The oasis of Baja California Sur is thriving with plants and animals. However, even outside of the cool ocean breezes and life sustaining mountain spring water there’s an abundance of flora and fauna. While on first impression areas of Baja California Sur may strike some as a barren uninhabitable desert, there is actually a diverse and thriving ecosystem well worth a second look!
If you want to get your heart pumping quickly, try the Cabo Pulmo mountain hike; it goes all the way to the top of the tallest mountain behind Cabo Pulmo. The views are incredible and in winter months when humpback whales are around, you can see them breaching off shore. To get to the mountain hike, walk the new road that's been built part way up the mountain. At the end of the road, climb the ridge to the top. There's really no "trail" but you can see where others have preceded. This hike is not for the out-of-shape or the faint-of-heart as parts of the upper reaches are steep.
Baja California is nearly surrounded by water and has two distinct shorelines. The shorelines follow the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. With so many coastlines, Baja has a wealth of marine mammals. You can find California Sea Lions, Elephant Seals, Finback Whales, Guadalupe Fur Seals, Humpback Whales, Harbor Seals, Bottle-Nosed Dolphins and the California Gray Whale. During the winter months while on those exhilarating hikes, lookout towards the ocean and you may sight humpback whales breaching!
Are you into bird watching? Then you have found the right place here in Cabo Pulmo, where you will be able to gaze upon a stunning sunrise, marvel at the various birds and listen to their melodies. To really experience the adventure, one must rise before the sun!
The bird life is spectacular, here you will find large number of tropical birds including Blue-footed Boobies, Magnificent Frigate birds, Red-billed tropic birds and a variety of hummingbirds including the endemic Xantu’s. You will be amazed at, giant cacti such as the Cardon reach a height of over 65 feet and tower over a host of curiously shaped succulents. This is the territory of some intriguing bird species such as Cactus Wren, Grey Thrasher and Gila Woodpecker, as well as many other specialized desert inhabitants including various lizards.