As popular as Mexico is as a travel destination—for its beaches, cuisine, culture and history—there are still some parts of the country that remain blissfully undiscovered by the tourist masses.
Running along the Sea of Cortez, on the east coast of the Baja California peninsula, the tiny town of Loreto is a hidden paradise off most people’s radar as far as Mexico goes.
This is nature at its best, where sea and desert merge, creating a postcard-perfect environment filled with unique things to see and do, both on land and in the tranquil, turquoise water.
Anyone who loves being on (or in) the water will have no trouble filling their time here. The smooth, crystalline waters of the Sea of Cortez are perfectly suited for anyone who wants to set out in a kayak or on a paddleboard to explore Loreto’s natural beauty from the water.
Loreto is also home to the Parque Nacional Bahia de Loreto (Loreto Bay National Marine Park), one of the best spots for snorkelling in the area. Donning a mask and fins means the chance to spot some seriously abundant sea life, from vibrant schools of tropical fish and colourful coral to sea turtles.
Blue whales, the biggest mammals in the world, visit the bay of Loreto to give birth to their babies every year between January and March. Don’t miss the opportunity of taking blue whale watching tours with a certified tour operator as seeing these magnificent creatures is a truly bucket list-worthy experience.
Similarly, playful sea lions also call the waters around Loreto home. See them from the beach or hop in the water to swim alongside them.
Adventures on land
There are plenty of opportunities to get active outdoors in Loreto. The wide range of rugged trails among the peaks and canyons of the nearby Sierra de la Giganta mountain range are made for hiking and mountain biking.
Numerous tour operators offer guided treks and bike rides, where you’ll be surrounded by epic scenery with panoramic views of the Sea of Cortez below.
It’s also well worth visiting Coronados Island, a secluded oasis off the coast of Loreto, located in Loreto Bay National Marine Park. In addition to pristine beaches, visitors can also hike inland to explore the island’s unique lava rock formations.
Whether you’re looking to swim alongside whale sharks, do some hiking or just want to discover an undiscovered side of Mexico, Loreto is easily accessible via seasonal WestJet flights out of Canada.
How to get there
WestJet: There is direct service from Calgary to Loreto every Saturday from November 3, 2018, to April 27, 2019, with connecting flights from across Canada.by