Trip Start Apr 11, 2010
40Trip End May 20, 2010
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Since I was going to be traveling south of Ensenada I needed to check in with immigration to get my tourist card. The bored-looking immigration officer probably hadn't seen anyone all day, spoke English well, and was very chatty and helpful. With 180 days authorization and a year-long auto insurance policy I could stay in Mexico quite a while if I so choose
There's a bit of hype in the guidebooks about Tecate being the nicest Mexican border town. That's not saying much; it's still a rather dull, dusty place beyond its pleasant Zocalo (central square) with strolling Saturday mariachis. The town's main attraction is the brewery where Tecate beer is produced but tours are limited and by reservation only.
I spent the night at a campground on a beautifully situated ranch in the mountains a few miles east of Tecate, one apparently owned by people of Basque origin from the architecture of the farm houses and the flags displayed in the office. While the camping facilities at Rancho Ojai are well kept and extensive, it felt oddly deserted for a Saturday night.