In recent years, Los Cabos has become synonymous with luxury all-inclusive resorts, fine-dining restaurants, and five-star amenities.
With celebrities such as Justine Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Britney Spears choosing this destination for their holiday, it’s no surprise that Los Cabos has grown such a reputation.
In light of this, those hoping to get an authentic experience in Los Cabos and looking forward to immersing themselves in its unspoiled nature, away from the many resorts and five-star buildings in the area, may now be wondering whether this municipality is a good fit for them.
The short answer is yes! Los Cabos has recently become extremely popular for a new travel trend known as rural tourism thanks to its many natural reserves and small towns located within driving distance from the two main cities in the area.
One of the most charming villages in the municipality is surely Santiago! But why should you visit this town right now? And is there something you should know before heading there?
All you should know about Santiago
Founded in 1723, with the name ‘Misión de Santiago el Apóstol’, Santiago is a small town located about one hour’s drive from San José del Cabo.
This little village is the ideal place to get an authentic glimpse of the slow pace of living typical of the many Mexicans inhabiting the area.
Here, you can stroll through the town’s botanical gardens before enjoying a 100% Mexican lunch at the Palomar Restaurant, as of today, one of the very few eateries in the area.
But what are some of the other popular activities tourists can experience in Santiago during the fall season?
As temperatures are finally cooling down after the suffocating heat typical of the Los Cabos summers, visitors can now enjoy a lovely hike to witness Mexican nature at its finest without feeling constantly dehydrated and covered in sweat.
Some of the most popular hiking destinations close to Santiago include the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Sierra de la Laguna and El Refugio Range.
Both areas offer a variety of paths for all fitness levels. One of the most popular hiking trails is the San Dionisio Canyon, located in the El Refugio Range.
Swim in the Zorro Canyon
Of course, swimming in the Pacific Ocean is a must for everyone visiting Los Cabos, but have you ever thought of swimming in a canyon? The Zorro Canyon is located about a 20-minute drive from Santiago.
Here, tourists can enjoy a medium-level hike taking them to a stunning 12-meter waterfall as well as a few natural pools. These are the ideal places for visitors to refresh themselves after their hike.
Relax in the natural hot springs
Santiago is also home to several hot springs. Some of the most popular include Agua Caliente, El Chorro, and Santa Rita.
These breathtaking oases are the ideal place to relax and fully immerse yourself in Mexican nature before heading back to your luxurious accommodation in San José del Cabo or Cabo San Lucas.
Horse and mule riding
Another popular activity in Santiago is horse or mule riding. Autumn is the ideal season to opt for this sport as the sun is no longer as strong as during the summer months, meaning that you’ll be able to enjoy your ride without fear of getting burned.
Lastly, bird watching is surely one of the best autumnal activities in the area. During the fall season, several migratory birds arrive in this corner of Mexico to escape the freezing weather in the north.
The Sierra de la Laguna is a great place to observe the over 130 species of birds living in Los Cabos, such as the majestic Elf owl, the colorful Belted Kingfisher, and the sinuous white-faced.
The Sierra de la Laguna is also home to a variety of mammals, fish, reptiles, and other unique animals. Some of the most unique are the coast-horned lizard, the mountain lion, and the mule deer.
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