Our second day in Baja we faced the toughest drive of the trip. Ensenada to San Ignacio, a grueling 800km trek across the desert from Baja Norte to Baja Sur. We set out around 8am and drove for a few hours before stopping at a roadside restaurant for delicious huevos rancheros and coffee. The simple, delicious food-homemade tortillas, numerous condiments, and spicy salsa-is one of our favorite parts of México!
After breakfast, the sun got stronger and the road rougher as we would our way through one of the craziest cactus-filled deserts we’ve ever seen. Thank God we got our A/C fixed! Luckily we had been advised to have a full gas tank and plenty of water as there were no services for hours and hours. Nothing but a 2-lane, potholed highway winding its way through more and more “curvas peligrosas” (dangerous curves). Getting stuck behind semis a couple of times was annoying because the road was hardly ever straight enough to pass without risking a head-on collision.
After nearly 12 hours of driving, just before the sun set, we finally made it to San Ignacio. Out of nowhere, a tiny lake and a palm-covered oasis town in the midst of all the dryness! We found a wonderful $10 campground right on the laguna (Camping Los Petales) with basic showers, bathrooms, and kayaks for rent. Walked into the tranquil town for some tacos and slept peacefully in our tent, despite the croaking bullfrogs.
San Ignacio was tiny but pleasant and full of friendly people! Highlights were the gorgeous old Domincan church and buying a cheap bag of delicious dates (they grow on the palms all over town). Sad we couldn’t stay longer, we headed off to La Paz!