DAY 19: Rancho Verde

Day 19: El Triunfo Church

(105 km/65 miles)

Our short trip today will bring us to the beautiful Rancho Verde RV Haven located on a 3100 Acre Ranch in the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains. On route we will stop at El Triunfo, a former mining town nestled in the Sierra de la Laguna.  The town straddles Highway 1 and has made impressive strides in the past few years to attract more tourists, including the “El Triunfo Cafe” with an excellent bakery and a very unique music museum.  El Triunfo’s claim to fame was a mining boom which began in the 1860s and was consolidated with the arrival of the British El Progreso Mining Company in 1878. The town was the first in Baja to install electricity and telephones and its cultural life included regular concerts and two competing weekly newspapers. Parts of the old mine installations can still be seen, including two massive chimney stacks, “Ramona” (designed by famous French engineer Gustave Eiffel) and “Julia”, near to which mining machinery manufactured in Chicago and San Francisco has lain rusting and forgotten since the mines closed in 1926.

In Rancho Verde you can enjoy hot sunny days and cool nights with gorgeous vistas and sunsets.  There are miles of trails for hiking on and around the ranch and next door you can rent horses.  The bird watching here is fantastic!  Make sure your furnace is working this campground is ‘1700 up in the mountains and it can be very cool here (some would say cold!) in the winter.

Los Barriles, Spanish for “The Barrels“, has been very popular with RVers for many years and has 3 RV Parks, Martin Verdugos Beach Resort, East Cape RV Resort, Playa Norte RV Park . The charm of this town lies in its history as a fishing village and as a town was given that name because sea ships used to come to this area to fill up their Barrels with fresh spring water.  Los Barriles and the Baja corridor in general have a rich history encompassing native Indian tribes, conquistadors, and more recently, modern development.  Fortunately, Los Barriles has remained relatively untouched by much of the less desirable aspects of change by retaining its original quaintness while still providing access to day and evening adventures.  Some of the conveniences found in the town of Los Barriles are: several nice restaurants, 2 good size grocery stores with just about everything you could want or need, a few smaller grocery stores, and several “Taco Stands.”

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