Baja - Loreto to Lapaz

Baja - Loreto to Lapaz in Baja, Mexico


This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 5 out of 5 stars
370 kms
1 day20hours
difficult
Sea Kayaking
Winter, Fall
Mexican City
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The coastline between Loreto and LaPaz on the east side of the Baja peninsula is unsurpassed for beauty. Azure seas, rock formations to rival those in the Grand Canyon, white sand beaches to camp on, and no people. Baja paddling is for experienced kayakers, but for the inexperienced, there are a number of tour operators offering trips ranging from luxury catered affairs, to participatory budget trips for more self-sufficient folks - see Gabriola Cycle and Kayak for the latter.

Don't expect calm seas - with a 800 mile fetch to work with, the wind can and does blow strongly for days on end, causing huge swell and surf. There is no shelter when it blows, so expect to spend some days on shore - not a problem though, as the hiking is great! The days are warm, nights are cool (downright cold in December/January) and the water is great for snorkeling, diving and fishing. Both air and water get warmer as the season heads into April.

Most tour companies are based in the small town of Loreto (pop. 9,500). It's a friendly place and a good spot to stay if you're going to travel around the country a bit. International airports are at both Loreto and LaPaz. The bus system in Baja is cheap and reliable.

Hazards: Land hazards include scorpions, black widow spiders and rattlesnakes, and jumping cholla (ouch!). Water hazards include stingrays and jellyfish. You may also want to have a shade system, as you can see in one of the pictures above. If you take a few simple precautions you should have no problems.

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By comincoPosted By: cominco  - Wed Feb 26 10:09:16 UTC 2003 This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars This trail was given a rating of 3 out of 5 stars Comment I like the Baja and spend a couple of months just south of Loreto


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