From San Quintin we continued down on Highway 1 with destination Bahiá de Los Angeles: 315 km passing nearly nothing except cactus and desert! Close to El Rosario, before we entered the Valle de los Cirios (named by the type of cactus Valley of Candles), two hitch hikers and their dog where waiting for a ride. They wanted to the next town and of course we picked them up.
We had nearly five hours drive to learn them better to know. Daniela, Roberto and their dog Beneno lived long time close to Mexico City and the last four years they live in and travel the whole Baja the California. They gave us plenty of tips and suggestions for good destinations. We asked them, if they are busy and if they like to join us to the Bahiá de Los Angeles. They’ve never been there and so we became two new travel friends + Beneno.
That day we broke the first rule for travelling in Mexico, which people in US recommended us: Never drive in the dark! After sunset we arrived at the campground, but 500 peso was pretty too much for one night. Roberto suggested asking the local people there to find a free campsite for example at the public beach. We went back to the town and then the third person recommended us a place about 10 kilometers away called Playa La Gringas.
It was completely dark and there is no way to find this place, when you are not a local or speak perfectly Mexican. An old fisherman, who lived close at this place, showed us the way for camping. He only takes 50 Peso for cleaning the place after leaving. In total darkness Daniela and Roberto put up their tent, we created a fire place and prepared the fresh fish from the morning. Delicious! A little party with a few beers rounded the long day perfectly.
Oh my god! When we woke up in the morning, we saw what the darkness last night shaded: A gorgeous clean and lonely beach! And we parked directly in front of the beach! 😀 Of course we have to stay there another day! Rest of the day was relaxing, enjoying, swimming, fishing and watching a dolphin, sea lion and plenty of other animals.
Next morning we continued, entered the Baja California Sur and decided to stay on night at a campsite in Guerrero Negro, an industrial town, not very special. Main reason was the desire for a shower. 😉 At evening we went into the town to find something local for dinner. Daniela and Roberto introduced us a bit to the different Mexican cousin. It was delicious, but Kali lost a piece of one tooth.
We looked for a dentist next day and many thanks to Daniela for acting as a translator. Elsewhere was no way to communicate with the dentist. It wasn’t a big problem and Kali was glad to get it fixed. After midday we went on and decided to visit the rock paintings, an UNESCO world heritage, in San Francisco de la Sierra.