Things not to do in Baja California…
Spending all your time in “the world’s aquarium” is a thrilling prospect, but don’t overlook Baja’s land-based delights. This strange, coastal desert is dominated by the Sierra de la Giganta, whose highest peak reaches 1,176m. An extraordinary amount of otherworldly flora thrives in this virtually rain-free environment, including the giant cardón cactus, Dali-esque Boojum tree and “creeping devil” cactus that crawls slowly across the desert floor. Birdlife is abundant; with woodpeckers drilling into the cacti, roadrunners (actually cuckoos) dashing past, and ibis and giant kingfisher inhabiting the mangrove swamps.
Focus solely on the nature. The little town of Loreto and tiny whale camps offer great opportunities for meeting sudcalifornianos; this is Mexican village life at its best. Companies working here will employ bilingual, local guides, serve up traditional dishes made with local produce (including the incredible, abundant seafood) – or recommend local restaurants – and support craftspeople creating handmade textiles and jewellery.
Leave anything behind. Our vacation companies working in Baja have pack in – pack out policies, meaning they take all their litter back out with them, as well as traveling in small groups and where possible, produce is purchased locally. Baja’s communities have worked hard to ensure that – despite an increase in visitors – Baja looks much the same as it did decades ago, with low-impact eco camps instead of huge resorts, or simple spaces to pitch tents, and it’s everyone’s duty to help them preserve this fragile landscape and rich marine environment.