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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