***ATTENTION ALL ATTENDEES***
VERY, VERY IMPORTANT!!! If you are asked where in Baja you are going?
The answer is SAN FELIPE Spring Break
***Ride Share***Caravan Partners***
We’ve set up 2 google doc’s to help with the requests that we are getting for ride shares. Feel free to pass the links along to anyone that needs them.
Maps, driving directions, and GPS coordinates. If possible, drive early in the day to avoid traffic, especially if you are driving from LA. You also want to give yourself extra time in case of car trouble.
1) DO NOT DRIVE AT NIGHT.
2) CARAVAN WITH OTHERS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
3) GATES WILL BE OPEN FROM 10:00am – 1:00am (coordinate your arrival between these hours)
4) Need a high clearance vehicle. Does not have to be 4×4. DO NOT STOP YOUR VEHICLE ON SAND, You WILL get stuck.
5) No RVs or trailers will be able to pass through.
6) DURING YOUR TRAVELS ON THE DRY LAKE BED BE SURE TO TRAVEL WITH OTHERS IN A CARAVAN
(Sometimes Federales might flag you down for questioning but do not be alarmed.
They are in military hummers and are respectful, but do not stop for anyone else that seem suspicious).
DIRECTIONS THROUGH MEXICALI:
(US border is open 24 hours) The safest route is through Calexico/Mexicali. The border is open 24 hours a day. Majority of the drive is on the US side, there are no check points and no toll ways.
From interstate-5/805 head south and take I-8 east towards El Centro.
Take highway 98 towards Calexico and turn right onto highway 111 going west towards the US/Mexico border.
IMPORTANT: After going through the border, stay to your furthest possible right lane when passing through the border crossing, but not the furthest right lane, which is for cars that have to declare valuables.
Once you pass the line. immediately turn right onto the first street.
This first street is only 50 feet away from the border crossing.
If you happen to miss it, don’t panic keep going and take the next right, which is a one way street and when you reach the stop sign, make another right and you will be back on track.
Follow the road (while it curves slight right) until you pass over a small bridge and keep to your right.
After the bridge, go straight for 6 blocks (series of STOP SIGNS), then turn left on Colegio Militar. You will pass through several STOP signs going straight.
After 2.5 miles, you will reach a round about, continue going straight on the same axis until the road merges with highway 2. Follow on highway 2 going north-west.
After 13 miles, you will see the dry lakebed to your left. You will see the sign for Laguna Salada. You can’t turn left at this point so continue driving for another minute until you can make a U-turn. Head back towards the Laguna Salada exit and turn right onto the dirt road.
You will see two (2) Large concrete pillars to your right. You take the dirt road that goes between them.
If you decide to take the lake bed. At the gate, there is a sign that reads Pavarotti Sin Fronteras. At the gate, sometimes they charge $5/car for maintenance, pay it and continue. You immediately see graded tracks. Pick the middle one with the sign to Canyon De Guadalupe or if you see Leyenda Eterna signs continue following the graded tracks. It may seem that you are going nowhere, but periodically you will see sings that reads Canyon De Guadalupe. At 27.2 mi., upon reaching the Italian olive plantation, turn LEFT onto another graded dirt road signed “CANON de GUADALUPE”. Keep going towards Canyon De Guadalupe. This last segment begins with 7 mi. of mostly good but increasingly winding dirt road, and ends with 0.6 mi. of primitive dirt road. You will pass a gate, just continue until you reach the greeter station. , links to the official websites and information about the area.
ABOUT THE CANYON:
The site has a map, driving directions, and lots of good information about what to expect at Canyon de Guadalupe. Especially useful is the info page, maps page and driving directions.
Google Maps lat/long 32.1543° N, 115.7893° W.
Google Maps link: http://tinyurl.com/canyon-googlemap
ROAD CONDITIONS: Main graded road: open into Guadalupe Canyon. Last 2 miles is poor due to summer rain. Trucks and SUV’s can make it in 2 wheel drive. No passenger cars allowed! You need a vehicle with high ground clearance like an SUV or a Truck. Laguna Salada Dry Lake road: passable but summer rains have turned some areas muddy. Check with the Canyon de Guadalupe website for latest updates. WARNING: VEHICLES RETURNING FROM MEXICO WITH HEAVY AMOUNTS OF MUD MAY BE NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE US.
