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15th Anniversary! From the Editor We are still here! There were many that concluded the Mayan Calendar pointed

to the doom of the planet. There was something lost in the original translation, and turns out the key word is “change”. Or as any historian will tell you, there is really nothing new, and history repeats itself. The long cycle of the Mayan Calendar begins all over again on December 21. So it is with Destino magazine. When we started 15 years ago, the only people in Los Cabos were tourists and the people catering to them, so our stories, and general information like maps, charts, reviews and tips appealed to our visitors. Over the years, more and more people moved here and the population grew from 70,000 in 1998 to almost 200,000 in 2012 with lots of building and infrastructure growth and lots more shopping. Our editorial expanded to home building and decorating, living a healthy life style, and reviews and reports about medical service. Then 2009 and the world market downturn, bird flu, drug wars, etc that virtually stopped tourists from visiting Mexico. Time for a change. These past few years have clearly shown what the tourists mean to Los Cabos. The whole point of the Mexican government choosing this remote location to build a resort is the magnificent beauty and outstanding weather that travelers seek. Its Mexico’s showcase resort destination as proven in June when the top govenrment and business leaders of the world gathered in the resorts and brand new “green” convention center for the G20 summit to determine the path mankind will follow. We know the beautiful blue seas, perfect weather, new landscaping and gracious Mexican hospitality soothed the tensions of a stressed world, encouraging congenial unity, if only for a few days. There are few other resources to sustain a living here if there were no tourists. Now that hotel and resort bookings are at their highest levels in years, Destino is again dedicating its contents to the tourist in all of us. We all need maps and descriptions of activities and want to know about the fun activities happening throughout this rugged and beautiful State of Baja California Sur. Look to Destino Magazine monthly to discover the riches of our beautiful State. Its a whole new beginning.....

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Los Cabos (the capes) is in the southern most tip of the State of Baja California Sur and consists of three main areas: Cabo San Lucas, the Corridor and San José del Cabo. If you look at the Baja Sur map bellow you can see that the highways and towns form a loop. The main points of the loop are San José del Cabo, Cabo San Lucas, Todos Santos, La Paz and the East Cape, with smaller towns and points of interest in between. There are ongoing road improvements and new highway constructions, so getting from one place to another will only get easier. The newest highway from Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos is impressively well done and made Todos Santos only 45 minutes away versus the 1 ½ hours that it used to take.

Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas, also just known as “Cabo”, is a tourist friendly town located on the tip of

the Baja California peninsula that’s full of entertainment for every age and liking. You will find the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meeting at land’s end and the beautiful rock formations that create the famous Cabo arch. Cabo San Lucas has the liveliest beach in the Los Cabos area, an impressive marina and countless restaurants and bars that keep the town alive day and night.

The Corridor

The corridor is a 40 Km highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (about a 25 minute drive). Along this road you can find various hotels, luxury ocean front homes, championship golf courses and beautiful views. Have your camera ready to snap some photos of the beautiful beaches and make a roadside stop at the Cabo Real arroyo for a refreshing coco frío (cold coconut).

San José del Cabo

Walking around San José’s quaint and colorful streets and its picturesque zócalo (main plaza) will be a more traditional Mexican town experience that Cabo San Lucas. Over the years, San José has become an artistic and cultural town with numerous fine art galleries in its downtown art district. From November through June the popular “Art Walk” takes place every Thursday evening where the galleries welcome guests to view their exhibits, sip wine and dine at one of the five star restaurants. San José has a beautiful beach where you can take a horseback ride and explore the estuary that is home to many different bird species.

Todos Santos

Located on the Pacific Ocean side, Todos Santos is an oasis where artists and surfers flock to enjoy the culture and excellent surf. Home to the famous Hotel California, this charming town offers great restaurants and a cooler climate than Cabo San Lucas and San

José due to the Pacific’s cool breezes.

La Paz

La Paz is the capital of Baja California Sur and is known for its warm people and beautiful beaches. This authentic Mexican city (as well as the general south Baja region) has been rated as one of the safest in Mexico and still maintains the small town feel that is very welcoming for tourists. La Paz is a departure point for tours and charters to the stunning Espiritu Santo Island as well as whale watching excursions. Stroll down the colourful malecón (boardwalk), walk hundreds of feet in waist high water at Balandra beach or have a fine dining experience; La Paz has a lot to offer.

East Cape

People often call it “the old Cabo” because of its pristine beaches and small fishing towns such as Buena Vista and Los Barriles. The East Cape begins just east of San José and extends about 100 miles up the Sea of Cortez coast. 60 miles outside of Los Cabos is the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, an eight fingered coral reef that offers outstanding snorkelling and scuba diving. Very popular for fishing, the East Cape also attracts kite surfers and folks who just want to get away from it all. | JANUARY 2013




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How it Started


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Useful Tips Driving

Renting a car will let you enjoy the freedom of exploring the Los Cabos area without having to depend on taxis. Driving in Mexico might be intimidating to some, but if you just go with the muddled flow, you will realize that there actually is some organization within the chaos. Here are some tips if you’re behind the wheel: Road Signage Most signs are self explanatory, but here are a few that might need interpretation: ARROYO




ATMs There are many ATMs all over Cabo. Some only give you dollars, some only pesos and some give you the option of pesos or dollars in one. Pay close attention to what currency you’re withdrawing. Try to get as much cash as possible in one transaction to avoid paying more commissions. Commissions on the street ATMs are higher than going to a bank’s ATM.


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Gas stations There are two types of gasoline: Magna or verde (green) which is regular and Premium or roja (red). Lleno means full. Tipping the attendant around $10.00 pesos (less than a dollar) is customary.

Money and Currency

Exchange rates Dollars are accepted almost everywhere and you will most likely get your change back in pesos. The exchange rate varies every day, but some places have a set rate of $12.00 pesos to $1.00 dollar. Cash or Card? Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards are generally accepted but you often run into cash only places, especially at restaurants, so always carry cash or ask before.

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Medano Beach

Lover’s Beach - Playa del Amor

Medano Beach is where the action is! “El Medano” (as the locals call it) is a 2 mile stretch of hotels, restaurants and bars right on the sand and just steps from the water. It’s a swimmable and family friendly beach with endless options for souvenir shopping. All water sports are available and you will not lack the opportunity to run into someone offering you deals on activities. If you want to take a water taxi to Lover’s Beach, this is the spot to do it. Medano beach is everything but private, but its stunning view of land’s end and the vast entertainment options makes it a must-see. Location: In the heart of downtown Cabo San Lucas. You can walk through the east side of the marina or access it via Avenida del Pescador street.

Lover’s Beach


• Get prepared to be approached by souvenir vendors. If you’re not there for the shopping, the only thing you can do is say “No Gracias!” • Prices don’t vary too much from one water sports rental place to another; just talk to someone and break out those negotiation skills.

Getting to Lover’s Beach is an adventure in itself due to the fact that it’s only reachable by boat or kayak. The easiest way is to take a water taxi from the Cabo San Lucas Marina or Medano Beach. Prices are around $15.00 per person. Ask your captain to cruise by the arch and the sea lion rock for some great photo opportunities. Once you arrive you’ll notice the striking rock formations and caves that you will instantly want to go explore. Walk to the other side of the beach and you’ll now find yourself looking at the Pacific Ocean; the locals call this Divorce Beach and this side is very dangerous for swimming because of its powerful undertow, so only swim on the Lover’s Beach side. Location: Land’s End beside the famous arch. Only accessible by boat.


