Todos Santos is situated 50 miles south of La Paz and 46 miles north of Cabo San Lucas at the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna. The town looks to the Pacific Ocean among the greens of the rich farm crops, the palm groves, the mango and avocado trees and the canebrakes of the Valle del Pilar.
Todos Santos was established as the site of the mission of Nuestra Senora del Pilar de La Paz, by father Jaime Bravo in 1723. It reached the status of mission with the name of Santa Rosa de Todos Santos, in honor of its benefactor, dona Rosa de la Pena. The population of La Paz mission was transferred there and then it was abandoned in 1749. Since then it has carried the name of Nuesta Senora del Pilar de Todos Santos.
The fertile land and the abundance of water have allowed for successes in agriculture , especially in the early farming of sugar cane. In 1850 there were eight sugar mills. This bonanza lasted about 100 years and accounts for the beautiful colonial style buildings that first fell into ruin and are now being restored. The draining of the springs, droughts and the low prices of sugar after WWII accounted for the collapse of the economy. The rich farm land has been re-worked and now produces goods for the local markets and for Cabo.
The town is home to painters, sculptors, artisans and intellectuals. Two miles from the Pacific Ocean, the visitor to Todos Santos can enjoy the proximity to beaches and surf. In town, walk past colonial buildings from the last century, the mission and private homes that have been restored. It is possible to take a guided ecological tour to the Reserve of the Biosphere of Sierra de la Laguna. Inquire at your hotel.
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