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Plaza Constitución Jardin Velazco

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  • Day75

    Swimming with the whalesharks

    November 21, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    After breakfast in the nice cosy patio of the hotel, we went on a boat tour to see the whalesharks. La Paz is a great place to see them due to its special location in the bay. When the Northern winds come in autumn, they blow all the plancton towards La Paz. There is a big sand strip in front of the city which serves as a kind of net, so the animals can easily find food. And it's only about 15 minutes away from the harbour which makes it easy for the tour operators.
    We met at the tour office at 9, but didn't leave for the landing strip til 9:30am (Mexican times 😉). We already saw many boats heading for the whaleshark zone and were eager to go out as well. Once on the boat, we had to wait a little and cruised around in the harbour, as we were 7th in the line. They whaleshark watching is actually well regulated and only a few boats are allowed in the zone at the same time. Sid, our guide, used the time to explain how to behave in the water and provided some useful information about the area and whalesharks in general. When it was our turn to enter the zone, we were very excited. And we were sooo lucky! We saw plenty of the impressive animals and could snorkel with them 4 times. Sometimes, we were surrounded by 2-4 of those 4-7 metre long whalesharks and didn't know which one to watch first. They even came very close to the boat to show off, so we could take amazing pictures. We really had an awesome time on the boat!
    Back in La Paz, we were totally tired after all the swimming, so we had a lazy afternoon just walking around and doing some grocery and tire-repair-kit shopping. Bed time at 7pm 😂
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  • Day74

    Back on the bikes

    November 20, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    This morning, we got back on the bikes to cycle to La Paz. It was quite hard to leave Los Barriles as we had a really good time with Donna and Bill and very much liked the town. However, there's still a long way ahead of us and it won't get any easier to move again.
    On the way to La Paz, we passes some nice mountain villages and stopped at El Triunfo at the famous bakery to get some awesome bread - yum! It was a nice ride with great views. The rain was good for the landscape, everything is green down here and we saw many trees amd bushes with yellow, pink, red, purple, blue, white and orange blossoms. Haven't seen this in a long time...
    Once we got to La Paz, we had to organize our ferry tickets to mainland. It's actually pretty hard to find valid information on the ferry times. We had tried our luck online, but the website of the ferry operators either didn't work, didn't have information at all or showed contradicting information. So we had tried to ask for help in Loreto already, but the Mexicans at the tourist office there didn't understand the information provided either and advised us to go directly to the habour in La Paz (which is 20km outside of the city). When we got here last Saturday, all offices were closed for the weekend. So we checked at a hotel when we were in Los Barriles. The staff was supportive and called the ferry call centre who told us that there's no passenger ferry to Mazatlan at the moment. Only a cargo one which we cannot use, so we'd have to go to Los Mochis, some 450km North of Mazatlan (= 4 days on the bike). That's why we decided to try in person. At the first operator, they confirmed that we'd have to go to Los Mochis, so we went to a second one. At that place, they sold us tickets to Mazatlan on the cargo ferry - no problem at all! Typical Mexican! It doesn't leave before Saturday though, so we have some time to explore the marine life here (whale sharks and sea lions).
    We also passed the 6000km today - wohoo! But Herbert got another flat tire. Roads in La Paz are pretty dirty, so it wasn't a surprise. Luckily, we are staying in a big room in a hotel (first time in a hotel on this trip), so he could fix it straight away.
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  • Day76

    Isla Espirito Santo

    November 22, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Today, we wanted to check out the second major attraction at La Paz: The sea lion colony at the tip of the island Espirito Santo. We went on a boat trip and headed North towards the island. The wind was pretty strong and blowing from the North, so the boat ride was quite rough and pretty wet when we hit the waves. The people at the front of the boat had no fun at all. After about 30 minutes, we turned around. Apparently, our small support boat couldn't make it against the waves and the current, so we had to toe it for the rest of the trip.
    As we came closer to the Northern tip of the island, the waves got even higher which didn't make it any smoother. The captain did a really good job and we could already see the arch - the rock formation where the sea lions live - , but when some people got too scared and pretty mad, he decided to turn around. We stopped at one of the beautiful bays of the island to have lunch and later at a reef for snorkelling. We also saw some sea lions on a rock close by. They were just sunbathing though and we couldn't stay to watch them, as the wind and waves made it too dangerous. Luckily, we had the waves in our backs on the way back to La Paz, which made it a lot smoother.
    In the end, it was a long day sitting in a boat today - definitely not enough exercise for us 😉
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  • Day77

