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Places of Interest

El Triunfo

  • Cabo Pulmo National Park: In 1995, a vast area of sea from Las Barracas to Los Frailes was designated Cabo Pulmo National Park. The park exhibited a 463 percent increase in biological abundance over 10 years, and in 2011, it was deemed the greatest marine conservation success world-over. Visitors come for unparalleled snorkeling, scuba diving, and kayaking experiences.
  • Cañon de la Zorra: Head to the small agricultural community of Santiago for access to Cañon de la Zorra—a 60-foot waterfall, where you can take a dip and put your head under a 90-degree waterfall. A mask and snorkel add to the fun, especially when you see what looks like gold dust at the bottom of the pool. Turn west off Mexico 1 to enter the town of Santiago. Just before the Pemex gas station, take a right away from the town. Follow the signs to the Ecological Center. If you get confused, just ask for directions. It’s approximately six miles to the main gate (where there is a small entrance fee) and a one-mile drive thereafter. At the end of the road, park your car (in the shade) and walk eight minutes to get the falls.
  • El Triunfo: More than 100 years after silver was discovered in the southern Baja mountains at San Antonio, silver and gold were discovered in a nearby mountain area, soon to be called El Triunfo (The Triumph). By 1865, this once-sleepy cattle ranch became a boom town of approximately 10,000 people. It was, at the time, the largest settlement in all of southern Baja. After 60 years of mining, El Triunfo finally closed its operations in 1926. The tall chimney and surrounding brick buildings just off the south side of the highway are the remains of the old smelter. Don’t miss the piano museum and the Santuario de Cactus. A pizza or a sandwich from the recently opened restaurant El Triunfo Café will make this day trip even more enjoyable. From Todos Santos, drive north on Mexico 19 for about 30 minutes. At the intersection, bear right on Mexico 1 heading south toward the East Cape and back to San José del Cabo. Mexico 1 will pass right through the center of town approximately half an hour later.
  • Mision Santiago el Apostol Aiñini: This Jesuit mission was founded by Padre Ignacio Napoli near the present-day town of Santiago. It was active from 1724-1795. A modern church now stands on the ruins of the last mission site.

Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve: In the rugged interior of the lower Baja Peninsula, climate zones merge to form an unusual ecosystem high above the desert floor. Rainfall is higher here than in any other part of the peninsula, which means deciduous trees can coexist with drought-tolerant species. Recognizing the importance of this wilderness area, the Mexican government declared it a protected area in the mid 1990s. The tallest peak in the Sierra de la Laguna is 2,161 meters high.. The hiking season runs late fall through early spring. The peak is best approached from the west, near Todos Santos.