This was our second time in Loreto. Mark and I had passed through this sleepy seaside village earlier on the trip. We picked up a Canadian hitchhiker who recommended staying at Sukasa and gave us half a bottle of tequila. This was nice of her, as we weren’t at our most chatty. We were still suffering from crippling tummy cramps, aka poo pains. On our second visit, with Mark’s parents, we were in much better shape. We ended up staying at Sukasa, in bungalows along the waterfront. It had been a while since we’d watched a movie, so we raided the VHS collection. Somehow, Double Jeopardy with Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones is not as good as it used to be.
Sunrise jalk (jog/walk).
La Paz bound.
La Paz is a cool city. It has a pretty relaxed vibe about it, probably because it’s not really a tourist hot spot. It’s colourful, clean and cosmopolitan. We spent three nights here in a cute Mexican style apartment. We wandered the streets, visited the markets and struggled with our Spanish.
In Mexico, they love painting trees white. We haven’t figured out why yet.
Our cute neighbours.
La casa, for a few days.
Oscar needed some TLC. Geraldo’s VW in La Paz was recommended by a fellow on the road and came up trumps. We got the ignition switch replaced for a whopping $28, a free oil change, extra oil and an old fuel pump relay to see if that fixed our stuttering problem. Rogelio, the guy who runs the place, is awesome. He is also confident that our van will make it to Argentina “no problem”.
We decided to take a trip out to Isla Espiritu Santo, an island off the coast of La Paz. Unfortunately we chose the coldest and windiest day for it. We nearly had to ask the captain to turn the boat around, the water got so rough “mucho olas” (lots of waves). It was too choppy to get out to where we could swim with the whale sharks, but we were able to swim in a protected bay with the sea lions. In Spanish their name, lobos marinos, is translated to sea wolves. Mumma G had the ginger lollies handy, which kept the sea sickness at bay. Still, we were all pretty relieved when we got back on solid ground.
Until next time, adios amigos!