A Travellerspoint blog

Flying to Baja

Mexico day eleven


View Mexico 2024 on ToonSarah's travel map.

large_5cf7b2a0-0869-11ef-b85b-39354a1adbc5.JPG
Just after take-off from Los Mochis

Another early alarm day and another day of flying. We'd realised on reflection that much as we'd loved the landscapes of the Copper Canyon area, spending a whole day flying to get up here and another whole day flying to get to La Paz, our next destination, was a bit of an indulgence. The original plan had been to get the overnight ferry from Los Mochis to La Paz, which would have eliminated the need to fly there via Mexico City, but it turned out that the ferry had never restarted after Covid. So here we were with two more flights ahead of us as well as a lengthy spell at Mexico City airport. Even more frustrating given that La Paz is only a relatively short hop across the Sea of Cortez from Los Mochis!

large_7cee9c70-086b-11ef-b85b-39354a1adbc5.jpg
Screenshot map showing relative locations of Los Mochis, La Paz and Mexico City

Our driver for the ride out to the airport arrived promptly and we were there in plenty of time to get a not very good coffee and snack from the small shop in departures. Apart from that coffee it's hard to fault Los Mochis airport. It's small, clean and modern. The staff are helpful and friendly. And there is lots of seating and good WiFi. And have you ever been to another airport where the marshalls waved off the planes?!

6ab21a20-0869-11ef-983a-a1d8fb30a384.JPG
Boarding our flight

large_5d188110-0869-11ef-a6e6-3f07236849d1.JPG
A wave goodbye from Los Mochis airport!

We boarded on time, noting not for the first time on this flight that Mexicans seem much better at following directions and boarding according to their specified group than in many other places. As we took off we had fantastic views of the coastline, dotted with small rocky islets.

large_5dd4cc30-0869-11ef-983a-a1d8fb30a384.JPG

large_5d297100-0869-11ef-b85b-39354a1adbc5.JPG
Just after take-off from Los Mochis

large_4a066d00-086c-11ef-8259-ab94053a24ae.JPG
Flying south

large_4a027560-086c-11ef-a7ea-513e124ebc22.JPG
Further south


As on all these Aeromexico flights, a soft drink and snack (biscuits) were served not long after take-off. The flight lasted a bit under two hours. As we approached Mexico City we saw the surrounding mountains, a few capped with snow, and Popocatepetl steaming, as before. But the pollution of the city was also clearly visible, making the mountain views less clear.

large_4a3237f0-086c-11ef-8679-f13c8f8ff369.JPG

large_4a401aa0-086c-11ef-bdf5-275d648fe0c5.JPG
Approaching Mexico City

large_4a5e29f0-086c-11ef-ac7e-8b7aa552bac0.JPG
Popocatépetl (and pollution) from the plane

3ed0bf20-086d-11ef-ac7e-8b7aa552bac0.JPG

In an airport shop

We had several hours to kill in the airport. I got a good coffee at last, from a branch of Le Pain Quotidian, and later we had a light lunch. We had a bit of a hunt for our gate as the signage wasn’t clear (or rather, kept disappearing) but found it eventually. We then settled down for a lengthy wait, but thanks in part to the good airport WiFi were able to amuse ourselves.

An hour or so before we were due to board the departures board showed a change of location from Sala K to Sala E. This was quite a walk away, so we headed over straight away, settled down again and waited for gate info. We may have misheard but before the much smaller noticeboard here could get around to showing our flight, am announcement seemed to be saying that we should go to Sala M, back near K! However on arrival there the larger board clearly said Sala F, so we were off again, back, to where we had come from!

By now it was after the advertised boarding time and it was clear the flight was going to be delayed despite the board saying otherwise, 'En tiempo'. Indeed we both received emails apologising for a change of schedule, giving our departure as half an hour late. And the email proved to be correct. But eventually our gate was announced, and everyone set off to queue there. The boarding process was thankfully smooth, but as we shuffled forward in the queue we noticed a man and woman in uniform marked as 'criminal investigation' checking passports of a few people (significantly none of them white) and pulling them out of the queue. When we boarded they were standing in a small group, watched over by the uniformed woman. We speculated that they were suspected of being illegal immigrants hoping to find an easier route into the US via Baja California.

The pilot made up a bit of time on the flight and we landed just 45 minutes late. It took us a while to connect with the driver we'd pre-booked through the hotel as he didn't come in to the airport to meet us, but a few WhatsApp messages later he appeared and drove us to the Posada de las Flores on the sea front. The friendly guy on reception, Christian, checked us in and gave us a tour. Our room was on the ground floor, off the courtyard, and was a good size with some interesting decorative touches.

large_8982c180-086d-11ef-8259-ab94053a24ae.JPG

large_896b41e0-086d-11ef-ac7e-8b7aa552bac0.JPG
Our room at the Posada de las Flores

It was already after 8.00 by the time we’d settled in a bit, so we walked along the sea front, the Maleçon, to find somewhere to eat. The place I'd first consider, Tailhunters, was closed but further down we found a casual Mexican restaurant where we had good enchiladas and beer at an outdoor table - just what we needed after a day's travelling. We then walked back along by the sea to finish settling in.

Posted by ToonSarah 09:48 Archived in Mexico Tagged volcanoes hotel mexico flight airport

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Comments

I would hate all that gate confusion with Peter or anyone else who had mobility issues. It would probably have resulted in us missing the flight, though having said that, nowadays we get assisted boarding for Peter and it is usually very good.

by irenevt

Yes, it would be a major issue for anyone with mobility challenges, but it may be that our poor Spanish contributed to us not understanding where we should be.

by ToonSarah

Wow, talking about a travelling day! What a day for sure but in the end you got there, that's the most important thing but yeah when can avoid, sad to read the ferry wasn't in operation any more, would have been nice as well.

by Ils1976

Yes, it was a shame about the ferry Ils - it would have been a long journey (10 hours I think) but overnight, so less holiday time wasted!

by ToonSarah

I had a similar experience in Madrid - this was 2008 when I was still walking. Our plane was supposed to board at 10:35, and leave at 11:10. The notice boards were confusing and for security reasons they did not announce planes boarding over the PA system so you had to look at the boards, and there was no place to sit and be comfortable while monitoring them. My grandson asked if we were flight 1046 and without looking, I said yes, but that flight didn't have a departure gate yet, just that it was going to be a J gate of which there were 60.. We again asked a terminal person and she said the gate number would not be put up until a half hour before the boarding which would be 10:05. Then it got to be 10:05 and they posted that we were to be at gate 58. We walked down there, and when they started boarding at 10:20, I asked the gate agent if we needed to check in again and she said (horrified) that this was flight 1046, and we were really on flight 2614. We should go and look at the boards to see what gate we had - the 1046 flight was a shuttle to Barcelona. Ack. We found a departures board - our gate was actually H13. We had to walk the length of all the J gates all the way down to the other end of the terminal and had to be there by 10:35, and it was now about 10:28. So we walked. I walked as fast as I could. And we did get there just before 10:35 - one of the last people to check in. Then we went down two flights of stairs to a bus, the bus took us to the plane, and we had to walk up a flight of stairs to the plane.

by greatgrandmaR

That sounds like a rather anxious airport experience Rosalie - I hate having to rush like that!

by ToonSarah

Comment with:

Comments left using a name and email address are moderated by the blog owner before showing.

Required
Not published. Required
Leave this field empty

Characters remaining: