3 Things You Didn’t Know About Loreto

Loreto is a picturesque coastal town located on the eastern side of Baja California.

Here are three things you didn’t know about Loreto.

1. The Sea of Cortez is the world’s aquarium

The Sea of Cortez, is a UNESCO World Heritage site thought to be one of the most diverse seas on the planet, ripe for aquatic adventure tours, deep sea fishing and is home to more than 5,000 species of macroinvertebrates. Loreto has a reputation as an excellent sport fishing location. This is its main tourist attraction, as well as the main source of employment in the area.

2. It is the oldest settlement in the Baja

The Loreto area is also considered by anthropologists to be the oldest human settlement on the Baja Peninsula. Indigenous cultures thrived here due to plentiful water and food. In 1697 Jesuit Juan María Salvatierra established the peninsula’s first permanent mission at this modest port some 80 miles south of Mulegé.

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3. Loreto has something for everybody

Loreto offers endless activities that’ll keep both the beach bum and adventurer in your party occupied. You can choose from kayak excursions, biking through the mountains, snorkeling in Loreto Bay or marvelling at grey whales passing, which visit every winter. But one of the best things to do in Loreto Mexico is to head over to Vista Al Mar, the local clam shack, and savor up some chocolate clams, named for their chocolate shell, as well as other tasty Mexican food dishes.

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