Info on Mulege


Mulege
Paradises at the North of the State
Mulege’s extraordinary natural beauty-unrivaled on the entire peninsula-has helped make it a favorite region for ecotourists from around the world. Conception Bay is veritable jewel, with crystal-clear water that varies in color from emerald to turquoise, making it a magnet for people who practice water sports. The San Franciso Sierra, Vízcaino Biosphere Reserve and lagoons of San Ignacio, Ojo de Liebre and Guerrero Negro-sanctuaries for gray whales- are natural treasures that the friendly towns of Mulegé, Santa Rosalía, San Ignacio and Guerrero Negro safeguard along with their missions and other architectural attractions.
Mulege is the largest of the five municipalities that make up the state, Mulegé borders on the municipalities of Comondú and Loreto to the south, and the state of Baja California to the north. A giant steel eagle located on the 28th parallel marks the state’s territorial limit.
The Town
The name of Mulegé comes from the Cochimi words “Carmaañc galexa”, which mean large white-mouthed canyon. The Jesuit priest Juan María de Salvatierra discovered the small town, located on the shores of the Sea of Cortez, in 1702. Date palms, olive groves, and mango, guava, orange and fig trees offer natives and visitors alike the chance to enjoy freshly-picked tropical fruits in the desert, while refreshing breezes blow in off the river and the lagoon on the edge of town, and beyond them, the open sea.
THE TOWN/PLACES TO VISIT
• Santa Rosalía de Mulegé Mission
The third mission of Baja California Sur was founded in 1705; the Jesuit Francisco Escalante completed the construction of the mission church in 1766. The stone structure, characterized by its unusual “L” shape and the tower set back several meters from the main facade, was abandoned in 1828 due to a lack of population, but has since been restored over the years ton near-original condition. Inside the church are a perfectly preserved statue of Saint Rosalia and a bell, both dating from the 18th century.
• REGIONAL MUSEUM
Famous for being the only jail without bars that ever existed in Baja California Sur, the old “Cananea” has been converted into a museum of history and anthropology, exhibiting archeological finds, fossils, ancient tools and other artifacts from the region’s past.
• EL GALLITO DUNES
Hills of soft on the edge of the beach invite the fun loving to bring their sand boards and ATVs, or just to kick off their shoes for a romp on the dunes.
• CONCEPCION BAY
A short drive south of Mulegé, this bay boasts some of the most spectacular views on the entire peninsula, with its necklace of white sandy beaches and its coves protected by enormous cliffs and majestic stretches of desert.
The breathtaking clarity of the water in the Sea of Cortez invites divers and snorkelers to explore the underwater treasures of this bay. Other aquatic sports are available above the surface. Kayaks, Hobie cats and sailboats set out from the most popular beaches-Punta Prieta, Punta Arena, Santispac, Eco-mundo, La Escondida, El Burro, Requesón and Coyote.
Services such as trailer parks, ecological camp sites, restaurants and outfitters offer outdoor-lovers everything they need to commune with nature, to relax and enjoy.
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PINTURAS RUPESTRES
• SAN BORJITA CAVE
Hidden in the San Francisco Mountains, 40 miles from Mulegé, the San Bortija Cave houses an impressive collection of cave paintings. A wall measuring 13 feet high and 98 feet wide served as the canvas for anonymous artists who long ago painted human figures in ochre and black, with what seem to be lances and arrows sticking though them; some have square heads. Animal figures such as deer, coyotes, whales and fish complete this enigmatic composition.
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• SANTA ROSALIA
Santa Rosalía also looks out over the Sea of Cortez. Its authentic French architecture gives it a completely different feel from any other town in Mexico. In 1885 President Porfirio Díaz gave the French firm El Boleo the concession to mine the rich copper deposits found nearby. Presently, different plans are being considered to renovate the old mining facilities and use them for cultural and social events.
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SANTA ROSALIA/PLACES TO VISIT
• Santa Barbara Church
The first-prefabricated church in Mexico was designated by Gustave Eiffel en 1884, and exhibited at the Paris World’s fair in 1889. It was installed in Santa Barbara in 1897. Curiously enough, the saint that is venerated inside the church in not Saint Rosalia, But Saint Barbara.
Built entirely of iron, the church has extremely valuable stained glass windows behind the altar and Gothic-style retable imported from Europe.
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• Museum and Municipal Archives
This handsome building, built entirely of wood, is also attributed to Gustave Eiffel. Construction began in 1885 and the building was finished in 1900. The façade has a porch running the width of the, with attractive wooden railings and latticework.
This French-style building houses on interesting collection of tools and other objects that recall the region’s prosperous mining past.
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• San Marcos Island
Boats leaving from the docks at San Rosalía take visitors to the world’s largest gypsum mine, located on San Marcos Island. Miners live in a small town on one side of the island and the waters offshore attract expert divers who explore the coral banks and observe marine species such as sharks and dogfish.
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• Tres Vírgenes volcano
A favorite site for thrill-seeking mountain and rock-climbers, this mountain rises to 5,350 feet above sea level. From its peak visitors can look far out over the splendid Sea of Cortez. There are also trails for mountain bikers, and lovely spots for camping. This volcano presents a certain degree of difficulty, and it’s thus recommended only for experienced climbers, especially its south face, which leads up to an imposing crater.
On the side of this majestic volcano is the hunting preserve of the bighorn
Sheep, a highly prized trophy for hunters who come from to November to march in search of adventure. The preserve can supply guides, carriers, interpreters, (if necessary), vehicles and other equipment required by hunters who aim to bag a bighorn during an approximately 10-day hunting trip.
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San Ignacio
The Town
San Ignacio, gateway to the cave paintings of the San Francisco Sierra, rises up out of the surrounding desert like a veritable paradise. The underground river that emerges from the ground forms a lake surrounded by reeds. The Jesuit missionary Francisco Ma discovered this place on November 19th, 1716. Piccolo. The original inhabitants were Cochimí Indians, who called the place Kadacaamán, meaning “stream of reeds”.
The National Institute for Archeology and History has an office in San Ignacio, which issues permits to hike into the of San Francisco sierra and observe the caves that contain paintings. Local inhabitants act as guides, since visitors are not allowed to go into the mountains by themselves.
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Places to Visit
• San Ignacio de Loyola Misión
The Mexican Jesuit missionary Juan Bautista Luyando founded this mission in 1728. Blocks of volcanic stone almost 4 feet thick were used to build the church. Construction was completed in 1786 under the direction of the Dominican missionary Juan Crisóstomo Gómez.
The solidity of its walls has kept the façade virtually intact. Many experts consider this church to be one of the most beautiful in the state because of its carved stone ornamentation. The highlight of the interior is an enormous altar of carved wood and gold leaf with seven oil paintings and a statue of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, a jewel of 18th century art.
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• San Ignacio Lagoon Photo#047
Gray whales visit this splendid sanctuary, bathed by the waters of the Pacific Ocean, every year from January to march. These marine mammals offer an unforgettable spectacle mating, giving birth, and playing as if on display. They can see up-close by visitors to the lagoon, with the help of different eco-tourism camp operator licensed to take whale-watchers out in their boats. Services include bilingual guides.
In harmony with the natural setting, you can undertake any numbers of activities, including hiking, riding on ATVs, bird watching on the lagoon, kayaking, surfing and diving.
Pelícano, San Ignacio, Malcomb and Delgadillo islands, and the Delgadillo islet in the Pacific Ocean, also form part of the San Ignacio lagoon system.