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• There are a couple of vendors that offer beers and water but you won’t find any other services. • A good idea is to spend the day at Medano Beach and take an hour or two to go to Lover’s Beach; this should be enough time to explore and enjoy this natural wonderland. | JANUARY 2013

TOP BE AC HE S Las Viudas


Las Viudas (The Widows) beach is not visible from the road and is probably the most private beach you will find on this list. What makes it so unique are the rock formations that create pools and coves where you can have a private and peaceful beach day. This beach is swimmable with caution, but it is not recommended for young children. Location: Turn right at Km. 12.5 of the corridor and follow the dirt road down to the beach. There is a sign that reads “Las Viudas” but keep your eyes peeled because the entrance sneaks up on you.

Palmilla is known for its family friendly calm waters and mile long stretch of beach. Located within the resort community of Palmilla, you will find yourself surrounded by oceanfront luxurious homes, the One&Only Hotel and the world renowned Jack Nicklaus Ocean Nine golf course. Pangas and fishing cruisers are available for charter but you won’t find water sport rentals such as kayaks or jet skis.


You won’t find any services or vendors so bring all your beach essentials with you.

Santa Maria Santa Maria is a stunning horseshoe cove with coral coloured sand and an abundant marine life. Boat excursions and private charters often stop here to enjoy the snorkelling and scuba diving that this National Marine Preserve offers. This family friendly beach is relatively secluded, therefore you rarely run into beach vendors. Location: Follow the sign that reads “Santa Maria” and exit the highway at Km. 13. Follow the dirt road until you reach the parking area.


Take the Palmilla ramp exit at KM 27. Follow the signs and turn into the main beach parking area before the entrance to the One&Only Hotel.


• Palmilla is popular among local families on the weekends, so arrive early if you want a palapa or bring your umbrella. • No services available.


• No services and hardly any shade. You can rent umbrellas on the beach, but if you happen to have one bring it anyway. • Bring snorkelling gear!

Chileno Bay Chileno is a very popular location for snorkelling, swimming or just spending the day under the newly installed palapas. You’ll find tide pools at the east end of the beach and beautiful reefs for excellent snorkelling and scuba diving. This is the only beach with rest rooms and it has plenty of palapas for shade which makes it a very family friendly beach.


Follow the signs for Chileno Beach Club near Km. 14 of the main highway.


• If you visit Chileno on a weekend make an effort to arrive early; snorkelling visibility is often better in the mornings, you’ll avoid the mid-day snorkel tours and if you beat the crowds you’ll be guaranteed a palapa for that much needed shade. • Bring Snorkelling gear!


Costa Azul If what you’re looking for is a good surf spot that doesn’t require driving out of town this is it. Head over to Zipper’s for a surf session and some lunch and beers at the restaurant. To the west of Zippers is Acapulquito beach where Cabo Surf Hotel and Mike Doyle surf school are located. You can find surf shops in the area where you can rent surf and SUP boards or set up lessons. The surf is bigger during the summer and in the winter it’s a good spot for snorkelling and swimming.


Exit at Km. 28 via the Costa Azul Bridge.


Swimming with caution is possible in this area but keep your eye out for surfers. | JANUARY 2013



International Destination by Susan Carol

CABO MARINA BACK THEN During the empire days of shipping, Cabo San Lucas was a

safe bay for travellers from Asia to Europe. It was also a great hiding place for pirate ships to ambush arriving merchant ships and a good place to jump ship if conditions demanded. This is why there are some tall, blond local Mexicans in this area. It was just in the 1970’s when Baja Sur became accessible by car and commercial airlines. This opened the door for foreigners to discover the beauty of Baja, and often the artists are the first to arrive. The first “name” artist from the north to arrive and stay was Charles Stewart. He continued his prolific art in the historic town of Todos Santos well into his 80’s. Ezio Columbo was a 30 year old artist from Milan who became intrigued by Baja when travelling in the USA for work. In 1974 he headed down the newly paved and almost finished Hwy 1 to Cabo. “It was the quality of light” that caught me to make the move of my life and he arrived in the fishing village of Cabo when only about 900 people lived there. Local people were very friendly to outsiders, and soon, Ezio had a partner and a launched the first pizzeria restaurant on Medano beach. The only tourist hotels in Cabo back then were the Finisterra, Solmar, Hotel Cabo San Lucas and the Twin Dolphins, and basically only yacht, sail or private plane tourists arrived in the area mostly from California and the west coast. There was no marina then, so most anchored in the bay, and Medano was the place to congregate. What was Cabo like in those early years before Hwy 1 arrived and before international airlines? Ezio calls that time, incredible and fantastic. He muses “back then the ferry to the mainland departed from Cabo to Puerto Vallarta twice per week. People would come to catch the ferry, and often arrive a few days early, and camp on the beach, and end up not leaving for 6-7 months!” He like many, spent a lot of time in the ocean…fishing, spear fishing, swimming, then gathering up ingredients for a meal took time with no central markets, then of course cooking tasty food takes time, and watching the Baja sunsets takes time...and that was a Cabo day.



means “glamour” around the world! The evolution of the natural marina to a world class yacht destination, set the tone for the small fishing village to blossom. The early pioneers flew in on their small planes, landing on dirt strips, and build hotels, first on the mountains to capture the cool ocean breezes, then on the white sand beaches stretching for miles in all directions. The Mexican government saw the jewel in this location and targeted it for development and installed the basic infrastructure to allow for growth. Cabo was a small fishing village because there is no fresh water source. The fresh water in Los Cabos is from the estuary in San Jose. Water has always been a challenge and issue in this desert resort by the sea, and the first desalination plant built in Baja is on the pacific ocean side of Cabo. Continued federal money pours into Baja Sur to keep up with its growth and tourist friendly. The time share industry exploded, bringing thousands back to the area year after year while cruise ships found the port of Cabo full of outdoor adventure activities for their passengers to enjoy. Today almost 3 million tourists visit Los Cabos every year. Tourism in Cabo is built upon fishing. The Fall and Spring tournaments attract world class anglers vying for a rolex watch or millions of dollars. The largest marlins in the world are found off the coast of Cabo, and most early

international settlers came for the fishing. Cabo is becoming a center of culture in the midst of a very good, ongoing party! The new Cultural Pavilion, the distinctive cube designed building right on the marina, has offered a variety of dance, music and live theatre, often for tree! The Baja historic museum just a few blocks away has relevant exhibits about the surrounding area. The Party! Yes, Cabo means party! The fun clubs, the friendly Mexicans, the perfect weather, the blue skies, beaches, swimming, the yachts, party boats, fishing charters, high end shopping, craft shopping, food, more food, music, and fun. All within a few blocks known as downtown Cabo! This is a Cabo day today... | JANUARY 2013

Gigglin’ Marlin

Just a fisherman’s bar in the beginning, this Cabo landmark is now a seafood restaurant that becomes a lively night club once the sun sets. The large image outside of a man hanging upside down next to a “giggling marlin” is hard to miss. One of the traditions of this bar is to hang brave souls upside down while they do a tequila shot!

