Tripper Travel Guide

DISCOVER LOS CABOS


Los Cabo
Baja California Sur, Mexico.


Los Cabos is one of the five municipalities of Baja California Sur, located at the southern end of the state. Most important city of San Jose del Cabo and one of the most important tourist destinations in Mexico.



The warm, nutrient-rich waters of Magdalena Bay makes the perfect place for the procession of gray whales from Alaska during the winter in February instead. Enjoy these majestic and sociable calves on a tour of the bay. During the warm summer days you can go scuba diving, kayaking, fishing or spend a romantic evening in one of the beautiful beaches. A natural monument you must visit is "El Arco" monumental rock formation at the end point of the peninsula, which has become a distinctive symbol of this destination and recently declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

San Jose del Cabo to Cabo San Lucas, extends the luxurious tourist corridor of 33 km in length, one of the most important tourist developments in the country. The Corridor is where you will find superb world-class hotels sought after by celebrities and known personalities. Visitors will find quiet place to relax full of cobbled streets, intimate restaurants and boutiques place.

Location


The municipality of Los Cabos is located 220 km south of La Paz, west of the Gulf of California, east of the Pacific Ocean on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula.

History


It is estimated that the first humans who inhabited the region of Los Cabos arrived about 15,000 years ago. It was not until 1534 that the Spanish explorer and navigator Fortun Jimenez discovered Baja California Sur but mistook it for an island. A few years later in 1539 Hernán Cortés invaded the peninsula where a group of Pericues were located during a scouting mission along the Pacific coast of Mexico. The Pericues found themselves in a difficult battle against the Spaniards who wanted the riches of the region for themselves.

The development the area remained on a standstill until King Phillip II ordered soldiers and Spanish Jesuit missionaries begin colonization of the peninsula of Baja California to protect Spanish vessels from attacks of pirates. As a result, father José Echeverría and the Jesuit father Nicolás Tamaral founded the Mission of San José del Cabo in 1730.

San Jose del Cabo was the site of the defense of Mexican troops against North American troops in 1847. Mexican lieutenant Antonio Mijares was shot on site, who died heroically when he lead an assault against the American fortifications in the city.

It did not take long for tales of its rich waters overstep boundaries. In 1919 an American seafood packing company settled in the area, which at one time was the third largest of its kind in the world. 

Its activities as head of the municipality of Los Cabos started in the year 1928. It was not until 1981 that the State Congress approves the creation of the fourth municipality of Los Cabos.

During the 30's and 40's marlin up to 220 kilos in the Sea of Cortes it was discovered. This boosted tourism mainly to those who enjoy the sport fishing. The first luxury hotels began to replace the palapas in the area in 1950.


Weather


Its climate is semi-dry desert, hot in summer and warm in winter; with an average annual temperature of 26 ° C. The highest temperatures occurs in July through September with temperatures reaching 33 ° C. In contrast, the freshest months January and February with temperatures dropping to 13 ° C. 
During the Cabos receives 200 mm of precipitation. The rainiest months are from July to November.


Gastronomy


Enjoy a meal in one of the many exquisite gourmet cuisine prepared in its acclaimed restaurants.


Chocolate clams:
Roasted clams in their shells.


Smoked marlin:
Versatile plate that it can be prepared in simple tacos or tostadas with vegetables.


Fish Tacos Baja California style:
Tacos made with fried fish, cabbage, guacamole and a creamy dressing.

 
Swaddled Tamales:
Tamales made with chicken.


Guemes Tamales:
Tamales made with pork and chicken, raisins, olives and olive oil.


"Food for the Poor":
It consists of a seafood soup, Mexican rice and beans accompanied by flour tortillas.



Things to do



A-Maze-In Cape Race
Be part of exciting scavenger hunt around Los Cabos. Solve problems and complete challenges to gain clues to guide you to the next location of the race. Request the help from locals and the team to beat to the competition. See Los Cabos in a entertaining way with A-Maze-In Cape Race. Winner of the Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor and the best activity by USA Today 10 Best.

Whales Sightings 
Los Cabos from January to March is preferred by whales to reproduce. They travel in search of warm currents from the Arctic cold waters from distances of more than 19,000 km area. Of the 11 known whale species in the world, eight arrive to Mexican coasts, including the minke, Bryde's, sei, humpback, gray and blue. Hire a qualified guide to see the whales firsthand.

