“A world of its own” is perhaps the only way to describe Baja California.
This long finger of land spreads southward for 1,700 km between the Pacific and the Sea of Cortés and one could easily pass from one coast to the other as only approximately 80 km separate them. However, one must zigzag between craggy massifs and traverse deserts where you may not come across another person in dozens of kilometers.
All of this desolate landscape becomes fascinating as if one suddenly felt the need to commune with oneself before returning to the seaside resorts in the south of the peninsula. Who could refuse deep-sea diving among the most beautiful of sea beds or observing the amorous ballet of gray whales?
The climate here is very variable from the snowy heights of the San Pedro Mártir Park and the sweltering heat of the coasts of the Sea of Cortés. Baja California mainly has desert landscapes on offer. Nevertheless, diversity is still to be found. In fact the desert never remains the same; the vegetation changes and the species of cacti seem countless. If the coast of the Sea of Cortés offers beaches of transparent waters, the ocean however is a lot rougher.
In the north is the Sierra San Pedro Mártir National Park that peaks at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters and where the cold and snow often ravage. Frontier towns such as Tijuana waver between distractions for Americans longing for exotic thrills and industries based on cheap forced manual labor.
In the extreme south the tourism industry is in full swing. The opalescent sea, the fine sandy beaches and the fish-filled waters promising miraculous catches all attract the American tourists.
It is in the desert and mountain regions in the center of the peninsula however, that visitors can find the essence and beauty of Baja California. Among the cactus forests and the mineral mountain ranges the feeling of solitude reaches an intensity that only such wild and virgin nature is able to provoke.