The Nowhere Bar

A happening open-air bar with dance music and dance floor that’s located right on the beautiful Cabo marina. Known for its popular Tuesday lady’s night, Nowhere Bar is a hot place for celebrity sightings and has an excellent staff and service. Visit during the day for a refreshing happy hour beer or at night for a fun and stylish party scene.

Cabo Wabo Cantina

A Cabo San Lucas icon, Cabo Wabo has been owned by the famous rock star Sammy Hagar since it’s opening in 1990. You are guaranteed some amazing live rock music with their talented house band and if you’re lucky you might even see Sammy or any other big name artist hop on stage on any given night.

El Squid Roe

You can feel the high energy the moment you walk into this three story night club and restaurant. It’s very well known for its lively staff that not only serve you, but will entertain you all night long.

Pink Kitty

Known for its club scene and cosmopolitan style atmosphere. Pink Kitty is a popular spot for dance and house music. They often feature famous DJs that fire up the crowd on the dance floor until 4:00 am.

The Jungle Bar

Locals bar for good tunes, live music every night and local culture. Located in Plaza de los Mariachis, bellow Cabo Wabo.

Jungle Martini

Outdoor martini bar that also offers many other beachy cocktail concoctions for a guaranteed fun time. In Plaza Bonita.

Passion Nightclub

Sexy atmosphere, cozy indoor cabanas, special champagne cocktails and a spacious dance floor. Ladies night on Thursday. Guest DJs on Fridays. Located inside the ME Hotel by Melia San Lucas.

Mango Deck

Mango Deck is possibly the ultimate representation of spring break in Cabo. They have entertainment all day and night, a great happy hour and a lively staff. Located on right Medano beach.


When you’re waking the main street of Cabo, you will surely notice Mandala’s striking entrance and sleek Asian decor. If you are looking for the stylish nightclub scene in Cabo and great dance music, this is where you want to be. | JANUARY 2013


With calm waters, extraordinary fishing and perfect weather, some would argue that boating is the most popular attraction of Los Cabos. Whether you want to take a cruise to Santa Maria Bay on a luxury yacht or wake up at the crack of dawn for a fishing adventure, the options to fit your needs are endless.

BOAT RENTALS Private yachts and sailboats

There are several charter companies that can accommodate you depending on what you need. What you do on your trip is really up to you, but it will typically consist of a tour around the arch, fishing for a couple of hours and a cruise to any of the beautiful bays for swimming. Most boats have fishing equipment and a knowledgeable crew, but the main difference between renting a yacht and a fishing boat is the cost.

Fishing Boat Rentals

You can always fish on a yacht, but cruisers and pangas are more commonly used. Pangas are the less expensive of the two but cruisers will fit more people and will be more comfortable.


There’s a reason why the world’s richest fishing tournament the Bisbee’s Black & Blue - has taken place in Los Cabos for over thirty years. This part of the world offers an abundant sea life and an exceptionally high catch success rate. No matter what your level of fishing experience is, Cabo won’t disappoint you.


What to Expect

It’s recommended to make a reservation at least one day before. Most charters include a fishing license, bait, tackle and equipment. Some also include food and drink or can be added at an additional cost. The earlier you leave the better; trips usually begin around 6:00 and 7:00 am and last around 6 hours. Cost will depend on the number of people in your party and the size of the boat you choose to rent. 15% to 20% of your charter cost is a customary tip for the crew.

Bait and Tackle

Most likely, the boat you charter will include your bait and tackle. If you need your own fresh bait you can buy it along the Cabo San Lucas Marina or the crew you hire can also stop to buy it from the local fishermen on your way out.

Sport Fishing Flags commonly seen in Los Cabos


Marlin Masters Sportfishing (624) 144-4481 Minerva’s (624) 143-1282 / 143-2766 Paradise Sportfishing (624) 143-1033 Picante Sportfishing (624) 143-2447 Pisces Fleet Sportfishing (624) 143-1288 / 143-9488 / 143-8388 Portus Sportfishing (624) 104-3775 / 355-4561 Rafael’s Sportfishing Fleet (624) 143-0018 RedRum Sportfishing (624) 172-0085 Salvador’s Sportfishing Charters USA : (406) 980-1588 Silverados Sportfishing (624) 147-0594 Slippery Lizzard Sportfishing (624) 155-8656 Solmar Sportfishing Fleet (624) 143-0646 / 143-4542 Top Anglers Sportfishing (624) 122-164A3 / Mobile: (624) 122-1643 | JANUARY 2013



PICKS OF THE MONTH by Marilyn Graham


The Office On The Beach

Mondays & Wednesdays, Pulpo en Su Tinta, rock; Tuesdays, Pura Vida, rock, world beat; Thursdays, Mexican fiesta mariachis; Fridays, The Daline Jones Group, standards & jazz, Daline Jones, vocals, Diego Ramirez, keyboard and Joaquin Gonzalez, drums; Saturdays, Shalom with Tito Rodriguez, Edgar & Francis Mendez; Sundays, Pura Vida, rock 624.143.3464 Cabo Wabo

Tuesday to Friday, 7:15 pm, Cabo Uno acustic rock patio set; Tuesday to Sunday 10:30 pm Cabo Uno electric rock set Mondays, 7:15 Estrógeno patio set, 10:30 electric set 624.143.1188 Los Cabos Winery

Wednesdays, Daline Jones, vocals and Diego Ramirez, piano 624.143.8088 Doc Wine Bar & Italian Restaurant

Thursdays, Diego Ramirez, keyboard & Greg Haugesag, trumpet 624.143.8500 Two For The Road

Cabo Jazz Spot Monday to Saturday 7:00 pm to Midnight, Kathy Daniels, vocals & Montana on keyboard 624. 143.7759 Fiesta American Grand Los Cabos

Monday & Saturday, Diego Ramirez, piano 624.145.6200 Solmar Hotel

Thursdays & Fridays, Shalom with Tito Rodriguez, Edgar & Francis Mendez 624. 145.7575 Nikki Beach Cabo

Friday, Hot Steele with Robert Dudley 624.145.7800 Pueblo Bonito Rose

Sundays, SHALOM, Edgar & Francis Mendez, keyboard, vocals & drums, Tito Rodriguez, guitar 624.142.9797

Baja Brewing Company- Ground floor of Puerto Paraiso mall on the Marina

Tuesday, Chaplin, guitar; Thursday, Kim Bara, Latin fusion; Friday, Los Pulpos en Su Tinta, American & Mexican rock; Saturday, Los Trillizos, Latin Fusion 624.144.3805

Baja Brewing Company Cabo Villas Beach Resort


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Fridays, Los Trillizos, Latin Fusion and salsa; Saturdays, Hot Steele with Robert

Dudley, Kiki on guitar & Joaquin Gonzalez on drums (oldies and dance music) 624.143.9199 (ask for Baja Brewing Company) Jungle Bar

Daily at 9:30, Estrogeno. Rock.


