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Things to do in Loreto, Mexico

Our most recommended things to do in Loreto, Mexico

From Loreto: Snorkeling and Kayaking Catamaran Cruise

1. From Loreto: Snorkeling and Kayaking Catamaran Cruise

Spend your day out in the sun, cruising around the islands on a 35-foot catamaran sailboat. Sail across the clear blue waters of the Sea of Cortez watching for whales, dolphins and turtles on your way to the beautiful islands of Loreto. Learn sailing basics if the weather’s right, and learn about the local wildlife from your guide.   After arriving at the bay, get ready to dive in for a snorkeling adventure. The crystal-clear waters offer excellent visibility of the underwater world. Or, if you'd prefer, go kayaking around the islands and enjoy the views of the islands. After lunch and snacks, turn up the reggae and Latin music while you play games aboard the boat. Enjoy the open bar while cruising back towards the Puerto Escondido Marina. Feel the wind in your hair as the sailboat dashes along the water. Perfect for families or groups of friends, don’t miss this relaxing and fun day out on the water.

From Loreto: Historical San Javier Mission Tour with Lunch

2. From Loreto: Historical San Javier Mission Tour with Lunch

Spend a half-day with an expert tour guide exploring the San Javier Mission, located only 1 hour away from Loreto. Delve into the past to explore the picturesque, cobblestone-lined streets of this area and marvel at its ancient architecture.   Hop into an air-conditioned Mercedes Van to begin your expedition. Head up into La Giganta Mountain range and enjoy the fantastic panoramic mountain views that surround you.   You’ll then arrive at the mission, one of the best-preserved in Baja. Dating back to 1758, the surrounding village is inhabited by only 150 people, giving visitors the feeling of time travel. Explore with your guide the main streets that are lined with fruit trees and olive gardens, some of the oldest in Baja. Visit the remains of the ancient Jesuit’s missions before enjoying an authentic Mexican lunch at a local restaurant.

From Loreto: Canipole Cave Painting Guided Hike

3. From Loreto: Canipole Cave Painting Guided Hike

Come join this time traveling 3.5-hour tour with a knowledgeable guide. Discover the region of the State of Baja California Sur and the San Francisco mountain range, where you’ll find the nuclei of cave paintings that abound throughout this area. Take a 45-minute walk into the heart of the mountains, during which your guide will explain the key features of the flora and fauna surrounding you. Enjoy beautiful landscapes that go from the imposing La Giganta mountain range to hundreds of hectares of fertile soil.  Finally, you’ll arrive at the cave paintings, made hundreds of years before the arrival of the Missioners by the inhabitants of the peninsula, who were organized into tribes of huntsmen. Most of the knowledge that we have from this time has been collected from accurate readings of cave paintings. Your guide will teach you much more about these fascinating paintings before you return to Loreto. Take a well-needed stop for lunch on the way back at an authentic Mexican local restaurant.

From Loreto: Coronado Island Snorkel & Lunch Cruise

4. From Loreto: Coronado Island Snorkel & Lunch Cruise

Located near Loreto, Baja California Sur, Coronado Island is home to great snorkel spots, white sand beaches, and a sea lion colony. Come and join a professional guide who knows the history and wildlife of this island and is ready to share it with you. A paradise for snorkelers, the turquoise waters around the island offer outstanding visibility, especially for those wishing to explore the sea bottom. The island itself is covered with rocky crags, except for the southeast corner, and becomes a marine turtle sanctuary at certain times of the year when the females come to the beaches to lay their eggs.   If you prefer to stroll around the island instead of relaxing under a beach palapa, you’ll find numerous examples of local animals and plants. This 3-hour adventure doesn’t just go to the beach like most local boats: you’ll go for a lap around the island to see all the wildlife, including the sea lion colony, and then take time on the beach to snorkel and sunbathe. Snorkeling gear, a picnic sandwich lunch, and refreshments (beers, soda, water) are al included.

From Loreto: Sunset Appetizers & Open Bar Catamaran Cruise

5. From Loreto: Sunset Appetizers & Open Bar Catamaran Cruise

The sunsets in Baja are hard to beat and best seen from the water. Sit back and relax on board a 35-foot sailing catamaran with cocktails and appetizers as you admire the views on this 2-hour evening cruise. Watch the sun go down over the water for the perfect end to your day.   Admire jaw dropping views of la Giganta mountains and the colors dancing across the water as the shadows and purple mountains say goodbye to another day in paradise. Enjoy fun music on board with the crew while heading back towards Puerto Escondido Marina. Take advantage of the open bar to try to some beer, wine, or cocktails, and have your fill of delicious Mexican snacks. Perfect for families or groups of friends, come enjoy a fun and relaxing evening on the water with excellent scenery.

From Loreto: Baja Desert Horseback Riding Tour

6. From Loreto: Baja Desert Horseback Riding Tour

The adventure begins with a short introduction to the tour and a 10-minute horse-management briefing. Depart from the meeting point and head out across one of the oldest roads in the region as you ride through the colorful landscapes of the Baja desert. As you travel, cross a selection of canyons and admire breathtaking views of Sierra la Giganta and the stunning Sea of Cortez. During the tour, listen to your guide share fascinating insight about the landscape's flora and fauna, and learn about the history of people who lived in this region before the arrival of the missionaries as well as how life developed for their descendants. The journey lasts approximately 2 and a half hours, including a pit stop for refreshments along the way. This is a truly unique and unforgettable experience and a definite must-do during your visit to Mexico's Baja California Sur.

Deep Sea Fishing with True Local Fishermans

7. Deep Sea Fishing with True Local Fishermans

Loreto has historically been a fishing village, being the main attraction. The passion with which local fishermen develop this activity brings thousands of tourists annually. Loreto's marine life is abundant and unique, having many species throughout the year. Enjoy with us a day of fishing full of adventure. Loreto is well recognize by its great fishing, all year long. Discover the passion of the local captains practicing what they being doing for generations. There are two well-defined fishing seasons: Summer features “dorado” and species like marlin (black marlin, Atlantic blue marlin, and striped marlin) and sailfish, which are ideal for the fly fishing. Winter fishing features “yellow tail” (jurel) and other species that usually are deep in the sea rocks.

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What people are saying about Loreto, Mexico

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Coronado Island is beautiful, our captain was very nice, he had a lot of knowledge which he shared with us, he took us to see some dolphins, he told us about the history of the island, and when we were on the island to snorkel he took us to a very beautiful side where we could have some privacy. It is nice to know that this area of nature is very well cared for and protected. The tour is very worthwhile and is highly recommended. Thanks for everything! oh! And thanks for taking care of my shirt :)

Excellent rock climbing tour. Our local guide Santos was extremely knowledgeable of the area, helped us in every way possible due to our inexperience in hiking. We climbed 350m above sea level and that was enough for us for a good sweat. Hiking shows will make the experience easier.

Mario was a great guide, other Mario was a real vaquero, and other Mario took good care of the horses. I would recommend this trip to anybody and everybody. The horses are well trained and well behaved. You ride right on the beach right by the water. Absolutely beautiful!

Chalio was a great guide. The mission was beautiful! The lunch was made from ingredients all grown and processed on the premises. Amazing trip, highly recommend.

It was an incredible adventure. We saw a lot of dolphins. I felt very like. For sure, I recommend this tour to everyone.