Guerrero Negro – the Black Warrior – is supposed to be an armpit of a town with about as much charm and grace as a typical hairy ole pit. It’s main claim to fame is that whales come every year to have their babies in the nearby waters – and while that is intensely cool, it’s only for a few months – after that, it’s all about the Pemex gas station, the ATM machine and the supermarket for filling up before you cross the desert.
But, well. We like the place. We think it’s worth going to even if you miss the whales (- like we did, both the last time we came and this time), if only for the people, because WE LOVED THE PEOPLE!!
This is Tony, from “Mariscos Tony”, right on the main drag. He said he remembered us from 2 years ago, who knows? But we sure remembered him. He’s like a Japanese Yakitoriya-san, or like an Irish bartender – one of those charming, hilarious, friendly types that makes you feel great.
Even Mac made a friend (- and those two were adorable, chasing each other around… I started having happy visions of a Mexican daughter-in-law and big family parties and polka music with pinatas….).
So there we were, just driving along, trying to find the salt mines and there you go, we wandered right in
It was gorgeous. We felt like good parents for a few minutes because we (- okay, MIKEY) got to talk to Micah about salt, the element, and take a hunk of salt crystals right then and there.
A little further up the road and all of the sudden there were these guys, like security guards, calling us over. We stopped. They wanted us to be sure to check out the BIG HUNK of salt and the froth made by salt washing
Moving on, we got some propane gas in Guerrero Negro too (- Mikey’s supposed to write a post sometime about all that kind of stuff). The kids and I waited in the truck while he went in, and EVEN THERE, people were SO NICE. Really, really nice. This one lady who looked like the Mexican incarnation of the Barefoot Contessa stopped by the truck to tell us to have happy and safe travels. The people in the truck next to us were smiling and saying hi.
Now, everyone seems to love Loreto but us. We just…don’t. First of all, the people that we met there were not as nice as they were in other places. Second, there are a TON of foreigners there and Third, we are charged foreigner prices for everything, so come on, what’s fun about that?
We stayed in the RV park in town, at $16/night, it was the cheapest accommodation we could find
Have you seen rigs like this??? Those Jamborees look so wimpy, don’t they?
As far as I’m concerned, this was the best thing about Loreto
….watching our kids swing. Oh, and this was cool too:
Then we happily headed out, making a bee-line for Ciudad Constitucion. Gorgeous scenery, by the way
We visited Constitucion a couple of years ago and really liked it (that post is here). It was just this simple big town on the verge of something more. Happy people. Good food.
I didn’t take many photos there. We were just walking around and enjoying the people, more Adobada ( do we ever stop??), fun ice cream flavours. We found a night market and wandered around, Pugsily was a total hit.
We really like Ciudad Constitucion. Like Guerrero Negro, it’s supposed to be some kind of pit stop, but we found them both charming and worth getting to know. Most of all for the people, lovely, wonderful, friendly people.
Where We Stayed:
Guerrero Negro: We stayed at Las Dunas – 245 pesos a night, great wifi access, excellent shower. Next to the supermarket, not far from the Lavamatica (- laundry). Accessible but for the step to get into the manager’s office.
Loreto: Rivera del Mar RV Park. $16/night. Very clean, wonderful showers. Weak or nonexistent wifi, tons of people that looked pissed off all the time. The RV park itself had a stair to get into the bathroom, a stair to access the common area, but that was it. Other than that, totally flat. On-site washing machines, $1.50/load. Extensive lending library, if you dig Dean Kootz, romance books or can read German.
Ciudad Constitucion: Posada del Sol. 400 pesos/night. this was by far the nicest place we have stayed in so far (and most expensive) – clean, new rooms, cable tv, air conditioning, strong wifi. Very comfortable and yes, accessible.
The guide books we have been using are there on the sidebar.