LA CAPITAL Y PUERTO DE BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR, MEXICO ES LA PAZ, CONN UNA HISTORIA BASTANTE INTERESANTE, TIENE EL MEJOR MALECON DEL PAIS, Y ME ATREVO A DECIR MEJOR QUE EL DE CANCUN, ASI QUE YA SE IMAGINARAN, SIN GRANDES HOTELES SE ENTOJA VISITAR ESTA MAGNIFICA CIUDAD QUE SE LLENA DE VIDA SALVAJE CUANDO CAE EL ALBA.
There are many outfitters in La Paz that will organize a day trip out to Isla Espiritu Santo. It is a beautiful island, with steep cliffs striped in all shades of gold to orange plunging into the sea. There are also soft white sand beaches with sheltered inlets for swimming and snorkelling.
At the north end of the island is Los Islotes, home to a sea lion colony, where you can snorkel with these friendly creatures.
Please take my advice and travel with a reputable outfitter, I recommend Carey. It was their boat that rescued me and my companions in the Sea of Cortez after the cheaper boat that we had travelled on sank.
If you enjoy the outdoors, camping and wildlife, I would highly recommend one of the many kayak tours that are organized in Baja each winter. I travelled with Tofino Expeditions and was very happy with the equipment, the meals and especially our two local guides.
You do not have to be superfit or to even have any prior kayaking experience. I do suggest that you try it out before you go, just to make sure that you'll like kayaking for a week.
See my travelogue for more details on our kayak trip.
La Paz is the main town in southern baja and suprisingly nice and fairly untouristy.
i spend about a week there and really enjoyed the seafront promenade and the good vibe in town.
the town has a university and therfor a lot of young locals which gives it a good atmosphere.
it's certainly a nice alternative to some of the resort towns nearby.
The Baja coastline is fantastic.
Hundreds of miles of beaches, most of them almost untouched.
The barren landscape means that alot of them are kinda hidden, so you can easily find your own secluded spot in this part of the world.
baja california is the land of the cactus.
this is probaply nothing special if you are from that part of the world, but for us outsiders it's really special.
when you ride through this landscape you almost expect lucky luke and jolly jumper to show up around the next corner.
being a real boy who spend my childhood watching spaghetti westerns i totally love the giant catusses of baja california and consider them the biggest must see thing there.
This trp consists of 30 miles of Eco tour lasting 6 hours.
First Stop (El Salto): this area has beautiful rock formattions and natural sprins that flow through the rocks all year long. It is a very special place, treasured by many locals who live in and around this area.
Second Stop (Los Pozos): visit this small town and their local church that was built over 100 years ago, which is in its original state and still used by local villagers.
Third Stop (La Candelaria Village): this is one of the fist towns in Cabo San Lucas, the town is rich in history and the people are somewhat mystic in beliefs. Located in the desert, this picturesque town depends on their cattle raising and agriculture to survive. The town's church is in its original state and over a century old.
Final Stop (Megrino Beach): one of the Pacific most enjoyable beaches. Admire the spectacular views and feel the sea breeze as you take a short break to relax and have a beverage. Next, prepare for your return trip back to Cabo San Lucas.
Tour includes R/T trans, helmets, goggles, lunch, bottled water, sodas, bilingual experienced tour guides.
COST: Single: $90.00 | Double: $120.00 (We recommend single riders for comfort on this 6 hour trip) + tips for the guide
I really liked this tour. A guide leading my boyfriend and I - three person riding three ATV respectively.
The guide showed great patience and care for me since i don't know how to drive.
I could easily crashed downhill if i was not careful enough LOL or if i did not drive very slowly LOL
The guide was kind to village kids.
When we reached the small village, kids ran out to him.
He gave each kid a bottle of cold drinking water.
I wondered why.
Coz there were no refrigerators in the village~~~
kids loved cold drinking water since the weather was hot~
The guide was so considerate~~~
Having lunch by the sea was great~
The beach was very beautiful~
If you were lucky enough, you could spot whales~~~
I wanna go Cuadra San Francisco but it was full when i wanna make reservations on a SAT morning 9am ride.
2 hours canyon ride into a thousand-years-old cactus~
i tried another one suggested by my hotel Siesta Suites - USD80 for 3 hours ride into a mountain
2006 Jan rate: USD65 + tax
gear + lunch included
wet suit: USD13 + tax
but the gear not good, i should have used my own ones
nice and cheerful receptionist - even help us to get a free detailed map of La Paz
captain very nice too
don't try 31’ Boat “MARISOL III” though it is very comfortable.
the crew were not professional.
they did not try their best to help you catch a marlin.
they just wanted to get a red snapper - spent 1-2 hour hoping to catch a snapper - they thought that was a good time higher chance to catch one.
they spent about only 3 hours on searching for a marlin.
hey our boat was rented for 8 hours~
they were satisfied with catching a not that big mahi mahi?~
the guy even cut the mahi mahi on the boat, before we reached the pier
the guy loves to clean his boat all the time
this is a big boat but no container to keep a big fish ?!
we had 10 baits but only 3 baits were used up.
remaining went to the crew for dinner i guess.
i was 100% unsatisfied with their attitude~
i did not want to give tips~
too bad frommers recommended this company but i got poor crew~
the crew i met in cancun were much much better though the boat fuel made me throw out.
u could tell who really put their heart into the work, who not.
now i learn a lesson - crew is much more important than boat~ if u wanna catch a marlin
There is only a big road that go from north to south, passing the desert, the little towns and in the south the mountains....there's no other way, if there is something that stop the road ( as it was with the big rain in 2000) u can go up or down, the country is cutted in 2 and u have to wait the water flood down.
This road offer u beautifull landscapes, but be carefull because often is so direct that u can run for a lot of km without meeting nobody and your feet press too much...dont' drive fast...sombody or somewhat can go out or u can find a big hole, it's not so large!
In the south it's possibel to do snorkeling and diving....the water is not to much clear but it's funny to enter in the water and finding some 'frinds' so near the beach!
Go to my travelogue to see more pics!
Loreto is located in a wonderful spot where the Sierra Giganta mountains meet the Sea of Cortez. It is the oldest human settlement in the Californias and its first capital. It's mission was the first in a chain of Jesuit missions along the west coast of Baja.
It makes a great base for exploring the mountains to the south, Magdalena Bay to the west and Bahia de la Concepcion to the north.
See my Loreto pages for more tips and photos.
We discovered that Loreto was one of our most favorite places in all of Baja Sur. It is a quaint town with several restaurants and hotels at reasonable prices. It is not yet "overrun" by tourism.
Water sports (snorkelling, fishing) are big activities here. We wanted to snorkel but were cheap, and didn't want to pay for a guide/trip. Someone recommended that we go out to the Camino Real hotel in Nopolo, about 10 minutes south. We just parked at the hotel, walked in, and went out to the beach. This should not be a problem if you're worried about "sneaking" in because all beaches in Mexico are public. It was easy, free, and the snorkelling was great right off the rocks on the right side of the beach. We had so much fun, and can't wait to return.
If you are into resort accommodations, this looks like a great resort (water activities are right there). However, you don't have to spend big money to enjoy this beach.
This expereience will leave you speechless. If you have ever been whale watching in the states, don't even compare the two. In Baja you are eye to eye with the whales and their young. You can literally touch them if you like. The lagoon is filled with so much marine life you won't believe your eyes. The company I used was Kuyima. They have a nice campground near the Lagoon or day trips are also available.
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