ABOUT LA PAZ
La Paz (The Peace) is the capital city of the Mexican state of Baja California Sur and an important regional commercial centre.
The city had a 2010 census population of 215,178 persons, but its metropolitan population is somewhat larger because of surrounding towns such as el Centenario, el Zacatal and San Pedro. Its surrounding municipality, which is the fourth-largest municipality in Mexico in geographical size, reported a population of 251,871 persons.
La Paz was first inhabited by Neolithic hunter-gatherers at least 10,000 years ago who left traces of their existence in the form of rock paintings near the city and throughout the Baja peninsula.
On May 3, 1535, Hernán Cortés arrived in the bay by La Paz and named it Santa Cruz; he attempted to start a colony but abandoned his efforts after several years due to logistical problems. In 1596 Sebastián Vizcaíno arrived, giving the area its modern name, La Paz.
The climate of La Paz is typically dry, warm and sunny with a year-round average of between 23C-25C. Summer months (July to September) are often in the 30Cs and can be humid. The winter months (December to February) are the coldest with temperatures dropping below 15C, but mostly in the low 20sC. Breezes from Bahía de La Paz keep the temperature mild. The bay also acts as a barrier against seasonal storms in the Sea of Cortez. Rainfall is minimal, although infrequent downpours can bring heavy rains. La Paz averages over 300 days of sunshine annually.
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