Enjoy the most beautiful natural attractions, extraordinary places full of history and color. Live a one of a kind experience alongside your loved ones during your visit to San Quintín.
 

SAN VICENTE FERRER

(1780-1833). Founded by the friars Miguel Hidalgo and Joaquín Valero. Of all dominican mission settlements, San Vicente Ferrer was the mayor, with a surface are of 1,300 squared kilometers. Its main buildings, church, dormitories, kitchen, dining room, storage, shed fue el mayor, and the presidio as well as towers and murals, were constructed over a plateau of 2 to 3 meters on the level of the stream.

In present day you can observe its ruins and a ranch located to the other side o the canyon of San Vicente.

Location: 90 km to the south of Ensenada and 110 to the north of San Quintín on the Federal Highway No. 1, 1 km to the north of the town of San Vicente.

SANTO DOMINGO

(1775-1839). Founded on the kiliwa territory by the priests Manuel Garcia and Miguel Hidalgo. For practical reasons the mission was translated in 1798 to the site that p to now has remained there. You can still observe the ruins of its buildings made with adobe.

The mission is abandoned definitely in 1839. It was restored May of 1998 and now has a chapel where the original Saints of the 18th century are exhibited. In its surroundings you can realize activities like walking, taking pictures and observing the view.

Located:180 Km.to the south of Ensenada and 20 Km. to the north of San Quintín, on the Federal Highway No. 1, inside of the town of Santo Domingo.

NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL ROSARIO

(1773-1832) The mission of Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario de Viñacado was founded by the dominicans. The buildings were constructed with adobe and reed and mud roofs. This fact explains the deterioration the ruins have suffered throughout the years since its abandonment. Today we can only find high walls that allow you to imagine the form of the chapel. On one wall you can still appreciate an arch and a gothic niche.

Location: El Rosario de Abajo, B.C. México.

SAN FERNANDO VELICATÁ

(1769-1818) The missionary Fray Junípero Serra, president of the French in the Californias, founded the mission of San Fernando Velicatá. In it some murals still stand. It is the only mission that the french built in Baja California, in fact all of the French mission are in California, United States.

Location: 57 kilometers to the south of San Quintín, enter 7 kilometers through the Ranch El Progreso, in direction to the east.
In winter and spring, Baja California has the pleasure of receiving the gray whale on its way to the moment its babies are born. The sighting of these colossal sea creatures is an experience you must live.

For thousand of years the gray whale has been a loyal visitor of the Baja California Peninsula, in search of the warm waters where their offspring can be born. Their presence brings pride and satisfaction to the Baja Californians, since the gray whale is considered Mexican worldwide.

The season is from the 15th of December to the 15th of April. This is a sighting out in the open sea on the outskirts of the Todos Santos Bay (Ensenada), as well as the Bay of San Quintín, zones where the passing route is located near this beautiful cetacean. Also, during this trip you can observe other marine mammals like sea lions, dolphins, gannets, pelicans, between others.
This small town is found on the edges of the highway. Its gastronomy center around the lobster, since 1930 Mamá Espinoza exists, a restaurant whose tables fill with clam soup, fish and lobster burritos.

Mines can be found here, ruins of 2 dominican constructions, dinosaur fossils and beautiful beaches ¨La Bocana¨ and ¨Punta Baja¨ ideal sites for practicing surf and windsurf.

El Rosario is located 61 km to the south of San Quintín and 119 km to the north of Cataviña.

Right in the stomach of the California peninsula is where you will find this marvelous place.

Located 125 kilometers to the south of the "El Rosario" town and 110 kilometers to the north of the "Punta Prieta" viewpoint, you will encounter Cataviña, a desert where you can visit the natural protected area of the Cirios Valley, as well as explore and observe cave paintings, oasis and canyons that will leave you in awe of the natural beauty Baja California offers.
The San Pedro Mártir National Park is located in the North part of the Baja California Peninsula and in the central part of the State, it is found in a mountainous region denominated Sierra of San Pedro Mártir. It is the highest orographic complex of the Peninsula and the park as a whole in the city of Ensenada, Punta Colonet delegation. The climate is generally cold, during winter the temperatures can reach 20Cº below zero, on occasions snow or snow storms. The Sierra of San Pedro Mártir is the most spectacular geographical accident of the State of Baja California and without a doubt one of the most beautiful regions of the Peninsula. There is evidence that show that this region was inhabited for at least 10,000 years by nomadic hunters. It also refuges and admirable biological richness due to the fact that there is pine tree, cipres, fir tree and mixed coniferous forests. In it a great variety of animals find habitats like: mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians such as, the Crimson Lamb, Bura Deer of Baja California, Puma, Golden Eagle, Condor of California, Rainbow Trout and many other species.

A total of 142 vegetation species have been reported, as well as approximately 70% of the park's surface possesses extensive original wooded areas in a good conservation state, which makes it one of the most prestigious natural protected areas of Mexico.

You can choose from diverse activities during your visit to the park; Rappel, mountaineering, horse rides, mountain cycling, photography, astrophotography, etc. If you are an observer of nature, you will also love it.

CONDOR NESTING

The low density of human population and visitors, like the biological and geological characteristics, make the Sierra of San Pedro Mártir an appropriate place for the liberation of the condor, where the conditions are ideal for their nesting, feeding and meanwhile, the establishment of a permanent population. It has defines the optimal site for the construction of an aviary where the condors will remain from their arrival to the Sierra until their liberation. This area is located in the northeast region of the Park on a wooden cliff to the northeast approximately 5 km long and altitudes of up to 2,100 meters above sea level.

The National Park maintains the Condor under a legal protection status. It is an isolated site and close to big precipices, which presents a benefit to the newly released birds and at the same time convenience to keep track of them and help if necessary.
This is the most important observatory of Mexico and is situated on the highest altitude of the country. It is found on the interior of the Sierra of San Pedro Mártir National Park and was built during the year 1971 by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico). This observatory is located at an altitude of 2,830 meters above sea level. It accounts for an enormous telescope and operates cutting edge technology, taking advantage of the benefits the geographic zone offers, like the altitude, clarity of the sky, low humidity, absence of atmosphere contamination and low levels of interference in the radio waves.

Each night the sky gifts the observatory and those who find themselves there, a spectacle of thousands of stars, satellites, comets, galaxies, nebulae, etc. A dance of unique cosmic lights.

Don't miss the opportunity of getting to know this extraordinary place during your visit to San Quintín.

Located approximately 358 kilometers from San Quintín, to the East of the Baja California Peninsula you will find the Sea of Cortez. Considered a true marine oasis, waters full of life that fascinated Cousteau.

The natural beauty of this region is the first impression which stands out that those who visit the Bay of los Angeles receive, the image could be described as an impressive panoramic view of enormous contrasts of colors sponsored by the semi-desert terrain of the zone with the deep blue of the ocean interrupted by a lot of portions of land called islands.

Here you can enjoy eco tourism trips by boat to go whale watching, visit the colonies of sea lions, dolphins, sea birds and if you're lucky you'll have the opportunity to see or swim with the whale shark which is present during the season of May through November.

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