Surrounded by the waters of the Gulf of California – the Sea of Cortez – and the Pacific Ocean, Baja California Sur, located in the northwest corner of Mexico, is a state that contrasts the soft and gentle landscape of the sea with the harshness of the desert.
Located in the southern part of the Baja California Peninsula, this state boasts beautiful, natural landscapes where visitors can do all sorts of activities that put them in contact with nature and its marvels.
Snorkeling, diving, kayaking, windsurfing and fishing, as well as mountain biking, hiking and camping are just some of the activities that visitors can do in areas such as the Desierto de El Vizcaíno Biospshere Reserve, which has lagoons, mangrove swamps and of course, desert.
Some of Baja California Sur’s history has been preserved in caverns located in the mountain regions of the Sierra de San Francisco y Guadalupe. Here, visitors can observe cave paintings that live on as a legacy of the first inhabitants of the region.
Gray whales populate the waters of this region every year during the winter months. They visit areas such as Bahía Magdalena Natural Reserve, San Ignacio Lagoon and the Soledad and Ojo de Liebre estuaries. The arrival of these enormous mammals each year offers an unparalleled spectacle of the sea.
This state is home to many architectural gems that beautify its streets, such as the missions built by the Jesuits, located in the outskirts of the city of Loreto. Throughout the 17th century, this entire region was populated by this order of friars who sought to evangelize and convert the local population.
The state’s capital, La Paz, is also known for cultural and natural attractions, as well as for being home to many different festivals, including Carnival, which takes place during February.
In Los Cabos, one of the main tourist destinations of the state, there is a variety of hotels suited to all different types of tourists’ tastes, as well as golf courses, spas and an extensive array of restaurants that feature local and international fare. The rich diversity of activities here in Los Cabos and the rest of the state underscore Baja California Sur’s status as a state of culture, tradition and unsurpassed natural beauty.
Climate: Very arid, arid and semi-arid
Average Temperature: 68°/20° C
Location: Baja California Peninsula
Area: 45,976 sq miles
Capital: La Paz