The oasis of Todos Santos is thriving with natural beauty, cultural riches, the best hiking trails on the pacific coast, and endless possibility. However, outside of the cool ocean breezes and life sustaining mountain springwater there’s an abundance of flora and fauna.
At first glance Baja California may strike you as a barren, uninhabitable desert, but there is actually a diverse and thriving ecosystem well worth a second look.
There are approximately 125 plant species in Baja California that can not be found anywhere else in the world. And, in addition to the many insects and reptiles that live in the Baja desert, many of the mammals are similar to those found in the southern deserts of the United States. There are species of coyote, gray fox, raccoon and bobcat. However the chances of seeing one of these animals in the day is very low as they are nocturnal.
Some common large birds include the Brown Pelican, Frigate bird, Turkey Vulture, Roadrunner and the Caracara. And many North American water birds migrate to the Baja California coastlines during the winter months. Todos Santos’ tropical setting between ocean and desert creates the opportunity to participate on some of the best bird watching tours in the country, and see an amazing variety of bird life in a relatively short time and small space.
The lagoon near Posada la Poza and Las Palmas are two unique areas for bird watching. As well as the ‘Campo Experimental’, a 1,000 hectare federally funded botanical garden four miles South of Todos Santos on the Highway to Cabo. Its emphasis on regional flora and fauna and rehabilitation of the environment makes the area attractive to birds and birders alike.
Baja California is almost entirely surrounded by water and has two distinct shorelines, ensuring there is never a lack of things to do in Todos Santos. The shorelines follow the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. With so much coastline, Baja has a wealth of marine mammals. If you are on the lookout for where to to swim with sea lions, look no further than the colony of Los Islotes.