Around the Capes

After a few days in the arroyo it was time to say goodbye and make our way back to La Paz to catch the ferry. We did get to see the wild beach burros we were told about just before we left.

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It was at least a 3 hour drive (slow) around the tip. All dirt roads with some wash-outs, but nothing too bad. We’ve covered Baja pretty thoroughly and driven several hundreds of miles of unpaved roads – and I’d say that the only requirement for driving here is a high ground clearance vehicle just like our bus – don’t try it in your low-rider. 4WD just isn’t necessary unless you want to drive right on the beach sand. Granted, it never rained on us once and that could make things more difficult.

There are plenty of more boondocking places – empty arroyos and open beach – all the way around with only limited development or houses. There is also plenty of well-signed private property with nothing on it.

We stopped at a some little settlements like Cabo Pulmo – basically a collection of a few houses, restaurants and a tienda, and checked out the beaches some more. We decided to drive all the way up to Los Barilles to camp at a trailer park so we could have flushing toilets and bathe in something other than the ocean.

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We were warned about this place by Daphne. She learned to like it, but told us about all the gringos on ATVs.  She was right. Gringos on ATVs everywhere. Getting groceries, shuttling the dog to the beach, etc.

This is a big windsurfing and kitesurfing destination too, but we didn’t really have time to check it out. Besides, it’s windy. We got our hot(!) showers and internet fix and crashed for the evening.

All we had to do the next day was drive a few more hours to La Paz. For us, this is a lazy day’s drive with frequent stops for tacos, beer and candy.

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4 thoughts on “Around the Capes

  • March 2, 2010 at 5:13 PM

    This was one of my favorite drives of the trip. Besides burros, we saw horses, cows, chickens, butterflies and jackrabbits. There were so many whales jumping just off-shore we thought they were putting on a show for us. The water and sand were beautiful. It is going to be a day I will always remember.

  • March 2, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    That’s the beauty of traveling with a VW camper: The world slows down, the view comes pouring in through that great big windshield, and you spend time creating memories instead of covering ground.

    Safe travels to you all.

  • March 3, 2010 at 7:25 AM

    Spent a night in Los Barilles last spring . . . fishing before our sailing excursion out of La Paz. Great fishing just offshore and most fishermen giving away the day’s catch. Should have hung around the dock for a fresh meal. Good luck on the ferry hook-up.

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