Our final task in Baja was to get on the ferry and head to the mainland.
Essentially there are two options here. Baja Ferries or the TMC Ferry. Baja Ferries is the classic passenger ferry and TMC is the trucker’s ferry. Since TMC allows you to stay with your vehicle for the 18 hour passage we decided to go with them.
We pulled in to the ferry terminal and took a quick left into the parking lot. This costs $22 Pesos. The vehicle import office is on the north end of the building you just parked in front of.
First thing to do was import our vehicle into Mexico (this isn’t required for Baja so that’s why it’s happening now). We walked up to the import office with our passports, tourist cards, and vehicle registration and hoped for the best. In 10 minutes they took $44 USD for import permit, a deposit of $200 USD for the truck to enter the country, copies of our passports, and copies of our tourist cards. They gave us a decal for the windshield to tell everyone we’re legit.
The next step was to book the ferry itself. We were told to arrive a couple days in advance to book the ferry so we really didn’t know what day we would be able to get on. We drove through customs to the TMC office, they put the truck on a scale, and we had a ticket booked for later that day.
After heading to La Paz to stock up on provisions, we arrived at the terminal for the 5pm sailing at 2:30pm and they sent us straight on the boat. Since we didn’t have enough room to open our roof top tent we opted to pull some of our junk out of the back and sleep in the canopy. It took some sweet contortionist moves, but eventually both of us were tucked into bed for the 18hr trip across the Sea of Cortez. We just kept the back open to keep a nice breeze flowing through (and to fight the claustrophobia).
18 Hours later we’d be starting a new adventure!