San Ignacio, Baja California Sur
|Misión San Ignacio Kadakaamán|
|State||Baja California Sur|
|Elevation||400 ft (122 m)|
San Ignacio is a palm oasis town in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, located between Guerrero Negro and Santa Rosalía. The town had a 2010 census population of 667 inhabitants and grew at the site of the Cochimí settlement of Kadakaamán and the Jesuit Mission San Ignacio founded in 1728 by Juan Bautista Luyando.
At San Ignacio, Baja California's arid Central Desert terrain gives way to a large grove of lush green date palms. A large spring-fed pond and small river on the outskirts of town feeds into the central plaza and village next to the eighteenth-century Jesuit mission. San Ignacio serves as the gateway to San Ignacio Lagoon, the winter time sanctuary of the Pacific Gray Whale.
Natural history 
The locale has certain basaltic soils, providing clues as to the volcanic history of this region. There are a variety of desert flora and fauna in the vicinity of San Ignacio, notably including the Elephant tree, Bursera microphylla.
San Ignacio is located approximately 856 km (532 mi) from the San Diego/Tijuana border crossing, a 10-12 hour drive. Driving only during daylight hours is recommended, due to livestock that frequently cross the road at night. Mexican Federal Highway 1 is a well-maintained four-lane highway from Tijuana to Ensenada. South of Ensenada, the highway becomes a narrow (but well-maintained) two-lane highway. There are numerous towns in which to purchase fuel, although none between El Rosario and Guerrero Negro, 305 km (190 mi) further south.
Line notes 
- 2010 census tables: INEGI
- Sigismundo Taraval. 1967
- C. Michael Hogan. 2009
- C. Michael Hogan. 2009. Elephant Tree: Bursera microphylla, GlobalTwitcher.com, ed. N. Stromberg
- Sigismundo Taraval. 1967. Indian Uprising in Lower California 1734-1737, page 31
- www.AllAboutBaja.com Learn all about San Ignacio and the magnificent Baja peninsula.