Visit the Punta Mazo Nature Reserve

Reserva Natural Punta Mazo emblema

The Punta Mazo Nature Reserve is a great place for nature lovers and people who enjoy outdoor activities. Please recreate responsibly when visiting this protected area and follow the code of conduct.

Punta Mazo is a place of great natural and archeological value, there are two extinct volcanoes and it’s home to unique species of plants and animals. It was certified by the federal government in 2014.

Photo by Alejandro Arias.

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Schedule and access

The reserve is open to the public from Monday to Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and there is no entrance fee. Visitors need to register online prior to their visit. We also have different lodging options to choose from, like cabins and camping areas (more information below).

Photo by Alejandro Arias.

Directions

Nearest airport

  • The nearest airport is Tijuana International Airport.
  • Driving time from Tijuana to Ensenada is around 2 hours, from there is a 3-hours drive to San Quintin.

From Ensenada

  • Take the Transpeninsular Highway (also known as Reforma avenue) and go straight to the south. Driving time to San Quintin is 3 hours.

From San Quintin

  • Drive south on Transpeninsular Highway and turn right on Lazaro Cardenas street. Follow the unpaved road to La Chorera (between 40 and 50 minutes).
  • From La Chorera drive south along the beach for approximately 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) and continue through a dune road of approximately 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) until you reach the visitor center and El Refugio. If you need guidance, please follow the directions on Google Maps to get to La Chorera. Please don’t follow the directions on Google Maps to get directly to Punta Mazo, it will take you to a road that doesn’t exist.

Cabins and camping area

We have different lodging options you can choose from at the Villa Ecologica (Eco Village). Please make a reservation at least one week in advance.

  • La Palapa
  • El Correcaminos
  • Los Agaves
  • Los Volcanes
  • El Choro
  • El Faro
  • La Ballena
  • La Langosta

El Refugio

Enjoy this cabin that is just 20 meters (65 feet) away from the rocky beach. In the mornings you can enjoy your coffee at the terrace where you’ll be able to watch dolphins, sea lions playing in the waves and if you’re lucky even whales. Here you have access to pit toilets and hot showers.

  • Baños secos
  • Habitación con literas en El Refugio
  • Cocina en El Refugio
  • Área común en El Refugio
  • Regaderas cerca de El Refugio y La Palapa

Available to rent per night ✅

  • 🏠 Capacity: 10 people. 4 bunk beds (2 with single beds and 2 with single and double-beds)
  • 💲 Cabin rental fee: $20.00 US dollars / per night & per person.
  • 🚻 Access to pit toilets and hot showers powered by solar energy.

Amenities

  • Light powered by solar panels.
  • Water tank and drinking water.
  • Wi-Fi. 
  • TV.
  • Fully equipped kitchen and dining room.
  • Basic cooking utensils.
  • Multiple use area. 
  • Fire pit area. 
  • 24-hour surveillance.
  • Parking.

La Palapa

Let the sound of the waves and the sea breeze start your day in this large camping site, which is just 15 meters (49 feet) from the rocky beach. This place is perfect if you like to be in touch with nature, but with the comfort of having access to pit toilets and hot showers.

  • Reserva Natural Punta Mazo (6)
  • Reserva Natural Punta Mazo (4)
  • Baños secos
  • Regaderas cerca de El Refugio y La Palapa
  • La Palapa

Available to rent per night ✅

  • ⛺ Capacity: up to 7 tents
  • 💲 Cabin rental fee: $10.00 US dollars / per night & per person. 
  • 🚻 Access to pit toilets and hot showers powered by solar energy.

Amenities

  • Fire pit area.
  • Cooking table.
  • A palapa to cover from the sun and wind.
  • 24-hour surveillance.
  • Parking.

El Correcaminos

Stay in this cabin located in front of the rocky beach and wake up with the sound of birds and waves. It’s located just 200 meters (656 feet) away from El Playon, a beautiful 4 mile long sandy beach.

  • El Correcaminos
  • El Correcaminos
  • Cocina en El Correcaminos

Available to rent per night ✅

  • 🏠 Capacity: 4 people. 2 rooms (1 room with a double-bed and 1 room with 2 single beds). 1 full bathroom.
  • 💲Cabin rental fee: $25.00 US dollars / per night & per person. 

Amenities

  • Light powered by solar panels.
  • Water tank.
  • Wi-Fi.
  • Fully equipped kitchen.
  • Basic cooking utensils.
  • Living room and dining area.
  • Porch.
  • 24-hour surveillance.
  • Parking.

Know before you go

Important

  • Water: this is a limited resource in the area, please use it moderately.
  • Electricity: it’s obtained by solar energy, please don’t charge multiple devices at the same time or at night.
  • Waste separation: at the nature reserve you will find signs with instructions on how to sort recyclable residues properly. If you have questions you can also ask the park rangers.
  • Pets: dogs have to be on a leash at all times.
  • Smoking: it’s only allowed outside the cabins, please deposit the butts in the designated container.
  • Transportation: the roads in the nature reserve are sandy, so having a 4×4 vehicle is essential.
  • Access: when the tide is high it’s difficult to get to the entrance to the nature reserve, so we recommend checking the tide calendar before your trip.
  • Other considerations: the nearest store is 40 minutes away and the nearest gas station is 50 minutes away.

