BAJA DIRECT CARAVAN
January 2019 Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive at Potero San Diego County Park. From I-5 or I-805 take Highway 94 east 5 miles from Tecate turnoff
Day 2 - Carpool 5 miles back to turnoff for Tecate, California. Park on the U.S. side and walk short distance across the border to validate your prepaid FMM's in Immigration (Migracion); or obtain them in Immigration, pay for them at the bank and validate them back at Immigration and pesos. Take your passports with you in order to walk back to the U.S.
BAJA DIRECT TOUR BEGINS
Day 3 - 7:30 am depart for the border at Tecate. As you leave the Mexican inspection area drive straight ahead to the city park, turn left to Highway 3 on the east side of the park, then turn right to get out of town. Come to complete stop at each stop sign. We'll drive down Highway 3 through the scenic Guadalupe Valley. Next is Ensenada, then on Highway 1 to San Quintin. We will stop for the night at Don Diego's RV Park just north of San Quintin.
Bahia de San Quintin sits on the west side of the Baja peninsula in a plain surrounded by eight extinct volcano's, seven onshore and one an island offshore that shelter the area from the sea. It is composed of three large, interconnecting bays, the Bahia San Quintin, Bahia Falsa and the Bahia Santa Maria. The dramatic landscape is host to a complex coastal environment. Visitors here enjoy fishing, clamming, surfing and diving.
Day 4 - 7:30 am depart for Guerrero Negro at the Baja Norte - Baja Sur State Line. Notice the magnificent eagle monument and the huge military base. We'll camp at Mario's RV Park.
Day 5 - Onward to Mulege, which is alongside a scenic river. We'll move on to camp at Santispac Beach on the beautiful Conception Bay, today or tomorrow depending on tour time.
Day 6 - Depart for or continue to enjoy Santispac Beach.
Day 7 - Santispac Beach
Day 8 - Santispac Beach
Day 9 - 8 am Depart for La Paz. We will be staying at Maranatha RV Park and dinner at Bandido's.
La Paz is the capital city in Baja California Sur, Mexico, it is a mix of laid-back, old-world beauty and chichi upscale trend. It’s surprisingly international - you’re as likely to hear French, Portuguese or Italian here as English or Spanish, and yet paradoxically it’s the most ‘Mexican’ city in all of Baja. It is located on the coast of the Gulf of California or the Sea of Cortez near the southern end of the long peninsula. La Paz boasts a wonderful waterfront and world class beaches. The city itself is very clean, safe and attractive. The islands off the coast are a popular destination in themselves.
Day 10 - 7:30 am This will be our last stretch down Baja to our final destination Los Barriles. We will stay at Playa Norte RV Park. If you would like to stay longer please call William at 011 52 (425) 252-5952. Los Barriles is 40 miles (64 km) north of San Jose del Cabo and 65 miles (105 km) south of La Paz. Perfect place to enjoy the East Cape.
Return date and stops to border crossing will be determined by Wagon Masters.
Be sure your CB radio is working. It is useful to also have a two-way handheld radio for backup.
ADVENTURE TOURS INFORMATION
1. Everyone is responsible for keeping their rig in good running condition. Have vehicles serviced and checked over before leaving home.
The following is suggested:
Oil and filter change
Air filter change
Gas filter change
Wheel bearings checked and/or packed
Inspect all hoses under the hood and replace if unduly soft or brittle
Inspect all belts and replace if frayed
Check all fluid levels
Check wiper blades and replace if necessary
Check shock absorbers and replace if necessary
Check and clean battery terminals, check fluid level and general condition
Check front end alignment
Check tires for condition and pressure, including spare
Check turn signals, tail lights and brake lights
Check wheel lug nuts for tightness
2. Inspect trailer and fifth-wheel springs carefully for any cracks or bad bushings. Chances are if they are 8-10 years old and have had considerable use, they will break somewhere that you won’t want them to. If one breaks, the others will soon follow.
3. Suggested spare parts to bring are:
Belt – 1 spare for each one under the hood
Air filter – 1
Tire – 1 one for each size on vehicles and trailers
Jack – 1 heavy enough to lift a corner of your rig
Lug wrenches – 1 for each size nuts on vehicles and trailers
Hitch ball – 1 if pulling trailer
Hoses – 1 for each under the hood
Keys – 1 spare set
Oil – enough for a change, plus extra for emergency
Oil filters – 2
Fuel filters – 2
Flashlights – 2 plus extra batteries
Distilled water for batteries
One trailer springs and shackle
4. In case of breakdown the Wagon Master will assist you to get it going, or will see you to a mechanic. Then it will be up to you. Green Angel trucks provided by the Mexican Department of Tourism travel main highways to help travelers in need. The drivers are bi-lingual and have simple spare parts, tools and radios for obtaining other assistance if needed. Tips are accepted.
1. CB radios and two-way handheld radios will be used for communicating while the caravan is on the road. Be sure to have one of each that works.
2. Leave the Club phone numbers, (800) 474-2252 and (707) 374-5511, with family and friends. We will try to locate you in case of emergency.
3. Arrange for Mexico coverage with your cell phone service provider.
4. Many RV parks in Mexico now have WiFi.
If you have a small vehicle which you tow behind a motorhome it is recommended that you bring it for convenient transportation out of campgrounds.
Mexico is a foreign country that does not have the same standards as the U.S. or Canada as far as services for electricity, water, etc. There will be dry camping and camping with facilities that may or may not work all the time. We recommend you buy purified water. Arrangements can usually be made in campgrounds to buy it from vendors who will pour the five-gallon containers into your rig.
Personal Documents Required
1. Passport for each person.
2. Prepaid Tourist Permit (FMM) properly filled out for each person (can be purchased from Club Headquarters). A passport is required.
3. Current International Health Certificate from your veterinarian for each pet.
4. Valid current registration for each vehicle, trailer and boat.
5. Copy of the title for each vehicle or boat (sometimes the original must be presented).
6. Low-cost Mexican Insurance Liability Policy for each vehicle.
7. Mexican Fishing License for each individual to be involved in fishing from a boat or being a passenger on the boat. These can be purchased from Club Headquarters.