About the owners
My husband, Gonzalo “Chalo” Theurel is a Civil Engineer who has worked in construction with his father, Gonzalo Sr., since before he had a driver’s license. Over the years the two of them worked together and individually on construction projects of all kinds; residential and commercial.
I was born and raised in mountainous rural Northern California and made a huge change in my life at the age of 21 by following love to a desert sea. Life has been exciting and fun ever since. I did suffer from culture shock for a while but I’ve learned to love many of the differences between my life in Baja and how I lived in the U.S. Here I’ve gotten to know people who have next to nothing and are happy. I can tell you from experience that we North Americans take a lot for granted.
Chalo and I started our partnership in adventure almost 30 yrs. ago after meeting at a language school in Monterey, California. I was studying Spanish and planning a 3-month car trip to Mexico with a friend. He was pretending to be studying English, but I think he was actually looking for a girlfriend.
Since then, we’ve worked and played together at many different projects including: our bi-cultural marriage, the first remodeling of our home, raising three children, various construction projects including The Las Gaviotas Resort. We've also enjoyed world travels and many different outdoor sports over the years.
In the 80's we built our own kit helicopter in the living room of our house before we had furniture. In 2007 we planned to build a little landing strip for practice with our Pilot's club and ended up buying one parcel of land after another until we had enough to land a 747. Well, real estate was booming then so we went to work and got a permit for an airport and for plans for a community around it with all of the amenities.
That project, called La Paz Sky Park (www.lapazskypark.com ), while active in 2008, has been quiet on the drawing board for a little while now waiting for a change in the economy, but a few investors who bank on the future, are showing some real interest in developing the Skypark so no one should be surprised if construction starts soon on a new community around the bay just to the north of La Paz. See the link for La Paz Sky Park for full details.
Now, with kids grown and off to college, we’re still boating, flying the Baja in a Hiller Helicopter and we’re involved in the local pilot’s club, a motorcycle club, and a community club called “Los Madrugadores”, or "The Early Risers".
In the winter of 2009, we had an opportunity to help our friends, Gary and Terry Marcer, take care of their wonderful Ignacio Springs B&B in San Ignacio, in the northern part of Baja California Sur. (See their web page on our links.) That four-month experience during the whale-watching season showed us how wonderful it was to “have the world come to your door”. That was what made us decide to remodel our home and to open it as B&B Posada Colibri Bed and Breakfast Inn.
Come visit La Paz and stay with us and let us spoil you with something nice from our kitchen. Tell us your story over breakfast and we’ll try and think up some Baja adventure for you that will be sure to sweeten your memories of La Paz and maybe win you bragging rights for a good long while.
Our house is not large and it’s not formal or fancy, but we try to keep it as neat as a pin. We hope you find it comfortable and are able to unwind and really enjoy yourself and your visit to our wonderful city; La Paz; a city we’re been proud and happy to call home.
A Little Bit of the History of our Community
Our property was once part of a family orchard which occupied what is now the whole city block. It belonged to Chalo’s grandparents who both had huge extended families in the community. Neighboring orchards belonged to great aunts and uncles and now to cousins too numerous to count.
Chalo's grandfather, Jorge Carrillo, educated in Los Angeles, California, was the youngest of 16 children and had 6 of his own. A newspaper man, he ran the local paper, The Baja California, from 1932 to1972. To get the international news he would write it down in shorthand while listening to "The Voice of America on AM radio. Then employees would type-set into the small hours of the morning and the presses would press, not roll, in those days, making international and local news available to the people of the city and the state.
Don Jorge's large family home was behind our property, facing Madero Street, then the address of choice of most of the important, fashionable families in the community. These were the owners of gold and silver mines, politicos and local merchants, whose ships brought merchandise from the mainland and elsewhere. There was quite an international shipping trade in the old days and the ships even brought a few individuals from many of the worlds ethnic groups; the roots of our French, German, Italian Hungarian, Chinese families, etc. Ships were the only way to get from the Baja Peninsula to other parts of the world without spending months on horseback.
On Madero street behind us was the only hospital, now the "Casa de Cultura". The first gas station, three blocks away, is now the grocery store with the big red cow in front and belongs to the Aramburo family.
Some of the beautiful Colonial-style homes of the neighborhood, once falling into disrepair, are now being bought and restored to better-than- new by outsiders. Several of them have been made into nice restaurants and art galleries. Some are within comfortable walking distance of Posada Colibri and we’ll be pointing them out to you when you visit us.
Their are actually myriad places of interest to see when you are in La Paz. The Ibarra families Pottery factory is nearby. One of the city’s restored theaters is close. There are galleries and restaurants in the downtown and on the waterfront. The city of La Paz is relatively safe to walk in at night and we ourselves frequently leave our car at home and take a walk, often to get someplace and just as often, just for the pleasure of it.