Tuesday, The Shamans, classic rock; Wednesday, David Cantoni, saxophone; Thursday, Robert Drake, guitar; Friday, Howie Clifton, saxophone; Saturday, The Shamans, classic rock; Sunday Brunch, Jazz Duo: Nahuel Bailo, piano and David Cantoni, saxophone 624.355.4564 Don Sanchez Cantina

Dancing Tuesdays thru Saturdays, Cuban jazz band & salsa; Mondays, Howie Clifton on saxophone 624.142.2444 Tropicana Inn Bar & Grill

Mariachis outside; Tuesdays, Rosalia, Cuban music; Saturday, Totoy, rock 624.142.1580 Baja Brewing Company San José

Thursdays, Kilometro 624.146.9995 Zippers

Fridays, E.C Davis; Wednsdays Sundays, Hot Steel 624.172.6162

ALCARAVEA GOURMET - This quaint restaurant offers a very unique dining experience. Their cuisine is a Mediterranean dream with options like baked stuffed mushrooms, pesto catch of the day over a Roquefort sauce and possibly the best lasagna in town. It’s intimate ambience makes it ideal for special occasions. Location: 16 de Septiembre corner with Ildefonso Green. (624) 143-3730 LA DOLCE - The authentic Italian creations of the chef and owner include fresh seafood spaghetti, a memorable four cheese penne pasta and pizzas and bread that are baked in their wood burning oven. Great for families, yet its rustic Italian ambiance creates a romantic setting for dinners for two. Cabo San Lucas location: Miguel Hidalgo corner with Emiliano Zapata (624) 143 4122. San José: Plaza Jardin Mijares, Downtown San José. (624) 142-6622 AMEYAL HOTEL - A cute poolside, open air restaurant is behind the busy hwy at the entry. They have a menu change daily with fresh soups, whole grains fresh baked breads, and healthy, hearty entrees. Natural juices, and what could be a better lunch! Access from the parallel side road, blue building, across the highway in the area around Costco. (624) 144-4727 DESPERADOS - Enjoy a cold cerveza while you watch the game of your choice on one of their 10 flat screens. The guacamole prepared at your table, the juicy BBQ ribs and the queso fundido are just a few among their excellent dishes. Located in the heart of Cabo; on Morelos across from The Love Shack. (624) 143-4331 HEALTHY RESTAURANT & WINE BAR - Quiet yet centrally located in busy downtown Cabo San Lucas. Choose from a variety of flavorful healthy dishes that are reasonably priced. Great for breakfast to start your day or go for lunch or dinner to try their refreshing house drink called Clericot. Location: 5 de mayo #109. (624) 105-1210

*Picks this month are by the Destino staff who frequent these restaurants.


7 Seas Seafood Grille

Full Moon Jazz Concerts 624.142.2666 The Westin

Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday, Howie Clifton, saxophone 624.142.9066 Cabo Azul

Mondays, Hot Steel with Robert Dudley 624.163.5100 Grand Mayan

Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, Luna Itzel; Thursdays, 8:00 to 10:00 pm, Luna Itzel


Esperanza Resort Cabo

Tuesday, Hot Steele with Robert Dudley 624.145.6400 Sheraton Hacienda del Mar - Los Tomates Restaurant

Saturdays, 6:30 - 8:30, Luna Itzel Secrets Marquis Resort

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Karla Kassanet, vocals 7:00 – 10:00 pm 624.144.2000 Cerritos Beach Club

Km. 66.5, Highway 19 to Todos Santos Sunday, 2:00-5:00, Daline Jones, vocals and Diego Ramirez, keyboard 624.143.4850; 143.4851 For corrections or additions to this schedule, please email Marilyn Graham at | JANUARY 2013


Cabo has been a popular surfing destination since the ‘50s, but with its enormous growth and the quick and daily flights coming in from California, it has now become a surfer’s paradise. LOS CABOS SURF SEASONS June through November The summer months are known to be the best as the Southern Hemisphere’s swells send great waves to the Pacific, Cabo and East Cape.

December through February East Cape and Costa Azul are on the flatter side. The Pacific can be good this time of year because it’s exposed to the west swell.


Level: Advanced Direction: Right, left Location: Pacific side right before arriving to Todos Santos


March through May This is the windy season. Swells are consistent and you’ll run into fewer crowds.

Level: Great for beginners Direction: Right and left Location: Pacific side at Km 65 of the Cabo San Lucas-Todos Santos road


Level: Advanced Direction: Left Location: at Km 6.5 of the Corridor, closer to Cabo San Lucas

El Tule

Level: Advanced Direction: Right and left Location: Exit at Km 16.2 at the El Tule bridge

Costa Azul

Costa Azul is made of three spots:

The Rock or La Roca Level: Advanced Direction: Right Zippers Level: All levels Direction: Right Acapulquito Level: All levels Direction: Right Location: at Km 28.5. Access is below the Costa Azul bridge

La Bocana at the estuary

Level: All levels Direction: Right and left Location: San José del Cabo’s main beach, close to the Presidente Hotel


Level: Advanced Direction: Right Location: East Cape, about 25 Km from San José del Cabo

Nine Palms

Level: All levels Direction: Long rights Location: East Cape, about 30 Km from San José del Cabo

CABO SURF SHOPS For surf gear, board rentals and lessons: Baja Waterman Surf Central - (624) 172-6110 Cabo Surf Shop and Mike Doyle Surf School - (624) 172-6188 Costa Azul Surf Shop (San José and Cerritos) - (624) 142-2771 SUP Mexico - (624) 172-6046 Punta del Cabo Surfshop - (624)105-24-29 Mario Surf School (in Pescadero) - (612) 142-6156

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How do I dial from mexico?

The local area code is 624 From a Mexican landline or cell phone...

To a Mexican long distance number: 01 + 3 digit area code) + 7 digit number To a Mexican cell phone number: 3 digit area code + 7 digit number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number U.S. TOLL FREE NUMBERS (International rates will apply)

To a 1 (800): 00 + 1 + 880 + phone number To a 1 (888): 00 + 1 + 881 + phone number To a 1 (877): 00 + 1 + 882 + phone number To a 1 (866): 00 + 1 + 883 + phone number To dial to other countries: 00 + country code (1, 2 or 3 digits) + phone number

From your U.S. cell phone…

To a Mexican landline or cell phone: 011 52 + 3 digit area code + phone number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + phone number

YOU ARE HERE San Diego, USA to Cabo, Mexico is 1031 miles through 2 States, Baja California and Baja California Sur. Surrounded by 2 seas, the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.

If you don’t have an international plan, be careful with internet data usage, calls and text messages; international charges can get very high. Some U.S. cell phone carriers have arrangements with Mexican carriers and when you travel here your cell phone uses their towers. If this is your case, you will have to dial as if you had a Mexican phone. It can be confusing, the best thing is to try both options and see what works.


