Next Stop: Baja Sur

Sea of Cortez, Kayaking, Kite Surfing, Tour of Loreto, Bismark Cito, Costabaja Resort, Nightlife (Bar Hop), Tour of La Paz, Local Music




















00:00-00:04 JON: Hola I’m Jon Olson, welcome to Next Stop from Baja Sur!
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00:14-00:29 JON: Bienvenido to Next Stop from beautiful Baja California South, also known as Baja Sur. On this episode of Next Stop we will feature the beautiful towns of La Paz and Loreto and we will play on the Sea of Cortez. All this and mucho mas coming up on Next Stop, the fun starts now!
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00:40-01:22 JON: We are about to make some great memories on Mexico’s stunning Sea of Cortez for a day filled with all things water and beach related. Muy Bueno! This is our awesome host Scott who actually set up this entire day, you have a day full of activities for us planned.
SCOTT: Well right now we are here getting clams that we are going to be making for lunch on Coronado Island beach a little later today, but before we get to that we’re going to do some kayaking around the north side of Coronado Island. We’re going to start out looking at some interesting rock formations, and then we will come up on a seal colony.
00:27-2:31 JON: This is nice way to see the landscape close up.
SCOTT: It really is, the kayak really allows you to kind of get up close and personal with it. There is a little tiny baby about this big right in here, he just touched the back of me.
JON: Ok, you are like pretty much crafting the near perfect day for us. We go out, we see the dolphins, amazing bottle nosed dolphins, hundreds of them playing in the wake, get in the kayaks, paddle over to the sea lions and the seals in their habitat, it was the closest I’ve been, that was awesome, thank you.
SCOTT: It was pretty neat, wasn’t it?
JON: And then paddling across the scenery with the mountain right next to us, and all of the colored rocks, this is really a beautiful, beautiful place. And the island here, this is Coronado?
SCOTT: This is Coronado.
JON: How many islands surround Loreto?
SCOTT: There is 11 islands in total, and then there is 5 that are close in to Loreto here.
JON: Tell us about lunch because it looks pretty amazing.
SCOTT: Today we’ve got fresh clams, the ones we got on the way out here, and we have baja fish taco’s as out main course.
02:38-03:52  SCOTT: Jon I want to introduce you to a really good friend of mine, Enrique Salcedo.
JON: My pleasure, it’s a pleasure to meet you
ENRIQUE: Nice to meet you Jon.
JON: Likewise.
SCOTT: We call him chief, you can call him chief too.
JON: Hey Chief!
SCOTT: Enrique has turned me on to some really great mexican traditions, and one of them is raw clams.
ENRIQUE: This is the side where you have to start opening them, so it is like this, and then you pull with the knife already.
SCOTT: So the whole clam meat is like the lining on the inside of that shell. That is a pretty big clam.
ENRIQUE: Yeah, very big.
SCOTT: I;m not sure that one is designed for beginners.
JON: Can we cut it in half?
ENRIQUE: They will move because they still alive.
SCOTT: Oh my god, look at that!
JON: Uno, dos, tres!
SCOTT: Perfect, perfect.
JON: Not bad at all.
SCOTT: I think you earned something here.
JON: Tequila!
SCOTT: Come on over here Maria.
JON: What a day.
SCOTT: What a day. It’s not over yet Jon. From here we are going to take you guys back to the hotel, you’ll have time for a siesta, then we are going to cook the catch of the day.
JON: Oh, bueno! Mas tequila, mas pescado.
JON: Bueno.
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04:15-04:21 JON: Coming up on Next Stop, activities on the Sea of Cortez, and a tour of the tranquil village of Loreto.
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04:25-04:40 JON: Sitting against the tides of the Sea of Cortez, Loreto is the paradise of Baja California Sur. Loreto’s tourism community is doing its best to blend environmental conciousness with unforgettable vacations. The Sea of Cortez is truly a sportsman’s paradise.
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04:50-05:48 Enrique was the master on the water, he’s actually going to let me try to feel the power of the kite.
