Full moon parties and artisanal markets bring this secluded plaza to life. Admire the modern work of art depicting the globe and marking a significant latitude.
The Tropic of Cancer Monument is a fascinating sculpture that marks its namesake line of latitude wrapping around the globe. It is the crowning jewel of the Plaza Turística y Artesanal Trópico de Cáncer by the side of one of Mexico’s main highways. Stop off at this intriguing landmark and take a look around its cultural center.
Walk up the circular steps enclosing the sculpture to get a closer look. The artwork consists of a red globe containing a portrayal of the Americas raised in the air. Admire the view of the transparent globe, with the red mountains of Los Cabos serving as a picturesque backdrop. Although the plaza appears to be in a remote location, it was built to help neighboring communities trade and display the works of artists.
See the larger and more traditional blue globe near the entrance to the plaza’s building. The structure itself has an arched portal and hoists a gray dome. Browse the souvenirs and artisanal products on display in the stores. Explore the chapel for its various religious relics and colorful murals. Attend one of the full moon parties for live music and poetry readings. Bask in the bohemian vibe and haggle for arts and crafts.
Note that the work of art has replaced former sculptures that once stood here to mark the Tropic of Cancer latitude line. Access the plaza for free; it is open to the public at all times. Stay for a dramatic sunset and take dramatic photos along the dusty road. Drive north to reach Cabo Pulmo and Los Barriles.
The Tropic of Cancer Monument is along the side of the highway, a little east of Santiago. It is in the district of Los Cabos, toward the southeastern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. See other nearby attractions such as the Misión de Santiago and the Cañón de la Zorra.