Emergencies: (equivalent to 911) – 066 Hospitals: Amerimed Cabo San Lucas (624) 105-8550 San Jose del Cabo (624) 105-85-50 Blue Medical Net Cabo San Lucas Hospital (624) 104 3911 San Jose del Cabo Clinic (624) 142-3511 Baja Medical Response (624) 144-3434 U.S. Consulate: (624) 143-3566 Canadian Consulate: (624) 142-4333 Police Department: Cabo San Lucas (624) 143-3977 San Jose del Cabo (624) 142-0361 Fire Department – Dial 116 or: Cabo San Lucas: (624) 143-3577 San Jose del Cabo: (624) 142-2466

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SAN JOSÉ How It Started

by Susan Carol

Modern day San José del Cabo started in 1730 with the

founding of the Misíon San José del Cabo Añuití by Jesuit missionary Nicolás Tamaral. The Jesuits had been very active in Baja California Sur since founding the first mission in Loreto in 1697. San José was the 9th to start and the fulfillment of a long desire to have an establishment at the southern tip of the peninsula. Funded with 10,000 pesos given by Marqués de Villapuente, who asked that the patron saint be San José, it became the second mission after Misión de Santiago to evangelize the Pericú natives. The first Padre Nicolás Tamaral, help chose a building site, which is now the town of today, then tackled the difficult process of learning the local Pericú language and training them in the mysteries of the church. The spiritual life the Pericú was centered on the Shaman, who was a very powerful community figure, so the introduction of a saviour removed from the tribe was a big concept to shift to. The next challenge to growing the mission was to understand the people. A visitor, Padre Nápoli wrote in his report; “I have never seen people taller than these; their bodies are well-proportioned and filled out, their skin pale and ruddy. Youths particularly resemble Englishmen or Flemings in fairness and high colour.” Tamaral reported that the population included dark skins and foreigners - men marooned castaway or runaway - whose presence disturbed the natives of the cape region. He complained of “a number of coyotes, lobos, and others of mixed background left by English or Dutch ships that had long frequented those coasts. These people of vile, mixed blood are the ones who disturb and agitate the local people. They are the ones who dominate the populace and lead them astray.” Tamaral described the Pericú as conniving, secretive, vengeful, traitorous and given to falsehoods and the creation of rumours - all traits that could have been induced or intensified by the disturbing and manipulative intruders. The missionaries hoped to overcome these faults through teaching and conversation. The social structure of the tribes at the time had women gathering most of the food. Chiefs and shamans and other important men had long been accustomed to acquiring extra wives as practical status symbols. The missionaries focused their efforts on the young women as converts in order to frustrate the influence their husband had on them. Tamaral explicitly attacked polygamy but the Headmen and Shamans fought back with all available weapons. They appealed to ancient traditions, tribal pride, the sense of lost freedom and any other argument, however extreme, to restore the old order. Fear gripped nearly everyone as sickness, disease and death of kinsmen battered emotions. At the same time the ideological battle between medicine men and missionaries was forcing daily strife. Meanwhile, soldiers continued to patrol the area as a threat to anyone who resisted conversion to the mission society. The pacification of the South never went well and there were too few soldiers to use much force. Before the mission was ever developed the region was called “perilous” by visiting Padres. The Uchití natives constantly harassed the neophytes at the missions just north of San


The fresh water estuary next to the sea, is the heart of San Jose and the main reason humans could survive in this desert environment.

José, La Paz, Santiago and Todos Santos, and continued their constant skirmishes with the Pericú. The Jesuits persisted in developing their missions and haven was at last created for the Manila galleons.

TODAY Art is the driving energy behind this

town. A vibrant variety of artists and art forms can be found throughout a charming historical neighbourhood with century old buildings turned into galleries, restaurants and boutique hotels. Thursday evenings starting at 5 PM the streets come alive with musicians, as all the galleries offer food and drinks and the likely chance of talking with the artists personally. The town, constructed around a large plaza, typical throughout

Mexico, is full of shopping, especially jewellery, and good food. The government offices for the municipal (county) are in San Jose right on a large plaza that is always hopping with some sort of entertainment, sponsored by the government usually. The Mexicans believe that entertainment and culture for the community are primary concerns of the local government. Family and community are at the heart of San José. Just a couple miles from the town center is a new marina development, Puerto Los Cabos, that is now boasting new hotels, restaurants, and multimillion $ Beach homes. Organic farms surround this town inspiring a variety of healthy eateries on the farms and plazas around town. | JANUARY 2013




CYNTHIA - Organic food and live music created by long time organic community leader, Cynthia. Abundant creative salads, fresh fish and homemade pastas change with the availability of local organic ingredients. Serving lunch and dinner, MondaySaturday. Behind Mega Shopping center, across from the park in Plaza Caracol next to Temptation Hotel with Barcelo close by. VILLA VALENTINA - Courtyard bistro with fresh baked goods and elegant presentations with a Spanish flair and flavors. An ocean view special event plaza, and surrounding decorations of artist Mexican gems from across the country, makes this a comfortable, classy place for some tapas a special cocktail. Next to the large hotel construction on the parallel road to the main highway, 2 blocks from Mega toward the ocean. FLORA FARMS - A destination restaurant placed in the center of the fields growing the food. A beautiful farm valley off the road to the east cape, started as an organic farm, then event center and now a multi activity property of art gallery, cooking classes, organic market with organic meats, fresh baked goods, sauces, and their restaurant with pizza ovens serves 3 meals daily. 9-3 bast and lunch, 5-9 dinner. Follow the road to Puerto Los Cabos, and stay on the main road through the development, you’ll see a cement factory and road signs taking you onto a dirt road to the left, over a hill and into the Las Animas valley. CONTAINER - Yes, it started out as a truck container placed at the new marina in Puerto Los Cabos. Then with the arrival of yachts and Dolphin Discovery next door, this is a cute little marina destination with good food, good people watching, and right on the art walk path that circles the marina. Nice destination afternoon to get the feel of this thriving new marina area. Follow the signs to puerto Los Cabos form San Jose. Once over the bridge, take the 1st left toward the marina and follow the signs to Container. CABO SURF HOTEL - This small boutique hotel tucked under the sharp curve on the highway by Coastal Azul and overlooking one of the best surfing beaches is the 7 Seas Restaurant open for 3 meals per day. They serve a very creative menu using the freshest catch and ingredients found locally and seasonally. Open kitchen for watching the dance of the chefs, and waves crashing in the background, its a favorite of everyone local. Full moon jazz festivals monthly best experienced from this unique property. *Picks this month are by the Destino staff who frequent these restaurants. | JANUARY 2013


Green fees vary based on the membership status of the golfer, time of day, season of the year and other factors. Many courses also offer a reduced rate later in the day during twilight hours. Appropriate golf attire is required on all courses and club rental prices range from $35 to $ 65.

fun and challenging layout with canyons and elevation changes. (624) 144-5250

Cabo San Lucas Country Club

This 9 hole course is a friendly course but make sure you hit ‘em straight because throughout the course you are surrounded by homes and condos in beautiful San José. A fun course for any level of golfer. 9 holes, 3,141 yards, par 35. (624) 142-0900

This course was designed by Roy Dye and is conveniently located outside of Cabo San Lucas and is the only one with views of Land’s End. It has more than 80 bunkers and slightly inclined fairways and one of the longest holes in all of Mexico at 610 yards. 18 holes, 7,220 yards, par 72. (624) 143 4654

Cabo del Sol

Ocean Course - A Jack Nicklaus signature course with six ocean front holes (1.5 miles). Known for it’s “3 finest finishing holes in golf” the Ocean Course is said to be one of the most difficult yet beautiful courses in the area. 18 holes, 7,075 yards, par 72. Desert Course – Designed by Tom Weiskopf, this course winds


through the desert above the Ocean Course and challenges the golfer with risk vs reward type decision-making. 18 holes, 7,049 yards, par 72. (624) 145-8200

Cabo Real

The newly renovated Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed golf course is one of the Corridor’s first championship courses and boasts beautiful views of the sea of cortez, elevation changes, and has hosted two PGA Senior Slams. 18 holes, 7,037 yards, par 72. (624) 173-9400 ext. 1


With 27 holes of Golf, each 9 hole course offers something different. The Ocean, Mountain, and Arroyo courses all boast Jack Nicklaus Design and a

