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North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto September 7th 2013

Confucius is often quoted as saying, “It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop”. After traveling in 14 countries over the last 25 months, we had to admit we were a little worn out. The heat of Southeast Asia had finally gotten the better of us, and we knew it was time to take a break. We didn’t want to stop, but we needed to slow the pace and perhaps get back to our original intentions of slow motion travelling. After a 30 hour flight back to San Francisco from Bangkok and a couple of more hours on the shuttle to our hometown in California’s Wine Country, we checked into our favorite cheap hotel for a couple of weeks to figure out what we wanted to do next. It was fun ... read more
Loreto Sunset
San Javier Mission
Cholla Cactus flowers

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto December 27th 2011

Sorry n advance if my typing is bad, this keyboard is quite sticky. So we are in Constitución now, not Loreto. Its a town inland a little south on the 1 freeway. After the day in Mulegé we decided to mov on South because the wind wasnt picking up. We drove down to Loreto, taking pictures the whole way. When we arrivd in Loreto, we found a hotel with a room right across from the oldest Mission on Baja (way cool!). We went to Christmas mass at 11am, then took a while to walk around and eat lunch. We spent the afternoon reading and then went to dinner and bed. The next morning we headed onward (Loreto didnt hold much excitment for us) and passed through constitución to Punta San Carlos. There were some pretty amazing ... read more

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto February 18th 2011

We woke up to a fight outside! Yes, two sea gulls were loudly arguing over what is still unknown. A stone would have made a massive difference (I do like animals, I swear) to balance the power. Now that we were awake, we slowly put our clothes on and went into Mulege for breakfast. We drove to Patty's place, also known as Rice & Beans. She was great! The restaurant had 4 tables that were in a living room and the kitchen was the same as you would find in any home. This was really a home cooked meal. The coffee was top quality and the juice was freshly squeezed. I had an Avocado and Cheese omelet and Cris had the Chilaquiles. The food came with potatoes, frijoles and tortillas. After gorging ourselves with all this ... read more
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North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto February 18th 2011

Up early and straight to the town center. First thing was to get coffee, so we found a café, the previous night, and decide to walk there to get something to drink and use the free WiFi. We got to the cafe and it was closed. So we went for a stroll and snapped a few photos around the center. We then walked back to the coffee shop, and to our surprise, and it was open. We sat inside, drank our coffee and planned our next stop in La Paz. Cris did not research any hotels or camping sites, which I reminded her of, so we had to do some quick last minute planning. I found a hostel for $25 a night called La Paz Backpacker's Inn and we set off back onto the Highway ... read more
Breakfast in Loreto
Juncalito
Juncalito

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto June 7th 2010

Baha North North, Well Ansa and ECHO are finally far enough away from La Paz to say we really left this time. We've been wandering our way North to get to the "top" of the Sea of Cortez. At least higher than the hurricanes go. The first day we got to Partida, nice but we have been there before. The second day we got to Isla San Francisco. This is a nice island in the Marine park. The wind here blows all the time so we only stayed a day to explore. We found a salt pond on the other side of the sand dune and I collected about about a pound. It's really good sea salt and scoops up like someone dumped a truck load of morton salt. White, pure, and small grained. Thirsty bees ... read more
Ansa at anchor
Collecting Salt
Puerto Everisto

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North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto January 22nd 2010

The pelicans seem to own the harbor. Hundreds of them. It's a wildlife moment, they circle close then dive straight in, wing folded back, egrets and comorants all around. Really close. In fact the commorants and the pelicans are pretty much adapted to folks walking right next to where they roost. The boat owners must spend a lot of time grinding their teeth over the pelicans, their boats look like guano collection boxes. The one nice boat that came into the harbor while I was there was immediately put on a trailer and hauled away. Out past the harbor flocks of boobies gather and do their aerial dives. Many of the moored boats looked like fishing boats. Alaskan license plates, Oregon, Texas, California. Motor homes galore from north of the border. It´s a bit of a ... read more
Group photo
Pedro
Fishing gear

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto October 12th 2009

After a busy few months a well earned break in the quiet little town of Loreto, Mexico - enjoyed 6 days of relaxing and reading at the pool and 1 day of diving (oh and lots of eating too!)... read more
Our hotel - La Mision
Margaritas at our favourite little restaurant/bar
sunrise from our balcony

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto May 27th 2009

What a difference between the west and the east coast of the Baja! We left Guerrero Negro in full leather at barely 50F, crossed 200kms of Bajan desert with vast plains of not much to see really. But then, the minute we crossed the Volcan "Las Tres Virgenes", we hit a wall of heat and amazing beauty. Protected by the high peaks of "La Giganta", the east coast of the Baja is hot and superb! The Bahia Concepcion, a huge bay with green abnd blue waters and beaches that you dream of or see in the movies. Riding along the "Mar de Cortes" (Golfo de California) takes your breath away as we exit so many curves. Parlons en de la beaute des routes et du reste, au moment ou l'on doit descendre une montagne, il est ... read more
Only a "suggestion" in Mexico!
Plenty of these along the roads
Gifts after gifts around the corner!

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto May 12th 2009

We just returned from another week long sea kayaking trip with the Mar y Adventuras located in La Paz, Baja CA Sur. This was Joe's fifth and my second Baja kayak trip with this company. This website describes this particular trip. http://www.kayakbaja.com/trips/baja.html Five years ago we went on their "Island Hopping" kayak trip, which focused a little more on seeing different cultural sites. Once again we opted to drive to Mexico and had no problems coming or going. Although we went through a total of 15 military checkpoints and our car was searched several times, the soldiers were always friendly and polite and that made the stops less annoying. We spent the first night in our favorite hotel in El Rosario, the second in Mulegé, and the third in La Paz where we stayed at the ... read more
Our $30 Room in El Rosario (very nice)
Near Catavina
Beautiful Mulegé

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto February 12th 2009

Finally - “the” Beach - Playa el Burro We woke up early - and suddenly by a hundred or so birds - pelicans, sea ducks and NOISY seagulls, feeding on little fish in schools along the shore - 20 feet or so from our palapa (that is a palm topped, open sided shelter from the sun). To be honest, I thought they were attacking the two food bags I had hung up on one of the palapa poles closest to the shore, it was so close. We totally relaxed into a lay about day. After Dainius took about 500 pictures of pelicans feeding. During the day we met our great neighbours -local residents who live here for six months of the year. They loaned us two beach chairs, a little table, and a cooler to keep ... read more
More Pelicans
The whole variety of morning birds
El Burro at dawn




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