MEXICO INFORMATION: This is a LEAVE NO TRACE EVENT.
A large part of the magic of this event is the location in which it is held, please help us in insuring that this place stays magical for those who come after us.
PACK IT IN – PACK IT OUT: Bring enough heavy duty trash bags to pack everything out. We (The LEYENDA ETERNA Crew or the family that hosts us) WILL NOT BE DISPOSING OF ANY TRASH FOR YOU! We know that in the past the family have taken a fee to do so. That is no longer the case! If you bring it, it must leave with you.
*Anyone leaving trash behind will NOT be invited back. That camp will be charged $300.00 USD*
No cutting Trees (firewood is for sale). No Collecting of Rocks or Plants from the Desert. No pets allowed. Passport requirements notice:
- Beginning January 23, 2007, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by AIR ONLY between the United States and Mexico will be required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable.
- IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PASSPORT, YOU NEED TO GO APPLY FOR EITHER A PASSPORT OR PASSPORT CARD.
* As early as January 1, 2008, ALL persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling between the U.S. and Mexico by land or sea (including ferries), are required to present a valid passport or other documents (NEXUS, SENTRI, FAST, Passport Card, etc.) as determined by the Department of Homeland Security. While recent legislative changes permit a later deadline, the Departments of State and Homeland Security are working to meet all requirements as soon as possible. Ample advance notice will be provided to enable the public to obtain passports or passport cards for land/sea entries.
*** VERY IMPORTANT***
Mexican Auto Insurance is the law. If you do not have it and you get pulled over or in an accident you will most likely be going to jail. Google search for Mexican Insurance and you can by online very cheap. Alternatively, you can purchase Mexican insurance at the border for very cheap. Be sure to read the contract carefully. If you get into an accident, make sure to call the Mexican Insurance before leaving Mexico. DO NOT leave Mexico before doing this, it’s NULL & VOIDS your Mexican insurance.
These are the two sites we recommend:
FEDERALES: Travelers to Guadalupe Canyon will encounter 1 or 2 Federales (Mexican Army) check points up on return to US. They are looking for the illegal guns and drugs. They may want to look in your car. Be polite and you will soon be on your way. I have never had any reports of unprofessional behavior by the Federales. There are usually no checkpoints on the way to the canyons. TOLL ROADS From the Tecate border, it is about a two hour drive to the canyon. You want to follow the signs to Mexicali (highway 2) and continue on the Toll way. DON’T TAKE THE FREE WAY (Libre). There are two toll booths on the way. The first is $4.75 and the second is $1.25. Make sure to bring enough change for both ways.
WARNING… Mexican customs prohibits the following items from entering the country. These items will be confiscated if you’re caught and some will get you put in jail. There could also be a fine. Gasoline, computers (used) clothing (used) plants of any type rice and beans toilets or bathroom furniture Firearms and ammunitions also many chemicals, paints, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals. Do NOT carry any pocket Knives on your person. Pack Knives with you kitchen stuff. Military surplus (ie. Gun holsters, NO GUN just the holsters got us in trouble. YOU ARE ALLOWED TO BRING A NORMAL AMOUNT OF FOOD OR CLOTHING FOR A NORMAL VACATION.
Passports and Driver’s Licenses Information about traveling into Mexico from the US available here on the www.travel.state.gov website and Baja Bound website.
SECURITY: As many of you know, Mexico is undergoing some political turmoil these days. As such, we will be elevating the level of security at LEYENDA ETERNA this year. It is more important than anything that our family and our retreat be safe. Even though a lot of the issues occur far from our location, we will be taking preventative measures with security from both sides of the border, so that we can all rest assured and have a safe event. Please exercise caution (as always) while traveling through Mexico to our location. We suggest using the Mexicali crossing, as it means less actual driving time in Mexico.
Try to carpool or caravan, don’t drive at night, and once you hit the playa/graded road
that heads for the Canyon, do not stop until you reach the location.
And as always, please remember…
Rules #1, 4, 7 = Don’t be dumb. Cause stupid happens all by itself.