Baja’s Only Pueblo Magicos
Just an hour north of bustling Cabo San Lucas is a village so special, that the Mexican government named it one of 20 “Magical Towns” in the whole country. As you drive the stretch of highway, amidst Cacti forest and the arid desert, along the Sierra de Laguna mountain range and the azure ocean, you will come to the Baja’s only Pueblos Magicos, Todos Santos. Smack dab in the middle of the Tropic of Cancer, it is a perfect spot for surfers, nature enthusiasts or a romantic holiday.
As you enter the town of Todos Santos, the landscape turns from arid to a lush oasis filled with Papaya, Mango, Avocado and Palm trees.
Founded by ranchers in the early 1900’s, settled by Jesuit missionaries, and once a big producer of sugarcane, it has kept its authenticity and old world charm. It is an alluring blend of Sugar Mill ruins, colonial architecture and rustic surroundings.
To take your first steps in this quant, colorful little town is to feel like you’ve been transported back to a simpler time- a time when the good life was as simple as a cool breeze and sipping on a good margarita. Home of the famous Hotel California, this laid back town is home to many artists, craftsmen and surfers. With the abundance of art, culture and fine food it is being called the Taos, New Mexico of the Baja region. That’s right, all the magic of Taos AND a coastline. I can’t think of a more desirable destination.
This artist colony offers a wide range of mediums for the discerning collector, ranging from sculptures to ceramics. Visitors can walk the quiet streets and find artwork displayed everywhere: in the restaurants, hotels, 200-year-old buildings and at the Cultural Center Museum on upper Benito Juarez. One Gallery you’ll want to visit is the Charles Stewart Gallery on the corner of Centenario and Obregón. Self proclaimed founding artist of the ex-pat artist community, Charles’ Indian spiritual surrealist paintings can be found in watercolor and oil. He also sculpts with wood. Another is Galería Gabo on Calle Centenario and Topete. This native La Paz artist is known for his 20’s Bauhaus style. The Galeria La Pozat Gallery at Hotel Posada La Poza features fine art from artists all over Mexico.
Most art sold in Todos Santos is smaller and easily transportable on airplanes. Larger works can be shipped DHL. Keep in mind that artwork is excluded from customs duties. So, don’t hesitate to support the local artists.
Photos courtesy of Todos Santos official site.
For More Information
Charles Stewart Gallery
Centenario y A. Obregon
Todos Santos, BCS
Phone or Fax
(from US) 011-52-612-14-5-0265
(from Mexico) 01-612-14-5-0265