First off…sorry for the little hiatus. We had a tight timeline in Mexico, so that we could surprise L.Batt. (more on that later) and then had friends and family coming for a visit.
On the 15th of January, we planned to take a ferry from La Paz, Baja to Mazatlan to avoid driving the long way round. I was anxious about heading to the mainland. We had read that Mazatlan wasn’t the safest, and I wasn’t sure what to expect with the ferry. A few days earlier, we decided to skip the cabin and just sleep on deck. I had European ferries in mind when we made this decision. Driving up to the ferry terminal was a little disorienting, and then we learned that George had to drive the car on himself while I needed to walk on. No cool ferry terminal officials. I tossed our sleeping bags and mats into my backpack so we could sleep on deck. There was a lot of waiting to board, but finally I started making my way through security and customs.
They shuttled us over to the ferry in small vans, so I had to check my bag. I later learned that I could not pick this up until we arrived in Mazatlan in the morning. I was so flipping frazzled by the time I met up with George. Silly thinking about it now, but they messed with my plan, dammit.
Needless to say, the ferry was not like European ferries I’d been on. There was a room for passengers without cabins (assigned seats), a cafeteria (blah food), and the deck area of course. That was it for public space. I definitely felt a little claustrophobic, but as a consolation prize they did play a series of second rate new to dvd movies, yeah 😉 George also said that down below was utter chaos with transport trucks pushing their way in.
The ride was 17 hours in all, and thankfully went by pretty quickly. George met a few folks to caravan with out of Mazatlan down the coast. This was a relief, because honestly, all we wanted to do was hightail it south before dark. Our new friends had a chance to meet the ferry captain, and he passed on a few tidbits of info including how the banditos compel cars to stop on the road in the areas we were driving through (rope across the road).
We made it to San Blas that night and set up camp for the night in a little dead end street by the beach.