Part 1, Route #1 of Baja, Mexico

The Baja Peninsular of Mexico is one of the longest in the world and extends from the U.S. Border with Tijuana to the Los Cabos area  where  land ends and  meets the pacific ocean. In 1973 Route #1 , an 806 mile stretch of road otherwise known as the transpeninsular highway was finally completed,  making it possible for  tourist with the average passenger car to drive  from Ensenada to Los Cabos.  Although, it is a narrow and  winding road in many places, it is generally well maintained. That said, it is still necessary to exercise more caution than usual when driving this highway for a variety of reasons. First, there are quite a few blind curves and blind hilltops where livestock or other obstacles may be  in the middle of the road. Secondly, the road for the most part does not have  any shoulder  you can rely on for a safe margin in an emergency situation. Finally, driving at night is not recommended because there are very few street lights, reflectors, or painted lines to assist driver navigation.

Driving down the transpeninsular highway along the Pacific Ocean, tourist will pass through a series of small villages after leaving the Ensenada area. Once the road turns inland at El Rosario, however, most of the highway passes through  undeveloped and sparsely populated land including vast deserts, mountains, dormant volcanos, sand dunes and towering cacti. .  In addition, tourist will see a few old mission towns with an interesting mix of cultures including Latino, Hispanic and Anglo before finally arriving in La Paz which is  the modern capital of Baja California Sur.

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