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[*] posted on 10-17-2019 at 02:19 PM


Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
About the whale sharks. They are big, slow plankton eaters. Kind of fun to see once, but they are generally non-responsive,... 5 minutes and you are done and can say “been there, seen it, done it.”

Suggest you do a panga trip focused on snorkeling in islands, visit a whale shark if you happen to see one in transit, and not do boat trip focused on whale shark.

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[*] posted on 10-17-2019 at 04:56 PM


I have spent hours watching and swimming with them, I do enjoy watching nature being nature. if you get bored watching them, you might being moving to fast to enjoy the whale sharks. My wife taught me to quite myself watch instead of interacting.


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Quote: Originally posted by mtgoat666  
About the whale sharks. They are big, slow plankton eaters. Kind of fun to see once, but they are generally non-responsive,... 5 minutes and you are done and can say “been there, seen it, done it.”

Suggest you do a panga trip focused on snorkeling in islands, visit a whale shark if you happen to see one in transit, and not do boat trip focused on whale shark.

Whale shark, does it taste like chicken?






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[*] posted on 10-18-2019 at 04:02 PM


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pf001c, Please disregard Billyjoe's trolls. He has been banned under a bunch of different names. This thread is about to go south and become useless. Sorry.


Kudos to the powers that be for taking care of this so quickly. He made several posts in a very short time - none of them informative and all of them toxic in tone.




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[*] posted on 10-18-2019 at 04:37 PM


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Quote: Originally posted by MMc  
pf001c, Please disregard Billyjoe's trolls. He has been banned under a bunch of different names. This thread is about to go south and become useless. Sorry.


Kudos to the powers that be for taking care of this so quickly. He made several posts in a very short time - none of them informative and all of them toxic in tone.


Next to all postings box of other Nomads is a button called "Report" when you see toxic or spam posts, click that and Doug gets an alert. He can't be on Nomad all the time and he has no moderators to help him. So, with that feature, we all can help Doug.




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[*] posted on 10-20-2019 at 09:39 PM


Hello All,

Thank you for all the solid advice. It took me a bit to digest and rework our plan based on some of your suggestions. I've tried to group the feedback you had for me into general themes and if I don't call you out by name, please don't be offended. I read and considered your post.

Drive times - as many of you commented the drive times are too long for each day and/or the estimates are too short. Please note that the numbers on my sheet were in km instead of mi. They did not account for food and potty breaks. Based on the feedback from mtgoat666 to average 50mph (80kmh) I re-checked them. We are also going to leave a day ahead and spend the night in Calexico so we can cross the border early and make Bahía Gonazaga on the first day.

Whale sharks - MMc hit the nail on the head. The mission of this trip is to snorkel with whale sharks. This is a bucket-list item for myself and my wife. And as 4x4abc pointed out it will be whale shark season in La Paz. Although I understand there are no "guarantees" with wild animals, and we may see them in other spots, going to La Paz gives us our highest probability to encounter the creatures. The rest of the trip is just gravy. We will spend a few days on the way back to get a sense of other spots and where we might like to visit again. Assuming we have a good time, this will not be our first trip.

Loreto - many of you pointed out how awesome Loreto is (Stucksucks, JZ) so I've reworked the schedule on the way home to spend more time there. JZ, I definitely want to check out the Agua Verde drive and San Javier (also mentioned by David K). I've also contacted La Mision to stay there. Loretana, can you tell me more about the matriarchal culture there?

Misións - David K, JZ thanks for the guidance. We will definitely be checking out the Ignacio, Mulegé and San Javier. I am also interested in the Iglesia de Santa Bárbara. David K your road guides were super helpful in the planning of this trip. Thanks for comprehensive work. Also, if I order your book from Amazon, do you get paid the same?

Disco - AKgringo and David K. Yes, I get that this is Ford, Jeep and Toyota country with TRD having a home base here. Poor Land Rover reliability is (fingers-crossed) a thing of the past. I've had the truck for 3yrs and only a few niggly electronic problems. And anyway, she's all I got so I'm going to "run what you brung".

Border crossings - we will be entering/exiting thru Calexico and we all have Global Entry (and the vehicle is registered as well) so hopefully it won't be too bad a wait.

4x4abc thanks for the recommendation for the guide in La Paz. We have already booked WhaleShark Diaries while we are there on the first day. 2hrs with the whale sharks and then it goes farther to see the sea lion colony and visit a secret beach that everyone on the internet seems to know about. ZipLine: they rent gear if you can't bring your own.

