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!
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.
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.
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!
This route rejoins pavement at San Juanico (Scorpion Bay), a fishing town and surfing destination.
I camped a few miles east, on a secluded Bahía San Juanico beach.
Here's the new paved road connecting San Juanico to Highway 53.