History and Highlights
Although adversity featured prominently in the stories of every Baja mission, Misión San José del Cabo Añuití may have been knocked down, moved, bowled over, relocated, burned and rebuilt more than any of them. Father Nicolás Tamaral, who founded the mission in 1730, famously baptized over a thousand Indians during the mission’s first year. Just four years later, the first incarnation of the mission was burned, along with Father Tamaral himself, by Pericú Indians as they revolted against the Jesuits.
The mission subsequently bounced around a number of locations in and around the estuary of San José, including at San José Viejo and near the current town center, its last effort taking place near the cemetery at the southern end of Boulevard Antonio Mijares.
With no ruins or mission site to speak of, Mission Trail pilgrims head for the large church on the square in the center of San José. Visitors should look above the main doorway for the tile depiction of the sacking and burning of Father Tamaral and the mission in 1734.
Who founded it?
The Jesuits, led by Father Nicolás Tamaral.
What should I expect to see?
San José del Cabo’s modern church contains a tile portrayal of Father Tamaral’s murder by the Pericú.
When should I go?
The church is open daily and masses are said regularly.
Where is it and how do I get there?
Set your GPS coordinates to N 23° 28.54’ W 109° 43.04’ to find the cemetery where the mission was last believed to be located. Otherwise, follow signs for “Centro” from the Transpeninsular Highway in San José del Cabo to locate the city’s main square and its church.
Why should I go?
Misión San José del Cabo Añuití is the only mission accessible to the Cabo tourist corridor.