Last, I didn't see any negative posts, they must have been removed before I came back. Anyway, I take all that with a grain of salt on internet forums. Nearly everyone here on Baja Nomad seems genuinely interested, helpful and constructive.

Well, I think that about covers it. Buenos noches!

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[*] posted on 10-20-2019 at 09:41 PM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Too much driving with the kids (or adults). Loreto is the furthest I'd go. It's a kick a$$ town and has all the stuff you have talked about doing.

World class kayaking, mule rides, the islands are great. The most beautiful mission in Baja, San Javier, is 30 mins away. Some very easy dirt road side trips to beautiful bays (Agua Verde, San Bassilo). The Agua Verde drive is one your kids will never forget. It will hook them on Baja forever.

Your wife and kids will LOVE La Mision Hotel. Awesome hotel and a stunning view of the ocean from your balcony.

Driving down, I would try to make it past San Felipe on the way down. Leave early and you can make it pretty easily to Gonzaga Bay. San Felipe isn't anything to write home about. Stay at Alfonsinas. It's a hotel right on the beach with a really great view. You can travel more leisurely the next day(s).

If you make it to Bahia de Los Angeles, stay at Costa del Sol. Nice, inexpensive place.



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JZ, is the attached the turn off and road for the Agua Verde drive ? I'm really interested in that one.


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[*] posted on 10-20-2019 at 10:20 PM


Great follow up. Well thought out. Good call about staying at Calexico. We live in LA, and have stopped there many times in prep for the drive down.

Also, a good call about not staying San Felipe. It's mostly a big MX party town. Tip, if you like fireworks, there is a trailer on the left just before you enter SF that has some amazing ones. Even if you just pick up some small firecrackers, little bottle rockets, and smoke bombs, it will entertain your kids for many hours (be safe, as they have some big time stuff there).

In Gonzaga Bay, stay at Alfonsina. It gets be bit of a bad rep on here, because it use to be cheaper and the previous host was just so awesome. The truth is, it's still awesome and not that expensive. The view and location is to die for. The rooms themselves are very basic. There is a website where you can book in advance, just do a search, as it's not on the major sites like hotels.com.

If you want the best of the best hotel in La Paz, stay at Costa Baja and get suite. The regular rooms are "ok", but the suites are super pimp. Sometimes you can get killer deals on them. Fantastic balcony views. Steinbeck restaurant is there. Some very good wine the wife will appreciate. On the less expensive end, I really like B&B Casa Juarez. The host is really good. Lots of good accommodation options in La Paz that others will give you.

In La Paz you should drive up to Tecolote one day. Then meander around in the dirt roads to the East. Nothing extreme, and your truck will handle it easily. Some fantastic deserted beaches. Bring lunch, or stay into the evening and make a fire on the beach.

I'll post a kmz track for you to Agua Verde later. You should download an app like Gaia or Back Country Navigator (Android only) to your phone. Great offloading GPS apps. The tracks that people give you will load directly into them. Agua Verde is so easy you don't need to worry about getting lost, but still it's good to know exactly where you are.


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[*] posted on 10-20-2019 at 10:25 PM


Here is the track into Agua Verde. Load Google Earth Pro onto your computer. When you click the link, it will load directly into GE.

It will also load into a phone based GPS like Gaia or Back Country Navigator (my favorite).

AV is roughly 25 miles from MX 1 to the bay. There is a little store there. The drive down is incredible.

The first 3mins of this video I shot are from Loreto. Specifically, from 39 seconds to 1:27 are Agua Verde. After that is is San Javier, the view from La Mision hotel, and shots of Isla Coronado. For about $80, you can have a Panga take you out to Coronado for 3-4 hours. It's about a 20 min boat ride, and the water is like the Caribbean. Bring drinks and food.

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Attachment: Rt. into Agua Verde from Hwy 1 near Loreto.kmz (6kB)
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[*] posted on 10-20-2019 at 10:59 PM


Quote: Originally posted by ph001c  


JZ, is the attached the turn off and road for the Agua Verde drive ? I'm really interested in that one.


Your bottom one shows the general area. The top one is not the turn off. Not sure where that is.

The first few miles after you turn off MX 1 are paved.





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[*] posted on 10-21-2019 at 07:20 AM


ph001c, thanks for ordering my book. No, I don't get the same income if they are from Amazon sales, but that's okay... as long as you will have it to help make your trip more interesting (and educational)!

I think the price is about the same from Amazon is it is from me at www.oldmissions.com with the difference being I do sign and date the books that are from me and they are the latest printing (August 2019) with new photos and details over earlier printings. You mentioned you are coming from San Diego North County? I live in North County, so there is a chance I can sign your Amazon book and chat about your trip, too?