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• Ratón (Mouse) Cave
To reach the cave, you will have to take a 23-mile dirt road from the town of San Ignacio into the majestic San Francisco Mountains. Inside the cave is a mural like painting with larger-than-life human and animal figures. The humans are almost all masculine figures, with no face and with headdresses that historical sources and shamans. The animals, mostly deer, hare and sheep, are depicted being shot whit lances, arrows and darts. Experts have interpreted the mural as a hunting scene, or else some kind of magical combat.
Researches have been studying the Raton Cave mural since 1994, and it now forms part of preservation project involving the National Institute for History and Anthropology, the Getty Preservation Institute in Los Angeles, and government of Baja California Sure.
The wrecked ship remained for several decades, a reminder to mariners of the dangers of the lagoon’s inlet. Its name was translated into Spanish as Guerrero Negro, and to this day the town and the lagoon bear witness to that long-ago shipwreck.
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GUERRERO NEGRO/PLACES TO VISIT
• Salt Works
The climatic conditions-wind, sun, scant rainfall-together impermeable soil, have contributed to making Guerrero Negro the site of the world’s largest open-air salt works. All year long, sea salt is obtained here trough the evaporation method. Visits to the enormous complex are permitted, but not on massive scale for safety reasons. Visitors travel whit sediments from the salt-washing process, to see the 46 salt pans installed throughout this open-air complex that covers more than 100 thousand acres and producers and exports 7 million tons of salt a year.
Among the vast salt plains, the company has set aside wetlands that provide food for a wealth of bird species. Cormorants, white pelicans, eagles, hawks, falcons, sparrows, finches, mockingbirds and over 80 other species makes their home here. The habitat is strictly protected, and nesting sites have been installed for birds of prey.
Marine animals and plants, mats old micro-algae an huge accumulation of brine are the food sources for these resident and migratory birds, including two species found nowhere else: ospreys and peregrine falcons.
According to company estimates, the salt works are visited over the course of the year by 173,000 birds, with monthly concentrations ranging from 5,300 to 73,000 birds. Under the criteria of Western Hemispheric Shorebird Reserve Network, Guerrero Negro is an internationally significant conservation site.
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• Guerrero Negro Lagoons
The ojo de Liebre Lagoon, sanctuary of the gray whale, draws thousands of tourists every year who come to experience the thrill of a close encounter with these enormous but gentle creatures. In boats that seem dwarfed by the whales, visitors can come surprisingly close to these huge mammals, and often to their claves as well.
The lagoon complex itself is a spectacular setting, with dunes of fine white sand making a perfect backdrop.
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• Malarrimo Beach
This beach its fame to the many strange objects found here. Over the centuries, the Kurosiwo Current, also known as the Japan Current, has carried everything from boat engines, lamps, bottles and pictures to pieces of wrecked galleons and even modern ships across the Pacific Ocean, to wash up on Malarrimo Beach, much to the delight of collectors.
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• Peninsular Pronghorn Reserve
This ministry of the environment, Natural Resources and fisheries has joined forces with the Ford Motor Company and a local nonprofit organization dedicated to sustainable development and nature conservation in the Vizcaíno Desert Biosphere, to implement a recovery plan for this endangered species. The campaign is called “save the pronghorn”.
The plan includes three lines of action. The first is to assure reproduction in semi-captivity, in order to increase the number of individuals in a controlled environment. Then there is the protection and monitoring in a habitat measuring almost 2000 square miles, for the purpose of preventing poaching. Long-term measures include environmental education among the local population to enlist their help in making the project a success, in view of the well-known fact that the pronghorn’s survival is threatened more than anything else by human activity.
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• La Concha Cave
To reach this cave, located right in the heart of the Vizcaíno Biosphere Reserve, take the highway out of Guerrero Negro toward Baja California. The name refers to the shape of a “concha” –or shell- suggested by the appearance of the cave at the top of the mountain. Paintings inside the tiny cave depict colossal figures painted in two colors, as well as native animals.
Once you’ve climbed up to the cave the valley will seem to unfold at your feet. A wide variety of cacti can be seen: ancient, enormous cardons, cirios –also known as boojums- and desert trees such as the torote.
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Paraísos al Norte del Estado
Una espléndida belleza natural sin parangón en la península caracteriza a esta zona favorita de los ecoturistas de todo el mundo. Gema a la que Bahía Concepción dota de cristalinas aguas de colores que van desde el verde esmeralda hasta el azul turquesa, en éstas se practican todos los deportes acuáticos. La Sierra de San Francisco, la gran reserva de la biosfera del Vizcaíno, las lagunas de San Ignacio, Ojo de Liebre y Guerrero Negro, santuarios de la ballena gris, son los tesoros que los hospitalarios pobladores de Mulegé, Santa Rosalía, San Ignacio y Guerrero Negro resguardan al igual que sus atractivos misionales y arquitectónicos.
Mulegé el más extenso de los cinco municipios que conforman al estado colinda al sur con los municipios de Comondú y Loreto y marca la división territorial con Baja California al norte. Una gigantesca águila de acero ubicada en el paralelo 28 representa el límite de la entidad.
El Pueblo
Mulegé se deriva de las voces cochimies “Carmaañc galexa”, que significa barranca grande de la boca blanca; el pequeño poblado se encuentra a orillas del mar de Cortés y fue descubierto por el padre jesuita Juan María de Salvatierra en 1702. Palmas datileras, olivos y árboles frutales como el mango, guayabo, naranjo e higuera ofrecen a los muleginos y al visitante la posibilidad de saborear deliciosos manjares de clima tropical en el desierto, mientras que se regresan con la suave brisa del río y el estero que bordeando al pueblo desemboca en el mar.
Lugares que visitar
• Misión de Santa Rosalía de Mulegé
La tercera misión de Baja California Sur se fundó en 1705 y fue el jesuita Franciscano Escalante quien termino su construcción en 1766. Construida en piedra, la caracteriza su forma de “L” y la torre que se erige varios metros atrás de la fachada principal. Abandonada en 1828 por falta de población ha sido restaurada en diferentes épocas, pero respetando su aspecto original; en el interior se conservan sin daño una estatua de Santa Rosalía y una campana, ambas del siglo XVIII.
• MUSEO REGIONAL
Conocida como la única cárcel sin rejas que ha existido en Baja California Sur, la antigua “Cananea” es actualmente un museo de historia y antropología en el que se exhiben piezas arqueológicas, fósiles, instrumentos de los antiguos pobladores y en general testimonios del pasado de la región.
• DUNAS EL GALLITO
Montículos de suave arena que a la orilla del mar resultan un atractivo sitio en el que con cuatrimotos, tablas o a pie disfrutará de divertidos momentos.
• BAHIA DE CONCEPCION
A unos cuantos kilómetros al sur de Mulegé, esta bahía brinda algunos de los más espectaculares paisajes de la península con sus numerosas playas de blanca arena y sus caletas protegidas por enormes riscos y majestuosos cardones del desierto.
Gracias a la maravillosa visibilidad que caracteriza al mar de Cortés, el buceo y el esnórquel se practican en las tranquilas aguas de esta bahía. Otros deportes acuáticos como kayak, hobby cat y velerismo son también favorecidos en las playas de Punta Prieta, Punta Arena, Santispac, Eco-Mundo, La Escondida, El Burro, Requesón y Coyote.
Con servicios para trailer parks, campamentos ecoturísticos, restaurantes y renta de equipos especializados, los amantes de la naturaleza encuentran todo lo necesario para entrar en contacto con ella, disfrutar y descansar.
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• SANTA ROSALIA
Santa Rosalía también mira al mar de Cortés; con su arquitectura totalmente francesa, nos presenta un ambiente diferente a cualquier otro lugar de nuestro país. En 1885, don Porfirio Díaz le otorga, a la empresa francesa el Boleo, la conseción de explotar los yacimientos de cobre que se encuentran cerca del poblado.
