On the Baja California to the south

Mexicali, Ensenada, Mulege, Peace, Playa El Tecolote

Die Baja California (Baja California) is a narrow, dry peninsula, viewed from California on a length of approx. 1.300 km south along the Mexican mainland covers.

In the West, the waves of the Pacific thundering to the coast, while in the east the more sedate "Golfo de California" the desert-like Baja California from the Mexican mainland separates.

The North American influence on the Mexican peninsula is clearly felt and the south can be described as "Mallorca of North Americans". Even thousands of "snowbirds", as the campers of North Americans are called, Pull in the autumn to winter to the sun-kissed beaches of Baja (ie: Bach).

Mexicali is our border crossing to Mexico, as this from Salton Sea via Highway 111 can be reached quickly.

The departure from US and to enter Mexico make pleasantly easy. The officials are correct, helpful and very courteous.

Details to cross the border are Border crossings described.

After the border formalities have been completed, we cross Mexicali (ca. 750.000 Inhabitant) once completely from east to west, To get to the motorway MEX2.

Here, the relatively Mexicali north american acting leaves a clean and bustling impression.

Westwards it comes to the MEX2 along the US border through the mountainous desert in the Tecate, 120 km away.

A nondescript road sign announces our first military control. We switch to the left lane and drive slowly to the right amazed by truck.

There awaits us a Scenery, as if from a war movie. Behind piled sandbags a machine gun is each constructed, which is occupied by a man. In between soldiers, control vehicles. Only one vehicle is admitted to the control panel.

Having to stop a strange feeling right in front of a machine gun ready to fire.

We are prompted to open the residential building. One of the young soldiers follow in our "living room", knocks once with his hand towards the ceiling and once under the furniture to the art specialist. That was it! What he has precisely controlled so that we do not reveals itself.

In Tecate, we turn into the hilly MEX3, after nearly 100 Opens kilometers just north of the port city of Ensenada in the MEX1. Just as the sun goes down over the Pacific, we reach the coast and thus today's destination.

Our on "border crossing level" reduced food stocks we want to fill up the next morning at Wal Mart in Ensenada again. It is the last major shopping center in front of the stretch to La Paz.

Wal Mart, Home Depot and C&A, however, are widely blocked when we arrived.

The parking lots are empty, People sitting outside the cordoned-off area and many emergency vehicles of the police, Firefighters and bomb squad dominated by flashing the events.

When we return in the afternoon, seems to have calmed the situation.

The parking lots are full again, People go shopping and only a few emergency vehicles of the security forces are Subdivision. Among them is a characteristic of these emergency vehicles, where a bomb could explode, without causing great damage.

We grab a shopping cart and start our second attempt Shopping.

Exactly two products are in the car, sounds as an alarm. All customers flocking to the exits and we are pleased, finally have more space for shopping.

No, hoax… We also go out quickly and go immediately from the grounds, before the Wal Mart products including building flying around our ears.

New day, new Shopping Cart!

Today an ear always listening on the alert and keep an eye constantly scans the behavior of other customers. But everything remains normal and we succeed at the third attempt finally a successful grocery shopping at our first Wal-Mart in Mexico. Bombastic!

With freshly tapped Diesel (0.40 EUR pro Liter) in rand full tanks it comes to the MEX1 south.

The MEX1 is the ca. 1.700 km long lifeline of Baja California, their almost endless ribbon of asphalt stretches from the infamous border town Tijuana to the southern end of the peninsula to Cabo San Lucas.

It zigzags leads them repeatedly from coast to coast and vein-like branches of secondary roads in remote regions from.

A disproportionate number of crosses and memorial stones on the roadside remind us, here more defensive and more attentive to drive, as we done so already. Irresponsible dangerous overtaking, we observe repeatedly, seems one of the causes of the many deaths to be.

We reach the Parque Natural del Desierto Central, in the huge at several kilometers boulders between high cacti a bizarre, forms but beautiful landscape!

