Ever since crossing the border to Mexico, we had been planning to stop for an extended period in Guanajuato to take Spanish lessons. We chose Guanajuato because of the city size and good reviews of the town from other travelers. Guanajuato was also on Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities to visit in 2018 – sounded like a good place to spend some time.
Nayarit and Jalisco Highlands
After a lazy Christmas along the Pacific Coast, we headed inland to Laguna Santa Maria del Oro, a beautiful crater lake. The lake and surrounding area were popular, but had a much more relaxed atmosphere than the coast and was mostly full of vacationing families.
Mexico – Durango, Sinaloa & Nayarit
After our exciting journey through the Copper Canyon, we made a few stops in cities inland and then headed back towards the warm coast for warmth and relaxing!
Our first stop after Copper Canyon was the town of Hidalgo del Parral. Continue reading “Mexico – Durango, Sinaloa & Nayarit”
Barrancas del Cobre – Copper Canyon
The Copper Canyon in northern Mexico are a beautiful area often compared to the Grand Canyon. Continue reading “Barrancas del Cobre – Copper Canyon”
Baja California Sur
Our first stop in Baja Sur was San Ignacio, an oasis in the middle of the desert. It was also our first glimpse of an old colonial mission built to convert the natives of Mexico. Although beautiful structures, the missions carry a sad history linked to European diseases that decimated native populations. We saw more of these missions along the peninsula, including the next stops in Mulege and Santa Rosalia. Continue reading “Baja California Sur”
Baja California Norte
The north half of the Baja peninsula offers a lot of varied scenery, from quiet sandy beaches to high sierra pines. We spent a week exploring this region after crossing the border in Tecate. Continue reading “Baja California Norte”