(85 km/53 miles)
Today we have a short jaunt along the completed and divided 4 lane freeway and we’ve now completed the southern loop having returned to La Paz which is (Spanish for “The Peace”) and the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur. We will be staying at Campestre Maranatha for the next 3 days and have have excursions planned into town to a very unique overlook, a family run Pottery Studio, a visit to the old town Mercado, a stroll on the stunning La Paz Malecon and much more.
La Paz is an important regional commercial center and has a metropolitan population of roughly 200,000 persons because of surrounding towns like el Centenario, el Zacatal and San Pedro. La Paz was first inhabited by neolithic hunter-gatherers at least 10,000 years ago who left traces of their existence in the form of rock paintings near the city and throughout Baja peninsula. On May 3, 1535, Hernan Cortes arrived in the bay by La Paz and named it Santa Cruz; he attempted to start a colony but abandoned his efforts after several years due to logistical problems. In 1596 Sebastion Vizcaino arrived, giving the area its modern name, La Paz.