Goodbye Baja – Hallo Mazatlán (La Paz to Mazatlán)

It was time to say goodbye to Baja California, and we felt had we had seen enough dessert at this moment. We got to the ferry terminal 3½ hours before departure, and after 1½ hour we were ready to drive onboard.

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According to our reservation, we had to be at the ferry terminal 3 hours before departure.
Do you have to take the ferry from La Paz to Mazatlán? Read everything from booking, weight in, TVIP and meals on the ferry here: Baja Ferries 

Before we left La Paz we stopped at a tacos stand, where we had pulled pork tacos with crispy pork skin on the side. Here in Mexico they eat the crispy pork skin with hot sauce, salsa and lime. I also tried two different kinds of local juice (left picture), the dark red is made from a flower called Jamainca (an infusion of dried red hibiscus flowers) and the light brown is made from tamarindo. Both should be really healthy for you, except from all the sugar I think they add.

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The ferry trip is crossing the sea of Cortes during the night and the next morning we left the ferry at 10:40 and were ready to visit Mazatlán. The ferry was already in Mazatlán 9:00 am, but everything just takes more time in Mexico, and nobody is in rush of anything.

Goodbye La Paz – Goodbye Baja California

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I really think this picture describes how things is working here in Mexico. The wheelbarrow is in operation, except that nobody is operating it!

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We camped at a nice RV-park in the northern part of Mazatlán. The owner was really nice, and gave us this spot with shade, just next to a big camper where the owners would not return until next winter.

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The RV park had a small building, where I was able to work out in the shade. After that I relaxed by the small but clean pool. We even did a little bit of laundry because it was included in the camping fee.

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We spend some time walking around the historic center of town. Religion in Mexico is much bigger than in Denmark, and the symbols are churches, cathedrals and statues of saint’s from the bible.

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We also visited the local marked. The local markets are great – we love them! They are cheap you can buy fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and a lot more. It is cheap to eat out, but it is still a lot cheaper to buy your own groceries and cook. For 5 USD (35 DDK) we make dinner and breakfast. All that talk about money. We have a budget and we barely kept the budget in Marts, if we don’t include the deposit for importing the motorcycles at the Mexican boarder. BUT – we also looked into, what we have been using our money on. In Marts we spend one week in the USA and three weeks in Baja California, Mexico. We have spend 729,15 USD on Food  Drinks, which includes groceries, restaurants, snacks/candy, coffee, alcohol and so on… just saying that we have spend way to much money on Food & Drinks. In April we have set the budget at 300 USD for Food & Drinks.

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Mazatlán is known for its seafood, so we ended up buying fresh mackerel and smoked marlin.

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Before leaving we bought a small snack, a tostada with shrimp ceviche and fish ceviche – the best we have had so far! This time we did not buy to of each we bought one of each and shared them – another great way to save money, when you still want to try some of the local food. On our website we have made a new heading called “Mexico”, if you look under “Planning” here you can read more about our experiences with daily living in Mexico. So far we will write about these subjects: Boarder Crossing, Baja ferry from La Paz to Mazatlán and Budget in Mexico.

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It is Easter Holliday all the locals and the tourist are having a blast on the beach!

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A great picture form the beach in Mazatlán by Esben

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We have also learned in Mexico… where there is people, there is food. We have never travelled in a country, where there is so many places to buy food. It is cheap, but it all adds up in the end.

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Mexican bands playing everywhere, trying the make more noise them the band right next to them. It is really popular to play polka music in Spanish – I can say one thing, we DO NOT love it!

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From Mazatlán we have decided to ride east on the Mexican mainland to Durango. Everybody tells us how great all the towns and cities are, but the truth is, that we are missing the nature. We want to se more of the Mexican nature and visit some of the National Parks on the way. Coming up is a visit to Mexiquillo and Parque National Sierra de Organos.

Goodbye to the beach for now and to Mazatlán

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  1. Mexicanized spanish polka, that sounds like the most wonderful thing in the world, could you provide a youtube link for such extraordinary music?

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