Long before Los Cabos became the world-class beach playground it is today, it underwent centuries of cultural struggles as Spanish, Jesuit, Franciscan and Dominican missionaries were established to colonize and evangelize native peoples of the Baja Peninsula.
More than 28 missions were established in Baja California Sur, dating as far back as the late 1600s. Many of them were built by Father Junipiero Serra as part of a mission route that extends into Northern California.
The original Jesuit Mission, built by Nicolas Tamaral, is located in downtown San Jose Del Cabo. The main church serves today as a place where the community joins together to celebrate their faith. Be sure to observe the beautiful mural above its main entrance depicting the suffering of Padre Tamaral under the Pericu Indians for his opposition to their polygamous ways.
With San Jose del Cabo as your starting point, you can trace the Mission Route throughout Baja California through La Paz, Loreto, all the way north to San Ignacio and south again to Todos Santos.
Stops along the Mission Route provide a rewarding and spiritual experience, adding another dimension to your vacation.