This ancient and beautiful destination, cradled by the lush hills of the Sierra de la Giganta and the cobalt waters of the Sea of Cortez, immerses you in history and culture from the moment you step onto its shores. Dating back nearly 12,000 years, Loreto is thought to be the oldest human settlement on the Peninsula of Baja California, and you can explore its fascinating cave paintings and petroglyphs. It is also where the Jesuit missionaries landed, founding the first Mission of Baja California and establishing the Church of Our Lady of Loreto, which still anchors the town. Mexican heritage and colonial influences can both be seen as you wander through the quaint streets, browsing curio shops, sampling local fare and meeting the friendly people. Outdoor enthusiasts will love exploring Loreto's sun-drenched and scenic surroundings. Sparkling beaches and dramatic cliff-top vistas invite thrill-seekers and eco-travelers alike to discover the local flora and fauna and the abundant water activities. Kayaking, snorkeling, sailing and sport-fishing are popular, as are more extreme off-road adventures and, in the winter months, whale watching. Come experience the unspoiled beauty of Loreto for yourself!
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Loreto Walking Tour
2 hours | Loreto | LTO-380
Mission of Our Lady of Loreto
Jesuit Missions Museum
Lace up your walking shoes and stroll the charming, cobblestone streets of the seaside community of Loreto, Mexico. Your guided walking tour takes you through the Main Plaza and into the preserved Mission Church and the quaint local museum for a glimpse into the history of this fascinating town.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Baja's coastline and secluded beaches on a kayaking adventure along the pristine shoreline and into hidden coves. One or two-seater, stable kayaks are used, and Nopolo Beach serves as your launch point on this relaxed-paced excursion which includes free time to enjoy the beach.
Mexican traditions come alive on this lively and delicious excursion that excites the taste buds and provides a true sampling of authentic Mexican culture. Enjoy a welcome traditional margarita, savor a delectable buffet filled with local delicacies, including a clambake. Music, traditional dancers and a piñata complete the festivities.
Witness the wonders down under the Nopolo Bay National Marine Park from a seat aboard a glass bottom boat. Keep your eyes open during this relaxing cruise and you may spot creatures great and small like fish, seabirds, rays, turtles, dolphins and migratory whales (in season).
Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail for a trek into the heart of the rugged Giganta mountain range. Discover inspiring nature trails while your eco-oriented tour guide shares the desert's secrets and the great biodiversity of flora and fauna that are part of this gorgeous canyon.
Discover San Javier Mission, the second-oldest and best-preserved of the missions of the Californias. An approximately one hour narrated ride takes you through the majestic Sierra de la Giganta mountain range to the beautiful Jesuit church, originally founded in 1699. Observe religious artifacts and learn the area's culture and history. A light snack refreshes during your day.
Under the sea, adventure awaits on this snorkeling excursion to the lovely white-sand beach, El Atracadero Blanco. All your gear plus a snack are provided, and your beach-access snorkeling provides wonderful views of the local ocean life. A guided nature trail walk completes this nature lover's day.
Saddle up for a memorable horseback ride through the Loreto Estuary & Beach. Along the way, an expert guide will share his knowledge of local and endemic flora and fauna, and entertain you with the history of the Baja California natives and the 17th century arrival of the missionaries.
Discover Loreto's aqua culture when you snorkel or kayak in the Sea of Cortez. Watch for whales, dolphins, and turtles on your way to the beautiful Islands of Loreto. Learn sailing basics (*subject to weather) and listen as your guide explains about the local wildlife. A box lunch completes the adventure.
Get hooked on fishing when you set out on a sportfishing expedition into the Sea of Cortez. Fish from 25' Super Pangas or Deluxe 29' center console walk-around boats suited for fly fishing or live bait fishing and cast about for sailfish, dorado, yellowtail and striped marlin (in season).
Protected by the offshore barrier of Isla Magdalena, Puerto Lopez Mateos is considered one of the finest whale-watching sites along the Pacific Coast. During the season, this nutrient-rich waterway is the favored destination for gray whales to birth and raise their young. It is a two-hour journey from Loreto to the skiff launch site.