Touring Baja Part 5

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale

San Ignacio

Less than a 90 mile drive south of Guerrero Negro is the charming little town of San Ignacio. You can enjoy the region’s old traditions and historic buildings, including
the San Ignacio de Loyola mission, one of the most beautiful on the mission route and still in its original state.

Near the town is the San Ignacio Lagoon, another great spot to observe the gray whale migration together with the Laguna Ojo de Liebre (near Guerrero Negro) and Magdalena Bay, further south on the Pacific coast.

This splendid sanctuary is visited from January to March by the whales, which can be seen up-close by visitors with the help of different eco-tourism camp operators, licensed to take them out in their boats.

San Ignacio is not only a main eco-tourism destination in the winter, but also a great cultural tourism center all year long, as it is the gateway to the rock paintings in the nearby Sierra de San Francisco.

In town you will find guides for the long trek to the cave known as La Pintada — which is the most impressive of the sites — as well as to seven other spectacular caves.

This ancient rock art was painted by the pre-Hispanic inhabitants of the peninsula, and archaeologists think some of the paintings could be around 10,000 years old. There are more than 300 sites in the area covering 7,500 sq. miles. The Rock paintings have been declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The Sierra offers also numerous trekking routes, and in the summer the grass covered river turns into fresh water springs and pools, great for paddling and fishing.

There are no banks or ATM machines in San Ignacio, so take good cash reserve with you if you are staying a few days.