see a bug on me:)

The next day at 7 am we were on the road again, heading to La Paz. This time we went to a hotel, since we needed internet and to do some laundry. Vasile went into town to find a bank and to buy some oil for my bike. Found the bank, but no oil. Apparently La Paz is really beautiful, with some nice seawalls.

The next day we left La Paz, to go south and do a loop to see the tip of the Baja Peninsula. We stopped in Todos Santos, and we found the Hotel California, the place that inspired Eagles to write the Hotel California song. Really beautiful and original place. Everything looked custom made and with a lot of good taste. We had the best coffee we had so far over there and a good lunch. Prices comparable to a regular restaurant in Canada, just that this was not a regular restaurant, it was so much more! I totally recommend anyone to go there.

Then we rode to Cabos, which totally didn’t impress either of us: typical gringos resort and for the first time in Mexico we did not feel very safe. We found a place to camp, called Club Cabos Inn, about 3 km on a gravel road from the city’s seawall/ downtown area. The place looked alright at a first glance. We paid 20$ for one night, and were thinking to maybe stay there for two nights, since we wanted to do a hike somewhere not too far from Cabos. The owner gave us a remote spot to camp by the fence. Got there, parked the bikes, changed in lighter clothes, and we were ready to walk into town to have a bite to eat, when Vasile started chatting with one of our neighbours, who was staying in a “cabana”. They chatted about all kinds of stuff, one thing led to another until the guy (Greg was his name), mentioned that he got robbed in that same campsite, a few days earlier. Apparently he was locking his door every day, but one day he forgot the door unlocked for about 4 hours and he fell asleep.  When he got up, his stuff were missing: computer, passport and other stuff. So it looks like someone had been watching him, otherwise it would be too much of a coincidence. When we heard that, we decided to keep going, since in a tent we cannot even lock anything up, so we could not leave the bikes and go to town or anywhere. Since we did not want to make the owner feel bad, we made up an excuse that we decided to meet a friend in La Paz, so we have to leave, and we would need the money back. She just yelled at us that there is no refunds, and she shut the door in our faces. We found this so ugly and sketchy at the  same time, that now we really decided it was unsafe for us to stay there, so we jumped on the bikes and left, leaving the $20 behind. Definitely do not recommend that place!

So we rode to El Barrel, and we found a beautiful place on the beach to camp for free! It looks like it was an “arroyo” (a washout from the hurricane) and anyone can camp for free, since it’s no one’s land. The only downside for me was that I had to do again  a few km of sandy road, to get to the beach. And since it was close to the beach, it was pretty sandy. In Baja there is sand everywhere! But it was well worth it: on one had, I am starting to break the ice on sand again after my accident, and on the other hand… the pictures will speak for themselves.

The next day we woke up early again and headed back to La Paz. We spent hours riding around town, trying to find some oil for my bike, but in vain. Eventually I got tired, so we decided to go and camp somewhere outside La Paz, on the Tecolote Beach. We got there; it was really beautiful, but very windy, and the food very expensive.

While we were debating what to do, a Mexican guy (Hugo), who was working at the tourist information point there, recommended us a good place in La Paz, a Guest House, very safe, and only 280 pesos a night (a bit over $20). He even recommended us a good place to eat, with good prices and good food. And we totally agree: the food was incredible, and right on the seawall! The guest house was really nice too, and the owner, a really nice guy. Here is their facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pensioncalifornia?fref=ts

If you are ever in La Paz and you need a safe, decent, inexpensive place, feel free to contact them.

They are motorcycle friendly, so we could take our motorcycles inside, to the interior patio. It was more challenging to get them out of there:)

We loved La Paz – beautiful city, and we felt incredibly safe here.

The next day we took the ferry to Mazatlan – 15 hours on the ferry. We got to Mazatlan the next day, around 11 am. Nothing special about this city. Vasile and I were hardly waiting to get out of it. But we had to do the oil change for my bike. So as we were riding around and we kind of got lost in this residential area (we had no GPS and no map with us), an old man directed us towards a motorcycle dealership. So we got there, and Vasile managed to do the oil change on my bike right there. We did not find BMW’s 10w-40 mineral oil, but Vasile decided that the Mobil 20w-50 mineral oil was ok for my bike. Nobody uses 10w-40 in Mexico since it’s so hot.

Then we rode to Tepic and we found a pretty nice hotel here for 260 pesos a night. Tomorrow will be heading towards Puerto Vallarta.

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5 thoughts on “Last days in Baja

  1. Pete from KiKis

    Be sure you stop in Sayulita about 50km before Vallarta. There’s camping and Hotels there plenty of restaurants. If you stop in Vallarta go to Yelapa about 50km south of Vallarta no roads going there you need to take a panga from Mismayola.

    • Hey Pete, good to hear from you. We are in Vallarta already, just saw your message. We found a decent motel not too expensive, so we might stay for an extra day here to walk around, since we like the city. What’s in Yelapa? We might go, since you recommend it.
      What’s new at Kiki’s? We realize now how spoiled we’ve been there. It’s hard to find such a nice campground anywhere else. Say hi to everyone there from us.
      Cheers,
      Camelia & Vasile

      • Pete from KiKis

        Yelapa is just a small beach town with Real Palapas where people live and small restaurants scattered about, real scenic make for some good pics. It’s a 20min panga ride from Mismayola, there are no roads leading into Yelapa. Too bad you passed up Sayulita, it’s a beach town full of surfers. A city bus can take you to mismayola or sayulita. Take a walk down the Malecon into Zona Romantica (Old Vallarta) Richard Burton and Liz Taylor made Vallarta famous with a very famous movie (but I forget the name) Liz had a nice villa up Gringo Gulch just off Old Town but they converted it into condos when she died. You missed the best part of Cabo, the Eastern Cape. The only live coral reef was there as well a tourquoise blue water.

        Geene says Howdy. It’s quiet here now not many weekenders.

        Here’s a link of an English guy that passed thru on a Diesel Royal Enfield in August going round the world, he just made it to Columbia. Should’ve given this to you when you were here. http://www.vegibike.com
        Via con Dios you two. Ciao

  2. Charlotte Zlamal

    Really interesting following your progress! A good number of Baja 1000 racers and crews around here – awesome to watch the section through here.
    Happy travels, Charlotte & Rudiger (your San Felipe neighbours)

    • Hi Charlotte, good to hear from you. We are totally enjoying the trip so far, even though I have to admit we kinda miss Kiki’s campground:)

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