About one-hour north of Cabo San Lucas, Todos Santos is a retreat for those who want to slow down and smell the roses. And, it’s a haven for those who crave outdoor adventure. Therefore, dine at a fine restaurant, take a siesta, and enjoy the natural beauty Todos Santos has to offer.
Or, explore miles of unspoiled beaches, go exotic bird watching, take an exhilarating hike, kayak, surf, snorkel, scuba-dive, and go fishing. The sky is the limit! Now, keep reading to learn more about the magical town of Todos Santos.
A little about Todos Santos
Father Jaime Bravo established the southern-baja location as Nuestra Señora del Pilar de La Paz, back in 1723. It eventually grew into a mission named Santa Rosa de Todos Santos in honor if its benefactor, Doña Rosa de la Peña. Finally, the population of La Paz mission was transferred there after it received mission status. But, the mission was then abandoned in 1749, and the town was renamed to Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Todos Santos. After that, not much happened there for the next 100 years.
In the mid-19th century, Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Todos Santos prospered for the next 100 years as a top sugar producer. In 1850, there were eight sugar mills near town. This provided great wealth for the area, and accounted for the wonderful colonial-style architecture you can see there today. Unfortunately, the town fell into ruins in the 1950’s after a long drought, which caused the water table to dry. Thus, the sugar cane crop production came to a halt, causing a massive financial decline in the region.
After the drought ended, the rich farmlands were revived and Todos Santos started to prosper again from an abundance of chili, avocado, vegetable, papaya and mango production. Also, fishing and ranching began to flourish.
In the early 1980’s, an influx of tourism occurred after the Mexican government paved Mexico Highway 19 from La Paz through to Cabo San Lucas. This highway passes right through Todos Santos.
Many fine artists, artisans and craftsmen have moved to Todos Santos. Therefore, it became famous for it’s art culture. And now, eco-tourism is becoming the future for Todos Santos…
What to expect in Todos Santos
The southern Baja peninsula hosts several unique eco-systems to explore. And, in December, watch the whales migrate down the Pacific Ocean to the Sea of Cortez. Also, there are many more things to see and do in Todos Santos, as follows:
Among the wildlife in Todos Santos are wonderful lineup of birds. And, this is a bird-watcher’s paradise. You’ll find Oriole finches – both Scott’s and hooded, Western tanagers, Northern Mockingbirds, Cactus Wrens, hummingbirds (Black-chinned, Costa’s and Xantu’s), doves, sparrows, Wilson’s warblers, Turkey Vultures, Vermilion flycatchers, white-faced Ibis, Cassin’s kingbird, Gila Woodpeckers, gilded flickers, Verdins, Kestrals, Hawks, western grebes, Great and Snowy-white Egrets, Blue Herons, and black-necked Stilts, Frigatebirds, Osprey and Brown Pelicans. Now that was a long list indeed!
Release sea turtles
Volunteering for Sea Turtles in Todos Santos is the Eco Adventure of a lifetime! Help population recovery and participate in marine-life research in Mexico. Work with volunteers who are highly trained in data collection. So, they collect data on turtle nesting, nest relocation, incubation greenhouse operation, nest excavation, and hatchling releases.
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