(355 km/208 miles)
Today will be a longer driving day as we are now headed inland thru the farming belt of Baja that includes Ciudad Insurgentes and Constitucion on our way Campestre Maranatha located in El Centanario. On arrival you will be able to check your Wi-Fi, perhaps go for a dip or have a coffee and sticky bun at the Café Equisto located in the RV Park. The next day we have an excursion planned onto the La Paz Malecon where you can swim with the Whale Shark and visit the Whale Museo.
Ciudad Insurgentes is the second-largest community in the municipality of Comondú and is located 250 kilometers north of La Paz, Baja California Sur, and 177 kilometers south of Loreto. Like it’s larger brother Ciudad Constitucion 30 minutes south, Ciudad Insurgentes is not a tourist town. Gringos are more prevalent during the whale watching season from January through March and during the summer months as they head north to San Juanico.
Ciudad Constitucion is located 210 kilometers north of La Paz and 147 kilometers south of Loreto. Ciudad Constitución’s population was 37,221 inhabitants at the 2005 census. It is the fourth-largest community in the state (behind La Paz, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo). Ciudad Constitución serves as a gateway to Magdalena Bay and also close to the Baja 1000 Off-Road Race course. This city is the seat of the municipality of Comondu.
El Centenario is a small seaside town located in La Paz Municipality approximately 15 km west of La Paz, the capital city of Baja California Sur. El Centenario had a 2010 census population of 4,696 persons. On our first visit to Baja in 1985 we stayed at an RV Park on the beach as you enter the town which is now closed.
El Centenario was founded in the 1960s as an agrarian/fishing Ejido by approximately 25 founding families. Each of the original families was delegated land to use for farming and on which to build a dwelling, while the land remained under the ownership of the communal Ejido. During the 1990s, due to reforms associated with the North American Free Trade Agreement, Mexican Ejidos were granted rights to deliver legal ownership of Ejido land to the members, thus changing from communal ownership to private ownership.