San Ignacio, Baja California Sur


San Ignacio, Baja California Sur

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San Ignacio is a palm oasis town in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, located between Guerrero Negro and Santa Rosalía. The town has a population of about 4,000 and grew at the site of the Cochimí settlement of Kadakaamán and the Jesuit Mission San Ignacio founded in 1728 by Juan Bautista Luyando.

At San Ignacio, Baja California's arid Central Desert terrain gives way to a large grove of lush green date palms. A large spring-fed pond and small river on the outskirts of town feeds into the central plaza and village next to the eighteenth-century Jesuit mission. San Ignacio serves as the gateway to San Ignacio Lagoon, the winter time sanctuary of the Pacific Gray Whale.

Driving directions

San Ignacio is located approximately 856 km (532 miles) from the San Diego/Tijuana border crossing, a 10-12 hour drive. Driving only during daylight hours is recommended, due to livestock that frequently cross the road at night. Mexican Federal Highway 1 is a well-maintained four-lane highway from Tijuana to Ensenada. South of Ensenada, the highway becomes a narrow (but well-maintained) two-lane highway. There are numerous towns in which to purchase fuel, although none between El Rosario and Guerrero Negro, 305 km (190 miles) further south.

External links

*Global Positioning System coord|27|18|N|112|54|W|
* [http://www.bajaquest.com/sanignacio/baja16i_1.htm History of the Mission of San Ignacio] .


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