Issue 25 - Tourist Atlas
Welcome to our latest edition. Through images and stories, Tendencia will provide you with a number of travel ideas for experiencing Baja California Sur with the entire family.
The history of Isla del Carmen basically revolves around a salt deposit located at the north end of the island in an area called Bahia Salinas. The salt saga began in 1698 when the Jesuits arrived to establish the mission of Loreto. The missionaries discovered the area by accident and began stocking up on salt for themselves, as well as future Jesuit missions as they were established.
A tour of the islands and the coast of the great bay introduces us to a landscape where history and ecology come together. Discovered by Captain Francisco de Ulloa (1539-1540), one can imagine the temporary shelter he took in Bahia de Almejas, which he called Santa Catalina lagoon.
Only a few fishermen have actually seen the frogfish. It is said to be so ugly that it leaves men speechless from horror. This fish likes to swim where there are people to frighten. However, it has not bitten anyone. The reason people get so scared when meeting one is because it is an extremely grotesque fish.
Generally, alternative tourism sites are attractive focal points in themselves, such as museums. Some sites are so special and vulnerable that the number of visitors is very limited. Government regulations NOM-09-TUR-2002 and NOM-08-TUR-200 establish the guidelines for visiting these sites. For others, special visitor permits from CONANP, SEMARNAT, or INAH are required.
There are 104 recorded species of sharks in the Gulf of Mexico, and Baja California has one of the best places in the world to dive with sharks: Cabo Pulmo. This site is now a National Marine Park and a refuge for sharks. It contains 11 species of sharks including the Galapagos shark, blacktip shark, bull shark and whale shark.
The Playitas de la Concepcion ranch has always had a strong regional presence. In every sense its contribution to local history should be remembered. The Playitas de la Concepcion is an intriguing option for visitors who love history and adventure.