Safe Drinking Water, San Ignacio & Mulege in Baja California Sur

Safe Drinking Water, San Ignacio & Mulege in Baja California Sur

So it’s been ages since our last post! For those of you who were wondering, we are still alive and well :). Since we last posted we’ve crossed through Mexico, so I’m going to do a few photo-heavy posts to catch you up to where we are at present, in Merida, Yucatan. Here we go…

We had some gorgeous times between Bahia de Los Angeles and the grey whales (we cheated a bit with the blog time line here as we were so excited to share the grey whales with you all!)

After weeks of driving through desert landscapes we arrived at San Ignacio, a date palm oasis with a beautiful mission church. San Ignacio is a sleepy and beautiful place that mostly caters to people wanting to go and see grey whales on the coast from here.

San Ignacio Mission, Baja California Sur, Mexico
San Ignacio Mission, Baja California Sur, Mexico
San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, Mexico
San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, Mexico

We needed to fill our water tank, for the firt time since the USA, and were worrying about where to get clean water in Mexico. We wanted to fill our tank with purified drinking water even though it would be expensive.  We would be washing up and flushing the loo with it too so it seemed pretty extravagant, but we DID NOT want to spend the whole trip getting sick. (Now that we are further down the line it was definitely a good idea – we’ve had practically no sickness since being in Mexico).

But where to get cheap drinking water??? Then I saw a water truck delivering gaffons (20 litre containers), and took a picture of the address on the truck.  We went there and the problem was solved. It cost us $75 Pesos (£3) to fill our 100 litre tank and get 20 litres of drinking water, enough for about 6 days worth of van living.

Water purification plant, San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Water purification plant, San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Water purification plant, San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Water purification plant, San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Filling Hanna's water tank, Water purification plant, San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Filling Hanna’s water tank, Water purification plant, San Ignacio, Baja California Sur, Mexico

After filling up with water we headed through more desert to the lovely oasis of Mulege.

Mulege is a small, rustic town of friendly Mexicans and expats. We loved it! We stayed in a great campsite that wasn’t in any of our guide books – Huerto Don Chanos on the town-side of the river.  It was right on the edge of Mulege so we cycled in for tacos, to get our shopping and to do laundry.

Huerto Don Chanos, Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Huerto Don Chanos, Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Huerto Don Chanos, Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Huerto Don Chanos, Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Breakfast Juice at Huerto Don Chanos, Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Breakfast Juice at Huerto Don Chanos, Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico

My personal favourite bit of Mulege was the people we met on the campsite, and whilst watching the superbowl and downing margaritas at the local outdoor bar. Neither of us are into sport, so we mostly chatted during the superbowl and made new friends.

Rick and Scott brought us a big freshly caught fish for our supper, Pat did the honours of turning it into filets for us, and Darcy made us the most delicious farewell breakfast of corn cakes with homemade preserves, from her garden back in Idaho.  Eric and Matt fueled us with pasta salad and Eric taught me how to make American-style crispy bacon, in case I ever decide to eat meat again.  (Not that I’m obsessed with food or anything!!).  We dearly loved them all, the people and the food!

Darcy making corn cakes
Darcy making corn cakes
Farewell breakfast with our gorgeous new friends
Farewell breakfast with our gorgeous new friends

We could have hung out with them all for so much longer, but we had to get to the Yucatan to meet up with Ben, Emily and Nic (my brother, his girlfriend and my sister) in Tulum on the east side of the country. So we hit the road again, heading this time for Coyote Beach about 45 minutes further along the peninsula.

4 Responses

  1. Vannie
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    So lovely to read your story. And so glad you’re having such a great and positive journey x

    • Saskia
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      Thanks Vannie! Lots of love to you all from us both. xx

  2. Len
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    Hey, guys. Happy you got to meet some of us and had such a fine time in Mulege! Next time through, if I see you in town or when I do my daily run through Huerta Chano, I’ll say “Hi!”

    BTW, I have lived in Mulege for 3 years and drink the town water out of the tap. It comes from a clean underground acquifer, so is pretty safe. Only real problem is that there are small rocks in it that we have to clean out of our fawcet traps regularly.

    See you next time through. Enjoy

    • Saskia
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      Thanks Len! I’m sure a lot of the tap water in Mexico is safe to drink. I was here 20 years ago when it definitely wasn’t safe, and got really sick. Once burnt, twice shy 🙂 The idea of having Montezuma’s revenge in our campervan fills me with the horrors!!

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