101 images Created 23 Sep 2012
Graced with beautiful desert landscapes populated by gigantic cactuses, oases, rough mountains and old Spanish churches, Baja California is one of the most exotic destinations in Mexico, with popular spots like Tjijuana or Los Cabos, with its own special blend of boutique hotels and beach activities, but its secret charm is hidden in lonely places that maintains a palpable air of isolation from the rest of Mexico. Baja is the earth’s second-longest peninsula with more than 1200km of the mystical and majestic legacy of remote cave paintings, crumbling Spanish missions and luxury beach resorts, the Carretera Transpeninsular offers stunning vistas at every turn and side roads pass through tiny hamletss and wind along the mountains. Loreto, a pretty small town with an excellent choice of hotels, is a water-sports paradise and home to the magnificent Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto, where the shoreline, ocean and offshore islands are protected from pollution and uncontrolled fishing. Here in 1697 Jesuit Juan María Salvatierra established the peninsula’s first permanent mission at the beginning of a Camino Real that colonized also the US California. All along the coast turquoise waters and white-sand beaches with a skyline of cactuses and mountains are the door to discover places like the lava-block walls of the former Jesuit Misión San Ignacio de Kadakaamán. In the lonely town of Santa Rosalia cool abandoned locomotives and other pieces of machinery remember the mining times when the city was literally owned by the French Boleo Company that leaved an inusual heritage of Caribbean style wood buidings.