Actualmente se estudian diferentes proyectos para acondicionar las instalaciones industriales mineras y hacer de este espacio un lugar para eventos culturales y sociales.
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SANTA ROSALIA/LUGARES QUE VISITAR
• Iglesia de Santa Bárbara
La primera iglesia prefabricada en México fue diseñada por Gustave Eiffel en 1884 y se exhibió en la exposición mundial de París en 1889. Instalada en Santa Rosalía en 1897, casualmente en su interior no es la imagen de Santa Rosalía la que se venera sino a Santa Bárbara.
Edificada totalmente en hierro, en su altar se destacan unos vitrales de gran valor artístico. Los ornamentos, candelabros y el retablo gótico del altar fueron importados desde Europa.
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• Museo y Archivo Municipal
Este precioso recinto, construido totalmente en madera, se atribuye también a Gustave Eiffel. Comenzó a edificarse en 1885 y su construcción se terminó en 1900; en su fachada se aprecian corredores exteriores con barandales y listones de madera.
El afrancesado edificio alberga una interesante colección de piezas, herramientas y objetos que avalúan el próspero pasado minero de la región.
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• Isla San Marcos
Desde la marina de esta población parten las embarcaciones que lo llevarán a conocer las minas de yeso más grandes del mundo, ubicadas en esta isla. Una pequeña población de trabajadores mineros habita en uno de sus costados y las aguas que la rodean representan una aventura para los expertos buceadores que encontrarán bancos de arrecife y especies marinas como cazones y tiburones.
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• Volcán Tres Vírgenes
Sitio favorito de montañistas y alpinistas que gustan de los retos, debido a que su altitud es de 2,054 meters. Desde su cúspide observará gran parte del espléndido mar de Cortés. También los ciclistas de montaña y quienes desean acampar en alguno de sus pintorescos parajes disfrutarán la aventura. Recomendado sólo para conocedores, representa cierto grado de dificultad, sobre todo por su car. sur que desemboca en un extraordinario cráter.
En las faldas del impresionante volcán se localiza el campamento cinegético del Borrego Cimarrón, especie muy cotizada entre los cazadores quienes de noviembre a marzo pueden acudir a éste para emprender la aventura.
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San Ignacio
La Ciudad
San Ignacio, puerta de entrada a las pinturas rupestres de la Sierra de San Francisco, se nos presenta como un verdadero paraíso en medio del desierto. El río subterráneo que emerge de la tierra, forma una laguna bordeada de carrizales. Este lugar fue descubierto el 19 de noviembre de 1716 por el padre jesuita Francisco Ma. Píccolo, habitado por los indígenas cochimíes que lo llamaban Kadacaamán que significa “arroyo del carriza”.
El Instituto Nacional de Arqueología e Historia (INAH) tiene oficinas en San Ignacio y se tiene que recurrir a ellas para obtener los permisos correspondientes para subir a la sierra de San Francisco y observar las cuevas con pinturas rupestres. Los pobladores del lugar son los encargados de acompañar al visitante ya que no se permite adentrarse en la sierra si no es con un guía.
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• SAN IGNACIO/PARA VISITAR
La fundación de esta misión correspondió al jesuita mexicano Juan Bautista Luyando en 1728. En la construcción del edificio se utilizaron bloques de piedra volcánica de 120 centímetros de espesor y se terminó de construir en 1786 por el dominíco Juan Crisóstomo Gómez.
La solidez de sus muros ha permitido que su fachada se conserve casi intacta y que se le considere como una de las más bellas del estado por su ornamentación en piedra tallada. En su interior destaca el gran altar de madera labrada y chapada en oro con siete óleos y una estatua de San Ignacio de Loyola, joya de arte religioso del siglo XVIII.
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• Laguna San Ignacio
Este espléndido santuario al que arriba la ballena gris de enero a marzo, bañado por aguas del océano Pacífico, es un imponente espectáculo durante la estancia del cetáceo en sus aguas. Apareos, nacimientos y encuentros amistosos con ellas son algunas de las experiencias que podrá vivir en esta laguna gracias a los servicios que prestan diferentes operadores de campamentos ecoturísticos en los que cuentan con lancheros bilingües especializados.
En armonía con el entorno natural, realice un sinfín de actividades como caminatas, paseos de cuatrimotos, avistamiento de aves en el estero, kayak, surfing y buceo.
Las islas Pelícano, San Ignacio, Malcomb, Delgadillo y el islote Delgadillo que se encuentran en el Pacífico, también pertenecen al complejo lagunar de San Ignacio.
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• Cueva del ratón.
Para llegar a este sitio hay que patir del poblado de San Ignacio por una brecha de 37 kilómetros dentro de la imponente Sierra de San Francisco y en el interior de la cueva observará pinturas rupestres del estilo mural con figuras humanas y animales de gran proporción. Las primeras son en su mayoría masculinas, sin rostro y con tocados los cuales son descritos por fuentes históricas como los usados por hechiceros y chamanes. Los animales, por su parte, venados, liebres y borregos, entre otros, aparecen atravesados por lanzas, dardos o flechas, lo cual se ha interpretado como escenas de caza o de combate casi mágico.
Dada la importancia de la Cueva del ratón, ésta es objeto de estudio desde 1994 y forma parte de un proyecto de conservación en el que están involucrados el INAH, el instituto Getty de Conservación de Los Ángeles, Cal. Y el gobierno de Baja California Sur.
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GUERRERO NEGRO/LUGARES PARA VISITAR
• Exportadora de Sal
Constituida como la salina a cielo abierto más grande del mundo gracias a las condiciones climáticas como: viento, sol, un suelo impermeable y pocos días de lluvia durante todo el año permiten la cosecha de sal de mar o sal por evaporación. La visita a este enorme complejo está permitida, pero no de una forma masiva por razones de seguridad; durante el recorrido observará sobre el camino blanco forjado con los sedimentos de lava-do de la sal, los 46 vasos cristalizados en las 42 mil hectáreas que abarca la superficie total del lugar a cielo abierto, la cual produce y exporta 7 millones de toneladas al año.
En las enormes superficies de vasos de concentración de la empresa se desarroll´p un humedal protegido con abundante alimento para aves. Cormoranes, pelícanos blancos, patos, águilas, halcones, gaviotas, gorriones, jilgueros, cenzontle y muchas otras especies hasta conformar un total de 95 diferentes, son parte de la riqueza de este lugar. El hábitat es fuertemente protegido e inclusive se han colocado bases de anidación para aves rapaces.
Flora y fauna marina, alfombras de microalgas y una gran masa de artemia salina constituyen el alimento de estas aves residentes y migratorias, sobresaliendo las especies que solamente aquí encontrará: águila pescadora y halcón peregrino.
Desacuerdo a las estimaciones de la empresa, la salina es utilizada a lo largo del año por 173 mil aves, con abundancias mesuales que oscilan entre los 5 mil 300 y los 73 mil individuos, lo que de acuerdo a los criterios de la Red Hemisférica de Reservas para aves playeras categoriza a Guerrero Negro como un sitio de importancia internacional para la conservación.
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• Laguna Ojo de Liebre y Guerrero Negro
Laguna ojo de liebre, santuario de la ballena gris, es el punto de reunión de miles de turistas que acuden cada año para disfrutar de un encuentro amistoso con el cetáceo. En embarcaciones que lucen por demás pequeñas al lado de la ballena, usted vivirá una emotiva cercaría con ellas y probablemente también con sus ballenatos.
El complejo lagunar constituye por sí mismo un espectáculo de gran belleza al que unas dunas de fina y cristalina arena blanca le confieren un marco perfecto.
