Many destinations promise an abundance of nature and there’s no shortage of glossy advertisements showcasing local wildlife, swaths of lush jungle and postcard-perfect beaches. But not all those destinations deliver on that promise quite in the all-encompassing way that Baja California Sur does.
Whether you’ve got just a few days or a couple of weeks, visiting Baja California Sur is an easy way to take a healthy break away from it all in a way that will rejuvenate both mind and body.
Back to nature—without the crowds
Located in the northwestern region of Mexico, with the Sea of Cortez sparkling in the background and Sierra de la Giganta mountain range on the horizon, Baja California Sur is truly a mecca for anyone looking to spend time in nature—without having to deal with crowds.
The relatively undiscovered region includes the scenic gem of Loreto, municipality of Comondú and quaint oasis town of Mulegé. None of these spots should be missed on a visit to this region and all are possible on a single itinerary. No matter what type of nature-focused getaway you’re craving, from relaxing on untouched beaches to adventurous mountain treks or unforgettable diving spots, you can curate your perfect getaway here.
Diving and snorkelling
There’s a good reason Jacques Cousteau famously referred to the Sea of Cortez as the “aquarium of the world.” After all, this is one of the most biologically diverse bodies of water you can find anywhere.
A visit to Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto (Bay of Loreto National Park) for example, declared a protected area by the federal government in 1996, means the chance to snorkel through crystal-clear waters spotting tropical fish, playful dolphins and colourful coral.
Whale watching and stand-up paddling
Blue whales make the warm waters of Loreto their home between January and mid-March. These beautiful, majestic creatures are mesmerizing to watch.
Licensed whale watching boats are readily available to take visitors out to see the largest mammal in the world and many tours include a delicious lunch made with local ingredients.
You may also have the chance to spot dolphins, orcas and pilot whales on these expeditions, too. Just keep your eyes trained on the water and get ready for an awe-inspiring experience.
If something more active is what you’re after, hop in a kayak or test your balance on a stand-up paddleboard. The calm waters are a perfect setting for beginners to try out these activities too.
Beaches, local wildlife and fun in the sun
A quick 25-minute boat ride from Loreto is Coronados Island. It’s known for its bright white sand beaches, a resident sea lion colony, and even flocks of rare Blue-Footed Boobies.
Between beach-hopping and wildlife viewing, a walk inland will take you to the island’s unique lava rock formations. Best not to forget your camera on this outing.
Mulegé, just two hours north of Loreto, is a peaceful spot with untouched beaches, atmospheric mangroves, friendly locals and plenty of laid-back charm. While Comondú is the place to pursue some more wildlife spotting. Keep an eye out here for sea turtles and many migratory birds.
Hiking and biking
Baja California Sur was made for exploring on foot. Experienced hikers will want to lace up for the many trails of the surrounding Sierra de la Giganta mountain range (also the best spot for mountain biking and climbing). Since not all the trails are properly marked, it’s a good idea to book a guided trek or bike ride with one of the numerous tour operators in the area to get the most of out a day of exploration here.
Loreto, Comondú or Mulegé all make great bases for a trip to Baja California Sur. Just pick the vibe that suits you best and get ready to load up your days with plenty of time exploring all the natural beauty this region packs in.
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