1-Punta Mazo Nature Reserve

Name: Punta Mazo Nature Reserve
Surface: 2050 acres and 4.9 miles long
Date of certification: October 24, 2014
Degree of protection: Area Voluntarily Destined for Conservation.

About the nature reserve

The Punta Mazo Nature Reserve is located in San Quintín Bay, Baja California. It is the western peninsula that shapes and protects the whole bay. The land where the nature reserve is located was acquired in 2011 by Terra Peninsular for conservation purposes.

On October 24, 2014 the Mexican government, specifically the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat in Spanish) through the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp in Spanish) certified the nature reserve as an Area Voluntarily Destined for Conservation (ADVC in Spanish).


The Punta Mazo Natural Reserve is located on Bahía San Quintin, Baja California, Punta Mazo is the western peninsula that protects the whole bay.

To get here a 4 wheel drive vehicle is necessary, due to the road conditions of the area; conformed of loose sand and and rocks.

El Refugio, Photo by Terrapeninsular

El Refugio

At the entrance of the reserve, you’ll find a visitors center named “El Refugio” -spahis for shelter- a visitors center that has the necessary facilities to offer an ecotourism experience in San Quintin Bay.

Things to do

  • Hiking
  • Scientific research and monitoring
  • Nature photography
  • Stellar photography
  • Surf
  • Camping
  • Bird watching

You must not miss it: La Ola

Located at the southernmost edge of the Punta Mazo Nature Reserve, La Ola -the wave- is an interpretative station built in 2016.

It is close to the Monte Mazo Volcano, and it is a wood structure with metal joints; the bars contain information about the flora and fauna of the reserve. It is an interactive and environmentally friendly construction for the visitors and the natural surroundings.


2. Monte Ceniza Natural Reserve

Location: Bahía San Quintín, Baja California
Extension: 1,984 acres
Certification date: 18 de abril de 2017
Level of protection: Area Voluntarily Destined for Conservation

About the reserve

The Monte Ceniza Nature Reserve is located in San Quintín Bay, Baja California, and it has an extension of 1,984 acres. Terra Peninsular is the organization responsible for protecting and managing this reserve.

The reserve was certified as a Natural Protected Area in the category of Area Voluntarily Destined for Conservation on April 24, 2017 by the Commission of Natural Protected Areas in Mexico. Monte Ceniza is part of the 13 volcanoes in the volcanic valley of San Quintín, and it was formed around 165,000 years ago.


Monte Ceniza viewpoint

Chapala is a local community that helped to build Mirador Monte Ceniza in 2016.

Mirador Monte Ceniza is a viewpoint station located at the center of the nature reserve. A short trail guides to an area where a wood-plastic composite bench was installed and from there, the visitors can rest and appreciate San Quintín Bay.

Things to do

  • Scientific research and monitoring
  • Photography
  • Hiking
  • Camping

3- San Quintín Wetlands

Location: Bahía San Quintín, Baja California
Certification date: February 2, 2018
Superficie: 13,437 acres
Designación: International importance wetland #1775

San Quintin Bay is one of the five Ramsar sites in Baja California. This designation was achieved through the Coalition for the Protection of San Quintín Bay, integrated by Pro Esteros, The Nature Conservancy, Pronatura Noroeste and Terra Peninsular. There are more than 22,000 Ramsar sites around the world.

San Quintín is included in the List of Wetlands of International Importance (known as the Ramsar List) since February 2, 2008 and is considered a priority area for its protection according to criteria that establish the importance of representative, rare or unique wetlands, which are used by endangered species and ecological communities, as well as by important aquatic birds populations due to their density and worldwide distribution.


If you are into nature, San Quintin is for you. To explore these extraordinary places, visit terrapeninsular.org, find guided tours, information, protection and visitor information on the area.

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