Culture of Cabo: A Q&A with Director of the Cabo San Lucas Museum of Natural History.
Article written by Chris Sands. Originally posted on Jun 20, 2016. Reposted February 28, 2018 to accommodate new site format.
Roberto Cuétara has been working in museums for more than 50 years, and anyone who has visited cultural heritage sites in Baja California Sur–from Loreto to La Paz to Los Cabos–has almost certainly been exposed, knowingly or not, to his very fine informational guides and three-dimensional exhibits. He’s currently director at the Museo de Historia Natural de Cabo San Lucas, one of the Land’s End City’s most notable cultural attractions.
The museum, which originally opened on October 9, 2006, is the repository of an enormous amount of knowledge about the area and its inhabitants, a treasure trove of fossils and old photographs. Exhibit halls guide visitors through the long history of the region, from primitive tools excavated at local beaches to a two million year old zebra fossil found in the nearby Sierra de la Laguna mountain range. It is, suffice it to say, an essential stop for anyone interested in the history and heritage of Cabo San Lucas, not to mention an invaluable resource for local schoolchildren.
I recently sat down with the esteemed curator to discuss the history of the museum, and, as its 10th anniversary approaches, its future.
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Image Caption: Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico
The built-up areas of Cabo (cape) San Lucas stand out as bright, angular areas inland from the main bay on the tip of the Baja California peninsula. The town is nearly centered on the bay, which looks out onto the blue waters of the Gulf of California. Three dry river beds (white sands in this arid environment) descend from rugged, wooded hills to the coastline. River sands then accumulate to form the white beaches visible along the coastline adjacent to the city.