iKamper blog: Episode 4: Mexico!
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¡Bienvenidos a México! Welcome to the land of street tacos, white-sand beaches, and joyful festivals marching through colorful little towns. After a few days in San Diego with friends and family, we crossed south to Tijuana, and headed down the famous Baja California Peninsula, where hot desert and pacific paradise meet. After miles of hot desert, we turned the bend to find this small pristine beach, Playa Santispac, and dipped our toes in crystal clear water.
Something we already learned is that it is best to set up camp right away. As soon as you get to the beach, scope out an even ground to park, pull out your chairs &table, then go ahead andpop open that tent. Designate a kitchen area, a living space, and a cleaning space. Set up your mini-world. This way, everything can air out and you can organize yourself better before cooking. As soon as we pop open our skycamp, we give it a little sweep with a hand broom and dustpan, then zip up the screen windows to air it out while keeping out the mosquitos. When organizing your campsite on the beach, watch out for that ocean breeze! Make sure everything has a place and secure it in tight. Trust me, you will get your work-out in chasing around those plastic bags (first hand experience). Once we found our perfect spot on the sand, we laid out a tarp as a sand-free zone flooring. Routine cleaning, securing everything in its place, and a quick sweep of the skycamp with earn you that cold Mexican beer.
We found ourselves surround by a small community of campers who invited us to a bonfire later that night where we met travelers from around the world including a german couple who are also ‘overlanders’ traveling down the Pan-American Highway. Overlanders is the term given to travelers traveling long distances with their own vehicle (car, SUV, camper, etc.). We immediately bonded with the german couple and decided to convoy through Mexico together.
We were lucky enough to be in Mexico during the famous Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), celebrated Nov 1st-4th. On this multi-day holiday, Mexicans honor their deceased loved ones by building an ofrenda with photos of their loved ones, candles, flowers, their favorite foods, and any special gesture to celebrate their lives. La Paz hosted a huge cultural festival complete with live mexican music, women dressed up as Catrina (lady of the dead), and candle-lit, elaborate altars, honoring those loved ones who have passed on. It seemed that every town in Mexico we arrived to (La Paz, Guanajuato, Mexico City, Oxaca, San Cristobal de las Casas), we witnessed another colorful, vibrant town and tried another spicy, mouth watering dish. We absolutely loved Mexico and would highly recommend anyone considering it as their next vacation spot where the fresh limes and pristine paradise awaits you!