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San Miguel Indian Rock Painting Tour



Hundreds of ancient Indian rock and cave paintings have been discovered in Baja and all are at least 15,000 years old. On this six-hour guided tour, our guide, Angel Ortiz takes adventurers way up into the rugged mountains close to the Los Cabos Airport. The paintings here are on a monstrous boulder, located in what was obviously the middle of the Indians’ sacred meeting grounds. Small hands and an array of wildlife are depicted, along with an accurate compass. A river runs through this arroyo year-round.


During the rainy season (late summer to early fall) the waters roar down the canyon. Over centuries the waters have scoured, shaped and buffed the granite boulders so that now they’re smooth and easy to walk on. There are sandy beaches alongside the massive rock formations—providing ideal places to picnic and spread your towel for a siesta after you take a dip in the river.



Santiago Zoo and Waterfall Tour



This six-hour excursion leads you to the agricultural village of Santiago, where you will be amazed at the lush orchards of mangos, avocados and citrus fruits growing here in this oasis community. It seems so non-Baja! After a tour of the town, you will visit the Santiago Zoo—the only one in all of Baja California. Here you can snap photos of ostriches, deer, an array of exotic birds—including eagles, a falcon, parrots and peacocks, a tiger, bear and lion, foxes, coyotes and mountain lions. This zoo is a wonderfully peaceful sanctuary set within gardens of mango and avocado trees, aloe and numerous species of native cacti.


After this, your guide will drive you up into the Laguna de la Sierra Mountains to visit La Cola de la Zorra (the Tail of the Fox), which is one of the longest waterfalls in Baja. The water tumbles down more than 40 feet into a pool that is over 20 feet deep. After a short, easy hike on a good trail, you’ll reach the falls, where the braver among your group can dive off the rocks (from about 35 feet) into the cool, crystal clear water. You will then have the option of picnicking at the waterfall or stopping back in town for lunch in the gardens of the Hotel Palomar.



Santa Rita Hot Springs Tour
The third adventure tour takes you through Santiago again, through the ranching oasis of San Jorge and up in the mountains to Santa Rita. There you will come upon a rancho with private hot and cool springs and a stream that flows year-round. Hike a half hour upstream to large pools where you can swim and even dive in the crystal clear water. Eat a picnic lunch and soak in the pools of hot water.

ATV Bird-Watching Tour
Hotel Buena Vista,s resident wildlife expert, Steve Chism leads these four-hour guided ATV tours. Depart from the beach shack at the southeast edge of the hotel property and travel south along the coastal road. The terrain here varies between desert thorn forest, agriculture and peaceful coastal lagoons. Steve will point out all kinds of birds in the brackish and fresh water lagoons, including: osprey, frigate birds, Gilla woodpeckers, catus wrens, pyrrahuloxia. Uncommon birds include: wood stork, black-bellied whistling bucks, sora, lasuuli bunting. Bring along your snorkeling gear and stop near Rancho Leonero to cool off and check out the undersea life. You,ll see all kinds of fish, and maybe even a pair of lobsters!

ATV Mountain Tour
The idea of hopping aboard an ATV and heading for the hills makes people feel like a modern day cowboys and cowgirls. On this four-hour guided tour, Steve Chism will take you off-roading into the mountains, educating you about the local flora, fauna, and wildlife as you pass through riverbeds, traverse mountain trails and visit the rarely seen side of Baja. Head down the coastal road north of Los Barriles and drive through several arroyos before you begin the climb into the hills toward Big Spring. The views of the Sea of Cortez from way up there are mind-boggling. It,s truly a “top of the world” experience. Leave your bikes and walk about 300 yards to a waterfall and large pool. Be sure to wear your swimsuits under your shorts, because you won,t be able to resist diving in. Steve will pull out a cooler with ice-cold cervezas and some snacks, and you can have yourselves a mini-picnic before heading back to the hotel.

Cabo Pulmo Marine Park
In June of 1995 Cabo Pulmo was officially declared a Marine preserve by the Mexican Government—which means it,s off limits for fishing and a perfect eco- and adventure tour destination. Located about midway between San Jose del Cabo and Buena Vista, Cabo Pulmo is off the beaten track and it,s not crowded. The underwater park is 11 miles long with eight different fingers of coral reefs. A Mexican fishing vessel, the Colima—sunk during a storm in 1939—lies in 18 feet of water offshore, and offers the added bonus of a wreck dive for scuba enthusiasts. Visibility ranges from 60 to 100 feet in the water, and the ocean temperatures range from 65 to 80 degrees.

Pepe Murietta, former park director, is a certified diving, sailing and kayaking instructor. He,s also a naturalist with expertise in marine and plant biology and archeology. He will meet you at his Outdoor Activity Center and give you a presentation on the dive and snorkel sites within the park.

Following Pepe,s van down a dirt road to your launching point, you will see beaches was as pretty as any in the Caribbean, with the same pale aquamarine water and sugar-soft white sand. Underwater, you will swim among needlefish, triggerfish, rainbow colored parrotfish, goliath grouper, yellow and gray-striped tigerfish, spiny brown-spotted blowfish, eels and maybe even a sea turtle or a whale shark. You can rent a kayak and paddle out to visit the local sea lion colony nearby. Then head into the tiny town of Cabo Pulmo and enjoy a superb lunch at Nancy,s Restaurant.

There are plenty of other tours to take and places to visit in Baja California Sur. We have barely scratched the surface here. In addition to what I,ve described, there are crumbling, ancient missions to visit, an artist colony at nearby Todos Santos, whale nurseries in Bahía Magdalena and secret surf spots on the Pacific side. If you,re ready to try a vacation that,s not centered totally around being pampered, eating, drinking and sunning or fishing … then getting a taste of Outback Los Cabos might just be your next cool thing.

Article by Ann Hazard - November 15, 2004 - Photos by Terry Hauswirth


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