Punta Sur Golf - Formerly Mayan Palace Golf

hole courses designed by two legends of golf, Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman respectively. Oceanfront holes, elevation changes, and incredible vistas make Puerto Los Cabos a unique and special experience for any golfer at any handicap. 18 holes, 6,818 yards, par 73. (624) 173-9300 Cabo Real

Club Campestre San José

Make sure you bring your creativity for the greens at Club Campestre, the newest Jack Nicklaus Design in Los Cabos. Almost every green has 2 or 3 different tiers, so spend some time on the practice green before your round. 18 holes, 7,055 yards, par 71. (624) 173-9300

Puerto Los Cabos

The only ‘composite’ course in the area with two different 9

GOLF NEWS! Tiger Woods has just signed an agreement to design the new Diamante, a private golf course on the Pacific ocean north of Cabo. | JANUARY 2013 | JANUARY 2013


There are a few ways to snorkel in Cabo: book one of the popular snorkel tours, drive to a beach and swim off the shore or charter your own private boat. Tours last around two or three hours and cost around $40.00 dollars per person. If you’re venturing out on your own, stay away from the Pacific side; its strong currents make it very dangerous for any kind of water sports.

canyon filled wit tropical fish. A short boat ride from shore, the canyon runs from the depths of Cabo San Lucas bay to within 30 feet of shore, making the Bay one of the deepest in the world.

a seamount where you can see marlin, hammerheads, skip jacks and at times huge manta rays.

Pelican Rock

Cabo Pulmo


Neptune’s Finger

Pelican Rock

This rock attracts many fish and is just an easy five minute boat ride from the Cabo San Lucas Marina.

Lovers Beach

Accessible only by water taxi. Be aware that this is a high boat traffic area and it’s not roped off for swimmers.

Santa Maria Cove

Santa Maria is a regular destination for snorkel tours. If you choose to drive there, it’s a very easy swim from the shore to the reef.

Chileno Bay

Beginners 25’-80’ Just 5 minute boat trip to this large rock that attracts many tropical fish. Advanced 80’-100’ Spectacular canyon wall dive.

Cabeza de Ballena

Beginners 20’-40’ 25 minute boat ride to dive through large boulders with lots of fish.

Santa Maria Cave

Beginners 20’-40’ 35 minutes by boat, or dive from the beach. The entrance to Santa Maria canyon has a huge variety of fish who feed right from your hand.


This bay is also a common destination for snorkeling tours and has a safe roped off area for snorkelers.

Beginners 20’-40’ 35 minutes boat ride and a sandy and rocky bottom. PARKING Lots of turtles sited here, tropical fish, night dives.

Cabo Pulmo

El Gavilan

Cabo Pulmo is a Natural Marine Reserve in the East Cape that offers possibly the best snorkelling in the area. To get to this eight fingered coral reef you have take about a 2 hour drive from San José del Cabo, but it’s well worth it.


Note: travel time is from Cabo San Lucas marina

Land’s End

Intermediate-Advanced 50’-60’ and just 5 minutes by boat you’re swimming with sea lions and moray eels. Also a sunken boat can be seen in the Falls.

Sand Falls

Beginners - Advanced 30’-100’ Steep sand banks go down sharply into a


Beginner-Advanced 30’-100’ 2 hour drive East of San José then 5 minutes by boat you’ll find the only living coral reef in the Sea of Cortez.

Intermediate - Advanced 70’-100’ 35 minutes boat time. Rocky ledge leading into a canyon where groupers and larger fish are often sited.

Blow Hole

Beginners – Advanced 30’-70’ 35 minutes boat ride from San Lucas, or just 10 minutes from Chileno beach. Rocky valleys present a variety of fish.

Las Salinas

Beginners 30’-45’ 1.4 hours by boat from San Lucas, or 1 hour by boat from La Playita. A sunken Japanese fishing boat attracts a large assortment of fish.

Gordo Banks

SNORKELING and SCUBA DIVING COMPANIES Adventure Cabo Deep Blue (624) 143-7668 Amigos del Mar (624) 143-0505 Andromeda Divers (624) 143-8232 Cabo Adventures (624) 173-9500 Cabo Expeditions (624) 143-2700 Cabo San Lucas Tours by Johann & Sandra Toll-free from Mexico 01-800-822-4577 Eagle Divers (624) 143-9286 Manta (624) 144-3871 Nautilus Dive Tech (624) 143-0067 Ocean Riders Toll-free from Mexico 01-800-727-5391 Oceanus (624) 143.39.29

Advanced 110’-120’ 1 hour boat from La Playita, there is | JANUARY 2013 | JANUARY 2013


2nd Annual

Todos Santos Music Festival

Three Music and Fun filled Weekends in January Intimate Hotel concerts • Beach Party Saturday • Free finale concert in the town plaza • Musician Peter Buck of REM and Friends! The First Todos Santos Music Festival created by Peter Buck

of the legendary USA rock band REM was such a success, and so much fun, it is now well organized and the biggest happening in January! The indoor music and food events are at legendary Hotel California and the two outdoor events are the free finale in the Todos Santos town plaza and a newly added Saturday party on January 19 on the beach at Punto Lobos Beach just outside of town. The casual, Mexican historic atmosphere of Pueblo Magico beach community Todos Santos is a sharp contrast to electronic, acoustic music, but the variety of musicians involved in this festival makes each night a spontaneous unfolding of sounds and combinations! The frosting on the cake of this event is all profits go to the local charity called the Palapa Society whose work with the local children is well known. Last year’s event raised $35,000 us! The 4-lane highway from Cabo to Todos Santos is now open, making the trip an easy 45 minutes. It’s best to book a hotel overnight, as you never know who may show up one evening and keep the party going for hours!

Peter Buck, founding member of REM music group and the music organizer for the festival

FESTIVAL SCHEDULE Jan. 10 thru 12: SECOND ANNUAL TODOS SANTOS MUSIC FESTIVAL. This 10 day event benefits The Palapa Society and kicks off at Hotel California. Features R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and Friends; Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3; and The Minus 5. General admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. The only way to guarantee entrance at the Hotel California is to purchase VIP seats. Jan. 17 -18- 20: TODOS SANTOS MUSIC FESTIVAL continues at the Hotel California featuring The Posies and The Baseball Project. Jan. 19: TODOS SANTOS MUSIC FESTIVAL continues at Punto Lobos Beach and features Chuck Prophet (solo); The Elected; Jon Langford; The Posies; The Baseball Project; and surprise guests. Jan. 24 & 25: TODOS SANTOS MUSIC FESTIVAL continues at Hotel California and features Alejandro Escovedo and Joseph Arthur. General admission is on a firstcome, first-served basis. Jan. 26: TODOS SANTOS MUSIC FESTIVAL concludes with a Free TOWN PLAZA CONCERT featuring Alejandro Escovedo & The Sensitive Boys; Joseph Arthur; Torreblanca; Chuck Prophet & Mission Express; and surprise guests. Last year this event rocked until 1 AM! “Reserved Bleacher Seating” with table service is $15usd. VIP/Side Stage Tickets that includes complimentary buffet, beer and margaritas is; $60usd. Open at 7 pm. Music at 8 pm.