ENRIQUE JR: You have to hold the bar. It’s like a bicycle, so if you want to go, if you want to move the kite to one side, you have to pull one side of the bar.
ENRIQUE JR: And the kite will go to one side. The first time you get the kite in the air and you start handling the kite, you first have to learn how to handle the kite really good, and maybe it could take you about 4 to 5 lessons. Your arms, straight, straight, there. Most of the time in Loreto in this spot the wind is going sideways on the beach which is really great because you don’t have to be worried about being blown off into the ocean. I like to come to Loreto to kite because we have some really nice sandy beaches, most of the time the wind picks up really nice so it is very nice to come to Loreto to kite.
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06:02-06:36 JON: Loreto was the first town in all of Baja California which is a perfect way to start our tour of Loreto, with CC, who’s going to tell us all about this historical, quaint fishing village.
CC: Well right behind us we have the first capital of the Californias, first town to be built in all Baja California, and at one point it was even the capital of the California United States.
JON: So the whole west coast, all the way down. It all started here.
CC: You got it.
JON: We’ve heard so many amazing things abut Loreto, so we totally want to see this town.
CC: OK, well let me take you through a beautiful portion of the vegetation just in the main square that has a lot to do the name of Loreto, the laurels that we have here.
06:40-07:03 JON: CC, why Loreto? Why was this the first town in Baja California?
CC: Jesuit missionaries really wanted to evangelize this area, and the indigent population was really a marker to figure out how big the peninsula was, I mean was it an island or was it part of Mexico, and the island was Califia, and now its Baja California.
JON: Ah, California, Califia.
CC: Exactly
JON: It’s coming together.
07:06-08:44 JON: So what’s next?
CC: Well, we are going to have a really special treat right now, which is making really traditional mexican food here, tortilla making.
JON: Oh I like this place, very colorful.
CC: It’s made from adobe, so it’s also historical for the area.
JON: Nice.
CC: Rosa, presenta Jon, Jon, Rosa.
JON: Hola.
CC: Show us how the dough is made please.
JON: Yes please.
ROSA: Farina.
CC: Farina, flour, some oil and a little bit of salt, ok.
JON: OK, so now we know what’s in it, now we just have to learn to flatten it out, right?
CC: Tell us how, we roll it a bit, ahh, flatten out on the edges, and when you think it is too big for your hands you start doing this little thing.
JON: Yours is way better than mine.
CC: And you put it, just lay it down. It’s not very round but the flavor is the one that counts.
JON: It’s better than mine Rosa!
CUSTOMER: That’s enough.
JON: Enough? You think I’m good? We’ve got the peanut gallery over here.
CUSTOMERS: Clapping, cheers.
JON: Gracias, muchos gracias! Tomato
CC: Umm hmm, you have now a fish taco with beans.
JON:  Bueno, gracias.
CC: SO now that we’ve fed you, its time to dig into some history.
08:47-09:19 CC: This mission was started off with just a smaller room back in 25th October 1697 with the beautiful Holy Mary of Loreto from Loreto Italy, and we are blessed with having her still. The main park in Loreto doesn’t have any more quarrels, because you are looking at them.
JON: Really?
CC:The traditional name of Loreto is Loreto Concho, so you have Loreto, an evangelized name and Concho, a name that refers to the sea chest.
09:21-09:56 CC: I want you to try my favorite place. This place has the most delicious ice cream I’ve ever had since I was in fourth grade.
JON: That sounds perfect, and on a hot day too.
CC:  A lot of people come here, we have the people of Loreto, the residents are from Canada, the United States. So great, I bet they are out there, oh yeah.
JON: Hola!
JON: CC, what a perfect way to end the walking tour, on the rooftop of La Mision, our beautiful hotel with the sunset.
CC: And with a great view of our town that really hasn’t changed in 300 years.
JON: Its a very quiet town, its a very safe place to be, so thank you so much for having us, we love it here.
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10:02-10:08 JON: Coming up we visit La Paz, highlighting fresh seafood, a world class resort and a vibrant night life.
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10:18-10:35 JON: Situated near the southern tip of Baja California Sur, La Paz is a seaside paradise. Warm pacific breezes, sunsets over ripples waters and a rich fabric of local culture combine to make La Paz an ideal vacation spot. For more information on La Paz and other Mexico destinations, visit today and book your vacation.
