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Baja’s Premier Travel Site Welcomes Turista Libre’s Derrik Chinn

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Baja’s Premier Travel Site Welcomes Turista Libre’s Derrik Chinn
(Check out Derrik Chinn’s first blog!)

Tijuana with groups of tourists looking for a different kind of Mexico experience, is now sharing some of his insights and perspectives on, the most comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information in the Baja California Peninsula.

“We are definitely excited to have Derrik adding his voice to,” said Jim Pickell, the company’s CEO.  “We have tens of thousands of people we serve with travel bookings and information – some who want the kind of ‘Cabo all-inclusive resort experience’ and some who want to create their own adventure…to see Baja ‘unplugged’; that’s where Derrik comes in.”

‘Unplugged’ seems an odd choice of words, and yet when it comes to Derrik Chinn it is pretty apt.  Chinn comes from Cincinnati, and is a graduate of Ohio State University.  Yes, all totally normal. Somewhere, though, Chinn went offline. The next thing you know, he was living in Tijuana, Baja California Mexico.  (He did have a regular job for a while, as an entertainment reporter and photographer for the San Diego Tribune.  However, the lure of Tijuana – and a life less predictable — was too much for him.)

“Tijuana has an energy that is not recreated anywhere else in the world,” Chinn explained, describing the Mexican mega-tropolis as “a post-modern mecca of other-worldliness and humble innovation.”  To those who still baulk, he describes Tijuana as a city that, beneath a grainy and sometimes harsh surface, “mesmerizes.”  He proves it by taking area visitors on interesting and off-the-beaten track day-trips, traveling on school buses to explore everything from museums and concerts, to back street alleys and art galleries in underground tunnels.  He even escorts willing tourists to see the famous Lucha Libre masked fighters at the Tijuana Auditorium.  For those interested in wandering further afield, his jaunts have extended to Ensenada and the nearby Valle de Guadalupe wine country for wine tastings.

“Most American tourists think of Tijuana as a pass-through to other parts of Baja, like Rosarito, Ensenada or Tecate – but Derrik is going to show them Tijuana through his own unique looking glass,” Pickell said, adding that readers should be seeing Derrik’s blog showing up several times a month on the website, covering a range of topics from food to art and culture.  “Check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter, as well, to get a heads-up on Derrik’s newest adventures!” is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information and reservation services for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”).  The website offers Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurants, hotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. In addition, provides bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year toll free at 855-BAJA-411.

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