Other than as a springboard for the beaches to the south, the main reason to stop at Mulegé is to take one of the cave-painting tours out to the Sierra de Guadalupe. This range boasts the densest collection of rock art in Baja, as well as some of the most accessible at La Trinidad (29 km west of town), requiring as little as five hours for the round trip (including 6.5km on foot). Getting a group together to cut costs shouldn’t prove a problem in high season, but you still need to shop around as the tours differ considerably. Expect to pay M$400 per person or half that with your own transport. Overnight excursions are possible too, including a night at a 260-year-old ranch and two different cave locations. Head to Las Casitas, which also acts as an informal tourist office for information on other local attractions and tours. They can connect you with Mulegé Tours, run by Salvador Castro Drew (
615 153 0232, w mulegetours.com) – Salvador grew up in the area and is one of the most knowledgeable local guides.