Sudcalifornia is home to amazing tourist destinations. There are places of international renown but, at the same time, the scented soil also houses regions that have unparalleled uniqueness. These are areas that invite family travel and the hope of obtaining a piece of land through the different real estate investment mechanisms. From that point in Sudcalifornia, why not dare to cross or tour the wonders of the scented oil.
The five municipalities are ideal for exploration. What if we go to north Baja California Sur and start the tour of the towns that are along the 28th parallel that divides the north and south? That would be from the Municipality of Mulege to the end of the earth in the Municipality of Los Cabos.
Start the journey by exploring a location with the largest salt mine in the world, Guerrero Negro. The population is supported by the salt industry. You can spend almost an entire day (with a prior visitor permit) touring salt production areas that have a beauty all their own. From the same Guerrero Negro, it’s possible to visit the whale watching areas in the majestic Bahía Ojo de Liebre (Eye of the Hare Bay) on the Pacific Ocean.
Further south in the state, in the same Municipality of Mulege, is San Ignacio, a peaceful town with a beautiful mission and an amazing oasis. From this attractive town you can visit impressive areas with rock paintings in the Sierra de San Francisco. Palmarito and San Francisquito are two divine places where visitors, in contact with nature and past and present cultural expressions, can feed their soul.
From San Ignacio, follow the road to the capital of this Municipality, Santa Rosalia. The mining town past has been preserved here, including the improvements made by French companies and the families that were the drivers of this region. Visit the church of Santa Barbara that features French architecture and materials brought on a navy ship and constructed in the center of town. Santa Rosalia is the first population to visit on the Sea of Cortez or the Gulf of California.
The last town is Mulege, to whom the Municipality owes its name. This picturesque town, like San Ignacio, has a splendid mission and an impressive oasis. The river Mulege, as it is known, gives life to the population. The date harvest and derived sweets allow locals to offer different snacks. In addition, the rock paintings and carvings add further to the attractiveness of the region. The impressive Sierra de Guadalupe with the cave of San Borjita, the paintings of the Sierra de la Trinidad and the cave carvings of Piedras Pintas are nearby.
After Mulege, along the royal road that today is the transpeninsular highway, you reach the ancient capital of the Californias, the gentle town of Loreto. The community is a tourist destination. Part of the magic is walking along the boardwalk and letting yourself be enchanted by the local cuisine.
Don’t miss the missionary building and, of course, the church that today are part of the Jesuit Mission Museum. It is important to note that the Jesuit evangelization began in Loreto, a historically fascinating town founded in 1697. The museum contains tools and homemade utensils used during the 17th century.
Visit the nearby islands and you can understand why Loreto was chosen as the place to start such important work. After more than 300 years since its founding, the inhabitants of Loreto continue to jealously preserve the town’s extraordinary natural beauty and history.
There’s another lively town just 20 miles from Loreto, San Javier. Walk around the beautiful architecture of the mission and take photographs of the landscape with olive trees (some more than 300 years old). Enjoy the products inherited from the colonial past, canned olives, and even traditional wines from the region.
About an hour and a half from Loreto is Ciudad Constitucion, capital of the Municipality. It is an admirable agricultural town for the way in which the inhabitants use deep wells to grow crops in a basically desert territory. If you are interested in agriculture and livestock, you’ll want to visit the ranches and communal farms scattered throughout this unique region.
Comondu borders the Pacific Ocean and Magdalena Bay. San Carlos is an important port of the Municipality, which is blessed with great natural beauty and a privileged climate. The return of gray whales is an incredible phenomenon that happens here every year.
On Isla de los Patos, you can explore colonies of migratory and native birds. If ecotourism is your interest, try San Carlos. Puerto Adolfo Lopez Mateos has a beautiful coastal area with extensive estuaries full of mangroves and bird dwellings.
A must see is San Juanico, where you can surf on the longest wave in the world. The people here have a special charm and prepare recipes with local products that will entice you back again and again.
The peaceful bay is the entrance to this majestic peninsula. La Paz is surrounded by beaches perfect for swimming or just sunning. The cuisine of La Paz has emerged beautifully and just about any dining establishment you choose when walking through the center of town or along the boardwalk will provide proof.
Part of the attraction of La Paz is the proximity to the towns of Todos Santos and Pescadero on the Pacific Ocean side, and inland, El Triunfo, a mining town that retains an historical accent.
If you decide to drive to Los Barriles, you will pass through San Bartolo, Santiago, and Miraflores, just to mention a few options.
The towns of Candelaria and San Felipe allow you to experience country life, such as the production of products derived from sugarcane. In fact, it is possible to enjoy the delights of real country living here with all its cultural manifestations and beautiful natural attractions.
The people of Sudcalifornia offer a world where time and technology do not matter. A visit provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the customs and traditions, as well as be part of the way of life.
Don Jesus Castro Agundez said in Patria Chica, “One of our most imperative duties is the constant and fruitful cultivation, inspiring a rich regionalist sentiment. Our regionalism cannot be a space limiter, because we know that beyond the Bermejo Sea, the Mexican homeland extends, and that north of the Rio Grande and after the Suchiate, there are sister towns that fight for ideals that are also ours.”
For this reason, these peoples of the Scented Soil have developed a long-standing sentiment that demands the love of all their children. But you also need everyone’s help and effort, as well as a heightened regionalist sentiment and cooperation of those who understand the way of life of this piece of land.
As in all parts of the world, places such as these serve as the demographic balance. The roots are the ranchers in the heart of the mountains and the farmers on their plots of land. The permanence of men and women in a certain place has no other explanation than the mystery and irresistible attraction of the canyon, the stone, the old tree and the scented soil populated by the ghosts of our lives.