The Baja 1 Highway bends its way between
azure waters, impressive rock formations, and cacti-laden
landscapes for some 1,000 miles, connecting the U.S.–Mexico
border with Land’s End. The Baja Peninsula is made of two
states: Baja California to the north and Baja California Sur
to the south.
The southern state is home to Cabo San
Lucas, as well as sister city San Jose del Cabo and several
beautiful destinations like Loreto, Santa Rosalía, the East
Cape, and the capital city of La Paz. While Baja California
Sur is the ninth largest state in the country, it has the
smallest population of any state in the union. The small
concentration of people is no doubt part of what has allowed
Baja California Sur to remain safe—it has the fifth-lowest
crime rate in Mexico—and retain so much of its unspoiled
beauty. Indeed, this is a state with a wealth of sights to
see, history to learn, and culture to appreciate.
have studied the peninsula and believe it has been inhabited
for more than 11,000 years. This is a fact supported by the
several cave painting sites you can explore up and down the
peninsula. But it wasn’t until 1974 that the region formerly
known as “the South Territory of Baja California” official
became a state.