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Old 11-09-2020, 10:41 PM   #1
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Weve flown to Puerto Vallarta as tourists for the last 15 years but now we have a new 21 travel van and the thought of visiting Baja and boondocking along the way is interesting. But going it solo is a bit unnerving and probably not wise. Are there non-commercial groups or clubs that make regular Baja excursions?
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Old 11-10-2020, 01:59 AM   #2
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Search on Facebook, and check out Baja Nomads forum. As well google - I did when researching and you will find places you can post for trying to arrange a group of half a dozen rigs or less. Many folks feel nervy about the first time doing the Baja alone or even mainland. Try where possible to make sure each group member has some strength to bring for the journey ie; mapper/planner/ electrical/mechanical/spanish speaking etc etc. So you can all draw on each others strengths where need be. Don't have too many rigs in total, and ideally select those with smaller rigs for ease parking etc.

We looked at caravans but felt they were too restrictive schedule wise and added quite a bit of cost to the whole trip.

Happy Travels.
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Old 11-10-2020, 11:32 PM   #3
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newbe to Baja

Thanks for the information. Your suggestions make good sense. Im not a Facebook fan, but Ill check into the options available. Not so sure of what contributions we as newbes could make to a traveling group in Mexico, however.

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Old 11-11-2020, 01:04 AM   #4
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Never underestimate what you can bring to the table Martin! A good tip we received from many was to cross at Tecate border for ease. Stay at Potrero RV Campground ($38/night) two or three days prior and then walk over from USA side in advance to get your necessary permits/insurance etc, so easy to cross over with RV on day crossing. When comfortable you can boondock many places USA side prior to actual crossing day.

FYI: Tel cel sim cards work well and are readily available at OXXO stores. Calimax for groceries - be careful what you cross border with food/alcohol wise. Check beforehand what's permissible, and stock up here as soon as you cross.

If for any reason you struggle to create a group for the same time you need, ask others held up at Potrero, there waiting to cross if they'd mind if you just joined them to get deep into the Baja the first few days. You'll pick up quite a bit of knowledge just talking to folks in that CG alone that are returning or going down for their "umpteenth" trip.

Most advise to cross border early in the morning and try to get quite a bit south away from the border towns. For comfort and safety, DO NOT drive at night on the highway = cattle roam and other reasons.

Go enjoy, and take your time - everything in Mexico is maana
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