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10:50-12:34 JON: It’s lunch time in La Paz, and the crew is hungry. I’m with my new friend Veronica and we’re going to talk about food in La Paz. Let’s start here, we are at Bismark Cito. When we were planning this trip everyone said you have to come to Bismark Cito, whats special about this place?
VERONICA: This is a must stop for La Paz and Baja California Sur. As you can see here, we have a variety of seafood.
JON: You have a pluthera of seafood, I think we have every kind of seafood on the table.
VERONICA: Everything, and everything is from here, from the Sea of Cortez, that’s wonderful. So its very fresh, they got the food here every morning, and this restaurant its a tradition of La Paz.
JON: It has a great history, right? It started with a food cart basically.
VERONICA: Exactly, it started in 1968, has always belonged to the same family. They started with just with the cart as you can see in here, they serve tacos, different kind of tacos, shrimp, oyster, octopus.
JON: Now the food in La Paz, we’ve been here for a couple of days now, every restaurant we have gone to is fantastic. You don’t see fast food chains lining the streets, you have a lot of really good La Paz restaurants.
VERONICA: Exactly, I would call it high quality you know, everywhere, even in the little restaurants. For instance, the steaks we tried the other day.
JON: So good, the buffalo…
VERONICA: The buffalo , buffalo barbeque.
JON: It was so yummy. And italian, we had great italian last night.
VERONICA: Yes, and wonderful also, wine cellar to do the mariachi with the food .
JON: I like it.
VERONICA: Yes, it is like a secret of La Paz, the gastronomy, you know? And when the people come, the tourists come, they can discover that secret.
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12:49-14:23 JON: We are staying at the beautiful Costabaja Resort and Marina, and with Thierry who is the  Vice President of Sales for the US and Canada, but here we are in Mexico.
THIERRY: Good evening.
JON: Good evening, thanks for having us.
THIERRY: Thank you for coming.
JON: What a beautiful resort, this is much more than a just a great hotel, tell us about the resort, because there are so many things happening here.
THIERRY: It is a 550 acres master planned community right on the Sea of Cortez, and if everbody knows abut the Sea of Cortez,, it is one of the wonders of the world. It has its own marina,we have a villlage, we have…we just opened a golf course, first Gary Player golf course built in Mexico and all of Latin America.
JON: Really?
TERRY: With 14 holes with sea view, something pretty much unbelievable.
JON: That almost unheard of.
THIERRY: Almost unheard of. We are sitting right on the Sea of Cortez, so it is really a must.
JON: Lets talk about the hotel, because we stay at a lot of hotels and this is very unique, its really a full service hotel, you’ve got a beach club.
THIERRY: It is the first 4 star hotel built in La Paz, its been recently remodeled to become 4 star level. All rooms have been completely remodeled, its sitting right into the marina so you have beautiful view of the marina, beautiful view of the golf course as well as the city view of La Paz.
JON: What is it about La Paz that brought you here, and what do you like most about La Paz?
THIERRY: Everything, I’ve travelled extensively throughout my youth all over the world, its probably one of the best places I’ve ever been. La Paz because it is one authentic mexican city and also sitting one one of the most beautiful body of water in the world.
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14:33-15:16 JON: Its a Friday night in La Paz and we are kicking off our night here at The Jungle. We’re going experience nightlife La Paz style with some tequila, some cervesa’s, some new friends and who knows where the night will take us, Salud! What is this bar known for?
CHRISTIAN: For the tequila, for the rock music, we have the Thursday for ladies night, many of the people come here.Ladies night Thursday, yeah.
JON: Is there a drink that The Jungle is known for?
CHRISTIAN: Yeah, we have one of the special drinks its called goodbye mother you want to taste?
JON: Yeah
CHRISTIAN: OK, it vodka, tequila, rum, sprite, lemon juice.
15:21-16:22 JON: Our next stop on our La Paz nightlife tour, La Casa de Villa, they are making a special drink for us, apparently it is a very famous drink here, I don’t know why, we are about to find out.
