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Anyone traveled to Los Barriles in an RV


maggie blair

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We went with an RV tour last Feb. and March down Baja. If you don't mind driving on a narrow raised 2 lane road with no shoulder most of the time you'll be alright. There were 20 rigs on the tour 4 got their mirrors broken. One by a road sign and 3 (including me) by on coming trucks. One rig got off the right side of the road over corrected and cut across in front of an on coming semi. They ended up several hundred feet off the highway in the desert, had to be towed out. They were unhurt just scared. There were many other things that happened on the adventure.

 

We had a good time at each place we stayed. The people were nice and food was great, just the drive was trying.

 

Jeff :)

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Hi Maggie:
I spent last winter in Baja and had a wonderful time. Drove my RV & toad down there and was VERY happy to have a Class C "Skinnie Winnie" (7.5' width) as there are some extended sections of Hwy 1 that are extremely narrow, no shoulders, and quite harrowing whenever semi trucks pass you (as Jeff also mentions above). We only saw about a half-dozen Class A's down there precisely because of that reason, but saw an abundance of smaller RVs and vans.

 

Here are the blog posts I did on all of our Baja Sur destinations if you're interested. We stayed at a nice RV Park in La Paz run by an American ex-pat and were able to take easy day trips to Cabo, Todos Santos, Los Barriles, Cabo Pulmo and more.

 

While I didn't spend lot of time there, Los Barriles seemed like a quiet, peaceful little town quite popular for fishing, kite boarding, and nearby diving at Cabo Pulmo. It's a pretty, but very remote, region of Baja Sur. Cell signals don't go much beyond the city limits so be prepared to drive to/from there from La Paz or Cabo with limited to no cell signal. Shopping will also be much more limited than in the bigger towns too.

Hope that info helps!

 

Lynne

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The road isn't really that bad. Three keys: Slow down when oncoming traffic or road conditions gives you concern to a speed where you are comfortable AND a blasting horn is just telling you where they/the other vehicle is and nothing to get upset over AND pull over to rest when a break is needed / Don't push it. Just follow those three and you can drive pretty much any road in Mexico. Baja is easier than the mainland, IMHO! For Gringos, most of Mexico is laid back. Yes we have been in Los Barriles, currently in a beach RV site in Mazatlan. This site will also help, http://www.ontheroadin.com/

 

rocmoc n AZ/Mexico

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I think you can manage it. Roads are a bit narrow, but not like they were years ago. I am leading a 24 day caravan down to Copper Canyon, San Carlos, Alamos & Mazatlan on Jan 10th (less than $3K/rig). If you want to get your feet wet in Mexico it may be a good idea. Baja will be a piece of cake after. If you like, you can spend 2 months in mazatlann & wait for the longer one we are running to come back northbound. Or take the ferry across to Baja and go north through there.As far as Baja is concerned , I suspect the 2 main outfits arre already full. Baja amigos & Baja winters. Vagabudos is also running one.

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We went with an RV tour last Feb. and March down Baja. If you don't mind driving on a narrow raised 2 lane road with no shoulder most of the time you'll be alright. There were 20 rigs on the tour 4 got their mirrors broken. One by a road sign and 3 (including me) by on coming trucks. One rig got off the right side of the road over corrected and cut across in front of an on coming semi. They ended up several hundred feet off the highway in the desert, had to be towed out. They were unhurt just scared. There were many other things that happened on the adventure.

 

We had a good time at each place we stayed. The people were nice and food was great, just the drive was trying.

 

Jeff :)

You were with John & Becky?

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The road seemed so much wider on our return six years. ago. We are in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico where we visited with friends and drive 110 m down to Orizaba today to visit other friends.

Reed and Elaine

Thanks so much. I decided to skip the driving for now. It sounds a bit over-whelming with people losing mirrors ect. Maybe later. :)

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Hi Maggie:

I spent last winter in Baja and had a wonderful time. Drove my RV & toad down there and was VERY happy to have a Class C "Skinnie Winnie" (7.5' width) as there are some extended sections of Hwy 1 that are extremely narrow, no shoulders, and quite harrowing whenever semi trucks pass you (as Jeff also mentions above). We only saw about a half-dozen Class A's down there precisely because of that reason, but saw an abundance of smaller RVs and vans.

 

Here are the blog posts I did on all of our Baja Sur destinations if you're interested. We stayed at a nice RV Park in La Paz run by an American ex-pat and were able to take easy day trips to Cabo, Todos Santos, Los Barriles, Cabo Pulmo and more.

 

While I didn't spend lot of time there, Los Barriles seemed like a quiet, peaceful little town quite popular for fishing, kite boarding, and nearby diving at Cabo Pulmo. It's a pretty, but very remote, region of Baja Sur. Cell signals don't go much beyond the city limits so be prepared to drive to/from there from La Paz or Cabo with limited to no cell signal. Shopping will also be much more limited than in the bigger towns too.

 

Hope that info helps!

 

Lynne

Thanks Lynne. I gave up the idea of driving as it sounds too difficult for me.

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