Centro La Paz

Since we have stayed in La Paz for over a week now, we discovered a few favorite places that are typical of Mexico.  You can purchase tortillas in a grocery store, but they’re fresher and it’s much more fun to go straight to the tortilleria where they’re produced onsite.  We made our way into this tortilleria pictured above as our go to place for tortillas.  And enjoy watching them being made.

Making Tortillas at the Tortilleria

Our first morning in La Paz, we fell in love with a bakery (panaderia) and coffee shop called Doce Cuarenta (1240).  It has a very casual, contemporary outdoor patio behind its store front and amazing, freshly baked rolls.  The cinnamon rolls are large and sweet enough that Mr. Ramble and I have to split one.  We reserve a visit to this bakery to once every 4-5 days or we’ll explode.

The refreshing thing about Mexico is retail, commercial, and residential properties are all mixed together so they always feel very local and part of a neighborhood.  No giant strip malls or strict zoning here.  This is one of the top reasons we love Mexico, they seem to live by common sense, minimal rules, and self reliance.

This is our favorite taco stand (taqueria) down the street from our RV Park where we like to get 1 or 2 tacos for lunch for 25 pesos (about $1.35) each.  A taco here consists of 1 or 2 small soft flour tortillas, not the typical Old El Paso hard taco shells.  Then your choice of meat, we always order the very delicious pork topped with a few onions and cilantro.

No cheese, lettuce, or tomatoes.  Then you can top it with your choice of various heat level salsas.  Then fold it together and eat it up.  And add on a bottle of Coca-Cola for another $.75 and for $3 you get a very yummy, filling lunch.  Taquerias are typically open for casual lunchtime, not so much for dinner.

This is the pork that was just chopped for our tacos.  And as with every restaurant, they have a dog that likes to greet the customers, get some attention, and maybe a snack too.

Friends that we met back a few hundred miles ago taught us how to make ceviche.  So we made up our own batch of shrimp ceviche with tomatoes, avocadoes, onion, cilantro, and lime juice.  We love it!

I know this doesn’t look like the most appetizing image, but we also love homemade guacamole.  So we typically have a batch on hand in the refrigerator here in Mexico due to the easy access of avocadoes and tomatoes.

And of course margaritas are a required beverage in Mexico.  We met some new friends here in La Paz that have given us refresher courses on playing cribbage.  So what could go better with cribbage than ceviche, guacamole, and margaritas?

Margarita

Pemex is the primary gas station chain in Mexico.  They’re in the process of making gas stations non-government owned, but still seems to be the case.  You’re not allowed to pump your own gas.  It is all full-service and they typically wash your windshield which seems retro to us gringos.  But what’s not to like, give them a $1 tip and they do the filling and the washing.

That’s kind of how grocery store bagging works too.  There are always bagging people and again give them a tip and you’re on your way.  OK with us.

Most Mexican towns and cities have a town square or central plaza.  This is the La Paz town square complete with a gazebo and rod iron benches.  It is lovely and always has families strolling through it.  We usually manage to find a spot to park on the street next to the town square which seems to help us have a reference point in finding other locations.

And the La Paz Cathedral of Our Lady Of Peace is on the block next to the town square.   There was a mission on this same site up until 150 years ago when the Cathedral took its place.

Double towers flank the Cathedral on both sides.

Side doors are parallel from each other for a view straight through.

And the interior is fairly modern and stunning as well.

We feel like we have the hang of how to find our way around in this city of La Paz now better after a week here.  And feel like we know where to find the necessities as well as blending in some touristy stuff too.  We can’t say enough about the kindness, tolerance, and patience of the Mexican people as we continue to enjoy rambling along through Baja.

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