Located in the California Peninsula, in the state of Baja California Sur, Loreto is a small resort nestled on the shores of a quiet bay. Framed by the Sea of Cortez and the rocky desert landscapes of the Sierra de la Giganta, every year it welcomes tourists coming mainly from the U.S. and Canada.
State: Baja California Sur
Altitude: 20 meters above sea level
Time Zone: Pacific Time UTC-7
Population: 10,283 inhabitants (INEGI, 2010)
Area Code: 613
A walk around Loreto is a walk through time. In the canyons and bedrock of the Sierra La Giganta you find paintings made by the first inhabitants of the region.
And in the city you wonder among the colonial architectural monuments such as the Mission of Nuestra Señora de Loreto, which gave the name and life to the people of Loreto and the Jesuit Missions Museum located next door that houses sacred art objects from the region.
Nine kilometers south of Loreto, in the town of Nopoló, golfers and tennis enthusiasts can practice their favorite sport on a 72 par circuit with 18 holes and 8 professional tennis courts.
The beaches of Loreto (Nopoló, Juncalito, Ensenada Blanca, Agua Verde, San Bruno, etc.) invite visitors to go scuba diving, whale watching (January-March), snorkeling, kayaking, water skiing, and sailing.
Loreto is also home to the Loreto Bay National Marine Park, a protected area of over 200,000 hectares comprised of several islands that are home to species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects, classified as endemic among which include booby birds, yellow-footed seagulls, dolphins, manta rays, turtles, ospreys, and sea lions usually seen resting in the islands.
Loreto is located in the central part of the state of Baja California Sur and is bordered by Mulege to the north; Comondú to the south; Comondú and the stream Cadejé to the west and with the Sea of Cortez to the east.
The Loreto International Airport services the area.
By car take highway Carretera Transpeninsular Lic. Benito Juárez García.
By sea, you sail into Puerto Loreto.
Distance from Loreto to other destinations in Mexico
- La Paz, Baja California Sur: 355 km.
- Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur: 510 km.
- Ensenada, Baja California: 1019 km.
- Hermosillo, Sonora: 1974 km.
- Ciudad Obregón, Sonora: 2224 km.
- Monterrey, Nuevo León: 3309 km.
- San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí: 3540 km.
- Guadalajara, Jalisco: 3354 km.
- León de los Aldama, Guanajuato: 3566 km.
- Morelia, Michoacán: 3637 km.
- Querétaro, Querétaro: 3711 km.
- Mexico City, Federal District: 3891 km.
Loreto has a warm, dry climate with an average temperature of 23 ° C.
The average maximum temperature in the summer is 43 ° C and the minimum in the winter is 12 ° C.
What to Pack
Being a beach destination you need to bring a swimsuit, sandals, sunscreen, hat, shorts, and cool shirts.
For walking pack sneakers and wear long pants and a light sweater to take to the mountains. During the winter months you must wear long pants and a light sweater.
Activities and Attractions in Loreto
Aquatic and nautical activities: Diving, snorkeling, golf, tennis, kayaking, sailing, and fishing.
Church of Nuestra Señora de Loreto, Museum of the Jesuit Missions, Mission of San Francisco Javier, Mission of San Francisco Javier Vigge Biaundó, Mission of San Juan Bautista Londo, Mission of San Juan Bautista Malibat Liguí, Ruins of San Juan.
Loreto Historic Center, City Hall, the Holy House of Loreto, coastal boardwalk, and the beaches of Playa Nopoló, Playa Juncalito, Playa Ensenada Blanca, Playa Agua Verde, Playa San Bruno. Cave paintings in the Sierra de la Giganta: Sites of Cuevas Pints (15 km west) and The Pingüica (60 km to the north).
Loreto Bay National Marine Park and its islands: Isla del Carmen, Islas Coronados, Isla Danzantes, Isla Montserrat, Isla La Catalana or Catalina, Island Las Galeras.
Festivals and Tournaments in Loreto
May-June: Governor's Cup State Fishing Tournament.
July: Loreto Dorado International Fishing Tournament - Tournament of the Missions.
September: Gold Cup State Tournament (Sport Fishing), Off Road Loreto 400.
September 8: Feast of la Virgen de Loreto.
September 15 and 16: Independence Day.
October 19 to 25: Feast of the Founding of Loreto.
Oct. 31, November 1 and 2: Day of the Dead Celebration.
December 1 to 3: Feast of San Javier.
December: Loreto 300 miles. December 12: Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe.