Above: A shrine seen while en route to Rancho Las Calabazas in Baja California, Mexico

At times, it can seem as if all of southern Baja is just an agglomeration of condo developments, resort hotels, golf courses and shopping malls. But it doesn’t take long to escape the overdevelopment. Drivers took us on two excursions out of town, one into the desert and one to a lush oasis. Both proved thoroughly memorable.

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Above: A shrine seen while en route to Rancho Las Calabazas in Baja California, Mexico

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