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• Playa Malarrimo
Playa que debe su fama a la gran cantidad de objetos raros que en ella se han encontrado. A lo largo de los siglos la corriente marina del kurosiwo o del Japón se ha encargado de traer hasta ella motores, lámparas, frascos cuadros y restos de galeones y modernas embarcaciones, entre otros, que han resultado de interés para los coleccionistas.
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• Campamento del Berrendo Peninsular
La Secretaría del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales y de Pesca, la Reserva de la Biosfera Desierto del Vizcaíno Especies Naturales, Desarrollo Sustentable, A.C. y Ford Motor Company unieron sus esfuerzos para poner en marcha el plan de recuperación de dicha especie, mediante la campaña “Salvemos al Berrendo”.
Siguiendo tres líneas de desarrollo, el plan busca la consolidación del reproductor en semicautiverio con el objetivo de incrementar las poblaciones en un ambiente controlado. Esto permite la vigilancia y monitoreo en un hábitat de 5,000 km2 aproximadamente, buscando que la cacería furtiva se reduzca a cero. En una acción de largo plazo, se promueve entre los pobladores la educación ambiental para garantizar el éxito del proyecto, ya que los riesos de extinción del berrendo están íntimamente ligados con la actividad del hombre.
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• Cueva de la Concha
Partiendo de la población de Guerrero Negro por la carretera que conduce a Baja California, en plena reserva de la Biósfera del Vizcaíno, es posible acceder a esta pequeña cueva que debe su nombre a la forma que presenta en la cima de una montaña. Las pinturas rupestres que resguarda nos presentan las colosales figuras de dos colores y las de animales característicos de la región.
Desde las alturas el paisaje del valle resulta impresionante y permite observar también diferentes cactáceas, desde viejos y enormes cardones, cirios y árboles como el Toronte.
More en english

Mulege is situated 136 km to the north of Loreto via Federal Highway 1 in the State of Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Mulege is found on the desert, at the end of the Concepcion Bay.
Mulege main attraction is the Mission of Santa Rosalia de Mulege, which was built in the XVIII century.
In this place you can also practice fishing and swimming among other aquatic sports.
MULEGE (moo-la-hay) (GPS coordinates 26'53 N ~ 112'03 W) is a beautiful Mexican village, and a favorite for many Baja aficionados! This is the perfect Baja oasis, complete with thousands of palm trees filling a large river valley opening up to the Sea of Cortez. It has a feeling similar to San Ignacio, except that Mulege is located on the coast, which opens up a host of additional options for it's 3,000 residents and many visitors.
Mulege offers several small yet good hotels, a handful of decent restaurants, a dive shop, a couple of markets, plus several miscellaneous shops. Most of the basic services needed by the average Baja traveler may be obtained in Mulege.
Strolling around Mulege on foot is a great way to drink in the flavor of this charming riverside town! If you see an old friendly man walking through town v-e-r-y slowly stop and say hello. He is over 100 years old and the town residents love him!
Although there are beaches in Mulege, serious beach bums head a few miles further south to the spectacular beaches of BAHIA CONCEPCION, or the beautiful beaches of Punta Chivato to the north. The geographic focal point in Mulege is the Mulege River (officially named the Rio Santa Rosalia) which runs directly through the center of town, spilling into the Sea of Cortez. Many of the locals use the river for boat access to head out to the Sea of Cortez for fishing.
Mulege does have a historic mission, but it doesn't offer quite the charm that some of the other Baja missions do. Still, it's location high on a hill just up from town provides excellent views of the village and palm-lined river valley down below. For more information on BAJA MISSIONS drop by the mission section of Baja Expo.
A unique part of Baja history still exists today in Mulege, and if you happen to be in town on a Saturday evening you are encouraged to attend! Don Johnson has hosted Baja aficionados for decades at his Saturday evening "Pig Roast" located at the Serenidad Hotel. These evening events are as much a collection of fun people as they are great food, and you never know who you will be sitting next to as you dine on your swine! Starting a friendly conversation with a stranger here is expected!
If you have too many margaritas and a dip in the beautiful pool doesn't straighten you out, don't hesitate to spend the night in one of the quaint 'casitas' which Don has recently remodeled. Pilots have had this special resort as an ace in the hole for years, and the general public is gradually discovering this Baja jewel.
Because it is located on the east side of the Baja Peninsula, Mulege can get hot during the summer months. This doesn't seem to bother too many visitors, and Mulege continues to attract a growing number of tourists all year long!
A great view of the ocean and the area south of Mulege can be enjoyed by driving to the top of the cobblestone MICROWAVE TIBURON service road at Km. 124. Bring a camera!
Running low on cash in paradise? Although there are no banks in Mulege, there is a Bancomer bank about 45 minutes north in Santa Rosalia, on the right side of the road heading up through the town. Jackpots are paid in pesos, not dollars.
For more information on real estate in and around Mulege, check out our REAL ESTATE section!
For more information on preserving the ecology of Mulege you can contact the "Friends of Mulege Ecology Club" at ecomujeres@aol.com.
If you would like to see what Mulege, Punta Chivato and Bahia Concepcion look like FROM SPACE check it out!
Thinking about moving south of the border? Visit the web site of BAJA RELOCATION for a head's up for what awaits you.
For more on what's up in Mulege check out MULEGE.NET.
And just 90 minutes south of Mulege is the historic seaside town of LORETO. For more information on Loreto LORETO YOU DECIDE GUIDE is the perfect book for discovering information about Loreto not found in other travel guides! Visit their web site for more information.
More information on the beautiful areas 30 minutes north of Mulege at Punta Chivato can be reviewed on the web sites of PUNTA CHIVATO.COM.
For more information on what's happening in other parts of Baja check out the web sites of BAJA TOURIST GUIDE and BAJA INSIDER.
To purchase a good map of the Baja Peninsula visit the web site of MEXICO MAPS.
Before you head south check out today's MULEGE / LORETO WEATHER!
Mulege was an important coastal stop for Carlos Fiesta on his 2,000 mile BAJA CIRCUMNAVIGATION...check it out!
For additional information on Mexico's plan to place marinas around Baja visit our MEXICO'S NAUTICAL LADDER page.
Pulling up the book SEA OF CORTEZ REVIEW is a fun way to visit Baja when you don't have the time to head south!
For more information on what's happening south of the border drop by the MEXICO EXPO EVENT CALENDAR.
If you know of a company, web site or event that is not included here we would love to hear from you on our SUBMISSION PAGE.
THE GRINGO FACTOR
Mulege is a genuine Mexican village with a dedicated gringo following. Most of the gringo activity takes place near the downtown plaza area, a close walk to the hotels, restaurants and shops. A second focal point (especially on weekends) is the fly-in Serenidad Hotel, located about a mile up the Mulege River towards the ocean. Most of the homes located on the south river bank between town and the Serenidad Hotel are vacation homes for Americans who drop into town for a few weeks or months each year. Gringos looking for a camping spot usually head another 15 minutes south to the spectacular beaches of BAHIA CONCEPCION.
YOUR FIRST STOP IN TOWN
After entering town from Baja Highway One slow down and veer right over the small hill. After a few short blocks the road merges at the end (by Casa Yee Market) with the north river road. Taking this road all the way to the end and to the right leads you to El Sombrito, the highest point at the river mouth. The hike to the top of this hill next to the light house is relatively easy, and offers a spectacular view of the Mulege valley and the Sea of Cortez! After soaking up the amazing view (bring your camera!) consider heading back into town to walk the dusty streets through town, to soak up the true flavor of this quaint Baja village!
