Destinations: El Valle RV Park, Guadalupe Valley, Baja

Photography by Richard Giordano

For most, Baja California, Mexico, conjures images of vast deserts filled with saguaro cactus, sandy bays bordered by sparkling blue waters, and a bounty of fresh seafood. What might not immediately come to mind, however, is wine. Located approximately 70 miles southeast of Tijuana is Valle de Guadalupe, a valley filled with vineyards, orchards, and a Mediterranean-like climate. Visitors have well over 100 wineries to choose from, many of which have a unique ambiance.

If wine doesn’t interest you, the culinary scene might. There are several award-winning restaurants to choose from, with everything from home-style cooking to quick bites served from food trucks. If the outdoors is more your speed, track down the local hot springs for a quick dip.

While there are a number of “overlander” camps in Baja, the El Valle RV Park stands out for several reasons. Its convenient location makes it easy to travel by foot to wineries, the local brewery, and a handful of restaurants. The park also offers several accommodation options, including camp spots with full hookups, access to a dump station, and space for large rigs up to 28 feet. If you’re looking for a different experience, Wine Barrel Pods and a 30-foot silver wine bottle are available to book via Airbnb. Bathrooms are meticulously clean, with a flush toilet and hot showers. Owners Luis and Pherla are incredibly friendly and offer an abundance of local intel about the area.

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Learn more about El Valle RV Park at elvallervpark.com.

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Ashley Giordano completed a 48,800-kilometer overland journey from Canada to Argentina with her husband, Richard, in their well-loved but antiquated Toyota pickup. On the zig-zag route south, she hiked craggy peaks in the Andes, discovered diverse cultures in 15 different countries, and filled her tummy with spicy ceviche, Baja fish tacos, and Argentinian Malbec. You can usually find Ashley buried in a pile of travel books, poring over maps, or researching wild medicinal plants. Ashley is a co-founder of Women Overlanding the World and crew member of Expedition Overland. You’ll find this Canadian-born couple exploring a different continent in 2021, and sharing their trip every step of the way at Desk to Glory.