Have a Baja Moment! in La Paz: Baja Sur’s Capital City Celebrates its 478th Anniversary
According to historians, after Hernan Cortez conquered the great Aztec metropolis of Tenochtitlan he sent an expedition to explore what was then believed to be an island: Baja California. Following two unfruitful explorations, Hernan Cortez finally sighted La Paz on May 3rd, 1535.
Every year, the city commemorates this historic event with a four-day festival that includes a wide variety of activities, from a food festival and off-road race to art exhibitions and dance and music performances.
The 4th annual food exhibit “El Gusto Por Baja California Sur” is scheduled for the evening of May 2nd. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample offerings from more than 50 local restaurants, as well as tasty creations from students at the local culinary school. The event takes place at beautiful Playa El Coromuel, and tickets are $500 pesos each, with a portion of all proceeds benefiting local charities and youth programs.
The Malecon Kiosk will be the stage for free nightly concerts, including a performance by Hamac Caziim, a rock band from Sonora. Other highlights include a reenactment of the arrival of the Spaniards, and the coronation of Queen Calafia on May 3rd.
The cultural tianguis is another recent addition that is becoming very popular. This street market showcases the work of young artists and artisanal products from various towns and villages in Baja Sur.
Also, included in the celebration are several sporting events, the most anticipated of which is the off road-race known as Dos Mares. This two-day race starts on May 4th, and loops around the shores of the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez before finishing spectacularly at La Paz’ historic Malecon.
The countdown to the 478th anniversary of the foundation of La Paz has officially begun, so make plans now to take part in this historic celebration.
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All photos courtesy of Fiestas de Fundacion de La Paz.
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