VICTOR: This is a very famous booze here Tabaca, its made from the root of a plant, this plant is called damiana, its very famous because it is popular for believing that the women who have some trouble when they get pregnant, they drink this booze and they got pregnant, that is why this is formed like a lady.
JON: So am I going to get pregnant if I drink this tonight?
VICTOR: Its not going to make you pregnant but maybe a little bit because its like an aphrodisiac drink.
JON: Aphrodisiac? Yeah aphrodisiac. So its going to make me?
VICTOR: Yeah maybe, so I’m going to stay away from you, a little bit!
JON: You are pretty good looking Victor!
VICTOR: Just a little bit.
JON: Salud!
16:28-16:57 JON: Those other bars we’ve been to tonight have been kind of big and loud, and whistles blowing which is fun, but this is really nice too, its a very quaint feel.
JUAN: That is part of the idea of the design of the place is having a different place, you know comfortable, with good prices. We have a lot of original drinks from the house.
JON: That was my next question, every place we have been they have made their special drink, do you guys have a special drink?
JUAN: He is already preparing four of them for you.
JON: Four of them?
JUAN: Yeah, four different drinks for you.
17:06-17:16 JON: Well I think we had a good time tonight in La Paz, huh? Good nightlife here! Now most good nightlife’s end at a karaoke bar and La Paz is no different. We’re heading in to Sinatra and going to leave you guys here. Hasta la Vista baby!
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17:56-18:29 JON: Its a beautiful day in La Paz and we are about to have a city walking tour with my buddy Victor here who works for tourism. First of all, this is kind of a nice little area here, that we are in downtown La Paz, pigeons flying everywhere, people everywhere, music.
VICTOR: We are at the center of the heart of my city La Paz, welcome to it, over there we got the mission, this mission was founded in 1535 buy the jesuits.
JON: And this building here used to house the government, lots of big decisions happened here.
VICTOR: This is you know, like the capital building 1891-1981.
18:40-19:18 JON: Alright Victor, I’m not exactly the spanish speaking expert, but I think I know what this means ‘Centro Cultural La Paz’ this is the cultural center of La Paz, right?
VICTOR: Yeah, you’re right, and actually this is like a museum right now. This used to be the city hall of the city, but right now it is just a museum.
JON: So this building is absolutely beautiful but it is kind of sprinkled in with some new stuff right now, there is a hot dog stand over here, they didn’t have those back in the 1500’s. There is a lot of new shops.
VICTOR: For sure. yeah, if you want to go scuba diving, let’s go to a shop. If you want to surf there is a surf shop, but actually there is a craft shop I want to take you to.
JON: Sounds good.
VICTOR: Yeah? Lets go and enjoy that.
19:29-20:40 JON: So this is where it all happens, this is the *Malecon* everything happens here, and there is people biking, skateboarding, roller skating, and there is statues with guys in boats.
VICTOR: Yep, this is called ‘The Old Man and the Sea’
JON: You’ve got a nice palm in front of us too. Go ahead and recite that for us.
VICTOR: Really? In spanish?
JON: In spanish.
VICTOR: (recites poem) It talks about a fisherman who is waiting for his boat made of paper-this is it-and he wants to sail through the seven seas in his paper boat.
JON: OK, this guy right here? The Sea of Cortez is just gorgeous, your downtown is just fantastic, I think we should get up high.
VICTOR: I know the perfect place.
JON: I feel very fortunate, we started the walking tour walking around downtown and now we’re on top of a building which, I understand you never bring guys up to the top of the building, its only like  hot chicks.
VICTOR: Yeah, only girls. You’re welcome, you’re more than welcome.
JON: What are we seeing here?
VICTOR: Well we are in downtown and there is the cathedral, just enjoy the view.
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21:32-21:50 JON: Thanks for tuning into another fun episode of Next Stop, and muchos gracias to Tourism Baja California Sur for your help in putting together a fantastico show. Thanks also to our title sponsors Alaska Airlines, and the Alaska Airlines Visa signature card for your partnership. We will see you next time on Next Stop, where will we take you next? make good memories everybody!
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