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Mexiko - Lonely beaches and San Ignacio oasis

March 2018

Rio de Santa Rosalia, Mulege

Fascinating mix at the Playa Juncalito

Blue skies, behind us a palm forest, a pebble beach with a large ocean lagoon in front of us with a little island. Colour intensive sun sets in the evening, in the morning some dolphins, enchanting us with their ballet performance at breakfast.

Not to worry, this is not the prologue to a love novel. I just wanted to explain why we stayed at this beach relatively on our own for over a week.

At the end of the lagoon a somewhat desolated village in the distance. On a visit to the village we were positively surprised by its charm, which the partly uninhabited, deserted houses radiated.  

Many Canadians and Americans have rented properties from the community for two to four thousand dollars rent annually. They built houses or huts or just parked their large campers or mobile homes with pergolas in front. Fresh water is supplied plentifully by the mountain. Electricity is provided by own generators.  

Probably some of the people passed away and others did not pay anymore and did not return. Some few built beautiful houses and looked after their property. This is what makes the somewhat spooky, fascinating mix.

El Juncalito El Juncalito 

English spoken in Mexiko

After returning from a walk along the beach along the Playa Coyote a fully stacked vehicle from Oregon, USA was parked right in front of our RAM, virtually on our spot. The driver mumbled something about driving away soonest.

When Brigitte repeatedly asked him what he meant with that the guy asked if we were not able to understand English. She told him that we would indeed understand English, but if he was under the impression that his slang had much to do with English.  He left quickly!

Playa el Coyote

Full Body Massage in Loreto

At the Plaza of Loreto a poster advertised full body massages. I wanted to get spoilt and booked an appointment. A sturdy and somewhat stubbed Mexican woman took me in the decorated massage room with quiet music. The massage was an absolute hit. Completely comparable to the massages we have enjoyed earlier in Bang Niang, Thailand. Brigitte was also full of praise about the massage abilities of the Mexican.

Plaza Loreto

Idyllic, new campsite Romanito in Loreto

Directly behind the Hotel Camping Los Morres with its converter tower a new, small campsite has been opened. The small spot is only 200 metres away from the Plaza and with its many palms it is much more cosy and shady than Los Morres.

Campground Romanito, Loreto

 Camping Romanito, Loreto Camping Romanito, Loreto

Oasis San Ignacio

After having visited the interior of the missionary church and its well-maintained garden at the Plaza for the second time already, we tried one of the local specialities sitting on a bench: Empanadas filled with date mush.

We decided to spend the rest of the afternoon and the night on a spot next to the bridge on the river, which we had spotted whilst passing by. The place was a little paradise.
Many palm trees and shrubs, numerous water birds, from small to really big. Impressive how some of them darted straight down to catch fish.

The sun set with the palms was nearly kitsch and the large fire, there was enough palm wood around, had us enjoying a couple of glasses of wine underneath the starry sky.

Driver’s licence without exam

In 2014 Mexico City introduced the driver’s licence duty.

On the Baja California it is much easier to drive a car. All one needs is an ID, possibly because of the age, and to pay a fee and off one goes. According to our informant this goes for the local traffic. How it is regulated elsewhere he did not know.

Anyways, he is driving the tourist up and down the Baja.

Stranded motor home