THE BEST OF MULEGE
Mulege is a small Mexican village and top rate accommodations are not it's strong suite. However, there is one spectacular hotel about 35 minutes north of town that ranks as one of the best in Baja. HOTEL POSADA DE LOS FLORES is located on a spectacular protected cove and offers first class lodging for those who can ante up the proper pesos. The best place to camp in the Mulege area is actually 20 minutes south of town on the incredible beaches of BAHIA CONCEPCION. Some of the better camping beaches there include Playa Santispac and Bahia Coyote. Mulege visitors looking for a nice place to enjoy a good dinner will appreciate LOS EQUIPALES restaurant located a block north of the town square. Good food, great service and killer margaritas. Yikes! If you are in town on a Saturday night don't miss Mulege's best tradition...the weekly PIG ROAST at the Serenidad Hotel. Travelers, fishermen and pilots from all over make for a very interesting crowd. And if it's a hot summer night you can jump in the crystal clear pool and order a drink at the swim up bar! Carlos Fiesta spent a week here one night. The best excursion in the Mulege area is the guided tour to the CAVE PAINTINGS an hour west of town. Half of the fun is wading through 3 different natural springs on the way to the final destination. Lunch is usually included. Looking for a great perspective of Mulege and the river that runs through it? The best place for a photo opp in Mulege is at the foot of the lighthouse at the mouth of the river. Take the north river road all the way to the coast (1.5 miles west of town), park the car and climb up the cement stairs to the lighthouse. Bring a camera!
There are some fabulous beaches on the Sea of Cortez near Mulege, but the town itself is built on the shores of Rio Mulege (the official name is Rio Santa Rosalia). Where the river spills into the sea, the beaches mainly consist of small round stones and rocks, or brown sand beaches. These beaches are pleasant enough, but are not the idyllic kind of beaches that Baja travelers dream about when they think of Baja.
Fear not, beach bum, because the beaches north and south of town will fulfill even the most demanding beach fantasies!
For information on how to protect your skin while beaching in the hot Baja sun visit the SUNSCREEN TIPS section of Mexico Expo!
PUNTA CHIVATO
North east of Mulege 15 miles, taking the dirt road east off of the highway at Punta Chivato sign.
Miles of beautiful beaches on both sides of the Punta Chivato Hotel, plus some great sand dunes around the point past the newly remodeled hotel! This is the Baja you've heard about!
PLAYA MULEGE
On the south side of the river, heading east off of the main highway.
Pleasant beaches for relaxing, beach combing, fishing or snorkeling. Never crowded. Spending a week or two on these beaches would be real easy to do!
BAHIA COYOTE
About twenty minutes south of Mulege, all beaches accessible off of the highway.
A dozen fabulous beaches with turquoise waters, each located in a pristine cove! Most of these beaches are relatively shallow well off shore. Fun!
There may be better places in Baja to set up camp, but not many. The options are many ... riverside, seaside, sitting in a grove of palms, the list goes on.
For those who want to rough it, there are plenty of open places available to plop down and set out the welcome mat. Those needing the basic necessities and more will find no shortage of desirable locations.
Large RVs might have a problem negotiating the narrow streets in the main part of town, so parking just outside of town and walking in is the best bet.
ECO MUNDO CAMPING
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0409.
Located south of Playa Santispac at Km. 111.
Palapa and tent camping, bookstore gallery, restaurant and beer bar!
Inexpensive rates...welcome to heaven!
HUERTA SAUCEDO
Telephone 011-52 (615) 53-0300.
Along the banks of the river, south side.
70 spaces / full hook-ups / great location in the palms.
JORGE DEL RIO
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0139.
Dom. Conocido near town.
22 spaces / full hook-ups / convenient location.
OASIS RIO BAJA
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0320.
East of Orchard RV Park on the south side of the river.
80 spaces / full hook-ups / leases.
ORCHARD VACATION VILLAGE
Telephone/Fax 011-52 (615) 153-0300.
South side of river between highway and sea.
43 spaces / 25 pull-throughs / some concrete pads / full hook-ups.
flush toilets / hot showers / restrooms / tents welcome.
PONCHO'S
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0021.
Km. 134 off of the main highway.
24 spaces / basic camping.
PUNTA CHIVATO CAMPING
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0188.
15 miles north west of Mulege, east at K 156.
Beach camping / pit toilets / cold showers / boat ramp / hotel services nearby.
SERENIDAD RV PARK
Telephone 011-52 (615) 15-30530.
Fax 011-52 (615) 15-30311.
South side of the Serenidad Hotel.
Open and ready! / 16 spaces / restrooms / hotel amenities include pool / bar / swim-up pool bar / restaurant.
VILLA MARIA ISABEL
Telephone / Fax 011-52 (615) 153-0246.
East of Oasis RV on south side of the river, about a mile south of the big bridge.
30 spaces / full hook-ups / flush toilets / hot showers / pool / tents welcome.
Mulege is indeed a fishing town, both for the locals and for the Baja traveler. Many Mulege residents have boats, and these can be seen docked along the south side of the river.
To help you find the fish in the waters off of Mulege BAJA DIRECTIONS offers great charts for the local area!
For more information on fishing in Baja check out our extensive BAJA FISHING section!
For more information on obtaining the proper fishing documentation required for dipping your hook in Baja waters check with the professionals at MEXICO ADVISORY SERVICES.
Looking for a Baja-based yacht broker? Visit the web site of BAJA CALIFORNIA MARINE.
For a last minute fishing adventure try asking around at the fishing pier towards the end of the south river road.
Fishing can also be arranged at most of the hotels in town. Also try . . .
LOS FRAILES SPORTS FISHING ADVENTURES
Telephone 011-52 (615) 152-0373.
Fax 011-52 (615) 152-0373.
Apartado Postal 16, Santa Rosalia, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 23920.
Fishing on a 23 foot Bayliner or a 20 foot Crestliner out of Santa Rosalia, just north of Mulege. Check their web site for mucho mas information!
MARIO YEE
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0269.
Fishing trips arranged in the waters off Mulege.
MULEGE SPORTSFISHING
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0482.
Fermin Higuera Rosas has lots of experience in the waters off of Mulege, and his rates are good.
Mulege offers several hotels in the 'quaint' category, and not much above that. The mega-resorts found in Rosarito Beach and Cabo San Lucas have yet to claim a stake in this sleepy oasis town, and everyone seems just fine with that.
For something different try CASA GRANADA BED AND BREAKFAST right next to the river, and also CLEMENTINE'S BED AND BREAKFAST, also along the river! Both of these accomodations have very cool web sites!
SERENIDAD HOTEL
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0530.
Fax 011-52 (615) 153-0311.
Apdo Postal 9, Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 23900.
On the south end of town a mile or so past the highway bridge, left turn at the sign.
Web site: www.serenidad.com.
Number of rooms: 50.
Rooms and bungalows / pool / bar / swim up bar / restaurant / airstrip / fishing.
One of Baja's great hotels! Saturday night pig roast, Wednesday night Fiesta.
Don Johnson has got this Baja jewel open and in great shape.
If you can't land on this airstrip you don't belong in Baja. Well maintained. Av-gas may be coming in 2005.
Carlos Fiesta spent a morning talking with Don Johnson in his office in February 2004. Don is very proud of the resort he created from scratch and takes pride in keeping things ship-shape. He's a great guy who has helped out many a Gringo in need.
The hotel and Don are two true Baja legends!
HOTEL POSADA DE LOS FLORES
Telephone 011-52 (613) 153-0188.
Toll free (877) 245-2860.
Fax 011-52 (613) 155-5600.
Domicilio Conocida Punta Chivato, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 23880.
13 miles north on blacktop, off at Km. 30 at the sign, then 14 miles on a very good dirt road.
Located 25 minutes north of Mulege.
An intimate first class hotel on a spectacular bluff overlooking the Sea of Cortez!
On the beach.
