Whales of Laguna San Ignacio & South to San Juanico

Back to pavement and civilization for a while, I passed through the town of Vizcaino, where the Vizcaino Peninsula highway returns to Highway 1. Here I recharge with some campechana (seafood cocktail with everything) — my favorite!

Vizcaino - Villo Alberto Alvarado - Lunch - Mariscos StandVizcaino - Villo Alberto Alvarado - Lunch - Mariscos Stand - Campechana - Coke

Whales of Laguna San Ignacio

Then, after a long day of driving, I make it down to Laguna San Ignacio for some whale watching. I camp at Kuyima, ready for a morning boat ride into the lagoon. Watching people disembark boats before sunset, I notice multiple whale spouts out on the horizon.

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Whales! I didn't get a chance to touch one this trip, but as always it was an amazing experience being so close to them.

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Next, I worked my way south along the coast, following tracks over the mud flats: Salitrales San Ignacio, and the shores of Estero el Dátil. I hit a few dead ends where the mud was too wet to cross a flat directly, and found myself backtracking and driving the long way around. No more getting stuck in the mud for me!

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San Juanico

This route rejoins pavement at San Juanico (Scorpion Bay), a fishing town and surfing destination.

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I camped a few miles east, on a secluded Bahía San Juanico beach.

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Here's the new paved road connecting San Juanico to Highway 53.

Road connecting San Juanico and Highway 53 - Road Damage - Sportsmobile