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Todos Santos offers ecotourism where desert meets the Sierra Laguna mountains

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Located only about one-hour north of Cabo San Lucas, Todos Santos is a retreat for those who want to slow down and smell the roses.  Also, this magical place is a haven for those who crave outdoor adventure and ecotourism.  As such, enjoy the natural beauty Todos Santos has to offer, take a siesta, and then dine at a fine restaurant.

Outdoors, explore miles of unspoiled beaches.  Then, be sure to go exotic bird watching and take an exhilarating hike.  Finally, enjoy surfing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba-diving, and some of the best fishing in the world.  As you can see, the sky is the limit!

Continue reading to see even more about the magical town of Todos Santos.

Brief history of Todos Santos

Before growing into a mission named Santa Rosa de Todos Santos in honor if its benefactor, Doña Rosa de la Peña, Father Jaime Bravo established the Baja Sur location as Nuestra Señora del Pilar de La Paz, back in 1723.  Then, it grew from there.  Finally, the population of La Paz mission was transferred there after it received mission status.

The mission was then abandoned in 1749.  After that, the town was renamed to Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Todos Santos.  But them, not much happened in Todos Santos for the next 100 years or so.

Farming around the area

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.

Tourism in 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…

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.

Local sugar production

During 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.

Todos Santos outdoors

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:

The 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.

Wildlife in and around Todos Santos

As you’ll learn, the wildlife in Todos Santos has a wonderful lineup of birds.  In fact, this area is known a bird-watcher’s paradise.  There, find the following:

  • Oriole finches – both Scott’s and hooded
  • Western tanagers
  • Northern Mockingbirds
  • Cactus Wrens
  • Hummingbirds (Black-chinned, Costa’s and Xantu’s)
  • Doves and sparrows
  • Wilson’s warblers
  • Turkey Vultures
  • Vermilion flycatchers
  • The white-faced Ibis
  • Cassin’s kingbird
  • Gila Woodpeckers
  • Gilded flickers
  • Verdins, Kestrals
  • Hawks
  • Western grebes
  • Great and Snowy-white Egrets
  • Blue Herons
  • Black-necked Stilts
  • Frigatebirds
  • Osprey and Brown Pelicans

Now that was quite a long list!

Baja California Sur real estate

Many Americans, Canadians, and people from other countries choose to make Los Cabos and other magical towns in Baja California Sur, Mexico, their home or vacation home.  Discover how to purchase your dream home in Baja.  Make an appointment with the top Real Estate Broker in Baja: Nick Fong, featured on HGTV’s Beachfront Bargain Hunt.

Since 2010, Ronival has been helping clients find the best homes in Cabo and throughout Baja California Sur. And, they’re highly-skilled negotiators that’ll get you the best price. Whether you plan to buy a property or quickly sell your Baja real estate, they’ve got you covered!

If you’d like to take a tour of a property in Cabo or anywhere else in Baja California Sur, just click CONTACT to inquire.  Or, call directly at 619-831-2000.  Ronival will be happy to answer your questions.  You can also schedule a time to show you around this breathtaking location.

Ronival on YouTube

See Nick Fong in action on his Ronival YouTube Channel.  Find his videos on the Rovival VLOG, where you can read a short, yet in-depth post.  Below is an example of one of Nick Fong’s Ronival videos:


Thank you for reading Todos Santos offers ecotourism where desert meets the Sierra Laguna mountains.  Be sure to read other posts about Cabo and Baja California Sur on the Ronival blog. There, learn about the many wonderful aspects of Baja California Sur, Mexico, from blog posts like this.

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