Verdant desert – does that seem like a contradiction of terms? Well that’s the best way I can think of to describe the mountainous terrain of Baja California. A mist makes its way across the peninsula from the Pacific and, while never turning to rain, leaves enough moisture to blanket the desert with a hint of green. Of course there are the remote beaches and idyllic offshore islands of the Sea of Cortez, and not too far away, the wild Pacific coast to complete the picture. Throughout Baja California there is a sense of remoteness and absence of habitation, interspersed with the occasional 300-year-old mission. It is a magical place with which you can easily become smitten.