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San Ignacio

A picturesque town settled in amidst an oasis in the middle of the desert, San Ignacio offers a wealth of activities for the adventurous traveler. Kayaking on the river, hiking and bird watching through its palm forest, and swimming in the water spring are some of the outdoor activities, whereas visiting the Rock Art Museum or the Jesuit Museum will make you revive the cultural background of the area.

Great and new emotions await you in San Ignacio!


The following are hotels and B&B available in town. Costs are provided just for reference. Call them to verify availability and specific accommodation prices. From regular phones within Mexico dial 01 (615) and the 7-digit number, from cell phones dial 045 instead 01; from abroad Mexico, after your country exit code dial +52 (Mexico's country code), area code (615) and the actual 7-digit number (from the USA, for instance, you must dial 011-52, and then the last 7-digits).

Hotel Baja Oasis

Transpeninsular Highway (Mex-1), 74 km NW of Sta Rosalía.
500 meters east of the junction leading to San Ignacio
US$25/double and US$20/single occupancy room
Tel (615) 154-0111. E-mail

Hotel Desert Inn

On the road to San Ignacio, 1.5 km after yielding from Highway 1. Left side of the road, 500 m. before downtown.
US$85/ double occupancy room
Tel (615) 154-0300. E-mail.
Toll-free from USA & Canada: 01-5550904200
01-5550904306 Ext. 4595

Hotel La Posada

Domicilio Conocido (just ask).
Within walking distance from the Plaza
US$25/ room with two single beds
Tel (615) 154-0313

Casa Lerée

Traditional guest house, half block from the plaza
US$35-65/ double-triple accommodation
Tel (615) 154-0158. E-mail.

Hotel Ricardo's

Barrio San Lino exit
US$45/double and $30/single occupancy room
Tel (615) 154-0283. Correo-e

Hotel Ignacio Springs

On the road to San Ignacio, 300 mts after yielding from Highway 1. Left side of the road, 1,500 mts. before downtown.
Approx. US$50 and $70/single occupancy room
Tel (615) 154-0333. Correo-e

Hotel La Huerta

Near the INAH museum,
Street Profr. Gilberto Valdivia Peña

Approx. US$40 and $50 single occupancy room
Tel (615) 154-0016.

Hotel Cabañitas

Av. Venustiano Carranza, Left side, Approx. 100 mts after La Huerta Market.
Cell. (615) 112-0154

Los Petates Camping Site

On the road to San Ignacio, 500 mts after yielding from Highway 1. Right side of the road, on the river side 1,300 mts. before downtown.
Cell. (615) 103-5197

History of San Ignacio

Kadakamaan was the name that the Cochimí natives gave this Oasis. Jesuit missionaries discovered it in 1706, and in 1728 Father Juan Luyando Bautista initiated the construction of the Mission of San Ignacio de Loyola. Works were continued by Father Fernando Consag and finished by the Dominican Father Juan Crisóstomo Gómez in 1786.

The cultivation of numerous types of plants and trees, facilitated by the abundance of water and fertile land, became the support of the region. Although reduced, this activity is still practiced today.

At present San Ignacio is filled with thousands of date palm trees which surround the oasis and the town, and the system of drains that the Jesuit missionaries designed to distribute the water, still works.

In San Ignacio there is a water spring, mainly of volcanic origin, that forms the river of the same name and a beautiful pond for swimming and kayaking, and that gives life to the region as water reservoir.

San Ignacio is a real oasis in the middle of the Baja Californian desert