Mulegé, just 38 miles
south of Santa Rosalía, is situated in a lush valley
and thrives off a fresh water stream that flows into an estuary
on its way to the sea. This special place was discovered by
the Jesuit father Juan Maria de Salvatierra. In 1705, Juan
Maria Basaldúa and father Juan de Ugarte founded the
mission and named it Santa Rosalía de Mulegé.
The origin of the name of Mulegé is
derived from the Cochimies phrase"carmaanc galexa,"
meaning "large ravine of the white mouth."
Mulegé has long been a favorite destination
for tourists who seek rest and nature, from sportfishermen
to history buffs and ecologists, to admirers of the striking
Bay of Conception. Located a few short kilometers from Mulegé,
the Bay boasts fantastic landscapes and numerous soft, white
sand beaches such as Santispac, Concepción, Los Cocos,
El Burro, El Coyote, Buenaventura, El Requesón and
In a tour through the town, a visit to the mission church
is recommended as well as the regional museum (located in
the old state penitentiary building), the river estuary and
El Sombrerito beach.
Mulegé offers a full palette of quality
services – many diverse hotels, RV parks, restaurants,
a bus depot, a national airport, sportfishing, and scuba diving
agencies and wide array of adventure tours ranging from cave
paintings to ecology treks.