In any case, I think we all on Nomad hope you have a fun trip!




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[*] posted on 10-21-2019 at 07:22 AM


Oh, PS... the road to Agua Verde is paved for the first 10 kms since your Street View map was taken.



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[*] posted on 10-21-2019 at 09:43 PM


Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Here is the track into Agua Verde. Load Google Earth Pro onto your computer. When you click the link, it will load directly into GE.

It will also load into a phone based GPS like Gaia or Back Country Navigator (my favorite).

AV is roughly 25 miles from MX 1 to the bay. There is a little store there. The drive down is incredible.

The first 3mins of this video I shot are from Loreto. Specifically, from 39 seconds to 1:27 are Agua Verde. After that is is San Javier, the view from La Mision hotel, and shots of Isla Coronado. For about $80, you can have a Panga take you out to Coronado for 3-4 hours. It's about a 20 min boat ride, and the water is like the Caribbean. Bring drinks and food.

https://youtu.be/4VNTIhRa6q0


JZ - awesome video. Nice drone-work, really professional production. The drive into AV looks amazing. Where is the shot at 3:05 with all the cacti? Also the shot at the end 8:03 looks like something out of Dust to Glory or Dakar.

We are going to hit up San Javier and I've book La Mision. Thanks for the tips.



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[*] posted on 10-21-2019 at 09:45 PM


JZ - I got the KMZ file. I'm a huge fan of Google Earth. I'll check out the apps you suggested.

David K - thanks for the inputs.
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[*] posted on 10-21-2019 at 10:08 PM


Here is another interesting day trip from Loreto. Easy drive. Beautiful bay.



Attachment: Rt. Hwy1 to San Basillo and San Juanico.kmz (2kB)
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[*] posted on 10-21-2019 at 10:25 PM


Quote: Originally posted by ph001c  


JZ - awesome video. Nice drone-work, really professional production. The drive into AV looks amazing. Where is the shot at 3:05 with all the cacti? Also the shot at the end 8:03 looks like something out of Dust to Glory or Dakar.



3:05 is just outside of San Evaristo. San Evaristo is a 70 mile, roughly 3hr drive on an easy and well traveled dirt road from La Paz. My kid drove it at age 14 in a 2 wheel drive pickup we rented down there. It's a long day, but you can day trip up there from La Paz, I've done that 3 times at least. Top 5 coastal drive in all of Baja, especially the last 10-15 miles.

All the shots until 4:09 are from that road. 4:10 to 4:35 are from the beaches East of Tecolote that I recommended earlier.

I have a track to San Evarsito if you want it. In San Evarsito you can pay a panga to take you out to the islands (San Francisco and San Jose). Cost is about $100 for 4-5 hrs in a private boat.

Here is a pic from the mangroves on San Jose from July. Kids are riding the Zodiac.




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[*] posted on 10-22-2019 at 08:29 AM
Maps to San Evaristo from La Paz or Constitución Hwy.




The Dolores mission was near the coast from 1721-1741, then moved to its visita (visiting outpost station) of La Pasión (1741-1768).
Another Dolores visita became the mission of San Luis Gonzaga, in 1737. Both San Luis Gonzaga and Dolores (at La Pasión) were closed by the Spanish government in 1768, after they removed the Jesuits and installed the Franciscans. The Spanish government then forced all the neophytes (Native Indians of the missions) of both missions, to go south to Todos Santos where most of them soon died in a strange new land, far from their ancestral homes.



San Evaristo is a small fishing village. One place advertises food just south of the village...



The locals are friendly!



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Quote: Originally posted by JZ  
Here is the track into Agua Verde. Load Google Earth Pro onto your computer. When you click the link, it will load directly into GE.

It will also load into a phone based GPS like Gaia or Back Country Navigator (my favorite).

AV is roughly 25 miles from MX 1 to the bay. There is a little store there. The drive down is incredible.

The first 3mins of this video I shot are from Loreto. Specifically, from 39 seconds to 1:27 are Agua Verde. After that is is San Javier, the view from La Mision hotel, and shots of Isla Coronado. For about $80, you can have a Panga take you out to Coronado for 3-4 hours. It's about a 20 min boat ride, and the water is like the Caribbean. Bring drinks and food.

https://youtu.be/4VNTIhRa6q0






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JZ, I got backcountry navigator. Looks good and runs on my old Nexus pad so I will use that for navigation. Which maps do you typically use? I played around with some and found the ones with satellite imagery are good. Thanks for the KMZ files, will definitely be using these. Next step for me it so plan my fuel stops.
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