Number of rooms: 24.
Spectacular rooms, including junior suites.
Restaurant / bar / pool / air conditioning / beach / fishing / airstrip.
This first class hotel features a grand old-world decorating.
Mexican outdoor ocean view restaurant and bar are the perfect places to soak up the true Baja.
The folks that run this place don't go out of their way to make you feel welcome if you are not staying there, but the view is too good to let that get in the way.
A must see...worth the price of a margarita!
HOTEL SAN BUENAVENTURA
Telephone 011-52 (615) 155-5616.
Reservation 011-52 (664) 628-4284.
Fax 011-52 (615) 153-0408.
Mailing address: Post Office Box 90139, San Diego, California, 92169.
Located at Km. 93.8 off of the main Baja Highway, south of Mulege one half hour.
Located less than one hour north of Loreto Internation Airport.
Web site: www.hotelsanbuenaventura.com.
Number of rooms: 20.
18 rooms and 2 suites.
On the beach.
Hotel amenities: Restaurant / bar / parking / boat ramp / mini-market.
Room amenities: Air conditioning.
This is the only hotel on Bahia Concepcion, and a great place to hang your hat.
Mike George turned the keys over to ex-wife Olivia, and then she turned them over (unfortunately) to a new group. No feedback as to how the new management is running things, but Olivia still has the best Cheeseburgers in Paradise at the restaurant next door.
The hotel rates vary for one person in a room, two people with one bed, 2 people with two beds, 2 people in a suite, and 4 people in a suite.
Carlos calls this 'champagne' accommodations for a 'cervesa' budget!
Visit their web site for additional information.
HACIENDA HOTEL
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0021.
Toll free (800) 464-8888.
Madero #3 just up from Las Casitas before the town square.
A good hotel in a great location in the middle of town, just steps from the town square.
This hotel has changed hands several times in the last 10 years and is now back on track again. The small pool is a real treat on those hot Mulege summer days ... as is the well stocked bar! Not expensive.
HOTEL MULEGE
Located at the entrance road to town on the left side.
Located across the street from Donny Taco.
10 rooms.
Televisions, hot water, parking.
Inexpensive.
LAS CASITAS
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0019.
Fax 011-52 (615) 153-0190.
Madero #50, Mulege, Baja California, Sur, Mexico.
Located in the middle of town, just east of the town square.
E-mail: lascasitas1962@hotmail.com.
Number of rooms: 6.
Quaint clean rooms / restaurant / bar / courtyard.
A great location close to it all!
A favorite hotel for many Baja travelers since 1962.
Inexpensive.
Javier A. Zuniga at your service.
LA SIESTA MOTEL
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0555.
Fax 011-52 (615) 153-0047.
In town on Moctezuma S/N. Entrance to town, left side.
Buy some tacos and a beer with the money you saved.
CUESTA DEL MAR HOTEL
South of town between the Baja Highway and the Mulege River.
20 rooms.
Pool, restaurant, bar.
Inexpensive.
HOTEL PUNTA PALMAR
North of town on the south side of the street.
10 rooms.
Parking in front.
Inexpensive.
ROSITA MOTEL
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0270.
In town on Madero N/S.
Nothing fancy here, but it serves the purpose.
Inexpensive.
SAN BORJITA CAVE PETROGLYPHS
Located back in the hills 40 miles behind Mulege are some very interesting petroglyphs and Indian paintings. Getting there is more than half the fun!
The best way to see this special part of Baja is to set up a half day tour at the desk of the Las Casitas Hotel in downtown Mulege. The cost depends on how many people are going but the charge is always reasonable. Lunch is included and tennis shoes are a requirement. Plan on getting wet as the trek trudges through several differnt natural pools. Bring a camers!
BAJA ADVENTURE TOURS
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0021.
Hotel Vieja Hacienda, Madero #3 Centro, Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Tours include transportation, lunch, drinks, and explanations about the area. Cheaper prices with more people!
Your guide is Ciro A. Cuesta Romero...a fine man.
PRISON / MUSEUM
Up on the hill in the north part of town, take the road behind La Terraza Hotel up the hill.
For years this was a functioning prison which worked on the honor system, allowing inmates to do their thing in town by day, only to return each night to be locked up! The stone building now serves as a museum showcasing the Mulege area's history.
Open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
MISION SANTA ROSALIA
Starting on the south side of the river under the highway bridge, head south west.
Originally built in 1776 by the Jesuits, this stone and lave rock building has a long history, including use by the local Indians for many years. It's a great old building to visit, and it keeps very cool on those hot summer days.
For a unique treat walk behind the mission and take the steps up to the lookout point above the river. Bring a camera!!!
The relaxing lifestyle of Mulege is enhanced by the options of several different recreational opportunities. Most of them are centered on either the river, or the Sea of Cortez, although there are more than a couple of reasons to hang out and just piddle around in the village.
Drop by the BAJA OFFROAD web site for additional information on getting off the blacktop in Baja!
For information on how to protect your skin while playing in the hot Baja sun visit the SUNSCREEN TIPS section of Mexico Expo!
Two good web sites to review for RVer's who want to tour the Baja Peninsula in an escorted RV caravan include BAJA WINTERS and BAJA AND BACK RV TOURS.
For more information on recreation in Baja drop by our main BAJA RECREATION section!
BASKETBALL * BIKES * DIVING & SNORKELING * KAYAKING * WINDSURFING
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BASKETBALL
Located directly adjacent to the town square on the south side of the street.
Looking to get into a game of hoops? The locals love this open court and its a great way to get some exercise if you are passing through town.
BIKES
The flat streets around Mulege and the beautiful views on both sides of the river make it a great place to bike around.
For the truly adventurous, it's about 15 miles to the great beaches of Bahia Concepcion. Bikes can be rented at the Hacienda Hotel and at Mulege Divers.
DIVING
The murky waters of the river reduce visibility considerably near the river mouth area. However, not too far north or south of the river the visibility improves considerably. The bottom consists mostly of sand and rocks, and some sea life.
If the winds are down and you are just looking for a fun and easy place to snorkel, take the north river road out to the point and turn right, parking just below El Sombrito. The snorkeling to the north side of this hill is often very good, especially at higher tides. Watch out for panga traffic if you choose to snorkel all the way around to the back side!
For the best places around Mulege to dive, contact the experts below.
SEACLYPSE DIVE ADVENTURES
Telephone (619) 203-3476.
7730 Herschel Avenue #AA, La Jolla, California.
E-mail: ron@seaclypse.com.
Dive adventures to the waters off of Mulege.
Guided scuba and snorkeling tours.
Visit their web site for additional information!
CORTEZ EXPLORERS
Formerly MULEGE DIVERS.
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0500.
E-Mail: info@cortez-explorer.com.
Calle Moctezuma 75-A, Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 23900.
Scuba excursions, resort course certification, snorkeling excursions, diving equipment rentals, air fills, repairs, plus bike rentals!
Andy and Bea Sidler at your service!
KAYAKS
The long river/estuary running through town to the Sea of Cortez is the perfect place for a relaxing kayak adventure. The usually calm waters of the Sea of Cortez invite the experienced kayakers to head north to Punta Chivato, or south to the beautiful coves of Bahia Coyote. Kayaks can be rented at Ray's Place on Playa Santispac and . .
BAJA TROPICALES - MULEGE KAYAKS
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0409.
Fax 011-52 (615) 153-0190.
In town, next to Las Casitas Hotel.
Also, drop by their palapa location on the beach, just south of Playa Santispac at Km 111.
Roy and Becky are good folks who will answer your questions regarding tours/rentals. They also have an 'office' set up on the beach a few miles south in Coyote Bay!
NORTH STAR ADVENTURES
Telephone (928) 773-9917.
