Although my time in Mexicali was a relatively short one I managed to find a nice hotel with an excellent restaurant and, for the first time ever, I used Uber to get me there. The transaction was smooth and professional, saving me £10 on what the airport taxi would have charged.
From Mexicali I took a bus to Ensenada. My original plan had been to take the 15-hour run direct from Mexicali to Guerrero Negro, but I just couldn’t face such an epic journey so close to my recent 13-hour flight from the UK. Two journeys, a 4-hour and a 9-hour, seemed like a more civilised option.
In Ensenada I went for the cheapest accommodation I could find, excluding hostels, and ended up plumping for a home stay. Unfortunately the owners wife had recently passed away. It was therefore not the most pleasant of places to stay, under the circumstances.
“Ensenada, 108km south of the border between Mexico and the USA, is Tijuana’s hedonistic cosmopolitan sister. The city has a quirky mix of just-off-the-boat cruise shippers, drive-by tourists from California, visitors from mainland Mexico and seen-it-all locals. In case you’ve forgotten you’re in Mexico (what with all those US dollars and English menus), just look up: a Mexican flag, so large it’s probably visible from space, flutters proudly over the tourist zone.”
I really enjoyed my day walking around down town Ensenada, which included a visit to an extremely interesting museum – Instituto Nacional De Anthropologia E Historia. Check out this interesting (YouTube) video How to feed the world. It highlights the challenges we face feeding an increasing world population and how we might address the challenge going forward. That evening I even enjoyed an excellent meal at a local Lebanese restaurant – delicious.
Next stage: Guerrero Negro – whale watching.