Kayak
Meet the famous Arch of Los Cabos closely with a relaxing kayak tour on the beautiful waters around the peninsula. Contract tours that will take you to discover firsthand the beautiful structures and other beautiful scenery on the Sea of Cortez. Do not forget your waterproof camera to capture these beautiful passages.

Horseback riding
The golden sands and remarkable passages from the southern peninsula of Los Cabos make the perfect setting to go horseback riding.  The horses are docile and qualified to teach visitors to ride. Most providers are bilingual to provide the best service to its visitors. A company recommended for this activity is Cuadra San Francisco with over 40 years experience and more than 50 horses. Beginners and novices welcome. 

Sport fishing
Ranking among the top 5 places in the world for sport fishing, it is known as the "World Capital of Marlin Fishing." The Sea of Cortes boasts abundant waters in black, blue and striped marlin, dorado, rooster fish, shark, snapper, swordfish and yellowfin tuna. One of the most celebrated tournaments in Los Cabos is the Bisbee's tournament held every year in October.

Snorkle
The peninsula around the crystal clear waters offers many incredible places to enjoy this sport. You will be mesmerized by the spectacle of colors of the organisms that make up  "the world's aquarium." Manta rays, sea turtles and countless tropical fish are among the species that is you can see on a visit to Los Cabos. Some recommended places to practice this sport is  the marine reserves of Santa Maria Bay and Cabo Pulmo.

Spas
In Los Cabos you´ll find some of the largest and most modern spas worldwide. You will find all kinds of relaxation, beautification and rejuvenation therapies done by certified personnel. Almost all the best hotel and resort in Los Cabos boasts its own complete spa within their facilities. Jacuzzis, saunas, waterfalls, cold plunge pools, massage, aromatherapy, hot stones and more are expected in Los Cabos.

Tyrolean
Zipline tours in Los Cabos let you slide over canyons, parks and rivers while enjoying spectacular views from atop the world. Enjoy this exciting sport in Wild Canyon Canopy Adventures Cabo, Baja Blue conopy among other service providers. Remember that children have to be over eight years to climb in most cases.

ATVs and Razors
Definitely one of the favorite activities for many in Los Cabos are ATV and razors tours. Service providers have developed entertaining tours that take advantage of the terrain and scenarios so that visitors will have a blast. The tours will take you along paths and roads through the desert, mountains, canyons, streams and small indigenous towns to enjoy breathtaking views, majestic sand dunes and beaches on the Pacific Ocean.


Interesting places



Cacti Mundo
One of the main attractions of San Jose del Cabo. This botanical garden displays a complete collection of cacti in Mexico. Its mission is the promotion, preservation and reproduction of desert plants typical of Mexico and other regions of the world. Visitors will find more than 5000 species of plants artistically accommodated in this extraordinary garden.

Huerta Los Tamarindos
Organic farm and restaurant in San Jose del Cabo that offer tours, cooking classes and a place for events. Their fields are certified by Primus Labs and the USDA (Department of Agriculture of the United States); ensuring that products and processes meet standards established to produce organic products. Remember the Tiendita de Lulu to take a souvenir home.

Church of San Lucas
Nice little Catholic Church located near Amelia Wilkes Plaza in the city of Los Cabos, built in 1730 by a Spanish missionary. It is considered among one of the oldest and most important buildings in town.

The Arches
Also known as the End of the World. This is one of the most recognized natural formations in Los Cabos is located at the extreme southern tip protruding from the peninsula of Baja California Sur on the beach called Playa de Amor. Many say that this figure looks like a Triceratops drinking water when viewed from the side. It serves as a favorite site to go on a kayak or boat tour.

Cabo Pulmo Marine Park
One of the most important and beautiful areas of the Sea of Cortez that showcases its biodiversity of marine species and the only living coral reef in the northern part of the American continent whose age is estimated at about 25,000 years. Declared a protection zone of Baja California Sur to be added to the National System of Protected Areas on June 6, 1995.

Plaza Amelia Wilkes
Romantic square filled with shrubs and palms in the center of Los Cabos one block from the Church of St. Luke. On the north side of the square stands the Museum of the San Lucas, which is used as backdrop to a pretty kiosk with wide arches and red tile roof located in the center of the square.

Wild Canyon
The best option for those looking for some fun. This adventure park is located at Tule Canyon between Los Cabos and San Jose del Cabo and is considered the largest theme park on the peninsula of Baja California. Visitors can enjoy canopy, rappelling, Bunge, ATV rides, an exotic petting zoo and much more.