Desierto Vizcaino, Mexico

Trip Start Apr 11, 2010
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Trip End May 20, 2010


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Flag of Mexico  , Baja California,
Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Desierto de Vizcaino is a large desert area that covers the central part of the Baja peninsula south of the border between Baja California Norte and Baja California Sur states. If Baja California looks like a long handless arm, the Vizcaino Peninsula is its bony elbow that juts into the Pacific.  Most of the Vizcaino is particularly desolate and constitutes a UNESCO World Heritage Reserve.

This part of Baja has a few sites but especially bad roads that have a reputation for sharp rocks that can puncture tires pose a problem.  Several remote caves in the Sierras contain interesting prehistoric paintings and the San Borja Mission is allegedly one of Baja's most impressive, but I'm reluctant to chance it.  I keep imagining the sound of a tire puncture 25 miles down a dirt track from the nearest paved road during the off-season when it might be days before another car comes by. 

Guerrero Negro (black warrior) is a substantial company town beside salt marsh lagoons near the Pacific.  The city is flat and ugly but a good place to get gas and groceries and visit an ATM.  Interestingly, just outside of town is the world largest salt works with about 70,000 acres of evaporation ponds where sea water is pumped in and allowed to evaporate in the blistering sun to produce layers of salt.
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