Monday, April 13, 2009

Camping in Baja

Hi anglers,

This time I want to share with you my camping trip to Playa La Perla in Mulege.

Its Easter for you, and Semana Santa for us, so the kids are out of school and I needed to find a way to get them tired...really tired, so, we went camping.

There are several spots in Baja were you can camp, my personal favorites are Mulege and Cabo Pulmo on the beach and on the mountains, Boca de la Sierra and CaƱon de la Zorra, the last two are great if you go after the first rains, as the water will be running down from La Sierra de la Laguna and you can swim in the arroyos.

Mulege is between 6 to 8 hours away from Cabo and its a beautiful road to drive, however, make sure you bring a PSP or have a dvd player or get ready for 6 hours of "are we there yet".

Here is the map from Cabo to Mulege if you take the San Jose highway, it will take a little longer to get there, maybe 8 or 9 hours as you want to stop on the little towns between San Jose and La Paz, like Miraflores, Los Barriles, and you have to stop at the Cactus Forest.

Here are some pictures of the trip, this time I took the short road and went towards Todos Santos, they fixed the highway from there to La Paz and its 4 lanes now so you can get there in an hour or less if you are a maniac like us or one hour and a half if you are a decent driver.

This is the sunrise about 20 minutes from our destination.

This is our destination, as you can see, there were a few campers already, the little huts are optional, they cost 60 pesos per night and they include water for washing dishes and take a quick shower, there is a rustic toilet for the ladies and you can go find your own firewood or the locals will sell it at 3 pesos per log.

The place is very safe as the locals keep watch and if you need to go to town and get supplies, you dont have to worry about leaving your stuff there.

Here are a couple of shots of the same beach from another trip when it was not too crowded.

Here is a closer look at the hutts, usually, you can sleep right on the sand but this time was a bit cold and quite windy so we had to set up a tent.

If you decide to go there some time, if you wake up really early, right when the sun is rising, you are almost guaranteed that you will see dolphins swimming right on the bay, unfortunately I couldnt find the camera so I owe you guys that picture, also, if you bring your kayak, you can get right next to them and play with them.

You can also bring your rods and fish from shore, there were people catching some sea bass and if you have your snorkel gear, you can get tons of clams and mussels.