11/Vizcaíno to San Ignacio

Distance: 66.4 mi (106.9 km)

Notes: some highway riding required, some loose sand near Rancho Guadalupe, rough and sandy track entering San Ignacio in the canyon, oasis and historic mission at San Ignacio, La Casa del Ciclista in San Ignacio

Resupply: Vizcaíno-FWMCR$ Bus, Colonia Nueva Esperanza-fW, El Caracol-fW, San Ignacio-FWMCRB Bus, Bike Hostel

Warning: Short sections of deep sand on route.  The final mile or two into San Ignacio are difficult to ride, but wind through freshwater lagoons and date palms.

The route out of Vizcaíno manages to avoid busy MEX1 as much as possible– there are very few roads in this area and many are extremely sandy. Some paved riding is necessary, but mostly there is a small shoulder or rideable dirt tracks follow alongside the highway. Amidst the expansive desert the route encounters two large agricultural operations, El Caracol and Rancho Guadalupe.  A series of little used tracks take you around Rancho Guadalupe and to a small paved road. Crossing the pavement toward San Ignacio, the route  encounters a series of drainages originating from the Sierra de San Francisco to the north. Surface water is always present in the final drainage which passes San Ignacio.  A deep, shaded pool is found amidst date palms in town.

San Ignacio is one of the two largest and most notable oases and Spanish mission sites in Baja California (the other is Mulegé). The mission church is well preserved and in regular use, sitting at the end of a shaded European style-plaza. 1.5 miles north of town at MEX1 there are several larger stores and other resources, including a new Casa del Ciclista which offers inexpensive camp sites to cycle tourists with showers and toilet, picnic area, and wifi. There are two campgrounds next to the lagoon, a gorgeous setting amidst date palms.  A number of motels are found along MEX1.

Next section: San Ignacio to El Dàtil