Scented Soil

Dr. José Martin Olmos Ceseña

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From: Los Cabos To: The corners of Sudcalifornia

Fiction is the world of possibilities, of what could be and never was, where everything is still possible because it can happen, but has not happened yet, nor will ever happen. The unreality of fiction is not the fantastic or the implausible but what is always possible in reality.

Los Cabos is, without a doubt, a reality of the current world. It is a place that sometimes seems imaginary because it is so close to a series of wonderful attractions. For a century and a half, Baja California was considered an island and not the peninsula it really is. This legend was magic but the reality survives. However, even today Los Cabos remains somewhat unknown.

Los Cabos is at the southern end of this perfumed land. Today, it is a destination at the forefront, where the desert and the sea have been the ingredients that give life to this land of mysteries.

A visit to Los Cabos can have an added value. Traveling to the northern tip of the peninsula requires an average of eleven hours by road, which means covering a very high percentage of the peninsula that contains the old traces of the roads of Sudcalifornia.

Leaving Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo can be done in two ways. On the highway, you first go to the Magical Town of Todos Santos where you can walk the streets, tour the art galleries, the Hotel California, enjoy the excellent cuisine, and admire the vestiges of the town’s past, such as the mission. Todos Santos was dedicated to the cultivation of sugarcane. From there, you’re off to the port of La Paz.

There are several rural villages on the old road. The first is just 20 minutes from San José del Cabo and is called Caduaño. A good spa is located there and you can also try the traditional bread called Bachi. About six miles further along the road is the beautiful town of Miraflores. It is a peaceful town with a typical town square. You’ll want to visit the workshops dedicated to saddlery.

Just three miles from Miraflores is Santiago. The rural town is home to a mission and a peaceful lake. The population is mainly dedicated to working the fields. But there’s more. Nearby are the hot springs of Agua Caliente and Rancho Santa Rita. The latter is worthy of a camping trip to enjoy the fullness of the sierra, the stars at night, and the hot water at any time, day or night. Don Braulio, owner of the ranch will be your host, and he does it without ceasing to carry out his daily activities.

Leaving the municipality, you come to two beach communities: Buenavista and Los Barriles. Both are coastal areas where you can practice fishing and sunbathe on its fabulous beaches, while enjoying a relaxing and peaceful pace. They offer a selection of accommodations all well suited for romantic getaways, family get together, and off-the-beaten trail expeditions.

On this journey, from south to north, there are beautiful places such as the City of La Paz, is the Capital of Baja California Sur, is also full of attractions and services that will captivate you if you walk along the boardwalk. Don’t miss the spectacular sunsets, beaches, the people, and most of all, the tranquility.

Moving to the sanctuaries of the gray whale means taking a boat ride that arrives at Adolfo Lopez Mateos, a port near the city of Constitucion, in the famous bay of San Ignacio, or Bay of Ojo de Liebre, in the northern part of the State.

Near Constitution City, approximately four hours from Cabo San Lucas, you can enjoy a few days in the region called the North Pacific and visit places like San Juanico, an ideal location for surfers. It is said that the longest waves in the world happen here.

What’s more, you can walk through paradisiacal landscapes between La Purisima and San Isidro, two rural towns guarded by the famous Cerro del Pilon. In addition, you can visit the mission of San Jose de Comondu and even sample wines from the region.

If you want to combine whale watching and cave paintings, you should go to Guerrero Negro, the last city in the north of the state. First, visit the famous Bay of Ojo de Liebre to view the giants of the sea. Afterward, enjoy the amazing cave paintings in San Francisquito, where you can appreciate the Cueva del Raton, an important example of rock painting. If you want, you can arrange a visit to the largest salt flats in the world in the same town of Guerrero Negro and marvel at the enormous deserts of salt.

If you travel to these locations by land, you will surely be amazed by the oases of Baja California. There’s the Oasis of Mulege and the Oasis of San Ignacio, two beautiful bodies of water surrounded by majestic date palms.

The corners of the perfumed earth signify a deep relationship with the natural and cultural world through the valleys and mountains and the arid land and impressive vegetation. In these corners, you will find tranquility and the harmony of the customs and traditions where the values of Baja California Sur still stand.

What does this road mean?

Sudcalifornia, as the poet Jesus Lopez Gastelum would say, is an artery of Mexico, a capricious silhouette, born in the gigantic ocean, sister of the winds, a haven of legends, of cactus and majestic wonders. It is an orphaned land of water and prodigal salts and foams, wild geography, humid with the milk of the voluptuous cactus and the inviolable mountains that are hiding their inner treasures and perfumes.

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