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ABOUT SAN IGNACIO
San Ignacio is a palm oasis town in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, located between Guerrero Negro and Santa Rosalía.
This is a geniune Mexican oasis village, and not a gringo vacation home location. Visitors usually depart Baja Highway One just south of the Pemex station and then head south one mile over the beautiful lagoon to park in the town square. Huge laural trees and the spectacular Jesuit mission make this one of Baja’s most popular and beautiful rest stops.
The town has a population of about 4,000 and grew at the site of the Cochimí settlement of Kadakaamán and the Jesuit Mission San Ignacio founded in 1728 by Juan Bautista Luyando. At San Ignacio, Baja California’s arid Central Desert terrain gives way to a large grove of lush green date palms. A large spring-fed pond and small river on the outskirts of town feeds into the central plaza and village next to the eighteenth-century Jesuit mission. San Ignacio serves as the gateway to San Ignacio Lagoon, the winter time sanctuary of the Pacific Gray Whale.
An underground stream that runs through the valley provices a nice freshwater lake for the ‘beach’ lover in you. The widest part of the lake is just next to the blacktop heading into town. The best place to enter the water is on the east side of the lake, near the road. Water shoes help make it easy to get in and out, but most folks enter this popular tourist attraction and stop barefoot.
There are also beaches at Laguna San Ignacio, but the whales are the main draw for those beaches, and the weather is a bit cooler.
What Makes San Ignacio Unique?
One of the best places in the world to watch the CALIFORNIA GRAY WHALES during annual migration (January through March) is in the San Ignacio Lagoon one hour west of town. It’s an easy day trip, leaving San Ignacio in the morning and returning in the early afternoon.
San Ignacio Lagoon – located 59 kilometers (36 miles) from San Ignacio and Highway 1 in Baja California Sur. With a local community of less than one hundred inhabitants, the lagoon residents depend primarily upon fishing and whale watching tourism as primary means of support. The lagoon stretches sixteen miles into the desert and has a maximum width of five miles.
The Festival of San Ignacio Loyalo – takes place during the last week of July, as does the annual date harvest. The plaza fills with light, music and fun. In this festive atmosphere, you can enjoy horseraces, cockfights, dances, the fair and fireworks in one of Baja’s prettiest plazas.
Kadacaaman – the place that the Cochimes call Kadacaaman (red grass river) was “discovered” on November 19, 1716 by the Jesuit Father Francisco Maria Piccolo. The founding father of the mission, begun on January 20, 1778, was the Mexican Jesuit Juan Bautista Luyando, who devoted much of his life to the mission and its people.
Cave and rock paintings is one of the main reasons visitors come to San Ignacio. North of town in the mountains is La Cueva Pintada (“painted cave”), where artists painted walls 150 meters (about 500 feet) high, and cave ceilings, with depictions of birds, fish, and other animals, including humans male and female. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993, the Sierra San Francisco has other rock paintings as well, accessible to adventurous, curious travelers on foot or burro, or sometimes by jeep. The best season to visit is November through February, when nights are chilly to cold but days are not too hot.
There are also some very old cave paintings in the hills out from San Ignacio. Most of them are not particularly easy to get to, but well worth the trip for those interested in such things.
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