In the heart of the Trinidad Sierra, on the road between the East Cape and Los Cabos, there are several charming villages and hamlets whose inhabitants are artisan-farmers who devote themselves to handcraft production and fruit farming.
There is nothing better than a visit to San Bartolo to enjoy traditional guava, pitahaya and mango sweets, turnovers and fruit preserves, the regional sweets.
San Bartolo is 59 miles (95 km) north of San Jose del Cabo along the highway connecting SJD and La Paz (Carretera Transpeninsular/San José del Cabo-Lapaz/México 1), if you’re going in this direction you’ll find the town just before starting up to Sierra de La Laguna.
La Paz is at almost exactly the same distance to the north 58 miles/93km.
Other products you can enjoy here are, machaca burritos, meat empanadas (meat-pies) with chile colorado, tamales and seasonal fruit (mango criollo, for example).
This part of the Baja peninsula has very mild weather, lots of sun, though, but this makes it well suited for outdoor activities and camping (remember the sunblock).
Unlike most of the peninsula, this town has a small stream that goes through it with water most of the year, it provides the water that feeds the orchards and mango, guava and lemon trees. These in turn provide the tasteful base ingredients for the local preserves and home-made sweets.
- Population: 395 inhabitants (2010 census)
- Elevation: 1180 feet over sea level
- Part of La Paz Municipality
- Coordinates: 23° 44′ 17″N / 109° 50′ 44″W
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Author: M. A. Gallardo