    Isla Espiritu Santo

    March 26, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Ein weiterer schöner Schnorchelausflug! Diesmal zur Isla Espiritu Santo, schon beim Hinfahren sahen wir Meeresschildkröten und unglaublich viele Meeresvögel. Rund um die Insel ist ausserdem eine Seelöwen Kolonie, die wir besuchten und beim Schnorcheln schwammen einige rund um uns herum. Als Lunch gab's Ceviche am Strand 😊 und beim Zurückfahren sahen wir Manta Rochen durchs Meer hüpfen!Read more

  • Day149

    Slow Return to Cycling

    December 29, 2015 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We spent one last night on the boat in the harbour, then packed everythng up and headed back to dry land. After doing our laundry we had one last fish taco lunch with Kevin and Beth before cycling around the city to pick up groceries and gear and our ferry tickets to mainland Mexico. We learnt the hard way that Mexicans are so nice that they will never answer a request for directions with 'No I don't know where that is' and instead will invariably send you on a wild goose hunt to bike shops that don't exist. At least we explored a lot of the city this way! After booking our ferry for January 3rd we made a plan to spend New Years in La Ventana with a big group of cyclists, so stayed another night at Pension California, toured the market and the museum of anthropology in the morning, and finally rode out of town at 2 pm.Read more

  • Day144

    Christmas Eve in La Paz

    December 24, 2015 in Mexico ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    We rolled around La Paz looking for a hostel and stumbled upon the Pension California, and our good friend Phil, so decided to spend the night there. Phil had been in town for a couple days already so took us for a tour of the bustling Chistmas street markets. We ate street food for dinner and then Liz and Tyndall joined us with a delicious fruit cake and some Mezcalito for a little more of a Christmas feel. We went to a very well attended (and very warm) 10 pm mass in the Cathedral and called it a day.Read more

  • Day5

    La Paz

    April 4, 2018 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Nicht in Bolivien diesmal, sondern weiterhin auf der Baja California natürlich.

    Hier habe ich also unsere Gruppe getroffen und knapp zwei Tage mit den Gästen verbracht, bevor wir sie heute morgen an den Flughafen gebracht haben. Trotz der kurzen Zeit hatte der gestrige Tag aber einiges zu bieten!

    Wir sind morgens mit dem Boot rausgefahren in den Golf vor La Paz zur Isla Espiritu Santo. Dort an der Nordspitze wohnt eine große Kolonie kalifornischer Seelöwen, die es gewohnt sind, dass Touristen zum Schnorcheln vorbei kommen. Und je nachdem wie sie Lust haben, kommen sie näher zum Spielen. Wir haben zum Glück ein paar verspielte getroffen, die gleich ankamen und um uns herum waren - dabei haben sie auch mal geschnappt, aber dank Neopren—Anzug hat das nicht weh getan. Eine unglaubliche Erfahrung! Das was man sonst nur im Tiergarten sieht plötzlich in freier Wildbahn selbst zu erleben (ohne Kunststückchen natürlich) und die Tiere machen das absolut freiwillig und werden auch nicht gefüttert. Absolut begeisternd!
    Den Mittag haben wir dann auf der Insel verbracht und etwas entspannt.
    Und dann begann in der Bucht vor La Paz das zweite Abenteuer des Tages: Schnorcheln mit einem Walhai (der zum Glück Vegetarier ist, bei der Größe wäre man sonst mit einem Happs verschwunden)!
    Das ganze ist allerdings nicht ganz so einfach wie möglich den Seelöwen, ihn muss man suchen und dann ständig dran bleiben - wir sind also in kleinen Gruppen ganz in deiner Nähe vom Boot aus gestartet und dann möglichst schnell an ihn rangeschwommen, bis er wieder weg war. Da musste man schnell sein, aber es war beeindruckend ihn so nah an sich zu haben und den größten Fisch der Welt wirkliche neben sich zu sehen. Bei der letzten Runde war er dann etwas langsamer und wir konnten vom Boot aus und natürlich im Wasser gut beobachten ohne Stress zu haben.
    Ein wirkliches Highlight dieser Tag!
    Abends ging es zweimal ins selbe Restaurant, weil es dort so lecker ist, dass man das Tunfischsteak ruhig zweimal essen kann :-)

    Morgen geht‘s dann Zelten am Strand der Bahia Concepcion
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Plaza Constitución Jardin Velazco, Plaza Constitucion Jardin Velazco

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