Baja March 2013 Trip Planning

Discussion in 'Americas' started by DaFoole, Jul 27, 2012.

  1. GalacticGS

    GalacticGS 1200 GS Rider

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    Plenty of places to park your vehicle located just this side of the Tecate border crossing. About $5-10 per day. Never had a problem...
  2. DaFoole

    DaFoole Pacific Avenger...

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    Anybody know a way (internet or place) to get the tourist card done before the border? :ear

    Not critical, just want to smooth the time needed at the border.

    T-minus 4 wks...:clap
  3. rnrdozer

    rnrdozer Been here awhile

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    We just went through there 2 weeks ago, I never could find anywhere you can get the tourist permit on line but its much smoother now at the border. after you drive through park your bike on the right, having one guy watch over your stuff. walk in and show your passport, now you can pay at the same building, although its outside. but no more walking down to the bank. pay your $20 then back in to finalize the permit. doesnt take long. On another note we parked at diamond Jacks RV park in Jamul which is really close to Tecate. we camped there then rode through the border in the morning. Teri is the owner and her parking rates are $1.50 a day, I gave her more just because they were so nice!
  4. DaFoole

    DaFoole Pacific Avenger...

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    Thanks Dozer!! Great to know regarding both! :thumb
  5. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    This place:

    http://www.discoverbaja.com/

    Is the only place authorized by the Mexican government to do it.
  6. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    Wow $39 to join and another $39 for the visa.

    The site says: "Save valuable time and frustration by purchasing your Mexican Tourist Visa at the DISCOVER BAJA office, rather than at the border". NOTE that they specifically say "at the Discover Baja office". Does that mean you have to go to their office to pick it up??

    Sorry, I'll more simply (and cheaply) stop at the border and get it from the Mexicans.
  7. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    They will do it by mail. For some the border is fine, for other, this may be a less intimidating option. They also give you a break on membership if all you want is visa processing.
  8. DaFoole

    DaFoole Pacific Avenger...

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    Thanks! Let me know if you still need that pic from Coco's....
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    DaFoole Pacific Avenger...

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  10. Hikertrash

    Hikertrash Wasted Rock Ranger

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    Exactly. It only costs $24 and had there been a working ATM nearby, I would've been gotten mine and been on my way in under $20 minutes. Algodones immigration so smooth and fast and no lines.
  11. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    San Luis as well, and can also get vehicle papers if you head to the mainland.
  12. BobLoblaw

    BobLoblaw Comfortably Numb

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    If someone is intimidated getting your tourist card at the border they better stay at home because they will surely be intimated at the military check stops and they might even meet someone who doesn;t speak english
  13. DaFoole

    DaFoole Pacific Avenger...

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    :rolleyes

    Not intimidated in the least....just impatient...:lol3

    ...and before the next comments occur...

    I am well familiar with "Mexico time"...sailed there years ago.

    Just getting anxious to get this trip movin'! :ricky
  14. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    I don't get all the negative comments about doing the visa by mail ahead of time. Like many things in life it's a little bit of money for a convenience. If you don't mind killing an hour (or 2) at the border in the event it is a busy hectic day, no problem. Traffic, parking, buy a ceramic tortuga... before you know it you can kill more time than you intended. I'm actually intending to do it at the border next time just because. But I don't think someone should be bad mouthed for wanting to take care of it ahead of time, which allows you to simply roll through the border without stopping. It's just a way to be extra prepared. Especially those coming from many miles away, it can be hard to predict when you will hit the border. Last time I went we ended up crossing at 3 am, it's just how it worked out. Now we didn't actually bother to get our visas for the trip :rofl, but if we had intended to do so I don't think you even can at 3am at the Yuma crossing.

