Earlier this week, the local municipal government approved a zoning change from “Hills and Mountains” to “Tourist Hotel” for the Cierro de la Zeta viewpoint. This is the first step in the process leading to the potential development of two hotels and a high-end residential area on the hill. However, the decision has been met with pushback, as many locals and travelers alike view the area as an iconic part of Cabo San Lucas.
A Popular Trail Destination
Many tourists decide to visit Cabo San Lucas for the abundance of outdoor opportunities at the year-round destination. Along with the typical fun in the sun at the beach, such as snorkeling, paddleboarding, surfing, and boogie boarding, visitors to the area also enjoy the opportunity to explore the nearby hills and hike the desert landscape.
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One main reason Cabo San Lucas has grown so much as a hiking destination is the beautiful year-round weather for the popular sport. With winter temperatures hovering in the 70s, warm days in the 80s during Spring, and Summer weather rarely going beyond the 90s, it’s a perfect destination for hiking trails with scenic views.
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Adding in the fact that the sun shines most of the time and the chance of rain is typically under 20 percent, it’s no wonder why so many tourists like to lace up their shoes and find a well-traveled hiking trail.
The popular Cerro de la Zeta 2.1-kilometer trail is a favorite hiking, walking, and running spot for both locals and tourists alike. Located conveniently near Downtown Cabo San Lucas, the moderate climb leads to amazing 360-degree views of Cabo San Lucas and the Sea of Cortez. Especially breathtaking for tourists are the dramatic glimpses of the world-famous Arch and the Old Lighthouse at the end of Cabo’s storybook beach.
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Tourists hiking the Cierro de la Zeta trail shared recently on a popular hiking website that they selected the particular popular locals trail because they loved the opportunity to walk among locals to the top of the hill and even called the view “nice” and “amazing”.
How The Decision Happened
Nearby residents attended a government zoning meeting earlier this week and spoke on behalf of keeping the trail open for both locals and tourists. One official tried to preserve the location by calling it an iconic location in Cabo San Lucas.
However, in the end, there were eight votes in favor and four against the zoning change. Linze Rodriguez, the official who tried to save the popular destination, said that he would continue to find a legal way to prevent the zoning change and development.
What’s Next For The Z?
Landowner Oscar Palemón Camú Montilla, who allowed free access to his property for many years, may now have the zoning approval he desired to move forward with the development. The government officials who voted in favor of the new project cited that the new development would bring more opportunity to the families of Sanlúcar.
With occupancy levels among the resorts already running high for the season, local officials are looking for additional land to spearhead the growth of the hospitality and high-end residential communities in Cabo San Lucas. The idea is not only to provide more opportunities for visitors to enjoy the natural beauty and amenities in the area but also to provide employment opportunities for the local citizens.
However, the decision is a bit muddled. Cabo San Lucas Mayor Oscar Leggs Castro spoke at a press conference after the vote claiming there was no privatization in the approval of the change of land use of the private property that includes Cerro de la Zeta.
What he is referring to is the prior donation of part of the land where a government agency observatory was built. Because it is controlled by the government, the mayor claims the land will continue to be accessible to citizens and tourists.
More to come on the ultimate fate of a new destination hotel and residential community on the famed Cabo San Lucas Cierro de la Zeta.
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