From Bahia de los Angeles I crossed through San Ignacio, an oasis full of palm trees in the middle of the Baja desert, stayed a couple of days around Mulege where the beautiful Bahia de Conception begins and then headed to La Paz, a touristy but nice town, to take the ferry to Mexico mainland, and meet some fellow travellers…
San Ignacio is a very small City in the middle of the desert. It’s around a waterwell in the middle of the desert, calle el ojo del agua (the eye of the water). However it’s a lot bigger than the typical image we have in mind when thinking of an oasis, a small “lake” surrounded by a couple of pal trees. Here you will find a huge forest of palm trees going far around the little village of San Ignacio. From the river you have a great view on the Volcan Tres Virgenes too. In the hotel I stayed I met Juan, he’s the night guard who moved here from Mexico mainland to be closer to his children who live in San Ignacio. In the night he’s a guard, during the day he works on a little street stall selling electronic goodies.
I initially planned to have my next stay in Loreto, but I decided to make it Mulege. It’s a small pueblo on the beach, surrounded by many palm trees as well. Usually it’s a touristy place too, many americans have a little house around there for holidays or even live there. But luckily the holiday season was alrealdy over, so I could enjoy the village in it’s “mexican form” and much more “tranquilo”. In my hotel I met Laurin, a german long term traveller with an interesting project: He travels around the world to Volcanos to tell stories about them and the people living around. He’s homepage is in beta mode (http://www.lavalover.com), but I look forward to read about his experiences! Together with Laurin we headed over to some fellow motorcycle travellers I met up north in Baja. Michelle and Evan got some fish from local fisherman and invited us for dinner. Check out their blog here https://fort2fuego.wordpress.com
Heading to La Paz, where I will take the ferry to mexico mainland, I ride by the southern part of the Bahia de Conception. It has stunning coastlines, beaches and cliffs one after another. It’s a perfect place if you want to camp somewhere on the beach! On my ride I hit hundreds of butterflies, they are all over and crossing the street everywhere. One of them I hit with my chin ventilation on my helmet. They might be beautiful animals but they horribly smell when taken apart! Then there are tons of road construction sites, which is a welcome change to the main road since it’s all dirt and gravel and the only place where I overtake all those cars again that are usually going much faster than I am. So far never had any issues with the traffic. The mexicans might not obey the speed limits but they don’t seem to be a threat to me.
My Baja route ends in La Paz, a touristy but very nice town in the south of Baja California. I enjoy some good seafood, strolling along the harbour and meet more fellow mototravellers: Martin is from germany and rides a heavily loaded 1200 GS, good luck with that Martin :) Also I met Mark, Val and Grace, the family from the 3 Monkey Circus going around latin america on two GS bikes. Check out their blog as well: http://www.3monkeycircus.com. I guess we will meet again somewhere :)
San Ignacio, an oasis full of palm trees in Bajas desert. From there you can see the Volcan Tres Virgenes.
Had some fun conversations with Juan from the Hotel in San Ignacio
San Ignacio Doors
Mission San Ignacio and some mexican offroaders
Met Pedro and Ismael in San Ignacio
When buses stop going, they become housing
Usually it’s not a problem to put your motorcycle in front of your hotel room door
Bahia Conception, here the north end around Mulege
Mulege has a river and many palm trees
Time for some Tacos!
Mulege, in the background the old prison that is now a museum
Bahia de Conception has beautiful beaches and cliffs, perfect for camping on the beach
Bahia de Conception
A very impressive mountain range along the main road
Going south I hit hundreds of butterflys, this one as big as my hand I saw on a gas station in Loreto
Bajas road construction deviations are usually fun gravel roads :)
In La Paz I met Martin from Germany and the 3 Monkey Circus from Oregon.
Sunset in La Paz, a touristy but very nice town
Taking the ferry to Mexico mainland