Magical Mexico

Trip Start Dec 22, 2012
Trip End Jan 09, 2013

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Motel El Dorado Loreto
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Mexico  , Baja California,
Thursday, December 27, 2012

The idea of road tripping in Mexico was born when my boyfriend carefully suggested that maybe we could take the mighty Subaru Outback down south from San Diego for our annual travel adventure over the Holidays. While Josh meant a couple days, heading to Valle De Guadalupe for some wine tasting and maybe to Ensenada where one can pick up some fun Mexican blankets, I heard a month-long Mexican extravaganza filled with surfing, camping and adventures along the road.

We settled for a trip somewhere in the middle; a 2,5 week Baja excursion with visits to Ruta del Vino, the Sea of Cortez, Todos Santos and if we feel like putting our dancing shoes on; Cabo de San Lucas.

Just returning back to the US from my India trip, Josh had done most of the re-search for our adventure. His take on re-search (usually reading the "dangers and annoyances" section in Lonely Planet as well as any possible information you can find about hazards, muggings and any other terrible thing that can go wrong) whereas, I myself, have been fortunate enough to have traveled Mexico several times, starting in my teens as one of my aunts live in Mexico City. I love Mexico and it's people and know that they will bend over backwards to help you as well as give you the shirt off their back if needed. We have several discussions over the possible dangerous scenarios and I always counter with my favorite line "I believe that the US is one of the most dangerous countries in the world, and we have managed to stay alive there for several years". Although Josh is starting to see this fact, he still believes that he will die in Mexico and I do my best to convince him otherwise.

The car is soon loaded with surfboards, camping gear, yoga mats and snorkels, along with some Coca-Colas, Snickers bars and Marlboro Reds as potential "gifts" to the guys at the never-ending military checkpoints, we felt ready to rock the Mexican carreteras. We choose to cross the border at the small city of Tecate rather than it's busier neighbor Tijuana. This turned out to be anything but the last day of Josh's life. Smiling faces meeting us at the border, no lines, no search, no drama. An hour and a half later, we toasted with a Mexican Merlot overlooking the beautiful Valle de Guadalupe to a spectacular sunset. I believe I heard Josh mumble something about Mexico not being so bad after all.

The next few days we make our way down south. Josh is stoked to realize that he has found a country with a population that drives as slow (if not faster) than he does. We are blown away by Baja's spectacular landscape and by the phenomenal shape that the roads are in (with a few exceptions). We pass dusty towns, cowboys on horses, abandoned buildings and sadly, countless dead dogs lying on the side of the road. After spending the past month in India, I am amazed at how incredibly clean the roads are (with the exception of the dogs that is).

We listen to Podcasts of "this American Life" with Ira Glass (and cry), chill out to the Ambient station on our Sirius Satellite Radio, talk about life, laugh, drink all the soda that we were supposed to give to the Federales, practice Spanish verbs and laugh some more. Every so often we pass through a military checkpoint where young men look very serious with their machine guns. But as soon as they hear that we speak Spanish, we get rewarded with a big smile and questions like "eres de Argentina?" (I know this will make my grandma proud as she is born and raised in Buenos Aires) and they look a bit confused as I explain that I am from Suecia.

Several tacos, ten billion cactus's and many crosses (where unfortunate drivers died) lining the road later, we end up on the Sea of Cortez on Christmas Eve, in the mining town of Santa Rosalia. A little rough around the edges but we find a place overlooking the ocean where we watched the sunset and the sunrise from our patio. We wish each other Feliz Navidad while toasting with tequila and eating the most fabulous street tacos from the only place open that night. It was the perfect Christmas Eve.

The little beach towns lining the Sea of Cortez are welcoming and they feel quite authentic with their cobblestone streets, churches and shrimp taco-shacks. While in Loreto, we splurge and head out to Loreto Bay National Marine Park. The boat-ride out could have been called a "beater-ride" as we get tossed around in the wild waves. With sore bottoms and aching backs, Coronado Island is a welcoming sight with its sandy white beaches. This beautiful National Marine Park is protected and kept incredibly pristine and clean. We snorkel and stand-up paddleboard in the turquoise water enjoying such a beautiful day. We feel so blessed.

 It is funny how scared people are in the US of coming to this amazing country. Everyone is so nice and the landscape is spectacular. Oh, and did I mention the food? Late on that evening, we feast on tacos de camarones and Margaritas under the Mexican full moon. Living la Vida Mágica! Thinking that maybe it isn't such a bad thing that people are afraid to come here, as it keeps Baja much less crowded and we get to have all these fabulous experiences to ourselves :)

Peace, Love and Magical Mexico
Yours truly

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Underbara Mexiko! Disfruta! Mil besos/TinaArmadillo xxxx

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