Different species of cacti accompany us anyway most of the time on the Baja.

Shortly after the Park also branches already MEX 12 to Bahia de los Angeles on the Gulf Coast from.

On the new road, which now brings power lines in the remote region, we can deal with the almost 70 km of well in one hour.

With her pretty, islands invites us to quiet cove a few days to stay and to take long walks on the beach a, before continuing on to Guerrero Negro.

Shortly before Guerrero Negro is the border between the Mexican states of Baja California (BC) and Baja California Sur (BCS).

From here another time zone applies, a fruit inspection takes place and the wheels are disinfected for one US dollar.

The fact that only the left side of the disinfection system works, no bother. But disturbing our potatoes, we have to give. We wish a good appetite!

Approximately 8 km south of Guerrero Negro, turn right an approximately 27 km long runway from, which leads to the Laguna Ojo de Liebre.

In perhaps a halfway Sentinel quoted the indicator and the number of persons.

In relatively good road we control between seemingly endless salt flats through, which are used for salt production.

Our destination today is a very extensive camp Ojo de Liebre along the lagoon, where you can watch gray whales.

Already out of the car we see the mighty animals, bring here in the shelter of the warm lagoon to their young.

Due to the high salinity produced more lift, so it have the juveniles at the first swimming attempts a little easier.

It's incredible:

In one of the longest mammal walks the earth, the whales migrate from Alaska to here in the lagoon - about 8000 km!

Once the pups are strong enough, Pull the gray whales return to the north.

Continuing on our way we will visit the tranquil oasis in San Ignacio the well-preserved Mission Church at the Plaza.

According to guide the church of the Jesuits was started and finished by the Dominicans. The pillars of the facade are made of volcanic rock.

Passing date plantations it goes back to MEX1, we follow through Santa Rosalia Mulege after.

Here we meet on the palm-fringed Campground »Villa Maria Isabel Recreational Park" (WiFi!) to Susanne and Ari, to spend their holidays on the Baja and with us a nice evening.

South of Mulegé we pass the Bahia Concepcion, its beautiful sandy beaches would invite actually a few days for camping.

We want to continue in the south of the island, we about Loreto, La Paz and Todos Santos drive.

We cross the Tropic of Cancer and now find ourselves in the tropics.

Cabo San Lucas is very much geared towards tourists vacation.

Although we like to steer clear of such places, we wanted the holiday paradise of North Americans then choose yet.

This year should 80% have come less North Americans here.

On the way we had seen only a few North American RV and the coveted and otherwise crowded spaces found almost empty.

On the one hand allow the current effects of the financial crisis, the pensions of the most equity-age pension of Americans shrink drastically, On the other hand, the Mexican drug war scares many vacationers from.

While we stroll the beach and boardwalk in Cabo San Lucas along, We are constantly being addressed, if we do not want to buy jewelry or keepsakes, need a water taxi or want to eat in the restaurant.

One can not blame the sellers, If you rush to the livelihood of the few remaining tourists, although it then but annoying us with the time something.

From Christine and Hans from Austria, associated with their motor home next to us, we get some interesting tips for the Mexican mainland.

Finally, we go through San Jose del Cabo and Los Barriles in a sort of round trip back to La Paz, capital of BCS.

In La Paz we meet Bine and Olli from Germany, the quasi simultaneously go a similar route and with which we then together on the beach of El Tecolote (25 km north of La Paz) to stand.

El Tecolote is a small paradise with a long, wide sandy beach, turquoise waters and spectacular sunsets.

Here we see the two Swiss Maja and Hans again, we nearly six months ago in Whitehorse (Canada) to have met.

Every weekday reminds us the passing Baja Ferry, finally with on Mexican mainland to Topolobampo (Los Mochis) get to.

Two weeks it has done unsuccessfully. It's about time, to answer the call of the ferry.

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“The wonderful lamp of heaven,
the sun.”
(Robert Herrick, 1591-1674)