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[*] posted on 8-14-2015 at 08:14 PM


did you have to get a work permit to do this? I don't know how tours from up North work.
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[*] posted on 8-14-2015 at 08:54 PM


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Congratulations David! Not sure if I just missed it but in reading about the tour it wasn't clear who will provide the 4WD transportation? Are you supposed to come in your own vehicle or will 4WD vehicles be provided? If so, who will drive? Is there a plan for breakdowns?

Just curious...

Hi Ron, see the link above for Baja Custom Tours. They have 4WD vans that seat 9 guests + crew. As mentioned, this is the company that has Graham along to guide tours. Now, it's my turn as it is a missions tour hosted by Discover Baja.




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[*] posted on 8-14-2015 at 09:03 PM


Quote: Originally posted by rts551  
did you have to get a work permit to do this? I don't know how tours from up North work.


This is just worked out and I asked about permits. I was told they have all the permits and they (Baja Custom Tours) have been doing Baja tours for years. Nomad member Graham has already been a guide for them so I think we are in good company. Thank you for your interest. Please contact the tour company for more details. My part is only to share what I know from 50 years of Baja travel since my first trip and mission history.




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[*] posted on 8-14-2015 at 09:26 PM


No mission Santa Maria? Give the vans 4wd a good workout.
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[*] posted on 8-14-2015 at 10:28 PM


That's my favorite mission, but alas no time even if the van could get in there. 3 hours one way.



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[*] posted on 8-15-2015 at 08:19 AM


This is p e r f e c t for you DK
Sincere Congratulations :)




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[*] posted on 8-15-2015 at 08:24 AM


Thank you Lori! I hope the guests enjoy themselves as much as I do when I go to Baja.



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[*] posted on 8-15-2015 at 09:43 AM


I think this is great, especially for you David, with the passion you have for Baja and the missions.
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[*] posted on 8-15-2015 at 10:58 AM


Congratulations David on the leading of this tour.

David K also lectured at the 2015 Baja Pole Line Run in April! :bounce:






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[*] posted on 8-17-2015 at 08:30 AM
Mission Sites to be visited...




The mission sites included on this tour, additionally the second Rosario mission (#19 x 2) and the Loreto visita ruin of Londó (between #1 and #4).

1) Loreto (1697)
2) San Javier (1699)
3) Ligüí/Malibat (1705)
4) Mulegé (1705)

5) Comondú (1708)
6) La Purísima (1720)
7) La Paz (1720)
8) Guadalupe de Huasinapí (1720)
9) Los Dolores Apaté (1721)
10) Santiago (1724)
11) San Ignacio (1728)
12) San José del Cabo (1730)
13) Santa Rosa/Todos Santos (1733)
14) San Luis Gonzaga (1737)
15) Santa Gertrudis (1752)
16) San Borja (1762)

17) Santa María (founded in 1766, at Calamajué)
18) San Fernando (1769)
19) El Rosario (1774)
20) Santo Domingo (1775)
21) San Vicente (1780)

22) San Miguel (1787)
23) Santo Tomás (1791)
24) San Pedro Martír (1794)
25) Santa Catalina (1797)
26) El Descanso (site founded ~1810, new mission built 1830)
27) Guadalupe del Norte (1834)

These selected missions include:
the first 4 California missions (all founded by the Jesuits),
the furthest north stone mission on the peninsula,
the first Franciscan (Fr. Serra) founded California mission,
the first 3 Dominican founded California missions,
the last mission founded in all the Californias and
the last operating California mission.




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[*] posted on 8-17-2015 at 08:37 AM


Nice going David---working in Baja!
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[*] posted on 8-17-2015 at 08:48 AM


Wow. That's quite a trip. Thanks for posting the map.
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[*] posted on 8-17-2015 at 09:34 AM


Quote: Originally posted by ehall  
Wow. That's quite a trip. Thanks for posting the map.


Yes indeed... if all goes per plan: 15 mission sites, 2 mine/ghost town sites, 2 rock art sites, a fossil grotto, several museums, relax time at Playa Ligüí, wine tasting... So Much Baja... in just 10 days!

