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Estero San José del Cabo

Estuary, San José del Cabo, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, México.

Wildlife reserve and Estuary in San José del Cabo.

Located in San Jose del Cabo, the Estuary or Estero San José del Cabo is very close to the Hotel Zone. This beautiful Oasis that gives life to this beautiful biological paradise and it does lead of sweet water during a long journey, which covers more than 40 kilometers, where his perfect accomplice are the mountains of Baja California Sur, then meet the edge Of the Sea of Cortez and to make a wonderful mixture between sweet and salt water, forming a special ecosystem and incomparable.


Aerial view of the Estuary or Estero San Jose del Cabo 2017.

This oasis, has contributed to the link of the life of our ancestors and the current, it is known that the Pericus settled in the estuary and survived a long time hunting and gathering, after that, it became what we now know as San José del Cabo, but even after construction and others, the biological development was respected, however pollution and bad habits have taken a toll on this beautiful place, causing the loss of flora and fauna, which is why it is currently considered A protected area in which it is forbidden to enter with vehicles and even on horseback, in order to conserve this natural paradise, its dimension contemplates 1.4 square kilometers, being the largest in all areas of the American continent.

See more aerial photos from 2017 of the San Jose del Cabo Estuary or Estero.


Estero San Jose del Cabo 2017, near Holiday Inn, 1215-x2


There are specialists trained for the correct protection of the area, who carry out activities and tours, where you can practice kayaking and hiking, activities are usually very fun and very relaxing, the care and development of this place depends on everyone, So when you see Los Cabos, you have to ask them to take you to Estero de San José del Cabo and take care of it as if it were yours.

It’s but a short walk from historic downtown to a protected estuary or estero, where freshwater from the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains mingles with saltwater from the Sea of Cortés. Walk or bike the paved path that runs along a portion of this lush, green safe haven and enjoy the many exotic plants and animals. This estuary is home to more than 100 species of birds, fish, turtles, and other marine animals.

Although the Puerto Los Cabos development is taking a devastating toll upon the San José estuary – especially near the ocean – it’s still one of the town’s most delightfully peaceful spots and a good place to squeeze in a little bird watching. It is, at least in name, a protected wildlife sanctuary and home to many bird species, including frigate birds, sparrow hawks, white herons and red-tailed hawks.

See more aerial photos the the San Jose del Cabo Estuary or Estero taken July 2017.

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This protected wildlife sanctuary (at least by name) is home to many bird species, including frigate birds, sparrow hawks, white herons and red-tailed hawks. Near the corner of Benito Juárez, a palm-lined pedestrian trail, known as the Paseo del Estero, parallels Blvd Mijares all the way to the zona hotelera.
Excerpt from Los Cabos Magazine  Issue 34, Fall 2013.

The San José del Cabo Estuary, located in the southern end of Baja California Sur is a freshwater wetland of great importance for migratory and shorebirds due to the scarcity of bodies of water in the Baja California Peninsula. Its vegetation marks a tropical riverine environment, unique in the desert region of the Cape district. In this ecosystem inhabits the Belding Mask or Peninsular Mascarita (Geothlypis beldingi), a bird endemic to the oases of Baja California Sur. We currently carry out projects for the training and promotion of aviturismo in the estuary, and population monitoring of this species.

Very close to San José del Cabo, is this estuary that is a protected natural area and where there are a lot of varieties of flora and fauna. Within its 50 hectares of natural reserve, vegetation is abundant, as the San José river mixes with the ocean, mixing fresh and salt water, rich nutrients originate.


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