Continuing on we travelled to just south of the Baja California (BC)/Baja California Sur (BCS) border till we arrived at Jesus Maria. From here we headed west to the coast for a couple of days to use up our groceries before crossing into BCS as they will take certain grocery item at the border control, Austrian’s Gunter & Makaila, Gerhart & Margret also joined us.
While here we took a walk to Seal Arch Beach which is very secluded and only accessible by foot passing by the lighthouse on the point.
On the way there was an interesting rock formation, even in the desert life thrives.
While sitting on the beach we watched some seals playing in the water.
There was also a small fishing village close by where we purchased 3kg/6lbs of fresh shrimp which cooked in garlic butter, we all then shared for dinner with salad and rice. Catherine also bought 5 lobster tails for Stewart.
From here we went to Guerrero Negro to restock our grocery supplies before heading to Laguna Ojo De Liebre where there is a campground.
We arrived a week before their season starts so did not have to pay to use the palapas. This is a nature reserve where whales come to calve. Boat tours are available where they take you out and see the mother whales and their babies.
There were also some nice sunsets.
As it was we were early we did not see any whales but did see lots really funky blue jellyfish as they floated under the jetty and a rather brave coyote.
We continued following MX1 south, but from here it headed east across the peninsular towards Mulege.
We stopped at San Ignacio for a night to visit the Mission, these were built by the Spanish. Camping next to a lagoon as it is located in an oasis. We only saw the Mission from the outside as there was a wedding while we were there, the yard next to it and main square were lit up with Christmas decorations.
The Spanish missions in Baja California were a large number of religious outposts established by Catholic religious orders, the Jesuits, the Franciscans and the Dominicans, between 1683 and 1834 to spread the Christian doctrine among the Native Americans or Indians living on the Baja California peninsula.
Continuing east to the Sea of Cortez we stopped at Santa Rosalia for some lunch where we found taco stand ‘Tocos El Faro Verde’ that had great fresh fish tacos that we indulged ourselves with.
When we arrived in Mulege we checked out a couple of campsites before settling on Huerta Don Chano which was located on a tidal river, they only had one campsite available so we doubled up with Stefan & Thomas (@einmalrundum) this campground had nice grass sites surrounded by Palm and fruit trees where we were allowed to pick some fruit (Mango’s, Limon’s, Oranges, and Grapefruits). We squeezed our own fresh fruit juices. The day we arrived they were having a Christmas dinner for all the staff and invited all the campers staying in the campground, they roasted two whole pigs wrapped in palm leaves, there was also turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings.
There was also a Mission here but it was all locked up.