RIDE THE DESERT

VALLE DE LOS CIRIOS, BAJA, MEXICO

Backpacker - - 365 Days Of Adventure - –Cas­san­dra Majewski

Kayak­ers and surfers have long known the at­trac­tions of Baja’s coast. Now bikepack­ers are dis­cov­er­ing the se­crets of the penin­sula’s rugged in­te­rior on the 1,700-mile Baja Di­vide route. The map­ping job was com­pleted in 2016, and now ad­ven­tur­ous (and ex­pe­ri­enced) riders can pedal dirt roads from San Diego to San José del Cabo. More than you have time for? Try the 559-mile Valle de los Cirios, which starts on the Pa­cific coast in Vi­cente Guer­rero, trav­els through desert and pine for­est across to the Sea of Cortez, and fin­ishes in San Ig­na­cio. Ex­pect lots of en­demic wildlife—and long stretches with­out re­sup­ply. CON­TACT ba­jadi­vide.com

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