How to get by car to Cerro de la Cúpula in Baja California?

Cerro de la Cúpula is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2,806m (9,206ft) above sea level, located in the Mexican state of Baja California.

Cerro de la Cúpula

Why is Cerro de la Cúpula famous for?

Set high in the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir National Park, at the summit, there’s an optical telescope built in 1971 called the National Astronomical Observatory. The observatory is the second most important in Latin America. It is open for tours after 10 am and until 1:00 pm on weekdays, at the end of the paved road. It’s now known internationally as one of the best sites on Earth from which to view heavenly bodies thanks to extremely low light pollution and relative humidity, low atmospheric pollution, generally clear skies, and relatively little radio interference.

How long is Cerro de la Cúpula in Baja California?

The road to the summit is fully paved but pretty steep in parts. It’s 100 km (62.13 miles) long starting from Ensenada, the fourth-largest municipality in Mexico.

What’s the weather like on Cerro de la Cúpula in Baja California?

Do not travel this road in severe weather conditions: frequent rainstorms and several snowstorms. Temperatures vary drastically throughout the park according to elevation due to dramatic topological changes. During the winter in the extreme high elevations, a large amount of snow accumulates while in the summer, the lower elevations exceed 100 °F (38 °C).
Road suggested by: Eblem Torres
Pic: Vahram Chavushyan