Deep into Cactimundo, a botanical garden on the south edge of San Jose del Cabo, a sign warns visitors not to smoke, eat, drink, bring their dog...or touch the plants. As the garden's name suggests, all the plants are cacti and succulents from throughout the world. While some do look soft and cuddly, many more appear so lethal you don't need a sign to advise you not to touch. We've passed the garden many times, but only today stepped in for the first time. Signage to tell you what you are looking at could be better, but aside from that quibble it's a fascinating place for a leisurely stroll under the bright winter sun. I'd no idea so many unusual looking cacti were native to Africa, though most of the specimens, naturally, are from Mexico. The culinary angle? In the far reaches of the garden, not visible from the road out front, is a small cafeteria. While you aren't to meander the garden's paths with food and drink in hand, you can sit inside and savor a margarita. We'd just had breakfast, so we can't speak of their quality.
December 16, 2007
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