Los Cabos (Mexico)

 

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Los Cabos is Mexicos’s ultimate seaside escape from the Sea of Cortez to the Pacific Ocean.

No wonder how many people come here to enjoy their vacations: sun, beaches, wonderful surroundings, great food, terrific rocks formations (did you find the elephant?  🙂 ) and a lot of opportunities for outdoors activities!

Our friends offered to bring us in this place in a one day excursion from la Paz, we enjoyed it very much. Thanks dear friends!

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La Cruz en el Cerro de la Calavera (view over la Paz, Mexico)

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This is a very short excursion from la Paz, but it’s really a great place to see la Paz from above!

I’ve been there in April, I know now it’s July and the temperature are much higher and this would be to much for a walk during the day, I suggest you try this early in morning.

Simple walk along the “Malecon” until the “Marina” or drive to there and place the car near the petrol station. There are several ways going up, some will bring you to the cave (we have not been there), you may also walk on the road back of the hill and start from there.

We have been there as the sky was mostly cloudy and it was really amazing. Enjoy this walk and the cactus along the way!

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Diving Experience in La Paz (Mexico)

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A diving experience is something we really enjoyed very much.

The sea around la Paz is not a tropical sea with a lot corals (even if there are some, especially south of la Paz in protected areas), but we got the chance to play with the sea lion, explore a wrack and dive trough an arch.

The rock the color of the sea and the beautiful beaches made this experience like a dream, a dream we love to keep in mind and fix it with some pictures!

A wonderful day with “Dive in La Paz“. Thanks Rafael and Alexia!

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Puerto San Carlos y Bahía Magdalena (Baja California Sur, Mexico)

 

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Puerto San Carlos is a deep-water port and fishing town located about 60 km west of Ciudad Constitución on Bahía Magdalena. This fishing village becomes a tourist attraction when whales (ballenas) arrive in January to calve in the warm lagoon. From then until March pangueros (boatmen) take passengers for whale-watching excursions.

All the surrounding with the island is an interesting place where slowly slowly an ecotourism is developing and bringing life to this place; for example during the the Festival Internacional de la Ballena Gris during the first days of March.

Ecotourism is a business that makes money by letting people experience different aspects of nature first-hand. Magdalena Bay provides an excellent example of ecotourism at work: gray whales, birds, mangroves and beautiful beaches.

Ecotourism helps to be bring money, jobs, prosperity but it also brings more logistic problems, overdevelopment, noise, waste, pollution and habitat disruption caused especially by tourists camping on the sand dunes.

Please respect the nature and camp out of the sand dunes.

Links:

http://moon.com/2011/10/bahia-magdalena/

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/sustainable/pdf/Baja.pdf

http://nsgl.gso.uri.edu/washu/washuw99003/27-Skydancer.pdf

 

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San José y San Miguel Comondú

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We visited this place starting from Constitucion (Baja California Sur) were we spent a few unforgettable days with our friends.  They drove us to the village were their parents met and lived for a few years.

Both picturesque villages are situated in a fertile canyon between tall palm and cliffs in the center of Baja California in the Sierra of the Giganta.

Arriving at this place we had a shock as we realized that the year before a big fire destroyed this valley! Miraculously the high palm trees recovered, but many houses had been destroyed.  http://thefulano.space/forum/showthread.php?tid=16696
The two villages were settled more than 300 years ago by Cochimies and Laymones from the Peninsular Yuman line of aboriginal inhabitants. They engaged in hunting and gathering of seeds and fruits. Basing on cave paintings we know that other groups before them in this area.

In 1708, the Jesuit priests Juan Maria de Salvatierra, Juan de Ugarte and Julian Mayorga founded the Mission of San Jose de Comondu. The construction of the church begun in 1750 and had been completed in 1762. The Dominicans took charge in 1773 until the mission was abandoned in 1827. A large part of the church was demolished in 1930.

