LA to Tulum, Day 10 — Puerto Escondido to Tulum

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By Larry Crowson Day 10 It was raining softly when I woke up and the surfers were already pounding the waves. I really wanted to stay for a couple of days—I was both road tired and wanting to explore this inviting place. Walked down the malecon and had coffee and breakfast and then headed out south towards Puerto Angel, a small fishing village that I had heard about and wanted to see for myself. It turned out to be a little surfing and fishing village with not much in the way of services but lots of For Sale signs. I …

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The Saints of Todos Santos: Donna Viglione of The Palapa Society, Volunteer Extraordinaire

Donna Viglione of the Palapa Society is bringing educational opportunities to local children

By Sergio and Bryan Jauregui, Todos Santos Eco Adventures She went from managing haute cuisine in Boston to bringing her Bridge-to-English program to local Todos Santos children, and her success shows in the growth of the Palapa Society’s educational and scholarship programs. Donna Viglione was in Boston on Patriot’s Day 1976 explaining to wife of then-presidential candidate Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter, that her (Rosalynn’s) luggage had been stolen out of her (Donna’s) car while they made a campaign stop on the way to the hotel from the airport. Rosalynn was sad because the bible that Jimmy had given her years before was in the …

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LA to Tulum, Day 9 — Zihuatanejo to Puerto Escondido

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By Larry Crowson Day 9 Woke up early and headed out for another long day. My plan was to make Puerto Escondido by nightfall. I had to pass thru Acapulco as I headed south. I’ve flown into this town before a few years back. We were picked up and taken directly to hotel row back then for a convention so I didn’t drive around at all. I have never had a bad time driving in this country until today entering Acapulco. The highway is undergoing massive new roadwork with bridges and tunnels that will improve it, I’m sure. The road …

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LA to Tulum, Days 7-8 — Sayulita to Zihuatanejo

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By Larry Crowson Days 7-8 As I woke up, I was raring to go heading down to Zihuatanejo for my next stop. This would be a very long day and one of the most beautiful, filled with incredible scenery as I drove down the Pacific coast and into the mountains and back onto the coast again. The drive towards Puerto Vallarta was easy but crowded at 6am. The town is a mix of both old town and new high rises, with many beautiful parts, especially up in the foothills overlooking town. You pass by many of these neighborhoods as you …

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LA to Tulum, Days 4-6 — Los Mochis to Sayulita

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By Larry Crowson Days 4-6 I left Todos Santos around 9 pm, heading to the port outside of LaPaz to catch the midnight ferry across to Los Mochis. The ferry is large ship, which can hold over a hundred passenger cars and many large semi-trucks and other vehicles. You wait in line for customs as you’re heading into mainland Mexico. Baja has always been treated differently by customs, as they really don’t check much at the TJ border or military checkpoints, their main interest is stopping drugs moving north. Every person or vehicle is stopped and you must show your …

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LA to Tulum, Day 3 — Todos Santos

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By Larry Crowson Day 3 Arriving into Todos Santos brought a familiar sense of comfort, as I’ve been coming here for 7 years now and both know and love this little town. I had called my friend James from just outside La Paz to see if he’d had lunch yet. I was starving and both towns have great taco stands. He said he had a new fish taco place to show me, and that’s all I needed to hear. As I headed to James’ place to pick him up, I could almost taste those fish tacos. Todos Santos is a nice small …

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LA to Tulum, Day 2 — Mulege to Todos Santos

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By Larry Crowson Day two I got into Mulege after dark and drove around town a little, trying to figure out the lay of the land and the river and bay. It was confusing, as they are in the middle of several road and bridge projects, so traffic was being diverted onto side streets and I got turned around. I headed back towards the highway to find a room. I found a nice clean place for $25 with several crews of the roadworkers staying there long term so I figured it would be both safe and ok for the night. Woke …

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Iron Chef Baja California Competes in Todos Santos

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Happy people eat together… Friday, March 9, 2012, 50 lucky connoisseurs of fine dining got to play the role of judges at Tre Galline in Todos Santo s for the Iron Chef Baja California, a delicious competition between  Chef Angelo Dal Bon  and  Chef Carlitos Cham  has taken place in the midst of a fun Baja Style ambiance. Guests awarded one, two or three stars on four courses prepared by each chef, served in pairs: two plus two appetizers, two first courses and two seconds courses, and the top Chef was determined by the most stars. “The reason why I am so captivated with this place is because of the incredible products that you …

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LA to Tulum — 8 Amazing Days on the Road

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By Larry Crowson Day one Just got back from a long trip. I flew to LA to pick up a friend’s car who has moved to Tulum from Hawaii and drive it down for him. I ordered his Mexican car permit online and had that shipped out ahead of time. This cost $60 US and they shipped it Fed-Ex to my daughter’s place and was waiting for me when I arrived. Picked up the car at the shipper’s warehouse near Long Beach, a 25-minute taxi ride from LAX airport, and was on the road after 20 minutes was heading towards …

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Todos Santos Film Festival 2012

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Storytelling, one of the oldest practices honoring cultural expression and social evolution, is an art. In February, 2012, our “Pueblo Magico” (“Magical Town”)  Todos Santos , celebrated its ninth edition of the  Festival de Cine de Todos Santos , with a series of award winning movies; stories about people in search of freedom, justice, spirituality, connection with the gods, connection with the self. The characters told us their story through art, psychedelic journey, tradition, music, peace, war, sustainable living…love. Every movie unique, nonetheless one universal story kept touching us viewers who could recognize in all of them the heart-beat of our very own search in life…real happiness, real peace, …

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