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His introduction to this little-known corner of Mexico will delight travelers and scholars alike. Jump to navigation. Shopping Cart. Add to Cart. Exam Copy.

Rights Info. Details Overview Rarely visited by outsiders, the ranchers of Sierra de la Giganta in Baja California Sur live much as their ancestors have for the past two centuries. But here there is a nice image of a spouting whale.

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Humberto tells us that he and Raquel can also give tourists a lunch of roast goat, with goat cheese and other sides. Ivette suggests she might add it to her excursion. Now she has dual citizenship.


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For years she ran a kayak guide service called Paddling South. These days she runs a string of mules, with a new business name: Saddling South. Mules are the hardy work animal of choice in Baja. Trudi sets her mules loose to fend for themselves in the hot summers here because they are so adept at finding food and water.

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Trudi likes to take visitors to the small ranches near San Javier to meet the locals, who are likewise hardy. We stop in to meet the lady of the ranch, Maria del Rosario de los Santos de Romero.

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From its top, Trudi tells me, you can see both coasts of Baja, which is 50 miles wide here. We see quail, a red-tailed hawk and turkey vultures.


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The giant spider, they can keep. Loreto, the first mission founded and capital of Spanish California, is a delightful base for exploring central Baja. Locals say the city of 15, is among the safest, most peaceful towns in Baja. I enjoyed cozy Hotel , with about four rooms right off the downtown plaza in Loreto, central to everything, and secure, free parking in back. Share story.

By Brian J. A fawn is at left and below. The men, women, and children depicted in this book have never known the luxury of municipal water or electricity on their ranches. Yet, as Marchand's photographs show, they are remarkably self-sufficient in their use of technologies that would be considered archaic by most standards today. Some ranches now have solar panels, generators, a light bulb or two, a radio or TV, and, most recently, a cell phone charger. But water is supplied either by gravity or a gasoline-powered pump though windmills still turn at some ranches , cooking is most often by wood fire, machaca is ground on a stone metate or pounded on a stump, and coffee is ground in a hand-cranked mill.

Plowing is still done mostly with mules, and planting, harvesting, and milking are all done by hand. In this book a gifted photojournalist introduces us to individual ranchers and their families and describes their traditional practices as they move into the twenty-first century. Marchand's photographs and text are both informative and intimate. His introduction to this little-known corner of Mexico will delight travelers and scholars alike.

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Peter J. Marchand is a field biologist and photographer whose interests in plant and animal adaptation extend to human cultures living in extreme environments. He has worked in forest, tundra, and desert ecosystems throughout North America and currently resides in Colorado. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview Rarely visited by outsiders, the ranchers of Sierra de la Giganta in Baja California Sur live much as their ancestors have for the past two centuries.

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