We thoroughly enjoyed our caravan to Baja California. We had heard all the horror stories of people traveling in Mexico with their RV’s and were apprehensive about venturing south of the US/Mexico border with our motorhome. Friends recommended John and Becky (Baja Winters) to us, and we’re so glad they did.
They have many years of experience traveling the Baja, and as wagon masters, they personally led us all the way. Our tail gunners were a wonderful couple who made sure that we all navigated safely through congested areas, checkpoints, etc. Everything was beautifully organized, starting with getting a package once we committed, that held tons of useful information and answered most questions. The orientation meeting prior to departure filled in some more of the details, and they actually physically walked us through the permit process with Mexican authorities.
They simply looked after everything, including all the campground reservations and fees, so that nothing was left to chance, and while we were en route, there was a meeting every day once we were parked to fill us in on the details for the next day.
The Baja is mountainous, so the drive itself is very scenic, although there is one stretch that is being worked on, which is not completed. We stopped in some breathtaking places, had some wonderful meals and pot-lucks – loved John’s margaritas to go with them, had all kinds of fun getting to know our fellow travelers, and we stopped at some great and interesting spots, including two centuries-old missions, that we probably wouldn’t have found on our own.
The whale-watching tour on the way back was indescribably beautiful - we had been on some pretty amazing whale-watching tours before, but this one was beyond compare.
Communication within the caravan was via CB radio – that proved to be very useful and a great safety tool, in that it allowed us to make full use of the two-lane highways, alerted us to any upcoming hazards, and it helped us to keep the other traffic on the road moving. Becky has a marvelous touch with that, as did our tail gunner – we had more than one good chuckle over the information being given and their wonderful sense of humor in delivering it.
What Baja Winters provided for us was a safe way to venture into unknown territory. We learned that as long as you use common sense, the Baja is not dangerous at all. The Mexican people we met everywhere were not only friendly, they went out of their way to be helpful. For us, Baja Winters struck the perfect balance between leading us and giving us the freedom to do our own thing. If you haven’t been, it’s really worth seeing, and John and Becky know how!
Jerry & Lore Wilkes
Janurary Caravan 2018