The Iconic Seal of Los Cabos
Cabo’s Arched History
Two waters meet at the end of this southern Baja Californian paradise. After years and years of water battering the rocks, entire days of blazing sun and millennia of blowing winds, the nature carved with extreme power the last promontory of the one thousand miles Peninsula, better known as “La Baja”. Here you will find the Iconic seal, the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos. All this elements gathered together to create one of the wonders of this desert paradise, now appreciated, captured in digital devices and cameras by thousands of visitors to this picturesque Mexican resort town.
The Arch and the hills that precede it, stand at the top of the underwater canyon. A rock formation that lay below the water line and helps to encircle the bay. Another wonder of this submarine wall is the amazing phenomenon of the sand falls, if you are a diver, a visit to the underwater walls is a must, the only thing is that the sand falls are not always active.
The iconic arch of Los Cabos sits at the very point of the land´s end in a bed of sand, and right in front of it, the sea lion colony stands, this is another landmark of Cabo San Lucas, where the famous “Pancho” lives. Pancho is a big male sea lion that is notorious for jumping onto the transom of the boats to beg for fresh fish when they come back from their fishing trips.
There are probably one thousand ways to describe or to tell histories about the arch of Cabo San Lucas, histories of love, of joy, of nature, of adventure… Of piracy. The arch was the land mark for hundreds of Spanish galleons that were returning from the Philippines with their below decks stores and galley full with spices. They used the arch as a reference for a place where they could refill their water supply. In Los Cabos there were a couple of those revitalizing places. The small estuary of the “Arroyo Seco” in Cabo San Lucas, and the big estuary in San Jose del Cabo. The English pirates had a lookout at the top of the watchman hill, after he gave the alert, the pirates waited in the Cabo San Lucas Bay, when the Spanish galleons crossed the arch they were attacked and raided. In another blog I’ll talk more about the piracy in Los Cabos.
The Los Cabos Arch is not only an icon and a symbol of the state of Baja California Sur, The Arch is also a prized monument for Mexico and its growing tourism industry.
Written By Antonio Vargas