The Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve in northern Baja California Sur is a declared protected area designed to safeguard and preserve the natural beauty of Vizcaino’s environment along with providing a sanctuary for its magnificent wild flora and fauna, many of them endangered species. This reserve is considered so important that in 1993 it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is truly a desert reserve full of astonishing marvels! The awe-inspiring desert scenery topped off with old and new monuments, traces of missionary settlements, ancient architecture, and filled with hospitable native people will make this an adventure that you won’t soon forget.
The Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve covers more than one million acres stretching from the Vizcaino Peninsula on the Pacific coast to the Sea of Cortez. The reserve includes the desert as well as two important lagoons – Ojo de Liebre / Guerrero Negro and Laguna San Ignacio. These lagoons play host to both the Gray and the Humpback whales that visit the area each winter (Dec.-March) coming from the northern cold waters of the Arctic Ocean and the Behring Sea. Hundreds of whales come to calve and care for their babies in the warm, gentle waters of these lagoons. Other marine lives claiming a home in these waters are the elephant seal, the vitulina seal, and the sea lion. Observatories are set up along the shore for you to easily observe this spectacular show.