Zorra Canyon, also known as Fox Canyon, which is a popular tourist site near Santiago, is poised to reopen this month once it undergoes a thorough assessment.
The area, which includes the Sol de Mayo eco-ranch, is located around 11km west of Santiago in Los Cabos and was closed indefinitely following a tragic accident involving a tourist who lost their arm due to a rockfall in mid-August. Authorities have said they have been monitoring the area and conditions, and the area could reopen in the coming weeks.
The Undersecretary of Civil Protection for Baja California Sur, Benjamín García Meza, stated that a meeting will be held this week with other environmental authorities and the municipal authorities of Los Cabos, to assess the current condition of Cañon de la Zorra.
He commented that “It has already been agreed, alongside the civil authorities, that the ecological ranch will be immediately be closed during periods of heavy rain, to avoid any further accidents such as the one that occurred in August”.
Talking about the accident, he said, “The incident in August was also caused by heavy rainfall, which unfortunately caused a large rock to fall from the cliff and split in two, which led to the person’s injury”.
The incident in question involved a 24-year-old foreigner who lost her left arm after a falling rock hit her, causing instant amputation. Following this, the site was immediately closed.
García Meza continued, “Following meetings this week, we will also be looking carefully at the weather conditions and potentially issue a recommendation for the ranch to reopen.” He also said that alongside the meetings, training sessions will be held, which will teach people in the area what to do should a similar situation occur in the future.
The area where the accident occurred is one of the most popular places to visit in Los Cabos, particularly for those interested in sustainable tourism, as visitors can explore a number of waterfalls and ravines in the canyon.
Many tourists who had booked stays at the ranch were subsequently given refunds for their upcoming stays. The area offers a number of outdoor adventure activities, such as hiking and visiting the local hot springs.
The ranch offers visitors the chance to book either a large cabin for around $100 per night, or a spot in the campground, for around $13, which both include access to the canyon where the incident happened.
Los Cabos has only had rare occurrences of incidents involving tourists however, with the record-breaking number of visitors this year, there have been a few tragic incidents.
Most recently, at the end of August, there was a fire on a tourist boat on Balandra Playa, which is one of the most popular beaches in the area located in La Paz. Although no one was harmed, the boat subsequently sank, and the beach has remained closed ever since.
However, Los Cabos has a promising safety record and has been voted as having some of the safest and cleanest beaches in North America. It is also recognized as one of the safest destinations in Mexico, with 88% of tourists saying they felt safe when visiting.
Chileno Beach was voted as being the best and cleanest beach in the area due to its Blue Flag certification and also because it is often safe for swimming, compared to some of the other beaches, which can be dangerous.
The authorities in Los Cabos are also working on making the region attractive to every type of tourist, with plans to revamp accessibility on beaches and in the town center, as well as in the terminals at Los Cabos International Airport.
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