Sunday, 27 October 2013

     Baja California, Mexico

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Many of these pages contain kilometer-by-kilometer photos of the road & surroundings. Check the date and travel direction to see what the pavement looks(ed) like --- and also see old abandoned segments next to new segments. I defer to David K's extensive Baja history websites for better historical maps, photos and narrative.


The Missions of Baja California

Google Earth Placemarks

Baja Nomad Forums

red_journal_entry_jun10.jpg (136882 bytes)A typical entry in my little red journal(s). I've filled hundreds of pages on this and other trips.



Office of Baja Strategic Trip Planning



Grand Peninsula Trip


Los Cabos


Los Cabos



July 26

Aug 5 -  8

Aug 31 - Sept 3

Sept 26 - 30

October 5-6

October 31

November 27 - 29



Borders & Such

Km-38 / Rosarito



Jan 30 - Feb 1

Feb 14 - 17

Feb 28 - March 3

April 16 - 18

Grand Peninsula Trip May 3 - July 12

Aug 28 - 30

November 5 - 8

November 17 - 21



Mar 15 - 16



Feb 12 - 14

Mini Peninsula Circuit Trip April 26 - 30



Peninsula Road Trip Oct 29 - Nov 19



When I reference Km markers, they are reset to ZERO at various locations along the peninsula which can make it confusing. The zero-reference start points include: US-MX border, Ensenada, El Rosario, the border between Baja Sur & Baja Norté and Los Cabos.

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"Outback" song by Outback Steakhouse


The usual suspects:


Google Earth Placemarks

Fun Facts


Baja 2010 Grand Trip Map
Set terrain = 2x for best effect.

Missions of Baja History
Set terrain = 3x for best effect. 

Baja Military Checkpoints
Set terrain = 2x for best effect.

Baja Pemex Stations
Set terrain = 2x for best effect.

aaa_baja.jpg (6222791 bytes)Ever wonder why Loreto, San Felipé, Los Cabos and other select Mexican destinations come into being and grow like crazy? It's not luck or coincidence. It's all very well-planned. Thanks to Fonatur, the "institution responsible for the planning and development of sustainable tourism projects." And with respect to the Baja Peninsula specifically, there is the vision of the Escalera Nautica, the Nautical Ladder --- a mega project. As of August 2009, this project was HALTED by the Mexican federal government. Yippie! The new Baja Almanac is out! (Fall 2009)

After being out of print for 4 years and losing both my copies, I ordered 4 to make sure I have a backup and gave two away as gifts. Also plentiful throughout the Peninsula.

San Juanico/Scorpion Bay southern road corrections & update (July 2010)


I maintain a pocket-size "red book" in which I keep a diary/log, should anyone care or need to find something if I die or wind up locked away in a foreign prison. Also a very detailed Excel spreadsheet "timecard" just in case.

I have been favorably impressed with the infrastructure efforts during my 15-year absence:

  • According to an article by John Pack in the January 2010 edition of Mexico Living, the Mex 5 road south of San Felipé from Puertecitos south towards Gonzaga Bay and ultimately connecting with Mex 1 south of Cataviña has apparently been paved in first class fashion to within 5 miles of Puertecitos. Ugh --- there goes the 4x4 off-road neighborhood!
  • From the Mex 5 junction north of San Felipé, the asphalt surface of Mex 3 to Ensenada is in awful condition as of December 2009
  • Mex 1 lanes have been widened in many locations along the 2-lane portions (from Mexican 9-foot lane widths to American standard 12-foot lane widths).
  • The asphalt riding surface was in excellent condition everywhere (no potholes)
  • There are several construction zones where you'll be driving on dirt --- many sections of highway between Maneadero and Tijuana are being widened to 4 or 6 lanes.
  • Most of the vados are gone, replaced by bridges.
  • Curve 'post' markers have been replaced with guardrails and reflective signs everywhere --- I saw none missing.
  • Missions are well signed --- although sometimes only from one direction --- meaning you may have to drive through towns both ways to see them.
  • Villages, towns, ejidos, recreation are generally well signed, though there is still a lot of guesswork to finding the actual turnoff or when there are forks along the dirt roads.
  • Through four military checkpoints and one Federale checkpoint I was always treated with courtesy and respect.

CLICKABLE Baja Norté map.