the wonderful desert of baja california
Despite being famous all over the world for its crystal-clear sea and huge beaches, Baja California has much more to offer, but only if you really want to discover it.
An example? The Baja California Desert!
Baja California Desert: 50.000 Miles Of Wonders
The Baja California Desert has an extension of almost 50,000 square miles all along the peninsula, enclosed between the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean.
Unlike what you might think, the beaches and the desert are not the only things you can find on the peninsula: there’s also mountains!
This extreme variety makes Baja California and its breathtaking views of the ocean and the multicolored mountains one of the most unique areas of Mexico.
Let yourself be immersed in this scenario, one of the most beautiful experiences you can have in this area (and not only here!).
Being a desert, high temperatures and low humidity are one of the main characteristics of the area, allowing the proliferation of those plants finding nourishment in a hard and dry soil.
Vegetation in the Baja California Desert features small leaves, which often suffer as a result of the drought.
Mesquite, Palo Verde and Palo Blanco are some of the plants and trees you can find in the desert along the winding, crooked roads.
Other plants are also widespread, such as:
Baja California Desert: Plant Life
• acacia trees;
• fan palms;
• Mexican blue palms
Bushes of creosote and sage are pretty common in the driest areas. But you can also find lots of unusual plants in this desert, such as the boojum tree (Cirios), a variety you can only find in Baja California.
Moreover, only here you can find more than 110 species of cacti, many of which are endemic, including the cardon, the largest cactus in the world, which can grow up to 50 feet, living more than 1,600 years.
When cactuses are in bloom, you will experience an unexpected and multicolored show, thanks to their big showy flowers, whose colors go from the most vivid to the most delicate nuances.
Most of them are light gray, to better camouflage but also to limit the absorption of the inclement sunlight.
Evolution and adaptation have led them to modify part of their behavior, making them mostly active in the cooler hours, such as twilight or around dawn.
It will be easier to spot them at these times of day.
Baja California Desert: Animal Life
In the Baja California desert, you will be able to find a lot of different wild animals:
rodents, such as squirrels, mice, rats and rabbits;
the Correcamino, famous for its speed and mostly for the Looney Tunes cartoons, in which they manage to avoid all the traps set by its funny and unlucky enemy;
amphibians and reptiles, such as lizards, rattlesnakes, geckos and spiny-tailed iguanas, particularly in some desert areas;
bats, largely present, essential for pollination of cactuses and agaves in bloom.
Without a doubt, the most subtle mammal in the Baja peninsula is the coyote, the same one that runs behind the poor Correcamino.
The gray fox, the ponytail, lick, lynx, badgers, deer, mules. Bighorns, otherwise known as desert sheep, can also be found throughout the desert.
Mountain lions (ie pumas), on the other hand, are most common in the surrounding mountain areas.
Baja California also houses about 300 species of birds, some of which only live in this peninsula.
Baja California Desert: Desert Only By Name
As you can see, the Baja California desert is a desert only by name, being light years away from the idea of an inhospitable place both for man, animals and plants.
Like every other ecosystem, in fact, it hosts natural beauty and life, causing wonder and emotion.
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