Maps

The Baja California Road Map, published by the Automobile Club of Southern California, an affiliate of AAA, is the best general map of the peninsula. It is available for free to AAA members and sold to everyone else for US$4.95 at AAA offices and in bookstores. International Travel Maps & Books (ITMB; www.itmb.com) has the most recent (2006) map of Baja California at a scale of 1:650,000 (US$12.95).

The 1997 Baja Almanac (US$24.95), by Baja Almanac Publishing (www.baja-almanac.com), contains topographical maps at a scale of 1:100,000 and is indispensable for anyone driving off the beaten track. At the time of research they lonelyplanet.com were out of print (supposedly more were in production), but you can find them used online and occasionally in Baja.

Essential for hikers and backpackers are the topo maps published by INEGI (Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática; www.inegi.gob.mx; Tijuana % 664-979-7800 through 7809; Av Vía Rápida Oriente 9306; Mexicali % 686-557-5883; Calzada Independencia 1086; La Paz Map pp190-1; % 612-123-6236; Altamirano 2790) and available for US$4 to US$6 each.

All of these maps may be ordered from the US-based companies Map World (www.mapworld .com) and Maplink (www.maplink.com). In the UK, a good place for Baja-related maps and books is Stanfords (www.stanfords.co.uk).

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