Overlanding Baja - Week 5
January 16, 2022
We went inland away from the sea, saw our friends off in La Paz, and came back out to the Gulf of California to visit La Ventana, one of the most known spots for kiteboarding and windsurfing in the world. If the last week was an action-packed drama, this week was a thriller… Victor got sick, and did he catch COVID?!
Monday: Cabo Pulmo to Santiago (1h / 50km)
Since we started this blog, we’ve slowly settled into a rhythm of finding a quiet spot with good wifi on Sundays to write our post. Last Sunday was no different. After publishing the blog post, we camped at the beach in Cabo Pulmo and when the new week arrived, we took off to Santiago.
Santiago is a small village a short hour away from Cabo Pulmo. It was established for missionary purposes in the early 1800s, and is tucked in the beautiful Sierra de la Laguna mountains. For us, it was not only exciting to see dry, hilly landscapes after many days by the sea, but also a break from the strong wind that frequents the coasts in Baja California Sur at this time of the year.
Our destination was Rancho Ecologico Sol De Mayo, which is also the access point for a popular hike to a waterfall in Cañón de la Zorra. The cabins at the ranch are elegantly decorated, and we were in need of a hot, indoor shower. So we took a room for the night, and checked out the waterfall in the afternoon.
Tuesday: Santiago to La Paz (2h / 140km)
After a delicious breakfast of chorizo and eggs scramble, accompanied by the bleating and braying of the farm animals, we left the ranch to head to La Paz to see Beth & Will one last time before they ferried to mainland Mexico.
We stayed at the Peace Hostel, one of the only hostels that are overlander-friendly in the city center. Once we parked our rig, we were able to walk to restaurants and shops nearby.
Wednesday: La Paz to La Ventana (40m / 50km)
La Paz has a small-town vibe, despite being the largest city in Baja California Sur. In the morning, we checked out a few stores and galleries that feature local artists and handmade goods, and stumbled upon the studio of Daniel Amora. He welcomed us into his space, and shared his amazing work with us. It is getting to know the locals like Daniel and hearing their stories that makes us feel closer to a place.
In the afternoon, we made our way back to the Gulf of California. La Ventana is a windsurfing and kitesurfing destination, and we were excited to check it out. We stayed at Palma Azul, a private campsite two blocks away from the beach, and shared the space with Cheryl, Chris and Eva whom we met a few times during our trip.
Thursday: La Ventana
It’s funny to call where we stayed a campground, as it is the backyard of our host Heady’s house in La Ventana. It’s big enough for 2 or 3 small rigs (yes, our rig is on the small side), and with the spacious outdoor cooking palapa and a few hammocks, it felt very much like our own backyard. In the evening, we had dinner by the beach with Cheryl, Chris and Eva and the dogs. You can follow their adventures on Instagram @travels_with_tikaani.
Friday: La Ventana
Victor woke up with a fever this morning, so the crew at the campground was on high alert. Chris biked to get a COVID test in the village, and Cheryl gave us her last take-home kit so Victor could take a test without leaving the truck. How grateful we are to caring friends in Baja! Fortunately, neither Victor or Chris tested positive for COVID, so we didn’t feel the need to quarantine. Rest, however, is required.
Saturday and Sunday: La Ventana to La Paz (40m / 50km)
We decided to take two more rest days in La Paz to take advantage of the laundry facility at Campestre Maranatha, so Victor can fully recover and be ready for the next adventure!
As of today, Sunday January 16, Victor is still resting but feeling much better! We are hoping to resume our adventures tomorrow.
Hope you are safe and well. See you all next week!