Baja California | Rowing in the desert land and the sea

The stars gradually faded away. Only two very bright points resist the rise of the day, Venus and Jupiter. However, the reddish glow of the sun that appears on the horizon ends up disappearing in turn.

Posted yesterday at 11:30am.

Mary Tyson

Mary Tyson

In this show, we see him comfortably wrapped in our sleeping bag under a tent open in the morning breeze. Once the sun shines for good, it’s warm, and it’s time to head out to break up camp and have breakfast on the beach.

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Early in the morning, before leaving, it’s still a bit cold. But the colors are especially warm.

It’s a little routine for a sea kayaking expedition in Baja California, or Baja California, Mexico, on the side of the Sea of ​​Cortez.

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A few fishing families set up on a small rocky island, El Bardeto.

San Jose Island

We load the kayaks and leave San Francisco Island to head towards San Jose Island. But on the way we stopped briefly on a small island, El Pardito, to buy some fresh fish for dinner, the yellow amberjack that village fishermen had caught during the night.

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Dolphins don’t care about kayak, busy feeding or fun. Or do both at the same time.

While crossing to San Jose Island, dolphins approach without paying any attention to us. They are too busy splitting the sea surface, snorkeling and then jumping out of the water in an amazing choreography.

San Jose Island offers us another kind of view, a mangrove forest well protected by a stone barrier. These greenery are stunning in the desert landscape of Baja California.

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Majestic Cardon Cactus, Baja California Emblem

However, the desert has its own beauty. Here, it consists of hills where a few cacti (very slowly) grow, including the majestic cardoon, Baja California’s emblem. It is unusual to see these desert plants rubbing their shoulders with sparkling blue or turquoise water.

The terrain takes on different colors depending on the chemical composition of the soil. Thus the rapids along the water show contrasting layers: a green layer, a white layer, a green layer, an ocher layer, a green layer, and then a red layer.

There is life. There are many birds in particular: cormorants, swans and frigates.

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A heron soars over a rare mangrove forest.

The sea, above all, is not done with the surprises in store for us. Sometimes shoals of fish, chased by some predators, jump over the water in a shimmering cloud.

Here is a group of big fish trying to get away from the boat group. However, I sail a little sideways and see the shallow water rushing in my direction. At first, it’s great. But the shoals do not seem to want to change course and I am afraid to see these jumping fish hit me head-on soon. Phew, they took a last minute dive to get under my kayak. I’m really hot.

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The camp is set up on a beach located between two rocky cliffs.


Fortunately, we made it to the new camp site, and before pitching the tents, we would refresh with a small snorkeling session. It’s time to go visit these naughty fish and their little friends.

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Nobody is in a hurry. We camped quietly, not quickly, on the beach.

The fish from the Sea of ​​Cortez (or the Gulf of California) are especially colorful: the elegant damselfish, with its white penis and yellow tail; The spectacular horned gnocchi, with its long upper fin; The rainbow Napoleon of Cortez, with its dazzling colors; The sergeant major with his beams. The puffy guinea fowl with its many white pimples…not to mention the sea turtle and ray that could appear without warning.

In the spring, the water is not particularly warm. It is best to wear a wetsuit to have a good time under the water without being disturbed. Or we can prefer falling. After a hot summer, the water becomes noticeably warmer.

It’s nice to get out of the sea and walk on the warm sand as cocktail hour approaches, while you wait for the roasted yellow-tailed amberjack that will end the day in style.

There are a variety of sea kayaking packages to satisfy the crazy people who love epic crossings, but also for beginners who just want to take it easy. Just be well informed.

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  • 32℃
    This is the average maximum temperature in Baja California Sur (Baja California Sur), one of the hottest regions in Mexico.


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