Pit toilets

  • If you stay at El Refugio and La Palapa you will have access to pit toilets, this is a system where human waste is treated through a composting process, which allows organic matter to decompose and be reintegrated into the soil without impacting it.
  • Help us with this process by adding the appropriate doses of sawdust and ash after use. Avoid throwing other waste, as they spoil the process and thus the possibility of reintegrating into the environment, in addition to making cleaning difficult.
  • In the bathrooms you will see an infographic with the instructions the bathrooms, if you have questions you can also ask our park rangers.

When to visit?

  • Winter: the maximum average temperature is 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) and the minimum 13 (55.4 Fahrenheit). This is the rainy season in the region and you can watch many migratory shorebirds in the bay.
  • Spring: the average maximum temperature is 22 degrees (71.6 Fahrenheit) and the minimum is 14 (57.2 Fahrenheit). The weather is quite pleasant and if there has been rain in the previous months, many flowers can be seen.
  • Summer: the average maximum temperature is 31 degrees (87.8 Fahrenheit) and the minimum (73.4 Fahrenheit). Between April and August the sandy beaches are used by some birds to lay their nests. This is also the time when there are many mosquitoes and rattlesnakes can be found among the bushes.
  • Autumn: the average maximum temperature is 29 (84.2 Fahrenheit) and the minimum is 21(69.8 Fahrenheit). The days are sunny and cool and the nights can get cold. In these months migratory shorebirds begin to arrive.
Photo by Mirna Borrego.

How to make a reservation?

  1. Fill in the following form for daytime visiting or for booking a cabin or camping area.
  2. Wait for the confirmation email and the reservation number.
  3. Pay the cabin rental fee making a donation here (click on the Donate button and add the total amount).
  4. Send the proof of payment to turismo@terrapeninsular.org, please indicate your name and reservation number.
  5. Show your reservation number to the park rangers upon entry.

The rental fee allows us to continue protecting the nature reserve and carry out management and conservation actions. Prices may change or be updated without prior notice.

Photo by Alejandro Arias.

COVID-19 information for visitors

We’re currently following the measures by the state government to help prevent the spread of COVID-19; therefore, an entrance protocol will be implemented to guarantee the health and well-being of visitor and park rangers.

Please follow the preventive measures upon entering:

  1. Please use a face mask when entering and leaving the nature reserve.
  2. Temperature checks will be performed to visitors upon entry to the nature reserve.
  3. Please keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others. Stay single file if needed.
  4. Share the trail and respect the personal space of others.
  5. Wash your hands regularly and use a 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  6. Stay at home if you have the following symptoms: fever, headache, sneezing, cough, and shortness of breath.
  7. Only groups of 7 people or less are allowed, and avoid crowded areas.
  8. Avoid direct contact with others and shaking hands.
  9. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze and cough with the inside of your elbow.
Medidas de prevención en actividades al aire libre
Prevention measures for outdoors activities.

Rules

The nature reserves are unique places in the world, therefore, it’s important to enjoy their landscapes responsibly and respect the natural environment. To protect these places and allow other visitors to enjoy them too, please follow the code of conduct.

Recreate responsibly

Do’s

  1. Pick up your trash and help us keep the area clean.
  2. Dogs always on a leash.
  3. Follow the marked trails and paths.
  4. Observe and admire wildlife from a distance.
  5. Be considerate of other visitors and respect other people’s experience.
  6. Take your own firewood and make small fires in the established areas.
  7. Camp in established areas.

Dont’s

  1. Travel with motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and ATVs.
  2. Fireworks.
  3. Take plants, shells, rocks and other objects of nature.
  4. Littering.
  5. Hunting.
  6. Touch and feed wild animals.
  7. Use speakers or loudspeakers.

Things to do

  • Take a picture at the monumental sign at the entrance of the nature reserve.
  • Climb the Sudoeste and Monte Mazo volcanoes.
  • Surfing.
  • Trekking.
  • Nature and landscape photography.
  • Bird watching in fall and winter.
  • Scientific research and monitoring.
  • If there is a clear night, you can even view the Milky Way.
Photo by Alejandro Arias.

Share your adventure

  • Find us on Facebook and Instagram @terrapeninsular.
  • Share photos and videos about your experience on social media, and make sure to tag us and use the hashtag #ForTheLoveOfBajaCalifornia
  • If you’d like to write a short article about your adventure, find the guidelines and steps here.
Photo by Terra Peninsular.

Contact us

For more information, please contact Vitza Cabrera at turismo@terrapeninsular.org