After the minor mishap with the car, we made it safely into La Paz and found our hotel for the night, Hotel Yeneka. We found the hotel online as being one of the more cheaper hotels and being a little more backpacker friendly. When we arrived we were greeted by some very friendly gentleman and a museum-esque plaza area with anything you could possibly imagine decorating the hotel. Animal bones, car parts, plants, bells, antiquities, everything! It was quite the site to see and was a real treat to spend some time looking around. And one of the amenities of the hotel was 2 free shots of tequila per person per night! BONUS!
We got a room for two nights thinking we would be able to take care of our ticket stuff the following day and then board the ferry the next. While we were there we met a sweetheart of a little Manx kitten and she hung out with us most of the time we were there. She was a bit of a flea bag and I did get some bites, but it wasn’t anything terrible. I nicknamed her Minxy because she only had a little nub for a tail, but we later found out that her real name was Obama, haha. Anyway she ended up sleeping with us almost every night and we gave her some milk in the morning from our continental breakfasts, she loved it.
The following day we walked inland a while and found the Baja Ferries office to buy our tickets. Unfortunately we realised that we not only needed to get our vehicle import permit before we bought the tickets, we also needed our travel visas. I guess I confused Mexico’s need for a visa with another country when doing some research. The immigration office closed early on Fridays so we were unable to obtain the visa at all that day. We had to wait until Monday when the immigration office opened again before we could do anything about getting on the ferry.
Not a huge deal, the Yeneka hotel wasn’t terribly expensive so we stayed there all weekend and hung out in La Paz again for a bit. We ended up going back to Balandra and doing some swimming in the crystal clear shallow pools. The water had actually warmed up quite a bit since the few weeks prior. We had some fun wading around and relaxing. When Monday did finally come around we managed to get all our Visa needs taken care of. We then headed down to the ferry terminal and tried to get our vehicle import permit and found out we needed to pay the deposit with US dollars…wut. Anyway, we went back into town and got some American cash for the following day and ended up staying one more night in Yeneka. Lucky for the owner there, he accidentally undercharged us for our stay, so we ended up giving him the difference and he was very grateful. He gave us 2 extra shots of tequila each that night :)
Finally on Tuesday we made our way to the Baja Ferry terminal and got our import permit and our tickets and made our way to Topolobampo. We had originally planned to go to Mazatlan, but we found out Topolobampo was much closer to Copper Canyon. We got on the ferry and away we went! It was about 7-8 hours before we got to Topolobampo and it was dark, so instead of driving to El Fuerte, we stayed in a hotel right near the ferry terminal just to be safe. It was kinda pricey, but worth it for not having to drive at night. Finally we made it to mainland Mexico!