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Old 07-27-2012, 11:35 AM   #1
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Baja March 2013 Trip Planning

A buddy and I are planning to do the peninsula in March 2013 (after the world ends....). My plans to date are to cross at Tecate (assuming this is a less hectic crossing than Tijuana) and bomb south out of the border cities influence down to about Santo Tomas. After that no real plans except to get to Cabo. We are both Baja/Mexico noobs (I sailed there about 20yrs ago but this is a whole new ball of wax..) and would like any pointers/tips, suggestions as where to stay, where to eat, what to see, etc. I have been perusing multiple threads but would like a concentrated bit of info. Bikes are a 650 Wee-Strom and a Super Tenere 1200. Not looking to do any serious dirt riding. Maybe a gravel road here and there. We will have about 3 wks total. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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Old 07-27-2012, 06:57 PM   #2
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So no ADV riders have been to Baja? *SIGH*


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Old 07-28-2012, 04:44 PM   #3
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So no ADV riders have been to Baja? *SIGH*


Do a search. There's about a gazillion Baja ride reports on this site and many ridding the same bikesa you guys.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:04 AM   #4
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Do a search. There's about a gazillion Baja ride reports on this site and many ridding the same bikesa you guys.

"I have been perusing multiple threads but would like a concentrated bit of info."
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Old 07-28-2012, 03:19 AM   #5
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:55 PM   #6
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Your bikes are too big

I agree. To find real adventure in Baja, you need smaller bikes.


That being said, an easy offroad trip is to head from San Ignacio down to Scorpion Bay (San Juanico). You go across the salt flats for miles on end. Then hit up a gravel road that can be rough in spots, one or two small water crossings, and pop out in San Juanico. There is no sand which is what limits you and the big bikes you are on.

Instead of racing to Cabo (which to me shouldn't be the highlight of your trip), take the hard packed sand road along the coast south of La Paz to Cabo.

There are a few suggestions. Really your offroad experience will be based off what roads you're willing to take the bikes down.

I find those who don't get off the slab really don't appreciate Baja for what it is. They just think it's boring desert and pile the miles on. It's so much more then that.

I've only done it twice, but I'd be joining my buddies this fall if I had the peso's.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:37 AM   #7
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I agree. To find real adventure in Baja, you need smaller bikes.

Then we'll have a fake adventure in Baja....

That being said, an easy offroad trip is to head from San Ignacio down to Scorpion Bay (San Juanico). You go across the salt flats for miles on end. Then hit up a gravel road that can be rough in spots, one or two small water crossings, and pop out in San Juanico. There is no sand which is what limits you and the big bikes you are on.

Sounds like something worth checking out.

Instead of racing to Cabo (which to me shouldn't be the highlight of your trip), take the hard packed sand road along the coast south of La Paz to Cabo.

We're not racing to Cabo. Only going to the tip to say we did. Earlier I said we planned on avoiding Cabo. We have three weeks and are going to be farting around and doing the best we can despite our handicaps...

There are a few suggestions. Really your offroad experience will be based off what roads you're willing to take the bikes down.

I find those who don't get off the slab really don't appreciate Baja for what it is. They just think it's boring desert and pile the miles on. It's so much more then that.

We'll be doing the best we can with what we have. I don't disagree with you at all but I still think we'll have fun dawdling down the peninsula.

I've only done it twice, but I'd be joining my buddies this fall if I had the peso's.
If this turns out as awesome as I suspect, I probably will be going back.......on smaller bikes....

It's all good. Thanks for the tips.

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Old 12-10-2012, 05:17 PM   #8
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Instead of racing to Cabo (which to me shouldn't be the highlight of your trip), take the hard packed sand road along the coast south of La Paz to Cabo.




Except further south it gets a bit sandier (at least when i was there in 3/2012)
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:05 PM   #9
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Except further south it gets a bit sandier (at least when i was there in 3/2012)
Where is this? Looks GREAT!
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Don't think so. As noted, no big off-road excursions planned and people drive their motorhomes down the peninsula all the time....
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DaFoole,

Your plan of crossing at Tecate vs TJ is a good one. Very easy process other than the walk down "three-four blocks" to pay the visa fees. Tecate is much less crowded, but the bank is closed on weekends. Enjoy, Baja is a blast.

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DaFoole,

Your plan of crossing at Tecate vs TJ is a good one. Very easy process other than the walk down "three-four blocks" to pay the visa fees. Tecate is much less crowded, but the bank is closed on weekends. Enjoy, Baja is a blast.

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Thanks ADV Fool, this is the type of stuff I'm trying to glean outta folks. I DID read on one of the threads you can get your visa prior to entry. Am looking into that.
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Visa prior to crossing

That is what I do now, I get my visa and bike insurance at the same time from "Discover Baja". I'm sure there are other companies that do the same thing. At crossing I just get my visa stamped, and I'm on my way. Since your plan is to ride to Cabo a visa is required, if only riding in Baja Norte it is not.

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That is what I do now, I get my visa and bike insurance at the same time from "Discover Baja". I'm sure there are other companies that do the same thing. At crossing I just get my visa stamped, and I'm on my way. Since your plan is to ride to Cabo a visa is required, if only riding in Baja Norte it is not.

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Good info. Thanks
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Dafoole, we just did 3 weeks in Baja on big bikes in January but we rode alot of dirt, mainly because it gets you to some really cool places. We rode through Tecate then headed east to the Compadre trail which is a real easy ride for anyone. this will take you to hwy 3 then head east to hwy 5 south. headed down the sea of cortez is a must. Gonzaga bay camping under the palapas is cool. some cool stops along the way down would be San Ignacio camp by the lagoon or stay in one of the yurts. bay of conception, camp on the beach. Loreto is a great stop, we hoteled it at the loreto plaza for $350 peso's a night for a room with 2 beds. nice clean hotel! A nice route down towards the bottom of baja is from La paz take hwy 286 back over to the coast, side trip to La Ventana to watch the kite surfers then continue over the mountain to the coast south to Los Barriles. check out our ride report (riding big pigs in baja) I broke the trip down day by day. Cheers!!
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