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CROSSING SOUTH: San Felipe And Tecate

Airs Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Host Jorge Meraz visits "La Cocina que Canta" (the kitchen that sings) with Deborah Szekely, founder of Rancho La Puerta, a world renowned spa in Tecate, Mexico.

CROSSING SOUTH is a travel show which explores Tijuana and Northern Baja. Bilingual travel companion and host, Jorge Meraz, takes the audience on a journey and demystifies the area.

Host Jorge Meraz stands next to a giant cactus on his trip through the desert...
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Above: Host Jorge Meraz stands next to a giant cactus on his trip through the desert to San Felipe on the inside coast of Baja. He explains how the giant cactus can grow to 50 feet and weigh 10 tons.

Get to know the people, vernacular, foods, customs and places frequented by the locals. To find these travel treasures, Jorge goes further than the tourist traps. There’s a lot to learn and fun to have right next door by "Crossing South."

"San Felipe And Tecate" - In this episode, host Jorge Meraz visits San Felipe on the inside coast of Baja where he enjoys a margarita, sees the giant cactus, and hangs out with the guys at the golf course.

Next Jorge heads northwest to Rancho La Puerta, a world renowned spa in Tecate that was opened in 1940. Voted by Travel and Leisure magazine as the #1 destination spa in the world, he had to check it out. Jorge tours the grounds with the founder, 86 year-old Deborah Szekely, and experiences the royal spa treatment.

Past episodes of CROSSING SOUTH are available for online viewing. Maps of the locations featured on the show are also available online. CROSSING SOUTH is on Facebook, and you can follow @MerazRambler on Twitter.


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tommciver | February 9, 2012 at 1:54 p.m. ― 5 years ago

Do NOT visit the Valley of the Giant Cactus in anything other than a four wheel drive vehicle. We followed the instructions to stick to the road but the hard packed sand after less than a mile became soft and we got stuck (this was in 2007 on a week long visit to San Felipe with my wife). We were charged $200 by the owner for towing us out! The San Felipe tourist bureau did not warn about the four wheel drive need, not did the owner as he took or entry fee. Be warned!
San Felipe is a beautiful little town but we left after two days as a result.

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