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Old 11-27-2013, 09:42 AM   #1
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Anyone going to Loreto Baja this winter?

OK I've dug out all the threads I could find on Baja here. I have read all the comments from the past about walking into the valley of death if we go but heck, I go to Joburg South Africa which is far worse than Mexico ever thought of being and I'm still vertical.
Would like to comment back and forth with anyone who is and/or has gone in the last year to Loreto and Muleje in Baja for winter escape for a couple of weeks.
Mostly interested in where to find water and dump stations. Would probably beach camp with other Expats if areas were found to congregate.
Haven't driven down in 2 decades but used to go to Gonzaga and LA bays often.
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Old 11-28-2013, 12:55 PM   #2
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WOW NO replys?
Come on, SOMEBODY has to have been down there? :-) :-)
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Old 11-29-2013, 09:13 AM   #3
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Here`s a website with info On the Road in Mexico A Comprehensive Travel Guide to Safe Driving Camping and RVing in Mexico

Also, http://www.rv.net/forum/ website has a thread that deals with Mexico.
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Old 11-29-2013, 12:32 PM   #4
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Mulege is full of Canadian and Americans. Many have second homes while others, like myself RV. If you require hookups Marie Isabel's, Ray's RV Park and the Hotel Serenidad by the airport has full hookups. 12 miles south of town starts beach camping on The Bay, these are boondocking sites. I recommend Mike & Terri Churches book "Camping Baja" as a bible for newbie to the Baja.
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Old 11-29-2013, 01:36 PM   #5
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Cliffy- Mulege & Loreto are a fabulous "destino" for winter camping. The real social scene in Mulege for winter campers and the best hookups are to be had in the Oasis Rio Baja park, just east of the Orchard and west of Jungle Jim's. Next best is Cuesta Real which is on the same stretch of the south side of the Mulege "River." I quotate the "River" as it is really a salt water estuary where you can watch the osprey dive for their dinner. I have a covered spot in Oasis w/true 30/50A hookup I'm not using- if you are interested PM me.
While in Mulege, make a point to sample the carnitas at Asadero Danny in town (ask anybody for directions) on Saturday; best meal in town period; you'll have to get there before 11:00 or they will be sold out. If you want to go fishing let me know & I'll hook you up w/a good guide. Shop at Saul's grocery store in Mulege (known to locals as Tienda Davis or Mini-Super Davis) & Alba's on the square in town. Also try Scotty's restaurant aka El Candil, and Equipales. Wander around Mulege on foot & you'll find everything pretty quick.

Loreto is a beautiful, "old Mexico" town. English is spoken here & there, especially in the touristy spots near the Mision & the harbor. Otherwise is Spanish only. But this is real Mexico, not some gringo Disneyland, and very worth your time. In Loreto I stay at a small park in town a few blocks from the beach called (IIRC) Rivera. Its flat, gravelled sites, 15A only, and good water so they say. Head into town on the main street Salvatierra iirc, and you'll come to a traffic circle w/a large tire dealership; circle in front of the tire place then immediate right; straight for ~8-10 blocks & park. Ask directions, local pronunciation = "trailer park Ree-bear-ah"

For water generally in MX, find an Agua Purificada station where you can pull next to the joint & stretch your hose to fill the tank; these places are accustomed to filling large tanks in the back of pickups & you'll find them in many places. In Mulege there is one by the river below the south end of the main hwy bridge, easy to see when crossing the bridge & there is a paved road right to it. I generally don't trust any but the A.P. water stations which provide RO water, & I use an RO system to fill my tank. The one in Mulege is excellent, jorge Yee takes care to keep his RO system operating professionally.

Get the AAA Baja map, its been the best since at least the '60's, and for sure get the AAA Baja book for road info for a 1st timer trip down Mex1. Cross south at Tijuana or Tecate, cross coming back north only at Tecate. Check www.vagabundos.com in their "Ship's Store" for a full set of books. They also have insurance, etc. and a great newsletter.
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Old 11-29-2013, 11:54 PM   #6
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Thanks folks This is so much good recent help! Like I said I haven't driven down in 15 yrs
Have flown my own plane to Cabo a couple of times in the last 5 yrs. Never spent any time in Mu or Loreto and that is where I want to spend a few weeks this winter. I have ordered Church's book and I agree that the AAA map is the best and I will order again on Monday with them. The water info is great! I have a small TT but I think I will make up a filter system with 4 micron and a 1/2 micron filter elements to attach to my water hose. From what I've read that will get most anything out of the water (oh, it'll have a charcoal block also).
My Spanish is good enough to get me in trouble :-) but I am comfortable struggling with it. Tecate is my point of choice for crossing and then through the wine country toward Ensanada. Last time I went through Catavina they still had mostly mud and stick homes with TV dishes on top. Got a few stories about Gonzaga Bay and dinner with the old man Papa Fernandez 25 plus years ago and dinner with the Diaz family in their kitchen at LA Bay.
I'm coping all your responses and printing them out for my travel bag.
Keep the ideas coming please and thanks so much for the help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:34 PM   #7
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We went down three years ago. The Church's Guide (Mike and Terry Church) is excellent. We did not like Cabo. Loretto and Las Barilles were great but crowded. Rancho Verde in mountains was delightful (no services but there is water point and dump station). We had a great time on Bahía Concepción (lots of places to stay) and numerous other places for small rigs.

We spent the last three winters on beach in Yucatan to include Belize and Tikal this last winter. There is just so much more to see on the mainland.

