todos santos sugar port trail

Todos Santos Sugar Port trail hike: how to get there and everything you need to know

The Todos Santos Sugar Port trail hike is one of the best in Baja Sur. On the Internet, for sure, you will only see photos of the colorful town but Todos Santos is more than that!

I finally made it to Todos Santos. This is the next leg of my one-year Baja California road trip that started in La Paz 6 weeks ago.

When I first arrived in Todos Santos, I actually didn’t like it very much. The photos on the Internet make it seem like Todos Santos is super beautiful (you know, colorful flags and street art) but other than that, I didn’t find Todos Santos very attractive.

I already booked a one-month accommodation in Todos Santos as I stay in every place for a maximum of one month so I don’t have a choice but to push through.

There’s nothing to lose anyway – my way of travel is getting to know cultures and having local experiences and so far, I feel like Todos Santos will have room for that.

The good news is, I am a fan of hikes and I learned that Todos Santos is rich in outdoor activities! On my first week here, the first thing I did was to go to the Todos Santos Sugar Port trail – a hike that is not just for fun but also unveils a lot of history of Mexico in terms of sugar manufacturing.

Where is Todos Santos, Mexico?

Todos Santos is located in the Baja California peninsula of Mexico. It’s between La Paz and Los Cabos – an hour ride for each way (north and south directions).

Todos Santos is famously known as a quirky, hipster Mexican town that Americans and Canadians love to visit. It’s a very small town so you can easily spend 3-5 days here.

The airport that serves Todos Santos is either Los Cabos or La Paz. The distance from these airports is just the same and there are many direct flights from the USA and Canada.


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Guide to Todos Santos Sugar Port Trail

History of sugar manufacturing in Todos Santos

Todos Santos was once a sugar manufacturing town from the 1800s to the 1950s. The port (seen on the Youtube video above) served as the gateway to transport sugar all over the country.

In the early 1950s, the aquifer, which is a body of rock and/or sediment that holds groundwater dried up so the sugar plantations in Todos Santos withered.

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Today, you will still see ruins of the sugar manufacturing when you do the Todos Santos Sugar Port trail. It’s really fascinating to see!

How to get to Todos Santos Sugar Port Trail

I honestly did the Todos Santos sugar port trail without any idea on how to get there. The good thing about hikes in Todos Santos or the whole of Baja California is that most of them only have one path – rest assured you won’t be lost!

The easiest way to get to the sugar port trail in Todos Santos is to put Punta Lobos on Google maps. Punta Lobos is one of the most beautiful beaches of Baja California so you’ll hit two birds in one stone during the hike. Feel free to take a dip after the hike!

Anyway, when you are already in Punta Lobos, it may seem that there are not paths to the sugar port trail but ask the friendly fishermen and nice surfers for directions. There are always people there!

Well, I had the mistake of selling my car before moving to Baja California and honestly, it’s so hard to go around Todos Santos without a car.

So I walked to Punta Lobos. The walk from the main town of Todos Santos is easy but this area is like a dumping site for trash – it’s smelled so bad in some parts and I feel horrible that this trash situation hasn’t improved yet since I started living in Mexico.

You will also encounter muddy roads if you are here during the rainy season (June to September) so expect to be dirty during this walk.

If you are renting a car in Mexico, you can do the same route by putting Punta Lobos on Google maps. It’s the same route as walking and it will only take less than 15 minutes to get there.

Is it easy to hike Todos Santos Sugar Port Trail?

When you look at information about the Todos Santos port trail hike on the internet, you will see a lot of people saying it’s an easy hike but I’ve seen many other hikers on the trail having difficulties.

It is easy if you are physically fit and are used to hiking but I do not think this will be easy for everyone. The trail is steep and rocky. I myself had a hard time hiking down.

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Children can do it for sure but make sure to supervise them since the trail is very much inclined.

Please note that you need to wear shoes during the hike. The terrain is rocky so don’t go with slippers or barefoot! Hiking sandals will also work (this is what I used!)

How long is Todos Santos Sugar Port Trail hike?

From town to Punta Lobos (on foot), it took me about 47 minutes to walk but if you are in a car, it will take about 15 minutes.

Once you are already at the beginning of the trail, the hike up is short. For me, it took about 7 minutes without a stop but if you’re stopping because of the steepness of the trail, it can take longer.

What to expect at the top of the Sugar Trail Port

When you reach the top, you will see spectacular views of the Punta Lobos beach to your right and the sugar port to your left. There are also options to go higher but I don’t recommend it if you’re not experienced.

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The first (top) of the trail is already good enough for viewing. I stayed a little bit longer at the top but I forgot to bring food. But if I did bring food, I can easily spend more time there!

When is the best time to do the Sugar Port trail hike?

Note that June – September is the rainy season in Todos Santos but I actually did it during this time. It will be too hot to do it after 9:00 AM or before 7:00 PM.

I don’t recommend doing the sunset hike if you don’t have a car. There are no lights in the desert (on the way to town) so it will be difficult for you to walk at night here!

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Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak, and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She'd like to believe she's not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. In no particular order, her favorite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Tel Aviv.

Comments

  • August 18, 2021

    Wow I always love a good hike when I travel. I am definitely adding Todos Santos Sugar Port trail hike to my list. Its good that the hike is just less than an hour and I will remember that it is steep and rocky so I don’t plan for the sunset but will go during the day. The views definitely look amazing and will be better to do it when there is sunlight.

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  • Jan
    August 18, 2021

    Challenging hike and stunning images! Todos Santos sugar port trail and its history are so interesting. It’s true that the longer you stay in a place, you immerse in its culture and get to know the place and people so much better. I have not visited Mexico yet, but am adding this to my bucket list. 🙂

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  • August 18, 2021

    If we even get to Todos Santos we will certainly plan to visit the town but will also head out and do the Sugar Port trail hike. Always fascinating when we visit countries where sugar production was a large part of the economy. I am sure the ruins were fascinating. Good idea to ask locals to get to Punta Lobos. You might get input on interesting things to look for too. Good to know the hike is not as easy as some say. I would go prepared for the steep and rocky parts.

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  • Ha
    August 18, 2021

    I’ve never heard of Todos Santos but this place looks so beautiful. It’s good to know that you can easily walk to the Todos Santos Sugar Port trail from the main town. While the trail is steep and rocky, it’s surely rewarding when you reach it.

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  • August 19, 2021

    Amazing views! I would love this trail. And since we usually travel with kids, it’s great that you noted that the trail is suitable for kids also. Even though it might be a little demanding for them. And after, I guess you can dip into the ocean from that beach?

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  • August 19, 2021

    During my trip to Mexico, I only explored the southern part. Would love to return and explore the northern part. Todos Santos trail looks interesting. Very well detailed post!

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  • August 19, 2021

    I didn’t realize Todos Santos is only an hour from Cabo, what a great side trip it could be. I think I would really enjoy exploring the sugar manufacturing ruins on the Todos Santos Sugar Port Trail and the view of Punta Lobos beach is incredible. Great tip to do the walk before 9 am to avoid the heat of the day.

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  • August 20, 2021

    I would definitely be interested in hiking this! That beach looks absolutely amazing! I always love hiking around and getting to know places. Plus 47 minutes really isn’t too bad of a hike either!

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  • August 22, 2021

    It’s great to know that Todos Santos was once a sugar manufacturing town from the 1800s to the 1950s. I would like to see the ruins of sugar manufacturing. It’s an amazing place. I heard that Punta Lobos is one of the most beautiful beaches of Baja California, so it’s great to know that it’s possible to hit both places during the hike. I want to do it as a sunset hike as you recommend.

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