When we all travel or go on holiday, to a lesser or greater extent, there is always research, either before we leave or when we arrive or whilst travelling to new places; it’s inevitable. In these days of internet, social media and even newspaper travel supplements it is often a case of information overoad and ending up at a place because someone else has recommended it; from places such as Trip Advisor, Rough Guide, Facebook or travel blogs.
That is a good thing in the main; we are using a great book, last updated in 2009, called Camping Mexico, something of a traveller’s bible here. Also an online resource called ioverlander which is amazing and has helped us find safe spots to stop, many times so far, and will continue to do so through Central and South America. But sometimes you can happen upon something that is not mentioned in your chosen resources and when it is a great spot you feel very chuffed to have found your own little piece of paradise … and that is how we found Heurta Don Chanos in Mulege (pronounced Moo-leh-hay). Grid: 26.897954, -111.974096.
The recommended RV parks for Mulege are great, I have no doubt, but we wanted to be close enough to the town to be able to cycle in and have that sort of freedom which comes from not having to pack your home away everytime you need a pint of milk. So we drove through the town on a whim and ended up coming out on the estuary below town near the sea. We drove past Heurta Don Chanos as we headed as far as we could go before Hanna needed waterwings. On the way back we ventured in to the RV park to find the most beautiful and chilled RV park I could have imagined.
The sites were all delineated by Banana trees, Orange trees, Lemon trees and Mandarin trees. The shower room is bigger than the inside of Hanna and the hot water for the shower was available on demand as long as you switched on the heater 20 mins before you needed it. The hook ups both electric and sewer looked to be all new and there were palapas in most sites and picnic benches to make your outside space more amenable. The people we met there were a mix of regular over-winterers, full timers and passing through – and all fun and lovely too.
The town of Mulege is a beautiful place; it’s small and perfectly formed and has a great mix of real local life and gringos too. If you need to stop somewhere on Baja for a day or a month this place is definitely on our top 10 list.
We were going to stay for a day or two but ended staying for 6 days and that is a measure of how relaxing and enjoyable our time there was – if you are passing through Baja check it out.