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Old 12-06-2013, 11:30 AM   #8
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Thanks Reed
Having grown up in southern Calif and going to Baja over the last 40 yrs occasionally, I feel compelled to go again after a 15 year hiatus. The plan is to go only as far as Conception Bay as we have been to the southern tip many times flying and saw the buildup of high rises over a 10 or 15 year span. Condoville is not it for us. For us the area between Santo Tomas and CB is probably going to be the best. I'd also like to go to Gonzaga Bay again on the new road sometime. It used to be 90 miles of rough dirt and two days.
Have never been to the Yucatan. Have flown over it as a pilot bringing folks to Cozzymel and Cancun have stopped in Belize for fuel but never spent time on the ground there. Might have to look into it.
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Have been absent for a while Busy with other things Still planning on going down next month after a meeting on the 4th. Weather and fishing might be better then also.
Picked up Church's book Good book We have it marked already.
The focus will be Mulege to Loreto. Have never been in that area of Baja. Plan on hitting some of the places Engineer Mike suggested earlier. Have those copied to our trip notes folder which is now 8 pages long!
Will cross at Tecate and use Mex 3 through the vineyards. Maybe stay at the casino on US side night before we cross. Or might try to cross and stay at the deaf school 1st night.
That's the plan anyway right now. Looking forward to it.
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Back from Central America

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We flew down to Guatemala and Honduras for three months. Still have problems with the Mexican Insurance and thus with Customs so we still do not have the Temporary Import Licenses cancelled e.g. cannot go back into interior until this is resolved.

Engineer Mike certainly has a lot more experience and knowledge of Baja than anyone else we have read. . We fully agree with crossing at Tecate. There is (or was, considering that CA has closed down a lot of parks) an excellent California State or county Park about 5 miles or so from the crossing. The Church's Guide really recommended staying there the night before crossing; go down and get insurance etc the day before since there was no place to park a rig to do processing at the border.

Have had friends that have overnighted at the "school" for the deaf (or whatever it is) on the road between Tecate and and Ensenada that really like it. Church's Guide suggests a Rancho about 50 miles after you turn east at Rosario. There are no hookups but we found it a great spot to stop going down and coming back. I think it was $5/night

The "gasless" stretch is less than 200 miles but we did take 10 gallons in jerrycans and did not need them. Our current rig has a 50 gallon Transfer-Flow auxiliary tank and those worries are a thing of the past.

Have noted that we have 1400 W of solar and about 9500 wH of LFP batteries so we have not had to hook up/use generator since system was fabricated. Burned out microwaves in Baja and Yucatan using Mexican power. System is now set to take line power through battery charger(s) to LFP batteries and then through converters/PSW inverter to dc and ac to reduce problems with uncertain power.
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Old 03-08-2014, 11:24 PM   #11
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The rancho past El Rosario is Santa Inez (sp) I used to stop there 35 years ago for airplane gas as they usually always had it and I came from B of LA to get it.
Got the trip pretty well planned with no make it or break it sections. I will have 10 gallons of gas in cans for the long stretch as I have a 24 gallon tank and get 10.4 mpg towing. Just cautious. I'll have my genny along and use it basically to charge batteries it we stay somewhere longer than 3 days. I've got 2 Costco golf cart 6 volters with an IOTA 45 amp smart charger that have worked great for the last year. We probably won't need the A/C but he genny will pull it fine. Would love to have solar but I'd have more in the panels than I have in the entire rig. We have a 78 Excel 20 ft that we completely rebuilt. New paint, etc etc etc. I will add an inverter to power the TV and DVR only as we have no microwave to worry about. The refer runs on propane all the time with 15 gallon available. Propane water heater only when we want hot water. It worked just fine for a 9 week trip back east last year.
Have my plane on jacks right now while I do the annual inspection so I have to get that done before we leave.
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Santa Inez Catavina

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It is Santa Inez Catavina and just past Catavina (which I think is just a rural police station. We really enjoyed it. It is nothing but a lot of dispersed camping spaces and a good water hookup. Went for a few walks the two times we were there and enjoyed the bird watching. The scenery on that section of the drive is delightful.

It is only 84 miles from Mulege to Loreto. We ran into a guy camped next to us in Loreto that had been in the same parachute battalion, 4/503rd Parachute Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade as I had in RVN but two years apart. My basic training platoon sergeant had been his advanced infantry SFC two years after I had been honored to have SSgt Ferdinand Manzinal as basic training platoon sergeant. Dave showed us some great places to camp on Bahia Concepcion and had spent a lot of time finding great ancient Indian rock art. He had a 4x4 and it was required to get to some of the places. That was a highpoint of the trip.
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When you get down to it, it really is a small world. I've flown all over this country and have run into friends and a acquaintances in out of the way places, too.
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another person we ran into

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We had just arrived by launch to Livingstone, Guatemala and i was talking with a guy and noted he had 2" tall tattoos of N RANGERS on both shoulders. This was my unit in RVN after two name changes. It had been 173rd Abn Bde Long Range Recon Patrol (LRRP) which became 74th LRP which became N Rangers. He was a bit effusive and I contacted a few folks from his time frame (1969-70) and they could not place him. This means very little since folks forget a lot in 45 years and folks generally only knew their own 5-6 man teams. I have a fairly good memory and was Unit Director for 6 years so I heard from a lot of folks - and had to do the writeups for Ranger Hall of Fame and the unit articles the Army Ranger magazine, "Patrolling". We ran into half a dozen folks several times traveling through Guatemala and Honduras the last three months
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