    I've only had one bad experience at a military check point, funny story... Our first trip in 08 we blew through the one north of Gonzaga so fast I didn't even notice it, the young soldiers were napping and didn't make it out to the road until the 4th and last guy in our group, Ryan, was approaching the little speed bump. He was pretty young and had never been out of Ohio before, and seeing us a mile ahead and still flying he got nervous about stopping for the check point alone. So as the first guy out the door tried to wave him down and stop him Ryan just gassed it and blew through. We stopped at the gas station in Gonzaga, which is within site of the check point. We were already at the pump when Ryan comes flying in, shuts his bike off, and in this panic mode that was right out of a Saturday Night Live skit yells:
    "WTF guys, how come you left me alone at that checkpoint?!" ~Ryan
    "What check point?" ~Me (1st through check point)
    "Is that what that shack was back there?" ~Adam (second though)
    "I saw the army guy coming out of the building, but I thought you guys blew it on purpose" ~Josh (3rd through)
    "Yeah man they all came running out and tried to stop me, but I wasn't stopping alone with you guys, so I slowed down and just gassed it at the last second, they looked pissed dude!" ~Ryan
    "Should we go back?" ~Adam
    "Let's fill up and just chill and see if anyone drives down here" ~me

    Well, we filled up, hung out, no one came down, so we continued on to Coco's, intending to be back in SF that night. Due to a series of flat tires we ended up spending the night at Alphonsia's on the return trip. The next morning we headed north, and boy did they remember us at the check point! Let's just say we got a VERY thorough search of our bikes and gear. We all had just small back packs and stuff, but they checked every tiny pocket, twice. Live and learn. 2 years later I was at that same check point at about 11pm at night and it became one of my and Mala Bunny's favorite memories.

    Also, through research we have found having the girl in the group ride into the check point first seems to make them friendlier.
  15. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Great story....In Ensenada tonite, we are finishing up a two week trip. Hit a military check point yesterday, and when he looked in my gobi box and seen the cerveza, he asked me if there were any extras...:lol3
  16. DaFoole

    DaFoole Pacific Avenger...

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    Probably won't help on this trip unless we score a couple of hookers who like to ride while in Ensenada..... :lol3
  17. muddyrabbit

    muddyrabbit Lost Boy

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    Thats the great thing about Baja, the stories! I have seriously been thinking about putting all the individual stories I have down in book form, like a collection of short stories. Even asking other ADV inmates to contribute a few. If I were titleing the chapters a few would be:

    Dude you blew a checkpoint!

    Did you go left or right at the dead cow?

    I'll go get the air pump from Mat... Shit I left the tire irons with Ryan.

    That taco filling is from a little farther "south of the border".

    How to speak Cannuk to a Scottsman in Mexico.

    Crazy retired Cannuk Jeeper (starring the guy who asked about the dead cow).

    How to propose in the desert in Mexico and nearly freeze to death.

    Suicidal Coyotes.

    Wanna share my tooth brush?

    Damn, seagulls will eat anything.

    Huh, there is something Muddy won't eat.

    And that's just some of the funny ones. There are also a bunch of..., well not to sound sappy, but, heartwarming and profound stories. Like standing at that same checkpoint north of Gonzaga 2 years later and sharing a moment of staring up at an amazing starry sky while a young soldier helped me stay standing due to a serious injury. It was beautiful, and one of my most vivid memories from 3 trips.

    Man, I really need to get my niece down there to meet her family...
  18. DaFoole

    DaFoole Pacific Avenger...

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    Boing!

    Leaving in less than two weeks.

    Any new ideas/places/hotels/beaches appreciated.

    :freaky
  19. Ken Fritz

    Ken Fritz Long timer

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    The Vags have all kinds of good current intel on the roads and the details. Get trip tickets, etc, too. Yeah, you have to join, but if you like good current info and discounts on places to stay,,etc., it's a good deal. Vagabundos.com

    And they have a killer crab feed/campout/jazz party in the Delta, too.:freaky
  20. Bgunn

    Bgunn Mucha distancia

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    Guerrero Negro is not really a destination spot unless your checking out the whales.

    A good town to hit a atm and get supplies.

    Posada de Don Vicente hotel is about the second one right side as you come into town.

    Clean and cheap. 300 pesos for 2. They also have rooms with 3 beds too. Stayed there at least 4 times this winter.