Extensive network of trails honeycomb desert foothills in and around Los Cabos

Los Cabos, Mexico (Feb. 23, 2024) – Whilethe tip of the Baja peninsula is justly famous for its coastal wonders—golden beaches, rolling waves, spouting whales, and world-class fishing—often overlooked is the region’s rugged interior, which holds many treasures. The mountain-desert-ocean ecosystem in Los Cabos and its environs is unique and worth exploring.

Dozens of trails weave through the desert foothills, bringing hikers into a magical realm. The best times to hike are early morning and late afternoon, when temperatures are lower and the sun is less strong.

A pair of luxury all-inclusive resorts make the perfect home base for Baja hiking. Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Golf & Spa Resort is a family-friendly getaway that crowns a coastal bluff high above the sea. Its sister property, Pueblo Bonito Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort, is an adults-only hideaway known for its romantic ambience. Both properties front a glorious stretch of pristine ocean beach, itself a great place for a walk. But for those who’ve brought their trail shoes or sneakers, there are a bevy of popular trails nearby, from easy to challenging.

Some of the region’s most scenic hikes are conveniently located in and around Cabo San Lucas, just minutes from the two resorts. A few are a little further afield. Here’s a sampling.

Pacific Satellite Tower Hike. Satellite towers mark the highest elevation points in Los Cabos. The trailhead for this hike is situated near the entrance to Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach.  The zigzag route leads to the summit of ConAgra Mountain, which serves up dazzling views of Cabo San Lucas, its bay, the ocean and the clifftop enclave of Pedregal.Difficulty level: Moderate.

Corridor Satellite Tower Hike.  A group of satellite towers commands the top of a mountain 20 minutes from Quivira Los Cabos. The trail’s broad, serpentine loops ascend a wide dirt road that leads to the towers.  The payoff? Top-of-the-world views of Land’s End, interior mountains, and downtown Cabo San Lucas. Difficulty level: Moderate.

Estero San Jose. San Jose Estuary is a protected wildlife sanctuary 45 minutes from Pueblo Bonito Resorts. Birds range from ospreys and hawks to an array of waterfowl not commonly seen in Los Cabos. Difficulty level: Easy.

Punta Lobos. Situated on the outskirts of Todos Santos an hour’s drive north of Cabo San Lucas, this spectacular hike features a steep-but-worth-it climb, stunning ocean views, and abundant sea life, including whales and dolphins. Look for sea lions basking on the rocks far below. Difficulty level: Moderate.

Costa Azul Canyon. Located near San Jose del Cabo, this 8.4-km out-and-back trail offers a pleasant stroll along a sandy wash through the bottom of a canyon flanked by imposing rock formations. Domesticated horses and cattle freely roam the sandy road. Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate.

Sierra de la Laguna. This majestic mountain range dominates the southernmost portion of the Baja peninsula, its tallest peak rising to 2,090 meters (6,857 feet). These craggy mountains represent the big leagues of Baja hiking. Adventurers can climb in altitude to subtropical highlands, where the desert cactus gives way to verdant oak and pine forests. Guided hikes can be booked through Cabo Outfitters or Baja Wild. Difficulty level: Moderate to Challenging. 

Through the resort’s Q Life activities and lifestyle programming, guided hikes throughout the community’s trails and to its lighthouses are offered and available to Quivira Los Cabos residents and Pueblo Bonito Resort. Additionally, the resort concierge can provide trail maps or arrange for hiking guides through local outdoor outfitters.

Best of all, after a hike, both resorts have an Armonia Spa offering a full menu of treatments to soothe tired muscles.

For additional information or reservations, access the website at www.pueblobonito.com.

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