Cactus Sanctuary

Cactus Sanctuary, El Triunfo: Address, Cactus Sanctuary Reviews: 4/5

Cactus Sanctuary
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Becky208
Boise, ID28 contributions
Escape in Nature. Sanctuary in Progress. Loved It.
Nov 2021
This place was a highlight of our trip. 30-45 minutes for the nature lover that just wants to experience beautiful solitude. 1-3 hours for the plant head.

There are a couple cactus in here you'll probably only see once in your life (right here!).

You'll meet a caretaker trying to build the sanctuary. He'll show you a map (really a vision for the sanctuary). And off you go on to 3 looping trails. There is interpretive signage on the lifecycle of these cactus, the baja ecosystem, and research underway (there are cactus in here that are atypical in form). The caretaker is as nice as the sanctuary. In English, he's interesting and informative. In Spanish, I'm confident you'd get a master class in cactus botany.

If you believe in dreams and dreamers, this is your place. Go, have a great experience, donate a bit.

This is a great place to bring a lunch. There are cactus benches (pretty interesting on their own...) in a shaded grove that would make for the most beautiful lunch spot.

There's a little town nearby (behind the very very very old cemetery). Not sure if there is food or bathrooms in the town (certainly options in Triunfo that is just a few minutes down the highway from this turn).

If you've moved to Baja, there are endemic cactus starts available it seems.

Logistics: well maintained dirt road from the highway, passable in nearly anything with a little caution. Bring water. A little bug spray or long pants/shirt (not bad). There is actually plenty of shade (the cactus are HUGE and have a canopy of different trees around them).
Written 3 November 2021
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77mockmotorspitcher
Torreon, Mexico373 contributions
nice walk
May 2021 • Friends
walking the trail was fun but expected a variety of cacti...glad it was cheap...yes the road is rough but navigable.
Written 23 May 2021
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Paradise813936
18 contributions
Unique
Jan 2020
We really enjoyed this experience. Never before have we been so up close and personal with so many cacti! Some of the signs were in disrepair, but there was plenty of information that was interesting. It was really nice to walk among these giants and ponder their ages.
If you're looking for glitz and glamour and high tech, skip this. If you like to be out in nature and seeing something real, you should enjoy this quiet refuge.
Written 11 February 2020
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Kasha
Larkspur, CA408 contributions
It could be amazing
Dec 2019 • Couples
There is so much cactuses and I am super sure hundreds of different types but no explanation or no guide - you just woke in and wonder - the park was covered in branches which was making it hard to navigate- and the road leading to the sanctuary is a off road so be prepared for loads of bumps and dust - next to sanctuary is a picturesque cemetery- overall ok experience
Written 1 December 2019
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Gary Karnes (carnitas)
Pacific Grove, CA17 contributions
cactus tour Baja in tatters
Jan 2019 • Couples
Well,
The signage from Hwy # 1 was great. The dirt road to the sanctuary was Ok, rough and washboard, 5 KM. The poor sanctuary was hit by Hurricane Odile in Sept 2014 and knocked out many of the taller cacti. Actually, the site was in tatters, info signage was dirty and whacked. No caretaker to welcome you. The gentleman who had the vision doesn't seem to have been able to maintain the site. Unless the site gets some infusion of volunteers and dinero, I'd recommend not stopping. There's an old cemetery next to the sanctuary, a lot more interesting but also lacking upkeep.
Written 17 January 2019
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Marvin John T
Long Branch, NJ50 contributions
Serenity NOW!
Feb 2018 • Couples
This place is about 5km off the main road. You will have to travel on a dirt road.

But...

If you are into "off-the-beaten-path" kinda stuff then this is for you. The Sanctuary's keeper is an older gentleman who despite our inability to speak Spanish was able to communicate the sanctity of this place.

It reminded me of a labyrinth. We went on a meditative stroll through a unique natural wonder
Written 3 July 2018
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jkwaterbugs
Lodi, CA62 contributions
If you're a botany buff you'll enjoy this!
Mar 2017 • Couples
We visited the Cactus Sanctuary In late March and found it very interesting, but then We're interested in botany. You'll have to decide if walking through a ancient cactus forest is something you want to do. The dirt road is easy to drive, the well-marked circular walk thru the area is maybe a mile total. Demetrio was on the premises and came when we called out for him. He's such a passionate botany guy and he cares enough about this place that he tents on the property so he's available. Trouble is he didn't speak much English, but the signs are in both language so although we missed his expertise, we still learned plenty. There is something about walking amongst these ancient giants that really brings the natural world of this area alive. It is very unique. I found myself wishing we could come during the wetter season. There were several photos of the area that showed how different it is after a rain.
The cactus give a fair amount of shade so it's not blistering hot. The trail is well marked with white rocks, but small children could get into trouble if they bumped into any of the cactus, likewise I wouldn't think it's a good place for dogs. There is a sign requesting $4 per person. We gave him a bit more. WIth all the development going on I hope this sanctuary continues.
Written 2 April 2017
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Mantamike
Chilliwack, Canada129 contributions
Interesting enough if you are in the area
Feb 2017 • Family
I wouldn't drive from La Paz or Cabo to visit this but it is a great side-stop if you are visiting El Triunfo. It's a nice walk through some interesting cactus gardens.
Written 21 February 2017
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bajaroads2017
La Paz, Mexico10 contributions
Hidden gem
Dec 2016 • Family
4 miles of dirt road, past some lazy cattle, a few vultures, and some happy dogs will get you to this little treasure of a place.

Don't expect US or European style signage or displays. Enjoy it for what it is -- a chance to walk through the desert on a beautifully maintained path, among ancient cactus, butterflies, hummingbirds, and tiny lizards.

Signs are in English and Spanish, but if you speak Spanish you will get a lot out of chatting with the guards/caretakers. They are very well trained in the natural history of the Baja deserts, and of these cactus in particular.

After your visit, take a stroll through the old cemetery next door.
Written 3 January 2017
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c g
Edinburgh14 contributions
Cactus, butterflies and peace
Feb 2015 • Couples
Again, we picked up the sanctuary attendant at the signpost to the Sanctuary on the main road, and when we arrived he unlocked and opened up for us. We then had an incredibly lovely peaceful meander following the well marked path looking at the huge number of specimens. It is a bit dishevelled nowadays, due to lack of supervision etc, but we really loved our time there and recommend it hugely. We were particularly enchanted by all the butterflies just fluttering about. We were charged 50 pesos admission per person, which seemed reasonable enough.
Written 9 February 2015
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