Get a piece of paradise in Loreto, one of the two Magic Towns in Baja California Sur. A small city surrounded by Sierra Giganta and the Sea of Cortez, which makes it a spot filled with beautiful spaces for rest and fun on the beach and on land.
HOW TO GET TO LORETO?
Loreto is located north of the Baja California Peninsula, at a distance of 360 km from La Paz. The easiest way to get here is by plane, take a flight to La Paz and then arrive by land to Loreto, the drive lasts approximately 4 hours.
A TOWN FILLED WITH HISTORY
Loreto was a difficult territory to explore for Hernan Cortes, who was never able to found a colony due to the geographical location and hostile behavior of the natives.
This changed until 1697. A Jesuit mission was established to evangelize the ethnic groups of the region of Baja California Sur, and the place to carry it out was Loreto. Thanks to the success of the mission, it was possible to continue with the evangelization of the rest of Baja California Sur.
WHAT TO VISIT?
OUR LADY OF LORETO
One of the most important tourist spots and also an icon of the Jesuit missions that took place in these territories is Our Lady of Loreto. It was the first architectural settlement in the Baja California peninsula.
If you love eco-tourism experiences this is the right place for you. Coronado Island is the closest island to the magical town of Loreto, located approximately 8 miles away. Here you can sunbathe and relax on the beautiful crystal clear beaches of the island. This is a destination you can’t miss.
CANIPOLE CAVE PAINTINGS
The nomads who lived in the area of Baja California Sur, managed to leave a legacy on the rocks through their striking paintings. Discover these archaeological treasures just 52 miles from Loreto.
SAN JAVIER MISSION
The San Javier Mission represents the great evangelization that existed in Baja California Sur by the Spanish missionaries and was the second to be built after beginning the evangelization. It’s one of the few missions that remains intact and it’s definitely worth the visit.
Also known in Spanish as “Pueblos Mágicos”, Magical Towns are an initiative by the Mexican Secretary of Tourism to promote towns that have a special charm and can offer visitors a “magical” experience.
One of the main requirements to be a part of this list is to offer cultural richness, traditions, gastronomy and natural beauty. It is worth mentioning that capital cities are not part of this program, only non-bustling towns that meet the aforementioned requirements.
Since 2006 Todos Santos has been part of the 3 magical towns in Baja California Sur.
Art is something that attracts tourists and locals to Todos Santos, this town is filled with many well-known painters, actors and sculptors. You’ll be able to find a great variety of galleries and murals.
There’s something special about this place that brings artists together, many say it’s the light and the landscape that resemble an oasis.
You can easily find pristine beaches within a 30 minute drive of Todos Santos, although they are difficult to access it’s a trip that’s worth the while. Some of the beaches you must to visit are Los Cerritos, San Pedrito, Las Palmas and Punta Lobos.
Please consider the currents and waves can reach up to 15 foot or more, we strongly recommend not to swim in these beaches if you are not a surfer.
NATURE AT ITS FINEST
Outdoor activities are a must if you really want to live the Baja experience, there is a lot to do, from eco adventures and whale watching to hiking and surfing, it’s your choice to make.
The festival has gained popularity around the world and has put Los Cabos on the map as a luxurious touristic destination.
Discover what this amazing festival has to offer!
The Los Cabos film festival is celebriting it’s 7th edition, which will take place from November 13th through the 17th. It has come a long way since its opening in 2012, since then, it has been growing at an accelerated pace due to the events they host all around the city.
Some of the most popular guests that have attended to past editions are Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Spike Lee. There’s no doubt this year’s guests will surprise everyone.
One of the events that is definitely being awaited by many is the opening night, where there will be a screening of the gangster trama “The Irishman” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.
This will be the Latin American premiere of the awaited film, before it goes on Netflix worldwide on November 27.
We are pleased to announce that Robert De Niro will give a session at the hotel where he will speak about his career and his newest projects.
One of the main initiatives is to draw locals to attend events hosted throughout the city such as screenings on the beach, film critic contests and course cycles.
If you’re planning to visit Los Cabos anytime soon around the dates when the Festival is active please don’t hesitate to explore all the events and activities around the city.
One of the experiences you must live in Los Cabos is whale watching, it is an unforgettable spectacle, where these impressive mammals leave the sea to jump into the air and return to the water.
We share with you all the information and some curious facts you should know if you want to witness the whales in Cabo San Lucas.
1. Whale season starts in January and lasts until April.
2. The type of whales that arrive every year in Baja California Sur are the Gray Whale, the massive Humpback Whale and the Blue Whale.
3. The reason why humpback whales leap is to make a major noise outside the ocean. This noise helps them to communicate across large distances. If you do whale watching you will definitely get to see this amazing natural show.
4. Whales travel approximately 6,000 miles from the Bering Sea in Alaska to the Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean
5. The reason these immense aquatic mammals migrate to Mexico is to mate, give birth and care for their offspring.
Santiago Arau has managed to capture the immensity of Mexico with his drone, he has traveled through places that are unknown to many, but thanks to his talent and social media, his work has reached all over the world.
MEXICO’S CITY STORYTELLER
Santiago has photographed everything, from architecture to sporting events, but his drone pictures are our favorite. It’s very eye-catching when you let the spectator see things from another perspective.
Documenting one of the most populated cities in the world, with more than 20 million people, is no easy task. Santiago manages to capture the daily contrasts of Mexico City with his drone.
BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR
Baja California Sur is a destination that could not be missed from Santiago’s photographic tours throughout Mexico. That’s why we want to show you these amazing pictures taken from the skies of the most spectacular places in Baja California Sur:
Cabo Pulmo National Park is one of the most important areas in the Sea of Cortez. It’s the second most important living coral reef in the Eastern Pacific, stretching from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. This is a very popular destination for diving and surfing.
Considered one of the best beaches in Mexico for its calm crystal clear waters surrounded by the desert. This is a Protected Natural Area, so you won’t be able to find hotels or restaurants nearby.
These two beaches are among the most famous in the Los Cabos area as they are located near the famous Arch. Love Beach has calm waters and is safe for swimming, while Playa del Divorcio is more rocky, with strong tides, we strongly recommend to not swim there and please take precautions.
The salt mines of Guerrero Negro are world leaders in salt production, they export approximately 7 million tons of salt annually. The salt mines are located in the north of the state,near Baja California. If you book in advance, you can have a guided visit to some of their factories.
This is a small island of volcanic origin in the Gulf of California, located 25 miles off the coast of Baja California Sur and home to the Tortuga Island rattlesnake, which can’t be found anywhere else.
Formerly named by Hernán Cortés as “Santa Cruz Bay” and now “La Paz”, the capital of Baja California Sur stands out for being a seaside, welcoming and cosmopolitan city. It is the perfect destination to practice water activities like scuba diving and snorkeling.
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