More info, The only way to guarantee entrance at the Hotel California is to purchase VIP seats. REM drummer Bill Berry

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Dzochen Buddhism UPCOMING RETREATS DHARMA EVENTS TSEGYALGAR WEST, BCS Los Naranjos (1 hour north of SJ airport)

January: Vajra Dance TBA Fbruary: Michael Katz on DREAM YOGA in Todos Santos Feb 8-11: Dream Yoga Retreat at TW Feb 11: Losar party at the Gar Feb 15-25: Mandarava Chudlen Sangha retreat with webcast March 5 - April 2: Nina Robinson teaches Mandarva and Chod. Group practice retreats. APRIL 26-28: Rimpoche’s retreat in Mexico City May 1-3: Teachings form the book of CHNN : “Life, Birth and Death” In Todos Santos TBA MAY 8-12: Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche VISIT TO BAJA. Dzogchen Teachings TBA. MAY 13-20: Song of the Vajra Dance part II with Bodhi Krause at the Gar (The first part will be in Mexico city on April 8-14.) | JANUARY 2013


By Sergio and Bryan Jáuregui, Todos Santos Eco Adventures Photos by: Kaia Thomson, Bryan Jauregui

T he cliffs of Todos Santos between the beaches of Punta Lobos and San Pedro make for one of the most spectacular walks in the Baja peninsula. Leaving behind the sweeping Pacific beach, a quick walk up the hill brings breathtaking views with dramatic rocky outcroppings and crashing surf. Throughout the walk there is the stunning vision of the desert landscape racing its way to the sea, and there are plenty of encounters with weird and wonderful flora and fauna. The walk goes past an active sea lion colony as well as the old shipping port of Los Algodones. During several months of the year both humpback and gray whales ply the waters underneath the cliffs and they are easy to spot from this high vantage point. After about 3 hours of walking the idyllic beach of San Pedro comes into view and it is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch. San Pedro features a beautiful marsh filled with bird life and a protective cove ringed by towering palms. It’s a great place to eat, relax, sunbathe, swim, read - just enjoy the bliss of being in Baja! Now all active nature lovers know that the body must be treated with respect to ensure maximum performance so after all that hiking the perfect place to show that respect is Los Bules Day Spa. Los Bules is a true Baja institution where Maria and her sisters share their bountiful talent for deep tissue, hot stone and Swedish massage in simple, palapa-style huts, decorated with the incredibly imaginative and fun gourds that Maria’s husband Scott grows and turns into works of art. Maria also has a temezcal, an authentic Aztec sauna that is a great spot for sweating out anything that may be ailing your system. Tel: 612-118-1062 Todos Santos has a remarkable array of restaurants for 22

nature lovers to choose from for refueling, including several places serving non-Mexican cuisine. Korean-born Suki Lim of Suki’s Restaurant serves up absolutely delicious Korean, Thai and Japanese food in a very charming outdoor garden, while Italian Chef Angelo Dalbon serves up favorites from the old country at Ristorante Tre Galline, his lovely restaurant on the main street with both indoor and garden dining. NOTE ON LOGISTICS: This hike is about 3 miles or about 3.5 hours. Most of the 600 ft climb is at the beginning, then gradual uphill, flat, then downhill. The terrain is rocky and uneven so moderate in difficulty. You will need a car at the beginning and end of the hike, as it is not close to any road or town. The easiest is to hire the local tour group Eco Adventures, and they will drop you off, pick, up and get you on the right path, and guide you if desired. And you can enjoy the breath taking experience of this rugged part of Baja Sur less than one hour away from Cabo! Sergio and Bryan Jáuregui are the owners and operators of Todos Santos Eco Adventures, the leading adventure travel company on the Baja Peninsula. All the activities featured in this article are part of the adventure vacations and day trips they offer from their home base in Todos Santos. Tel: 612-14-50189. | JANUARY 2013 | JANUARY 2013


Just One hour from Cabo! Every day Aereo Calafia airlines leaves the Cabo airport with a 13 seat plane for the city of Los Mochis, just one hour away. Another hour by car and your are in the Pueblo Magico town of El Fuerte and close to the train line for the early morning ride into the rugged Sierra Madre Occidental mountains. The train ride alone is one of the most spectacular in the world, and the high mountain destinations are a long way from the Cabo beaches, yet so easy to get to!

Another 13 seater heads north to Magdalena Bay from December - March, again just for an hour, delivering adventurers to spend the afternoon playing and feeling Grey Whales in calm oceanside bays. Both of these destination locations are unique in the world, and worthy experiences! Tour groups and small airlines have opened up these areas to regular travelers, and Cabo San Lucas is so convenient to fly from.


The Wondrous Copper Canyon

Destino Magazine recommends a 6 day tour based on the editor’s personal experience. Besides the fantastic geography, its special to discover the indigenous Indians known as the Tarahumara (Tara-oo-mura) or as they prefer Ráramuri which means “barefoot runners. They have occupied the Sierra Madre mountains - always. They have preserved many elements of their ancient culture, preferring to live in remote caves or small rock homes, and are very close to nature. Their have extraordinary skills weaving basketry while still maintaining a prehispanic style. Luckily they sell their wares throughout the tourist region. The Tarahamuras are famous for their running speed and are said to be the healthiest and most serene people on earth and the greatest runners of all time. They are the inspiration for the book “Born to Run”by Christopher McCougall, who also introduced the passionate American ultra runner Micah True, or Caballo Blanco as he was known in Mexico. Caballo died while running in May 2012 at the age of 58. The ultra marathon race that he organized for the Copper Canyon will still continue in 2013. Sports play a deep role in the Raramuri life and they have regular cross country races for both males and females, when someone is inspired to organize it. No regular schedule for these, but sometimes they run, nonstop for 2 days running hundreds of miles! Few have seen the Tarahumaras in action, but stories of their superhuman toughness and tranquillity have drifted out of the canyons for

centuries. One explorer spent ten hours climbing up and over a Copper Canyon mountain by mule; a Tarahumara runner made it in 90 minutes! In Tarahmura land there is no crime, war or theft. There is no corruption, obesity, drug addiction, greed, wife beating, child abuse, heart disease, high blood pressure or carbon emissions. They don’t get diabetes or depressed or even old. Fifty-year-olds can outrun teenagers and eighty-year-old great granddads can hike marathon distances up mountainsides. Their cancer rates are barely detectable. They have a oneof-a-kind financial system based on booze and random acts of kindness; instead of money they trade favors and big tubs of corn beer. The Tarahumara are industrious and inhumanly honest. One researcher speculates that after so many generations of truthfulness the Tarahumara brain was actually chemically incapable of forming lies. They are the kindest and happiest people on earth and are superhumanly serene but very tough with incredible tolerance for pain. One outsider who was lucky enough to witness one of their raves said the partiers got so blitzed that wives ripped each other’s

tops off in a bare-breasted wrestling march. Cabo Spring break is nothing compared to the Tarahumara under a harvest moon! They eat very little protein with their favorite food ground up corn spiced with their favorite delicacy, Bbqd mouse. They don’t rebuild their bodies between runs or work out or stretch or warm up or wear running shoes. Just thin sandals or barefoot. They just laugh and banter before a race, | JANUARY 2013

BA JA ADVEN T URE S then run like hell for 48 hours. They have no injuries or knee problems and their legs are tougher be-cause they have been running all their lives. They seem to be the opposite of the health advocated in the western society. How can this be? Is it a coincidence that the world’s most enlightened people are the world’s best runners? The Tarahumara have perfected being invisible. Many who live on cliffsides, climb up a long pole to their homes then pull the pole up! Tarahumara Energy Drink

