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Monday’s Links for Curious People: Back from Baja Edition


Travel Update

Sunset in La PazI had a wonderful time this weekend in La Paz, Mexico in the Baja Peninsula. I was invited there by the Mexico Tourism office to see a city which is often overshadowed by the more popular Cabo San Lucas 2 hours south.

I’ve only had two brief visits to Baja but I really like the place. It is an odd combination of desert and sea, which you don’t often see together.

On Friday we took a day trip to Espíritu Santo Island, which is part of the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California UNESCO World Heritage site; the 153rd which I’ve visited. We saw a ton of marine life during the trip. We went snorkeling near sea lions, saw a sea turtle and had a pod of dolphins jumping and doing flips near our boat on the way back to port. During our stay on the island we also had a short demonstration on how to make ceviche. (I should note that everyone on the trip other than me was a woman and most of them were food bloggers to boot. Lots of cameras were coming out every time food was served.)

Saturday we went to the “magical city” of Todos Santos where we at at the Hotel California. Yes, the Eagles song was playing over and over.

At sometime in the future I’d like to drive from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas and back. I think it would be a great adventure.


I recently appeared on the Amateur Traveler Podcast for the fourth time with my This Week in Travel co-host Chris Christensen. We discussed my recent trip to the Canary Islands.

Amateur Traveler Episode 294 – Travel to Spain’s Canary Islands


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  1. I spent four months in Mexico last year and began with Baja. La Paz was wonderful – especially when I swam with the whale sharks.. And Espiritu Santo was incredibly beautiful But I can tell you that you didn’t miss a thing by bypassing Cabo – it’s a nightmare of over-development, bars where DJs scream all night, and beaches that aren’t particularly pretty.

  2. Sherrie says:

    Food bloggers and paradise, and invited to boot. Almost enough to make me give up the bike. But not quite! ;-) Glad you enjoyed.

  3. Aharon says:

    You did an amazing trip!!!! The Espíritu Santo Island is amazing I love it.

    If you are an adventurous traveler you should go to El Chepe, really near from where you went. El Chepe is a train route that has amazing natural landscapes, really good food and this called Magical towns.

    If you are interested which I wish you are such as I was leave you this 2 links:

  4. Miami Travel says:

    I have never been to Baja but you make seem like it is worth while. I need to check it out sometime soon. When is the best time of year to go to Baja?

  5. Gaolga says:

    Did you like ceviche, me I loooooooooooove it!!!!… is sooo good :)

    and I am so jealous you were invited ^^ hahahah cause I have my travel blog too (not as famous as yours of course :) ) and I have been noticed in other countries and not in mine he he he :)


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