(800) 258-8434.
E-mail: northstar@adventuretrip.com.
Multi-day kayak adventures in the Sea of Cortez.
Check out their web site for more information!
WINDSURFING
The river looks like fun for windsurfing, but it gets very shallow at low tide. And because of the relatively narrow channel, you'll have to tack your tail off to get out to the Sea of Cortez. Best bet is to take either the north or south river road out to the beach, and launch from there. Breezes usually pick up in the afternoon. Fun!
Dining out is one of the many splendors of Mulege. From the delicious taco stands scattered around town, to the nice restaurants tucked away on the various side streets, dining in Mulege is always a fun experience.
In addition to the restaurants in town there are two restaurant just off the Baja Highway one mile south of town, before the Pemex station #3865.
Baja Cookbooks by Ann Hazard and other fun Baja information can be reviewed on her web site at BAJA MAGIC.
LAS CASITAS RESTAURANT
Right there at the hotel, in the center of town.
Authentic Baja atmosphere, try the courtyard tables for a tan while you eat.
Even if you are not hungry, this is a good place to come for a relaxing drink.
Watch out...the courtyard parrot likes pancakes!
SERENIDAD HOTEL RESTAURANT
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0530.
Fax 011-52 (615) 153-0311.
Apdo Postal 9, Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 23900.
On the south end of town a mile or so past the highway bridge, left turn at the sign.
Saturday night pig roast, Wednesday night Fiesta, plus fun dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
If you jump in the pool to cool off after eating nobody will care!
LOS EQUIPALES
Located on Avenida Moctezuma, one block north of the main road. Upstairs.
Good food, very good bar, and excellent service.
Even the locals love this place.
Watch out for their killer margaritas...you might get hurt!
TV to watch sporting events.
This is one of the most active restaurants in town.
DONEY TACO
Telephone 011-52 (615) 53-0095.
As you start to enter town, on the right side of the road.
Very good tacos, delicious tortas! Difficult to eat just one. Great view of incoming traffic passing by. Closed Tuesdays.
DONNA MOE'S PIZZA
Near the northwest corner of the plaza, mid town.
Hand's down, best pizza in Mulege. Good view of the plaza activities!
No, they don't deliver.
Need a cocktail? Donna Moe's has a secret cocktail area upstairs with a great view of the town square activity. Don't look for a staircase in a logical location...it's behind the building! And if you weigh over 300 pounds you might want to think twice about spending too much time up on this shaky second floor. Rumor has it that the guy who built this upstairs area was drunk while he was building it!
EL CANDIL
Calle Zaragoza, mid town, just north of the plaza and west of Donna Moe's.
Good food in a very nice environment. Inside dining, rear patio dining in a cool courtyard, and a fun & active bar at night.
If you bring a fiddle to Baja this is a place to play it!
When sporting events are on TV they will have it on the tube here.
JUNGLE JIM'S
South river road, about half way to the beach, look for the sign.
Jim is no longer with us...but his dream lives on. An interesting place to eat and drink when it's open.
Friday night spaghetti dinners. More than just a restaurant and bar, this place is becoming an institution!
LA ALMEJA
Very end of the north river road, on the beach.
Good seafood in a very good location. River and Sea of Cortez views!
Getting there via the north river jungle road is half the fun. Maybe more than half.
While you are out here take the time to hike up to the top of El Sombrito...the hill at the entrance to the river. This is without question the best view of Mulege. Enjoy!
RESTAURANT CARMELITA
Located on Baja Highway One south of Mulege.
Just past the PEMEX station, west side of street.
Good location for in-and-our.
Open 24 hours usually.
LA PARISIMA ICE CREAM
Located north west of the town square, next to El Candil Restaurant.
Go ahead, you're on vacation. Make it a double! Perfect for having something to lick on while you walk around town.
Carlos says try their chocolate!
MULEGE BAKERY - PANADERIA DEL PUEBLO
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0497.
FCO. Madero Local #4, Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Located just east of the town square on the north side of the street.
A great place to please your sweet tooth! Cakes, cookies and lots more! Closed on Sunday.
Jim and Sonjia Bartuch at your service!
BARS AND NIGHTLIFE
Nightlife is not one of Mulege's strong points, but if you are looking for a place to have a cocktail there are several choices. EL CANDIL RESTAURANT AND BAR, MISQUITE BAR, HACIENDA HOTEL, LAS EQUIPLALES RESTAURANT AND BAR, and LAS CASITAS RESTAURANT AND BAR all serve up a good drink. For dancing PLAZA JOSE SAN ANTONIO (located directly behind Las Casitas) serves up a fresh selection of disco several nights a week in their garden-setting palapa.
The EL MISQUITE bar on the corner by the town square seems to cater to Gringos and the staff is usually helpful and fun! Try it Saturday night after the Serenidad Pig Roast is over.
SERENIDAD HOTEL RESTAURANT
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0530.
Fax 011-52 (615) 153-0311.
Apdo Postal 9, Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 23900.
On the south end of town a mile or so past the highway bridge, left turn at the sign.
Inside bar, outside bar and swim-up bar!
If you jump in the pool to cool off after drinking nobody will care!
If Alejandro is bartending tell him Carlos Fiesta said hello! He fixed the prop on the Vaka Viti panga on Carlos' 2,000 mile BAJA CIRCUMNAVIGATION.
As Mulege slowly matures, it is becoming easier to find the goods and services that makes living easier in Baja. Still, the options are limited. Markets offering food and staples are fairly sufficient, but trying to find other types of merchandise can be an exercise.
Visit the web site of JOHN RAMOS to review his unique and colorful Mexico art work.
For further shopping opportunities grab your credit card and head for the web site of Baja fanatic BAJA BOB.
TIENDA LA "I" GRIEGA DE MULEGE - (THE YELLOW STORE)
Located on Baja Highway One just across from the entrance to town, south side.
Ice, beer, drinks, vegetables, batteries, ice cream, tampons and much more.
For travelers in a hurry who can't take the drive into town.
ALBA SUPERMARKET
Located directly across from the town square on the south side of the street.
A small supermarket with most of the things you need.
Kind of like a 7-11 or an AM/PM Mini-mart in the U.S. only bigger with a better selection.
ARTESANOS II
E-mail: artesanosmu@hotmail.com.
Carretera Transpeninsular #1 Km, Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
Beautiful works of silver, bronze, pewter and more!
CASA BONITA
Located directly across from the town square near the north west corner.
Artesian wears including bowls, glasses, plates and other artsy stuff.
A neat place to browse around!
CASA DE REGALOS NANCY
Located on the west end of the town square, across the street from Donna Moe's Pizza.
Unique gifts to bring home to those poor family members that couldn't make the trip to Baja!
CASA YEE
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0018.
In town, right side, at Calle Madero #46, next to Las Casitas Hotel.
Lots of the things you better buy before you head south to Bahia Concepcion.
CURIOS MULEGE
Located adjacent to the town square, near the south west corner.
A good place to visit for all around tourist-type shopping.
T-shirts, leather goods, and all kinds of unique products!
FARMACIA
Located in the middle of town, directly across from the town square on the north side of the street.
A limited supply of inventory.
If you can't find what you need here try the pharmacy around the corner, across from El Candil Restaurant.
FREDDY'S EXCLUSIVAS
Located about 100 feet east of the town square on the north side of the street.
A decent variety of clothing for sale, including shoes. No ... this is not K-Mart ... but it's not bad.
LA COLEMANA
Located on the main southwest corner as you enter town, just past the Pemex.
All kinds of stuff for sale! Holiday goodies, art supplies, gifts ... you name it.
If you can't find it hear you probably don't need it!
