A project that has been talked about for a few months now is finally getting the green light. A passenger train route between Tijuana, on the U.S. border, and Los Cabos is going to be built to allow tourists to enjoy multiple cities that Baja California has to offer.
The original idea is for this train to service at least 25000 passengers each day. With operating hours from 6 am to 11 pm, and trains leaving stations every 30 minutes. There are set to be 11 stops along the route, with virtually all of the popular Baja California tourist destinations getting a stop. Currently, the project is slated for completion within the next 4 years.
A Zigzag Route Across The Entire Peninsula
The preliminary route that’s being announced features stops all over Baja California. It’s not going to be a straight line down from Tijuana to Cabo. While travelers can certainly expect to cross the border and get on the train in Tijuana, the journey all the way down to the Cabo area from there is potentially not going to be a quick one. This is meant to be an attraction in which travelers can enjoy the journey as much as their final destination.
As previously stated, the first station looking at the route from north to south would be Tijuana, and from there, the train will travel 75 miles south to Ensenada. This is a popular beach spot still very near the Baja California wine country in Valle de Guadalupe. From there, the train would make its next stop way further down south in the San Pedro Martir National Park. This is a mountainous region basically in the middle of the peninsula that’s currently a bit underappreciated due to the lack of easy access.
A Tour That Would Cover All Sorts of Regions
Going from the very urban city of Tijuana to the beach and wine country near Ensenada and then to the mountains really sets the tone for what to expect for the rest of the trip. Anyone interested in taking the train the entire length of the route would do well to pack all sorts of different clothes. Speaking of packing and time spent on the train, there’s no clear sense yet how long a full trip would take and, therefore, what type of accommodations could be available on the train for passengers.
In any case, the 4th stop will return travelers to a more tropical setting as the train is slated to stop in Bahia de Los Angeles, a beach town in the Gulf of California. Currently, it’s a bit of an underrated diving spot. From there, the train makes its first Baja California Sur stop in the desert region of Guerrero Negro. Dinosaur bones and clear blue water pools are the main tourist attraction at this stop.
Small Town Stops & La Paz Before Getting To Los Cabos
From the Baja desert, the train makes consecutive stops in small towns that, in an interesting way, couldn’t be further apart. The first stop is Santa Rosalia which is a small town that overlooks the Gulf of California with beachside picturesque churches to admire. From there, the next stop is Ciudad Constitucion. This spot is famous for an LA-style street full of palm trees as well as the ancient cave paintings that are located in a region nearby.
La Paz is the next stop on the trip. This is a stop that will likely not get scrapped from the original plan regardless of what happens due to the fact that it’s the second most visited region in Baja California Sur. The train will then go to the popular Todos Santos beach at the next stop. Making the train an extra attraction for people headed to La Paz or the Todos Santos area.
Cabo San Lucas & San Jose Del Cabo Are The Final Stops
The last two stops of the train are meant to be in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. This means that the new train will actually serve as yet another way to get to and from these two spots. As previously stated in the original plan, passengers will be able to get off the train at any station. However, it’s still unclear how the ticket system will work or how long the trip will take. When this information is revealed, we’ll see if it’s going to be worth it to take the train from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo regularly.
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