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One of the few still untouched places on Earth; it is the perfect destination for those looking for a real adventure. Unspoiled flora and fauna and the variety of landscapes attract those who are not afraid that this region is a part of Mexico. Baja California, one of the world's longest peninsulas is mystical, untamed, and simply unique. Driving its entire length 1200 km rewards with not only stunning views, but also guarantees endless possibilities in spending nights under a wide, star-scattered sky. A common phrase, the middle of nowhere, takes on new meaning here.

Trip Statistics:

Title of the expedition: In the Footsteps of the Jesuit Missions
Objective: To understand missionary efforts in Baja California and its impact on the aboriginal population
Where: Mexico
When: November - December 2015
Total distance driven of this expedition: 13,333 km / 8,285 miles
Distance driven off-road: 596 km / 370 miles
Jesuit Missions visited in Baja California: 9
Mesoamerican sites in Mexico: 4   (it was an introduction to our next expedition)
Flat tires: 1   (small puncture, there was no need to change the tire)
Car ferry crossings: 1   (20 hrs from La Paz, Baja California Sur to Mazatlán, Sinaloa)
Border crossings: 2

Preparations for the expedition:

Preparations for the expedition lasted a very long time. A plethora of nights, countless weekends, and many months spent on improving our expedition vehicle. The major changes included an auxiliary fuel tank in order to increase the driving range, hot shower, which is priceless after days spent on a dusty road, a refrigerator, to keep our drinks chilled, built-in water tanks, to have an easily accessible drinking water supply, and the rooftop pop-up tent for comfortable nights in the wilderness.

Photo Diary:

November 11-14 - Across the Continent Across the Continent
November 15 - In search of Calamajué Mission In search of Calamajué Mission
November 16 - San Borja San Borja
November 17 - Cactus Forest Cactus Forest
November 18 - Church by Gustave Eiffel Church by Gustave Eiffel
November 19 - I told you so I told you so
November 20 - Loreto and San Javier Loreto and San Javier
November 21 - Forgotten Mission Forgotten Mission
November 22-25 - Living on the Beach Living on the Beach
November 26-29 - Cyclone Sandra and Hotel Life Cyclone Sandra and Hotel Life
Mexico Proper November 30 - Mexico Proper
Tequila and Guachimontones December 1 - Tequila and Guachimontones
Mesoamerican Pyramids December 2 - Mesoamerican Pyramids
Mummies December 3 - Mummies
Guanajuato December 4 - Guanajuato
Royal Fourteen December 5 - Royal Fourteen
Jeeps of Catorce December 6 - Jeeps of Catorce
Going Home December 6-8 - Going Home