Our destination that day was Mulegé with the only river with water all year long in the whole Baja California. When we entered the public beach for camping a big mess of flooded wood was all around. A hurricane hit this area three weeks ago badly and the locals wait to clean it up until the hurricane season ends in December. Even the bridge to the lighthouse was gone. We hesitated to stay, but then two locals came along and invited us to drink some beer with them. Okay 🙂 Thank you!
After a swim in the sea we continued south next morning and wanted to do a beach hopping tour. First stop was Playa Los Cocos. A long beautiful beach with clearest water! We went swimming and felt comfortable. But Roberto and Daniela said, other also beautiful beaches will come and we have to see everyone.
At Playa El Burro Kali and Roberto found fresh delicious clams and Peppi prepared a chicken curry. With full stomachs we weren’t able to move so far. After relaxing an hour in the shade and a short bath we decided to go on. Playa el Coyote was nearly the same and after a short inspection we headed to Roberto’s and Daniela’s favorite beach: Bahia Requesion!
And yes indeed! This one is really awesome and not crowded! We had to share this huge place only with two other groups. At one part you can cross the water waist deep to an island. We loved this place and decided immediately to stay there another day. Plenty of fish were jumping out of the water and we tried our luck by fishing. But no baits, no fun! We were glad to have something for barbeque in our cooler. 😉
The following day we took time for relax: Cooling down in the water, bit fishing and enjoying the surroundings and wildlife. We made a little expedition to the island, where you have a gorgeous view all around. 😀 Our new friends knew the owner and so we could borrow a canoe for free. Peppi paddled around and became nearly a heart attack: A big swarm of hundreds of fish jumped out of the water right in front of him. Afterwards he was a bit embarrassed that they didn’t jump into his canoe to catch a fresh dinner. 😉
Next day we headed to the tourist city Loreto. Food and water storage, also diesel fuel was nearly gone, what we changed immediately. We were walking down the Malecon and visiting the downtown, when we met Willi from Vera Cruz. Roberto and he knew each other from travels and he asked us, where we are going to camp that night. Roberto and Daniela knew a free place at the public beach and Willi asked us, if he can join us. Si, claro!
We placed our van and camp at the beach and made a little party. At evening we walked to the city center for dinner and got a drink in a bar. Seemed to be a perfect fun (and constructive) day! Close to midnight we went back and slept very well. The sun and the heat in the morning don’t let you sleep very long. That day was our destination the Mission San Francisco Javier about 35 km away. Willi also wanted to see this place and asked us, if we can give him a ride there. It would be quite narrow in our van, but of course we said yes.
After late breakfast and a shower for 10 Peso/person at a Gas Station we climbed up the Sierra del Gigantes. Visiting this more than 250 years old church was very impressive. The Spanish popes nowadays used this unique climate in the mountains for planting an olive tree garden and producing wine. A guide offered us a tour, but for us it’s nothing new. Peppi’s uncle also produces wine in Austria and his brother started to do.
The locals recommended us a place for free camping close to the river with a little pool for swimming. We really enjoyed this place until late afternoon. Then the Tarantula party started … We counted six of them (and other spiders) passing our camp from the river to the rocks nearby. Immediately we started the campfire to keep them away. They were gone, but you still feel uncomfortable. After dinner and a few beers we went to bed early.
The refreshing swim at morning in the river was so awesome. It makes you much more awake than two coffees! After breakfast and doing dishes we went on with the destination Puerto Aqua Verde. We only stopped for a while in Puerto Escondido and Ligüi, before we entered the road there. After about ten kilometer the paved road ended and it was still 30 km to go on a rough unpaved road. For a moment we hesitated to turn around, but we had seen pictures of this beautiful bay and decided to continue. With 20 km/h average speed we arrived in this little fisher village and found a place for camping at the beach.
Yes, it was a beautiful and nice place. But we were not sure, if it was worth it to spend more than three hours to get there and back. We bought fresh fish from the fishers and Willi prepared a big one at the campfire for dinner. The heat of the day and the long drive made us really tired and we went to bed early. We shall be prepared for a long ride next day.