The Baja is divided into two states, Baja California & Baja California Sur ( South). As we crossed the Baja Peninsula from the Pacific to the Sea of Cortez and descended off the high desert down to the Sea of Cortez and Baja Sur we visited three interesting villages - Santa Rosalia, a onetime French copper mining village, Mulege, a fishing and farm village with an old prison, narrow streets(we had to fold in our side mirrors to navigate the streets), and quaint mission-style buildings. This is the first place we felt we had left winter behind. Now on to Loreto. Loreto is the first "village, town, city" that appears to take tourism seriously. It is clean with wide streets, a nice waterfront, and many tourist shops. We camped for two nights at El Tripui RV Park at Puerto Escondido, about 15 miles south of Loreto. We arrived at El Tripui in time for lunch which gave us time to drive back to Loreto for the afternoon . We loved the walk through old town, through arches of green trees and the plaza with Mission Nuestra Senora de Loreto. The mission was the first on the Baja(1697). It was from here that 21 missions were established from San Diego to Sonoma. This is the site of the beginning of El Camino Real, which runs up through California USA. We had good fish tacos at an outdoor cantina on the plaza for an early dinner or late lunch. We arrived back at camp at sunset and in a very few minutes, it was dark. One of the Canadian ladies was playing her guitar and singing some old folk songs. It wasn't long before many of us were gathered around.
The next day we car-pooled to Mission San Javier that was way back in the hills. There is a small stream that flows down a narrow valley and at a wide spot, a mission was built about 1700. It was a beautiful drive and the mission and grounds were top notch. It was old, but well preserved. Being well off the beaten path it was pure Mexico. We would love to fine more places like this.