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I maintain a base set of waypoints and tracks for my GPS that are useful when travelling in Baja Mexico. Often I start with this base set then add the waypoints, tracks and routes specific to a trip to create the plan that I load into the GPS for a Baja trip.

With each trip, I seem to find both new items to add to the map and changes to existing spots. For example, recently I've noticed that a number of Pemex fuel stations have changed to Chevron. Previously the national brand (Pemex) was the only fuel but I guess private companies can now enter the market. I've been updating these as I come across them.

Here is a map with my current base set of points and paths. You might find it helpful on your next Baja trip.

Alto = Stop
Tope = Speed bump
Peligroso = Dangerous
Cuidado = Caution
Despacio = Slow
Detecha = Right
Izquierdo = Left
Derecho = Straight
Entrada = Entrance
Salida = Exit

Excerpt from Nicholas D. Kristof as published in the New York Times on May 30, 2009.

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I've stayed at the Hacienda many times over the years. On each trip, I've spent time with Alfonso Cuesta. A very interesting man. He was a pilot that would land his plane right on the beach in town. Took his family in the plane on vacations around Mexico. The last time I met him he was building a neighborhood in the desert outside town with just the help of one other person. Took us (myself and traveling companions) out to see it.

Unfortunately, from his son, I learned he died a few years ago at more than 90 years old. I'll miss him.

Found this reference to him and the hotel in the book "Baja Legends" by Greg Niemann.

Read excerpt here: hacienda_hotel.pdf

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