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North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto May 15th 2018

Loreto is the site of the first Californian Mission (founded in 1697 by Salvatierre) and is the start of the Camino Real – the old road up the Californian coast that originally linked the missions. Today Loreto is a very pleasant place to spend a couple of days. It has plenty of amenities, a small harbour, good seafront and an attractive central district, which though catering for tourists (there is an airport here and plenty of condos) doesn’t feel too developed. There is a marine park offshore and a few dive operators offering diving in the park. We are tempted until I find out that the visibility is currently only 10 feet and the water temperature a chilly 55F. It’s also 170 usd for a 2 tank dive which is pricey. Instead we take a boat ... read more

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto February 18th 2017

We woke up to a clear beautiful sunny morning in San Luis Gonzaga. I think I was supposed to use the outhouse across the road from my palapa, but it was really stinky and awful, so I used the next palapa's outhouse! Not much better, but......when ya gotta go, ya gotta GO!! So.....a little Baja geography........there is really only one major highway down the Baja..... Highway #1. However, on the top of the Baja there are 3 major highways that take you to different places depending on where you enter the country. We entered Mexico through Mexicali, so we were on Highway #5 to San Felipe. Highway 5 ends just after San Luis Gonzaga (where we woke up this day) and although the highway is "built" further south to intersect with Highway 1 at Chapala, there ... read more
more slow driving
Desert Scenery

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto February 27th 2016

On our Journey North for our 2-3 week venture home. Loreto our first stop that we have not already been. A quiet town, fancied up for the tourists but very peaceful.... read more

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto January 23rd 2016

Left Santa Rosalia south on hwy 1, passing through Merrera de Bahia a small town back to the ocean side, where suddenly we are now in the tropics. A beautiful warm blue ocean. All was perfect until on the beach our dual driver side wheels dropped into a 6 foot hole (An old septic tank) Thank goodness lots of Canadians, there was not even phone service.... read more
Merrero de Bahia
Merrero de Bahia
Merrero de Bahia

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto September 7th 2013

Confucius is often quoted as saying, “It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop”. After traveling in 14 countries over the last 25 months, we had to admit we were a little worn out. The heat of Southeast Asia had finally gotten the better of us, and we knew it was time to take a break. We didn’t want to stop, but we needed to slow the pace and perhaps get back to our original intentions of slow motion travelling. After a 30 hour flight back to San Francisco from Bangkok and a couple of more hours on the shuttle to our hometown in California’s Wine Country, we checked into our favorite cheap hotel for a couple of weeks to figure out what we wanted to do next. It was fun ... read more
Loreto Sunset
San Javier Mission
Cholla Cactus flowers

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto December 27th 2011

Sorry n advance if my typing is bad, this keyboard is quite sticky. So we are in Constitución now, not Loreto. Its a town inland a little south on the 1 freeway. After the day in Mulegé we decided to mov on South because the wind wasnt picking up. We drove down to Loreto, taking pictures the whole way. When we arrivd in Loreto, we found a hotel with a room right across from the oldest Mission on Baja (way cool!). We went to Christmas mass at 11am, then took a while to walk around and eat lunch. We spent the afternoon reading and then went to dinner and bed. The next morning we headed onward (Loreto didnt hold much excitment for us) and passed through constitución to Punta San Carlos. There were some pretty amazing ... read more

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto February 18th 2011

Up early and straight to the town center. First thing was to get coffee, so we found a café, the previous night, and decide to walk there to get something to drink and use the free WiFi. We got to the cafe and it was closed. So we went for a stroll and snapped a few photos around the center. We then walked back to the coffee shop, and to our surprise, and it was open. We sat inside, drank our coffee and planned our next stop in La Paz. Cris did not research any hotels or camping sites, which I reminded her of, so we had to do some quick last minute planning. I found a hostel for $25 a night called La Paz Backpacker's Inn and we set off back onto the Highway ... read more
Breakfast in Loreto

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto February 18th 2011

We woke up to a fight outside! Yes, two sea gulls were loudly arguing over what is still unknown. A stone would have made a massive difference (I do like animals, I swear) to balance the power. Now that we were awake, we slowly put our clothes on and went into Mulege for breakfast. We drove to Patty's place, also known as Rice & Beans. She was great! The restaurant had 4 tables that were in a living room and the kitchen was the same as you would find in any home. This was really a home cooked meal. The coffee was top quality and the juice was freshly squeezed. I had an Avocado and Cheese omelet and Cris had the Chilaquiles. The food came with potatoes, frijoles and tortillas. After gorging ourselves with all this ... read more

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto June 7th 2010

Baha North North, Well Ansa and ECHO are finally far enough away from La Paz to say we really left this time. We've been wandering our way North to get to the "top" of the Sea of Cortez. At least higher than the hurricanes go. The first day we got to Partida, nice but we have been there before. The second day we got to Isla San Francisco. This is a nice island in the Marine park. The wind here blows all the time so we only stayed a day to explore. We found a salt pond on the other side of the sand dune and I collected about about a pound. It's really good sea salt and scoops up like someone dumped a truck load of morton salt. White, pure, and small grained. Thirsty bees ... read more
Ansa at anchor
Collecting Salt
Puerto Everisto

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur » Loreto January 22nd 2010

The pelicans seem to own the harbor. Hundreds of them. It's a wildlife moment, they circle close then dive straight in, wing folded back, egrets and comorants all around. Really close. In fact the commorants and the pelicans are pretty much adapted to folks walking right next to where they roost. The boat owners must spend a lot of time grinding their teeth over the pelicans, their boats look like guano collection boxes. The one nice boat that came into the harbor while I was there was immediately put on a trailer and hauled away. Out past the harbor flocks of boobies gather and do their aerial dives. Many of the moored boats looked like fishing boats. Alaskan license plates, Oregon, Texas, California. Motor homes galore from north of the border. It´s a bit of a ... read more
Group photo
Fishing gear

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