wine country and then along the coast to Ensenada, our first stop. From here explore the town, mingle with a margarita at Hussong's Cantina-the oldest in Baja, or savor some of the seafood Ensenada is famous for. Then it's a slow drive east and into the interior of northern Baja to the pine tree forests of the National Park, Parque Nacional Constitucion de 1857.
There is nothing like the crisp scent of pine riding on a gentle breeze.
By the time the desert dirt road gives way to the pine-covered forests we'll be camped next to the park's lake, Laguna Hanson, at about 4,000 ft. (1200 meters). During years with significant rain fall the lake fills up and the area comes alive. The park is also home to Bura Deer, coyote, cougar, fox, rabbit, Bald Eagle, hawk, quail, among others.
Night-time welcomes us with amazing constellations that seem close enough to touch. Full moons here are so bright; they'll light up the night.
Buenos Dias! We're up for a substantial Baja breakfast. If there's ample water in the Laguna, the lake can be explored. The national park is unique as Baja California's northern-most national park. Hiking among the pines is an exhilarating experience as well as seeing the many migratory birds that visit the area at certain times of the year. During the day explore the area or visit some of the ranchos. If you're a rock climber this will be a special treat. Of course, just sitting by the campfire and taking in the cool Baja vibe is always an option.
The Trek begins at the Baja Trek meeting point at the Baja border.
Once loaded up we'll move south through farm and
Cost: $165 + 41 USD Food Fund (70% meals included) - 3 Days
National Parks, Cantinas and three days of mountain pine scenery with new friends. If you've never been to Baja or experienced its national parks the Mountain Jam experience is a good place to start.
Our adventures are designed to be flexible. Due to the nature of Baja travel the above itineraries are meant for representative purposes.
"Where I was born and where and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with where I have been that should be of interest." - Georgia O'Keeffe
The day begins gathered around breakfast. Good morning sunshine. By mid-morning it's through the high chaparral of northern Baja and onto the salt air of the Pacific coast.
After cruising through the farming village of Ojos Negros wave goodbye to the dirt road and we're onto the seldom traveled Mexico 3 road that connects the fishing town of San Felipe with Ensenada.
Once back in Ensenada stock up on souvenirs or check out one of the many mariachi bands in the area. Then at the coast it's a right turn north through rural Baja California and the Baja Trek drop off point where it's adios. We hope to see you next time!