The Baja Peninsula is located in the northwestern part of Mexico and it separates the Gulf of California and the Pacific Ocean. It has an approximate 65 islands that stretch 1,900 miles of coastline with a total land area of 55,360 mi.
It is separated from Mexico by the Colorado River and the Gulf of California. The peninsula has four main desert areas – the Central Coast Desert, San Felipe Desert, the Vizcaino Desert and the Magdalena Plain Desert. It boasts a staggering 775 miles of natural wilderness, world-class wine, and best diving spots on the planet. Tourists come to Baja Peninsula because of its
Pristine beaches, migratory whales, and prehistoric cave paintings are some of the reason why the peninsula is so famous tourist destination.
Rock Paintings of Sierra de San Francisco
The Rock Paintings of Sierra de San Francisco in the municipality of Mulege is listed under UNESCO world heritage site. The historic pictographs of Sierra de San Francisco date back about a thousand years old. The indigenous people of Cochimi people thought to drawn these images in the caves. Experts even carbon dated some silhouettes over 7,000 years ago. These drawings are written in red but in some instances combined with black depict images of early human rituals, tools, and animals.
Mulege is an evident marvel of one of earth’s greatest miracle – an oasis. The town enjoys an abundant harvest of fruits and vegetables for the peninsula. Located at the foot of the river valley, it has a scenic view of the landscape. Bask under the sun while enjoying a breathtaking view of the wine valleys below. The old prison is worth a visit to glimpse the early settlement of the island, a land where the prison was constructed without bars or traditional defenses.
Mulege was a place where few roads exist and treacherous to travel on foot. An attempt to escape the island would mean death for an inmate. As dark as it may seem, Mulege was a place where prisoners can freely move in and out of town and raise their own families.
Located about 60 miles north of Baja Peninsula lies Cabo Pulmo; one of the three oldest reefs off the coast of North America. During the 20th Century, the area experiences the worst overfishing and exploitation in the area. Fortunately, Cabo Pulmo National Park is finally receiving the proper ecological resurgence that paved the way for its recovery. Experts believed that the reefs are about 20,000 years old and home to thousands of marine life. Scuba diving enthusiasts and environmentalists marvel at its beauty and wide ecological diversity.
Isla Espíritu Santo
Many would testify that Isla Espiritu Santo, another UNESCO World Heritage Bioreserves is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Baja Islands. It’s a place where miles of pristine beaches left untouched by the modern world. Isla Espiritu Santo us the 12th largest island of Mexico, there are sea lions, tropical fish, and beautiful sunsets to look forward to when visiting this part. Activities on the island are limitless but most tourists enjoy the beautiful surrounding of the sea by foot, boat, or in a kayak.
Laguna de San Ignacio
Another nod to the humanitarian effort of the peninsula is the Laguna de San Ignacio. This is a place where locals changed their vocations from hunting wildlife to protecting them from near extinction. It is considered as one of the nurseries on the planet for the gray whale. Throughout winter, seals, turtles, blue whales and dolphins can be seen frolicking in its waters.
A small town on the Pacific coast of the peninsula, Todos Santos has been recognized as a magical town of the Mexican government. Missionaries founded the town in 18the century which become a vital place for arts and crafts in Baja Peninsula. Many artists gather around town to showcase their masterpieces, making it as their home. Indeed, Todos Santos charisma and artistic vibe attract the attention of tourists from around the world.