Culture of Cabo Museum of Natural History

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.

Roberto Cuetara, Director of the Museo de Historia Natural de Cabo San Lucas.
Roberto Cuétara’s 50+ year career in museums includes a current position as Director of the Museo de Historia Natural de Cabo San Lucas.


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Cabo San Lucas Satellite View 2005

Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, México.

Astronaut image of Los Cabos November 2005.


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.

Astronaut Photos: ISS012-E-7151


Calle Tabachines, Lomas del Pacifico

Calle Tabachines, Lomas del Pacifico Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Photos from 1998 or 1999. Calle Tabachines, Lomas del Pacifico.
Former location of Vista el Faro.

In the late 1990s there was only a barbed wire fence and a wooden gate. There is a view to the old lighthouse, El Faro Viejo, in the distance.

Calle Tabachines early 1990s, former location of Vista el Faro
Calle Tabachines Cabo San Lucas, February 2018
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Calle Tabachines, old Vista el Faro-1990s-5137
Calle Tabachines early 1990s, Cabo San Lucas. former location of Vista el Faro Image 5142




Ferry Ship Cabo San Lucas 1970s

Ferry Ship docked in Cabo San Lucas  1970s

Año 1970 en Cabo San Lucas llegaba el barco de carga y pasajeros , dónde hoy está el delfinario en aquel entonces estaba el atracadero, creo que la ruta era Puerto Vallarta  / Cabo San Lucas


Year 1970 in Cabo San Lucas came the cargo ship and passengers, where today is the dolphinarium at that time was the berth, I think the route was Puerto Vallarta / Cabo San Lucas.

Source: Facebook page of Ulysses Sandoval

Cargo ship in Cabo San Lucas harbor circa 1975-antiguas
Cargo ship in Cabo San Lucas harbor circa 1975-antiguas

Cargo ship, Puertp Vallarta docked in Cabo San Lucas harbor,  circa 1975. Photo – antiguas