Volcán Las Tres Virgenes
Approximately 30 kilometers north of Santa Rosalía, the local ejidatarios have come together with the Mexican government (CONANP) as part of the Reserva de la Biósfera to construct bungalows (similar in style and concept to those of Valle de los Cirios) and a lodge, all with breathtaking views of this extinct volcano and surrounding area.
Until recently, this part of the interior was inaccessible to most travelers except hunters who stalked the borrego cimarrón (desert bighorn sheep). Licensed guides now offer a variety of ecotours, including hikes to the top of the volcano (recommended mid-Oct.–mid-Apr.), tours to Laguna San Ignacio for whale-watching (Dec.–Mar.), hikes throughout the surrounding area to view the borregos, and tours to the cave paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco.
Simple cabanas provide visitors a chance to experience true desert tranquility. Interested visitors should contact Juan Villa Vicencio or Marcial Landeros Valdez (tel. 615/155-4241, desertsheep5 [at] yahoo [dot] com) ahead of time, or those with open travel plans should drive in and be prepared to stay or move on.
© Nikki Goth Itoi from Moon Baja, 9th Edition