The small town of Mulegé is located in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur and has around 3500 residents. This quiet village, with its traditional town square and ancient missionary building, retains much of the “Old Mexico” atmosphere. Here you will find people fishing for a living and welcoming the tourist trade to their open doors.
Situated in a valley between two hills and surrounded by swaying palm trees and beautiful, colorful bougainvillea gardens, Mulege is said to be one of the loveliest cities in Baja California Sur. And that “Old World” charm is complemented by the city’s inviting tropical climate and its position along the Mulege River and the nearby Sea of Cortez, providing its visitors with a desert oasis of date, olive, and fruit trees, such as mango, orange, and figs.
Mulege’s main attractions include:
The 18th Century Santa Rosalia Mission – shortly after Mulege was discovered in 1702 by Juan Maria Salvatierra, a Jesuit priest, construction began on the Santa Rosalia Mission. The stone structure, set along the banks of the Mulege River, was completed in 1766 and was the 3rd mission established in Baja California Sur. The declining indigenous population led to the mission being abandoned in 1828, but it has been restored several times since that time.
The Scenic Overlook – behind the mission, a trail climbs a short distance to a volcanic bluff that overlooks the palm tree lined dry river bed of Santa Rosalía and its environs. It’s truly one of Mulege’s nicest visual highlights and well worth seeing, even for those who are just passing through town.
The Mulege Museum – housed in a 1907 building that was previously a state penitentiary building, its displays include relics from the Santa Rosalia Mission and other historic artifacts. An interesting fact about the old prison is that it was a jail without bars. Convicts were let out to go to work each day, but after work they had to return to jail. It sounds like the first “work release” program. Ironically, escape attempts rarely occurred, and if someone tried to break out, other prisoners chased the miscreant and put him back in jail.
Deep Sea Fishing – a big sport in Mulege because the surrounding waters of the Mulege River and the Sea of Cortez attract a large variety of fish. Here you’ll find yourself angling for over a100 species, including marlin, sailfish, and wahoo (a species of tuna).
Caves at Sierra de San Borjita and La Trinidad – view paintings and petroglyphs created by historical native tribes.
The Beaches – explore water sports or spend time working on your tan at Mulege’s soft, white-sand beaches, including the Bahía de Concepción, Sombrerito, Buenaventura, Santispac, Los Cocos, El Burro, El Coyote, El Requesón and Armenta.
Scuba Diving – local businesses provide guides to Mulege’s spectacular diving spots, such as around the Santa Inés Islands and Punta Concepción. They offer all levels of diving instruction, as well as equipment for other outdoor water sports.
In Mulege, you will find many attractions right around town, whether it be exploring the ancient mission and the museum, or just enjoying the arresting landscape. And if you are looking for other exciting things to do, you will find that most tourist services are available on or around the town square, Jardín Corona.