Today you can find only the central part of the basilica as well as 3 bells with dates of 1697, 1708 and 1741, as well as several old houses considered historical monuments.

Interesting stories surround these villages. In 1822, the governor and artillery captain Jose Dario Argüello were staying in the area when the coastline was attacked by the ship Independencia, manned by Chilean pirates. In the war of 1847 against U.S., the residents joined with opposition forces and created the Guerrillas Guadalupanas of Comondu, defenders of national independence.

Thanks the water flowing in small canals the main products of these villages are/were, sugar cane, figs, raisins, dates, wine and great numbers of livestock. Plums, mangoes, grapes, avocados, grapefruit, limes, oranges, lemons and other fruits and vegetables were also harvested. People could purchase handmade creations made of natural materials, such as straw hats, baskets, bags and figures of stone and wood.

A great variety of flora and fauna (see the birds on the photo with date’s trees) can be observed in the area. The Lagoon of Don Julio is a nesting site for birds, some of which are endemic. The mountains are inhabited with deer, cougars, bobcats, and other wildlife.

The driving distance between the Ciudad Constitución to Comondú on the chosen route is: 136 km. The aproximative driving time is: 2 hrs, 58 minutes.

The driving distance between the La Paz to Ciudad Constitución  on the chosen route is: 213 km. The aproximative driving time is: 2 hrs , 33 minutes.

 

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Serpentarium in La Paz (Mexico)

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We spent a few hours in this enjoyable and beautiful place.

This place is not really a zoo as it is a non-profit organization where you will have a look at a selection of typical fauna of the region (Baja and Mexico), some even endangered. If you have children this place is a must!

A huge selection of species are on display in indoor and outdoor exhibits, including turtles, pythons, rattlesnakes, and beautiful iguanas. In addition you will find some birds, mice (food) and rabbits.

Most of the animals are rescued and cared for, but some improvements of the keeping conditions are necessary; we hope that with more visitors and more money this will be soon possible.

Don’t forget your camera.

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Useful inks:

Reptile and Amphibians from Baja California http://www.californiaherps.com/baja.html

Herps of the Baja Peninsula  http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Field-Herping/Herps-of-The-Baja-Peninsula/

Reptilian and Amphibian Atalas of Peninsula California (la Paz Municipality) http://herpatlas.sdnhm.org/places/overview/la-paz-municipality/55/

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The Beaches of La Paz (Mexico)

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La Paz is a picturesque town situate near a natural bay (Bahia of La Paz in the Sea Of Cortez) the east coast of the Peninsula of Baja California at the sea.

La Paz is not itself a beach city even if the white-sand beaches that line the Malecón (waterfront) look very attractive and are easy to be reaches, but locals don’t generally swim there — La Paz is a commercial port and the water in the bay is not particularly clean.

The best solution is to take a drive (10- to 45-minuts) to one of lovely beaches with turquoise water.

The first beach is the “La Concha”, then you will find the Caimancito, the Tesoro, the Coromuel, the Tesoro and with a little extra effort, you can reach the most beautiful of these outlying beaches, playas: the  Balandra and Tecolote Beaches, approximately 30 km (18 miles) from La Paz at the end of a paved road.

The first place we visited was the Tesoro beach, as I saw beautiful pictures of it and I knew I would have the chance to enjoy a simple but tasty meal. It’s also a great place for children were children may play in the shallow water or rent a canoe.

The second place was the famous Balandra beach with its impressive stone. No food and no drinks here, bring enough drinking water but please don’t let your waste at the beach! This beach was so beautiful that we came again another day and I go there again and again. The huge natural bay with white sand make the blue/turquoise water look divine. Be careful with currents especially if you cannot swim, even in shallow water the currents could turn dangerous. Near the beach we had a walk to the top of the hill nearby: wow!

The third beach on this side was the Tecolote. We enjoyed here a great tasty dinner and a unique sunset! This beach is one of the favorite of locals!

Don’t forget to take with you: sun glasses, hut and a sun cream with high protection!

 

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