Todos Santos is a small coastal town in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, on the Pacific coast side of the Baja California Peninsula, about an hour’s drive north of Cabo San Lucas on Highway 19 and an hour’s drive southwest from La Paz. Todos Santos is located very near the Tropic of Cancer in the municipality of La Paz. The population was 6,485 at the census of 2015. It is the second-largest town in the municipality.
The mission at what is now Todos Santos, Misión Santa Rosa de las Palmas was founded by father Jaime Bravo in 1723. In 1724 it was renamed Nuestra Señora del Pilar located across the street to the southwest from the small town plaza, this mission contains the statue of the Virgin of Pilar, which is the focus of Todos Santos’s main festival in November.
During the Mexican American War the Skirmish of Todos Santos, the last battle of the war, was fought near the town on March 30, 1848.
During the 19th century following the secularization of the missions, Todos Santos thrived as the Baja sugarcane capital, supporting eight sugar mills at the end of the 19th Century. Only one existed by the time the town’s freshwater spring dried up in 1950 and that last mill closed in 1965.
Todos Santos faced a bleak future until the spring came back to life in 1981 and the Mexican Government paved Highway 19 in the mid-1980s. The highway brought tourists and the rich farmlands have been revived. The town now prospers from farming vegetables, chilies, avocados, papayas and mangoes; as well as from fishing and ranching.
Todos Santos City Tour Includes:
- Panoramic views of the Pacific
(at Rancho Gaspareño)
- Mexican blanket weavery
- Agricole Cooperativa (Closed from Aug to Oct)
- Regional Sweets Store
- Casa de la Cultura & Casa del Ranchero
(Optional at additional cost: $2 USD per person)
- Art Gallery Walk
- Old Jesuit Mission “Nuestra Señora del Pilar”
- Theater “Manuel Marquez de Leon”
- Tropic of Cancer Band & Piedra del Sol
- Tequila Tasting at Barron´s Jewelry
- Hotel California: Lunch time on your own
- (Additional $20 USD)
- Shopping Time
- Panoramics Views at Punta Lobos
(Kid Ages 3 to 9 years old)
|CHECK IN TIME||Hotel pick up and drop off.|
9 AM to 3 PM
|NOT INCLUDED||Gratuity not included with price and greatly appreciated.|
*Activity Level: Easy
*We will contact you before tour date to arrange pick up time at your hotel.
*We provide free round-trip transportation on this tour.
*Tour is subject to availability, we recommend you book at least 24 hours in advance.
WHAT TO BRING
- Credit Card
- Cash for gratuity, souvenirs, snacks, lunch, drinks.