LA TIENDA
Located on the main street heading into town, about a block past the Pemex, on the left side of the street.
A very good selection of gifts and T-shirts.
The kind that say "My Mom went to Mulege and all I got was this stupid shirt".
MINI-SUPER PADILLA
Located on the main road as you come into town on the south east corner.
Lots of good food and hardware items here, but the real prize hear is the telephone and fax. Expect to pay about $1.40 U.S. per minute...and worth it!
SUPER MERCADO REAL
Telephone 011-52 (615) 153-0030.
Lots of the things you better buy before you head north to San Ignacio.
EL PINGUINO
Calle Moctezuma in town.
Fruit and veggies, meat, liquor, beer, plus international phone calls.
MEXICO EXPO TRAVEL GUIDE
BAJA EXPO
Baja Highway One runs right along the edge of Mulege, so there are transportation services sufficient to handle this constantly flowing snake of traffic. The highway brings in most Baja travelers into Mulege, with a small percentage arriving by private aircraft and on the bus.
RV's love to kook up at Don Johnson's Serenidad Hotel, with the restaurant, bar and pool just steps away!
Two good web sites to review for RVer's who want to tour the Baja Peninsula in an escorted RV caravan include BAJA WINTERS and BAJA AND BACK RV TOURS.
For more general information on transportation in Baja check out our main BAJA TRANSPORTATION section.
AIRPORTS
There are three airports to choose from when flying into the Mulege area. The one that gets the most action is the airstrip at the Serenidad Hotel, followed by the two airstrips at Hotel Punta Chivato. Ironically, the largest and nicest airport in the area, Santa Rosalia Airport, the one that is actually paved and in good condition, is rarely used because of its inconvenient location.
Want to slip across the border to Mulege or Bahia Concepcion in a private airplane? SCREAMING BAJA AIRLINES is your best bet! Baja Mike flies people to Baja on a cost-sharing plan that can't be beat. Tell him Carlos Fiesta sent you and he'll give you a free cervesa!
SANTA ROSALIA AIRPORT
North of town about 12 miles, just east of the Highway, right in the middle of nowhere.
Built by the Mexican government as part of a master plan, yet to be opened. Guarded by the Mexican army, I doubt it if any of those kids are over 19 years old!
HOTEL SERENIDAD AIRSTRIP
(Punta el Gallito)
LOCATION: Located adjacent to the Serenidad Hotel.
SURFACE: Hard packed dirt.
ELEVATION: 10 Feet
RUNWAYS: 13 / 31
LENGTH 3,700 Feet
TOWER: No
FUEL: Usually
AIRPORT OF ENTRY: No
COMMENTS: One of Baja's legendary airports! After shutting down the mags, it's about 3 minutes to the pool / bar at the Serenidad Hotel! The airstrip is usually maintained in good condition, a little bumpy at the north end. Watch for dogs and kids on the runway.
Carlos Fiesta had a nice meeting with Don Johnson in 2004 and discussed the av-gas issue. Don is planning on buying a fuel truck for the field in 2005 in an effort to provide more reliable gas for pilots and their birds. We hope it all goes according to plan. By the way if you are flying a jet in for the Pig Roast Don says you won't have any problem landing at his strip. He recommends Cessna Citation Jets because the engines sit up a bit higher than the engines in the Lear Jets.
NOTE! The military now has a camp on the airstrip, adjacent to the entrance of the hotel. It is now very common for these guys to greet you after you land, to check out your paperwork. Be prepared!
PUNTA CHIVATO AIRSTRIP
LOCATION: Located just south west of the hotel.
SURFACE: Hardpacked dirt
ELEVATION: 22 Feet
RUNWAYS 9 / 27
LENGTH: 3,856
TOWER: No
FUEL: No
AIRPORT OF ENTRY: No
COMMENTS: Uphill runway 09 favored. Please note that this runway experiences significant washouts from heavy rains. Cross runway was reported operational.
Just a short walk to the hotel and restaurant. A fun place to hang out when other pilots are checked in. A bit slow and quiet most of the time. The beach is best at low tide.
Where else can you land your plane, pitch a tent under the wing, and hang out all day at the beach?
BUSES
The main bus stop for Mulege is located on the Transpeninsular Highway, right at the entrance to town. Basic transportation buses which stop here include ABC and also Aguilla.
GASOLINE
There are two main gasoline facilities servicing the Mulege area. The smaller PEMEX is right in town on Avenida Martinez. The large PEMEX #3865 is located about 3 miles south of town, on the east side of the Baja Highway. It also features a mini-market, restaurant and adjacent real estate office.
FERRY SERVICE
There are two places on the Baja Peninsula where you can cross over to the mainland. La Paz is one location, and Santa Rosalia (just north of Mulege) is the other. Sematur is the company that runs the ferries, and these big boats are on schedule a lot more often than they used to be. So tapping into mainland Mexico is a very real way to add depth to your Baja getaway!
SANTA ROSALIA FERRY
Telephone for reservations in Santa Rosalia 011-52 (615) 152-1246.
Telephone for reservations in Guaymas 011-52 (622) 222-0204.
Located east of town in the marina.
E-mail: ventas@ferrysantarosalia.com.
Web site:www.ferrysantarosalia.com.
Visit their web site for schedules, rates, destinations and additional information.
SEMATUR
Telephone 011-52 (698) 1-7020.
Fax 011-52 (698) 1-7023.
E-mail: mztgs@mazatlan.com.mx.
Prolongacion Carnaval S/N, Muelle de Transbordadores, Fracc. Playa Sur, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Ferry service from Santa Rosalia to Guaymas.
OTHER MEXICO FERRIES
Baja does have two direct water connections to mainland Mexico, via the ferries from LA PAZ and Santa Rosalia in Baja California Sur. The ferries in Santa Rosalia offer regular scheduled service to Guaymas every Friday departing at 11:00 P.M. (starting at $14.00 U.S.), while the ferries in La Paz offer regular service to Topolobampo and Mazatlan every day except Saturday (also starting at $14.00 U.S.).
Ferries carry vehicles as well as passengers, and are a great way to ad extra adventure to any Baja excursion!
The corporate office of SEMATUR is located in La Paz and can be reached at 011-52 (612) 125-8899.
GUAYMAS FERRY
Telephone 011-52 (622) 122-3390.
Located west of town.
LA PAZ FERRY
Telephone 011-52 (612) 122-5005.
Fax 011-52 (612) 125-5217.
Located 5 miles north of town.
MAZATLAN FERRY
Telephone 011-52 (669) 981-7020.
Located south of town.
SANTA ROSALIA FERRY
Telephone 011-52 (615) 152-0014.
Located east of town.
TOPOLOBAMPO FERRY
Telephone 011-52 (668) 862-0141.
Located southeast of town.
HARBOR & CRUISES
The beautiful river that runs through town holds a good secret to the uninformed. At low tide, it's only a couple of feet deep! Entering from the Sea of Cortez vessels will find sufficient draft to enter the harbor area, even at low tide. However, the water becomes shallow very quickly at low tide when proceeding further. Locals live by their tide charts, and you'll find them posted in various places throughout Mulege.
CRUISE WEST
Telephone (800) 888-9378.
Fax (206) 441-4757.
E-mail: info@cruisewest.com.
4th and Battery Building Site, Suite 8700, Seattle, Washington, 98121.
Cruises into the southern Sea of Cortez in Baja.
Points of interest include Los Cabos, La Paz, Loreto, and Mulege.
Eco-tours and whale watching tours in season.
TAXI'S
Taxis tend to collect near the entrance to town, and they can occasionally be found near the triangle at Las Casitas, or near the town square a few blocks north. A taxi can be a fun way to travel the north river road to catch lunch at the Sea of Cortez.