La Paz La Paz Gate of the Sea of Cortez
Municipality of La Paz
Nearly three thousand different species of marine animals inhabit the Sea of Cortez, and precisely for this biological wealth, it is considered one of the most beautiful natural settings in the world. Jacques Cousteau certainly was not wrong when he referred to it as “The largest Aquarium in the World.” Every year thousands of tourists visit us to experience the thrill of diving, and being submerged in the blue waters off the Baja California Sur coast, in order to admire some of the most exotic marine animals, such as giant manta rays, whale sharks, hammerhead sharks, blue whales, dolphins and a variety of pelagic fish. Who could be capable of missing an opportunity to have an encounter with one of these incredible specimens that form the aquarium of Baja California Sur?
The Bay of La Paz, in the municipality with the same name, is one of the main attractions of the middle peninsula. The City of La Paz is characterized by its beautiful beaches, ideal for rest and recreations, such as water sports. The most recommended beaches are El Tecolote, Caimancito, Pools of El Coromuel, Pichilingue, El Tesoro, La Ventana, and Bahía de los Suenos, among others.
The Pacific Ocean gifts Todos Santos with splendid beaches on open seas, for which reason this region is known as the “Window to the Pacific”. Its main beaches are San Pedrito, Los Cerritos, La Poza, Batequitos and Los Esteros, most of them with strong waves, which is why it is visited throughout the year by “aficionados” and experts surfers.
Todos Santos, Magic Town
Todos Santos, in the Municipality of La Paz, is since 2006 the only town that has such category. It sits on a plateau at the foot of Sierra La Laguna, which was in its heyday the most fertile place of the Baja California Sur: a tropical paradise where there were several sugar mills.
During its 100-year bonanza, beautiful homes, and a magnificent theater buildings were built, but the overuse of water, drought and the collapse of sugar prices made the economy collapsed as well and turned to the nineteen fifties a deserted village. The village slept for decades and had its rebirth in the early eighties.
Located just above the Tropic of Cancer, this privileged place was for immemorial times a Guaycura territory, one of the major cultures that inhabited the southern peninsula and an evangelized Jesuit settlement. It was originally conceived as a village for visit and founded in 1723 by Father Jaime Bravo, under the mission of Nuestra Señora del Pilar de La Paz. The economic stability allowed these people by the year 1733 Todos Santos to become a mission category, receiving the name of Santa Rosa de Todos Santos in honor of lady Rosa de la Peña, cousin of Villapuente Marquis, who made the financial donation necessary to build a new mission.
The atmosphere heavily emphasizes this unique area in the state because during the year the weather averages 18 ° to 28 ° Celsius, contrasting with the general climate of the peninsula markedly of a semi desert condition. Undoubtedly, the combination of the sea, the oasis, the desert and mountains make it difficult to find this contrast elsewhere in Baja California Sur.
Todos Santos offers visitors many historical and cultural attractions, among them are the Mission of Our Lady of Pilar, Prof. Nestor Agundez Cultural Center, General Marquez de Leon Theater, the square, the Porfirian houses; as well as diverse festivals and traditional celebrations. Crafts in clay, palo de arco or root palm. Besides this material wealth, the todosanteña culture is noted for its rich traditional cuisine based on seafood, also mango and guava jams, covered in papaya syrup, pumpkin, grapefruit, sweet potatoes, lemon, plums, orange; tomato and papaya jams, flour arepas and brown sugar and the classic bread in this place coyotas.
To Visit Todos Santos is a unique experience in the peninsular context, nature and culture meet equally astounding Baja California Sur, as well as foreign visitors, feeding the magic and myth that surrounds this site.
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