Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New — By Chris Sands on September 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm

A small fishing village until the tourist boom of the early 1970s, Cabo San Lucas does not boast a rich architectural history, or many of the artifacts and remnants of colonial heritage so conspicuous in other Mexican cities. One noticeable exception, however, is the Iglesia Catolica de San Lucas. Built in 1730, this simple yet beautiful little church dates to the earliest period of the Jesuit missions in Baja California Sur, when the missionaries were seeking to convert the Pericu tribe, the native inhabitants of the area. By the time the Jesuits were expelled from Baja in 1768, the Pericues were almost culturally extinct, but the church itself has stood the test of time, and remains the most popular house of worship in Cabo San Lucas. It sits just off the town square, beneath the wealthy enclaves of Pedregal, and just down the street from the Museo Cabo San Lucas, where visitors to the natural history museum may see exhibits from the distant past, when the area was home to Pericues, pirates, and priests.

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