Baja is a wonderful place, full of hidden places just waiting to be found. On weekends, I love to drive around and search for lonely beaches and quiet villages, full of stories and history. One of these is El Triunfo, a small village, that you stumble upon on your way from the East Cape to La Paz, Baja California Sur’s capital.
In 19th century, Baja was well known for its silver mines in San Antonio and El Triunfo. The most productive mine was called El Triunfo de la Cruz, which gave birth to the mining town of El Triunfo. One of El Triunfo’s landmarks the “La Ramona” chimney was designed by French engineer, Gustave Eiffel (the man that designed the Eiffel Tower in Paris). At its height, El Triunfo had a population of 14,000 people briefly served as the capital of Baja California Sur in 1828 and 1829.
Gradually, the quality of the digs declined. In 1918 a hurricane flooded the mine, and after several failed attempts to resurrect the operation, it was abandoned in 1926. With it, El Triunfo’s glory began to fade. Today the chimney, the memories, and stories told by residents, remind us of the silver age of El Triunfo.
If you would like to learn more of Baja’s history, visit El Triunfo. The ruins of the silver mine are still there and serve as an excellent picture of 19th Century Baja. Just talk to your Capella Pedregal Personal Assistant about organizing a trip!