It could be a great introduction trip to newbies wishing to see and experience these places and see what is across the border and way beyond. I will be describing lots of other sites and how to get to them as we are driving for any future trips by our guests.

For the experienced Baja traveler (most of you who post on Nomad), it could be a way to enjoy Baja without having to drive or worry about the details... and we can have some fun conversations when we aren't just enjoying the view!

The tour looks like it is a full package deal, rooms, meals, transportation, and more. A good deal if you want a Baja history and backcountry immersion... See the links...




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[*] posted on 8-17-2015 at 08:34 PM


Great trip...... meet us in some mission of baja sur......:):):)

congratulation David




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[*] posted on 8-17-2015 at 08:41 PM


Holy molly!!!!!~

Only you can keep up a Baja pace like this itin.! Those 7am breakfasts wore me out just reading it!

Really folks............having been on a David K. tour of this sort in 2001, you would have a great time and learn more about missions and Baja in general than you ever thought there was to know.

Have a great time David and group, I know you will!





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[*] posted on 8-17-2015 at 08:55 PM


Oh yeah............

Can your group get ahold of Baja Atlas's (almanacs)?? you know the one I'm talking about. I still treasure mine with the notes and red marker itin. you wrote into mine. After I returned home and looked at it again and again, I learned so much more about where I had just been. Of course, I have that love of maps as you do.





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[*] posted on 8-17-2015 at 09:52 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Debra  
Oh yeah............

Can your group get ahold of Baja Atlas's (almanacs)?? you know the one I'm talking about. I still treasure mine with the notes and red marker itin. you wrote into mine. After I returned home and looked at it again and again, I learned so much more about where I had just been. Of course, I have that love of maps as you do.



Hi Travelpearl! Great to see you here...
Thanks for the nice words...
Yes, you and other Nomads (Amigos then) were on one of my first tours, and the first Viva Baja 4WD Tour Van (owned by Amo Pescar) test run tour, July, 2001 (also with us: El Camote, Desert Rat, David Eidell, and along with us were Mike/Mary Ann/ Miguelito Humfreville). Others were with us some of the time, such as Neal Johns, Desert Bull, and more: http://vivabaja.com/van1

Oh, Debra... did you read this article, about our guide one of the days?: http://www.bajabound.com/bajaadventures/bajatravel/jesus_flo...

Hope all is well with you and your family... How big Brendon must be now???

The current or last (2009) Baja Almanac Map Book is available from Baja Bound and Discover Baja, last I knew.

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good going on your new adventure,,,

you certainly have done your home work over the years

wishing you a big success
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[*] posted on 9-27-2015 at 09:41 AM


I guess you didnt know, but one thing are the permits for baja tours to operate, and a different thing is the permit for you to work as a certified tour guide.
Thats assuming you are certified as a tourist guide, but that alone does not grant a work permit in Mexico

Otherwise you are breaking at least 4 municipal laws (Rosarito, Ensenada, Mulege and Loreto) two state (BC and BCS) and quite a few federal laws.





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[*] posted on 9-27-2015 at 09:56 AM


Thank you for your interest in learning more about California's early history! If you are not joining the tour, perhaps obtain one of my books to get you many of the details we will go over. It just won't be as good as being there with us!

1) The tour operator has been doing Baja tours for many years, it is not his (Baja Custom Tours) first rodeo. He does whale watching tours annually, lately with Nomad Graham Mackintosh along as a guide.

2) I am a pretty good source for Baja history and locations having been traveling in Baja since 1965, published 3 books about Baja and numerous magazine and online articles.

3) I was very clear with both the organizer (Discover Baja Travel Club) and the tour van operator (Baja Custom Tours) that I wanted to be sure we were not violating any laws or if we needed work permits. I was assured by both companies (who have been doing Baja tours for many years, and bringing lots of money to Baja businesses and families), that all points were covered. The tour begins and ends inside the United States.

I hope I answered any concerns you have and let's all promote travel to Baja California as being a fun safe adventure. The economy of the peninsula could sure use a boost! Often people go on tours first to get comfortable with traveling to a new area and then return many times in the future on their own.




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