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The ‘Baja Jims’ Journey Down Baja

The Journey Down Baja is one that the ‘Baja Jims’ have documented in a 2013 photographic calendar.

by Jim Cline  (in association with Jim Hendricks)

Driving down the Baja peninsula is always a great adventure. About six or seven hours beyond the border, you come upon a magical area of extensive boulder fields filled with many species of cactus. The two species that stand out the most are the giant Cardon Cactus (the tallest cactus in the world), and the Cirio Cactus, or Boojum Trees, as they are commonly known.

The two species create an aura of yin and yang among the boulderfields – the strong powerful Cardon, found only in Baja and across the Sea of Cortez in parts of coastal Sonora, is the tallest cactus in the world, some growing to reach 10 tons.  The whimsical curvey Boojums offset the rigid Cardons with a more feminine grace.  They can grow to over 50 feet tall and over 300 years old.

Catavina Baja

As you make your way down Baja you will see so many types of marine animals and seabirds. I always enjoy the majestic ospreys, which are found near both coasts all the way down Baja. Sometimes you can see them bringing back their catch of the day back to their nests. This picture was taken in the spring when often you can see babies in their very large nests, waiting for parents to bring back fish.


For many people who travel the Baja peninsula, the Sea of Cortez is one of the highlights. Concepcion Bay is truly one of the ultimate Baja destinations – turquoise waters, the epitome of where the desert meets the sea with fine beaches. It is home to some of the best sea kayaking Baja has to offer, as well as out of this world clamming, fishing, snorkeling, beachcombing and shelling, and of course great photography.

The west side of the bay along Highway 1 is lines with campgrounds situated on white-sand beaches, a few scattered restaurants and other services. And it’s still close to the quaint yet tourist-friendly town of Mulege with its selection of restaurants, hotels and other services.


We hope you will enjoy our journey down Baja!


The 2013 Baja Calendar – Deluxe Wall Edition

Take a journey down Baja — the magnificent peninsula that offers almost 1000 miles of natural beauty — in the 2013 deluxe Baja wall calendar.It features twelve full-page (11×14) photos, as well as more inset photos from professional photographer and Baja Guide Jim Cline.We’ll start from the north at Ensenada and work our way south all the way to Land’s End at Cabo San Lucas.  We hope that this calendar will inspire you to shake off the rust, raise the anchor, cast off the lines, and head south and explore this magical land where the desert meets the sea.

Jim Cline & Jim Hendricks – Baja Jims is a comprehensive online source of first-hand travel information for the Baja California Peninsula, supported by a full-service tour operator staffed by Baja locals (our “Baja Travel Savants”). We offer Baja travelers expert advice about local restaurantshotels and vacation rentals, as well as guides, maps and articles about events, sports and activities. We provide bilingual customer support, information and sales seven days a week, 365 days a year. For more information, please call toll-free (US/CAN) 855-BAJA-411 or email us at

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About Carla White

Carla White is a freelance writer, public relations/marketing consultant and event organizer based in Ensenada, Baja, California. Carla and her husband Jim moved to Baja in 2003 from the Los Angeles area believing that, thanks to the internet and satellite communications, they could continue working from home while enjoying a richer, more affordable lifestyle. So far, they’ve been right. Connect with Carla Google+


  1. Jim Hendricks says:

    Thank you to our friends at for running this article about our 2013 Baja Wall Calendar.

    Here at Baja Jims we hope our calendar will inspire more people to become adventurous and visit this scenic region of Mexico. You will be awed not only by the natural beauty of the varied landscapes and the turquoise water, but also by the warmth of the people who live there. It’s a photographer’s dream.

    Stop by and visit Baja Jims on Facebook at We would love to hear from our Baja loving friends! Share your stories and photos.

    Enjoy your first, or your next, Journey Down Baja!

  2. Linda Brigman says:

    The photos are beautiful. I want to order one of your calendars, but there was no place to click. The web site did not go anywhere. Help!

  3. bajaceresa says:

    We just enjoyed one of those spectacular sunsets here in Los Cabos last evening – bodes well for 2013! I would encourage all adventure seekers to make at least one road trip on the incredibly beautiful Baja peninsula. Thanks Jims for the beautiful photos.

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