The Tarahumara Indians are known world wide for their running skills. Their mountain homes, far removed from civilization and roads give them the training from birth to navigate uneven, rocky up-and-down paths, without injury. They have astonishing endurance, and can actually run for days, which they display in their annual races. Regular runners of the western world seek out their secrets, and one of them is chia fresca! This drink is made by dissolving chia seeds (found at most grocery stores, and we know Mega has them in their bulk bins) in water with a little sugar or honey and a squirt of lime. In terms of nutritional content, a tablespoon of chia is like a smoothie made from salmon, spinach and human growth hormone. These tiny seeds are packed with omega 35, omega 65, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, fiber, and antioxidants. If you had to pick one desert island food, you couldn’t do better than chia, which are known to build muscle, lower cholesterol and reduce heart disease. After a few months on the chia diet you could probably swim home! Chia was once so treasured, the Aztecs used to deliver it to their kings in homage. Aztec runners used to chomp chia seeds when they went into battle and the Hopis fuelled themselves on chia during their epic runs from Arizona to the Pacific. The Mexican state of Chiapas is actually named after the seed! Ultra Marathon Runners

Caballo Blaco Memorial Race 50 Mile Copper Canyon trails - March 3, 2013 - Run with the Raramuri (Tarahumara) - Cash prizes and food vales (vouchers), are rewarded to the top finishers. EVENT DETAILS:



6 Day Adventure from Cabo or La Paz “You are going to love this specially designed tour” Susan Carol, Editor, Destino

First Day: Fly from Cabo or La Paz to Los Mochis airport. Transfer by van to El Fuerte. 1 hour Overnight at Historic Posada del Hidalgo. No meals included. Second Day: Overnight Mision Hotel 7:45 - Transfer to train Station at El Fuerte 8:30 - Train leaves to Bahuichvio 8:40 - American breakfast on board the train. 12:30 - Arrival to Bahuichivo and transfer to Cerocahui (45 Min) 13:30 - Lunch at Mision Hotel Included. 16:00 - Walking tour, visiting church and boarding school. 18:00 - Happy hour. Drinks not included (2x1) 19:00 - Dinner at the Hotel (included) Third Day: Overnight at Mirador Hotel 7:00 - American Breakfast 8:00 - Tour to Gallegos Overlook point (3 hours) 11:30 - Check out go to train station 12:30 - Leave Posada Barrancas station 14:15 - Arrival and transfer to Mirador Hotel (5 min) 14:30 - Lunch at Mirador hotel (included) 16:00 - Walking tour of the area of Copper canyon (1 hour) 19:00 - Dinner at the hotel (included) Fourth Day: Second Overnight at Mirador Hotel 8:00 - American Breakfast 9:00 - Creel Tour visiting Arareko lake and San Ignacio Mision 14:00 - Lunch at the hotel (included) Free afternoon - Optional horse tour or Overlook Point tours 19:00 - Dinner at the hotel (included) Fifth Day: Overnight at Posada del hidalgo 8:00 - American Breakfast 9:00 - Tour to Divisadero Overlook Point (2 Hour) Optional Tram & Zip Line adventure 12:45 - Transfer hotel to train station 13:00 - Lunch on board the train (included) 19:00 - Arrival at El Euerte train station and transfer to hotel 19:30 - Dinner at Posada del Hidalgo hotel (included) Sixth Day: American Breakfast (included) 13:30 - Transfer hotel to international airport of Los Mochis


First Class Train Tickets to: El Fuerte - Bahuichivo - Posada Barrancas - El Fuerte 5 nights Hotel accommodations, 13 meals, all tours, all taxes, all transfers from airport, hotel and train Price per person in one room (2 double beds per room): Single $1425 Triple $905 Double $ 990 Quadruple $865 Child (4 -11 years) $435 Price includes 16% tax *Most flights leave daily, Train and land tours leave daily

AIR RESERVATIONS: Aereo Calafia Airlines

Round Trip flights Cabo - Los Mochis Approx 2800 pesos ($215 usd) | JANUARY 2013


Yes you Can! Owning Real Estate in Los Cabos by Blake Harrington You’ve been to Cabo a few times and with our perfect weather year-around, beautiful beaches, stunning sunsets, and attractive lifestyle, you are now considering a more permanent move to Cabo. You are not alone! In the past 10 years, thousands of residents in Cabo have migrated from the United States and Canada making Los Cabos their home. Owning Real Estate is entirely possible and many foreign investors/buyers have come to the market to pick up on great deals in stable, safe Baja Sur.

The basics for foreign investment revolves around the method of purchase available for foreigners, a bank trust called the “Fideicomiso”. The Mexican government realized they needed to make foreign investment available in Mexico and passed the Foreign Investment Act of 1993. Since the Mexican Constitution prohibits foreigners from owning property within 60 miles of the U.S. border, or within 30 miles off the coastline (as Los Cabos is), a secure form of holding title was needed and created with the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994. The “Fideicomiso” is a trust, just like an estate trust in the U.S., which gives the Purchaser all rights of ownership and is the legal equivalent of Deeded Property, as we refer to it in the States. In order to obtain rights of ownership, the Department of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City issues a permit to the Mexican bank of the buyer’s choice, which allows the bank to act as “Purchaser” of the property. Simply put, the bank acts as the “Trustee” for the trust and the Purchaser is the “Beneficiary” of the trust. The trust is not an asset of the bank - the banks only act as the Trustee to hold the trust. 26

Just like living wills and estate trusts in the U.S., the Mexican bank, or Trustee, takes instruction only from the Beneficiary of the trust. The Beneficiary has the right to use, occupy, lease/rent and possess the property, including the right to build and improve the property as well. The Beneficiary may also sell the property by transferring the rights to another individual. The term of the trust is 50 years, but the trust can be renewed for additional periods of 50 years indefinitely, thus allowing long term control over the property. Another question that is popular is about financing for foreigners. Mortgages are currently available to Mexicans with many of the major national Mexican banks, and the loans are done in pesos. However, currently there is little to no availability for traditional financing through American banking institutions. Some hard money lenders are available, but interest rates can easily be in the double digits. What many buyers are exploring now is “seller financing”. In some cases, seller’s offer financing on their property with specific terms that depend on down-payment, interest rate, and length of financing. This is becoming a more popular trend in Cabo, but it is only offered on a case by case basis and depends entirely on the seller’s willingness to finance a buyer and required terms. The housing market steadily improving over the last 18 months, 2013 shows great promise. I believe we are looking at exciting times to come in Cabo Real Estate as there are new developments building again and great pricing on quality properties all over. Our brokerage has seen a greater number of buyers in the market now

compared to in the last few years and market times for listings are starting to decrease, showing a stronger, healthier market. If you have any questions about Cabo Real Estate, REmexico takes pride in explaining the process of home ownership in Cabo and will gladly step you through the process. You can educate yourself on our market, search all listings in the area, and stay up to date on community news and events at

Blake Harrington is a licensed CA Realtor and the Managing Partner of REmexico Real Estate Group with offices in Cabo San Lucas, San Jose, and Loreto. For any questions visit or email | JANUARY 2013 | JANUARY 2013


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