Loreto offers some of the best island diving to be found in the Sea of Cortez. Loreto International Airport is located there. The islands of Coronado, Carmen, Catalán, Montserrat and Danzante lie just off the coast of Loreto and offer amazing scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities. Around these islands, divers can find rock reefs, seamounts, underwater caves, walls, reefs and wrecks. Some popular dive sites are Punta Coyote, Los Candelleros and Las Galeras.
The Sea of Cortez is kinda unique. Its a huge, closed body of water with its own climate, only connected to the open sea on its southern end, where it becomes the Pacific ocean. This has created a tropical-like habitat for thousands of colorful reef fishes, yet still being home for other animals from the cooler Pacific.
It's easy to encounter large amounts of warm water fish like the angelfish, butterflyfish, surgeonfish, moorish idols and other tropical fauna. They will provide an ever present touch of color in every dive!
At the same time, expect to see turtles, rays under and over the water (yes, they jump!), lots of nudibranchs and macro life and schooling fish like jacks and barracudas. .
Diving in Loreto is available year-round. Average water temperature is around 68-72F/20-22C and visibility reaches up to 200ft/60 m at some dive sites.
**SINGLE SUPPLEMENT - +$250.00
Our first option for our guests is the Hotel 1697. With a brewery and fantastic restaurant on-site, this boutique hotel is perfect for your Loreto getaway. Located in the heart of the Historic Center of Loreto Pueblo Mágico, first capital of California. Five minutes from the Marina that opens the door to the Bahia de Loreto National Park and its five Islands. Five minutes from the beach. Two minutes of walking to the Mission of Our Lady of Loreto and the Museum of the Mission.
Our second option is the Rosarito Hotel - The hotel is located at the Historical Center of Loreto one block away from the Central Square Mission Church and Museum and two blocks away from the seafront known as El Malecon.
DAY ONE - Arrive in Loreto and transfer to hotel. Today, get settled in and take a walk to explore the quaint downtown of this small beachside village. Join us for our welcome dinner at 7pm at the Hotel 1697.
DAYS TWO - FOUR
Each day, divers will enjoy two dives from panga boats, swimming with sealions, watching for the whale sharks and looking for the elusive seahorses known to inhabit the sea.
Non-divers will have a menu of items to sign up for. Activities ranging from deep sea fishing to hiking, historical tours and culinary classes. Some activities have a minimum number to do - but we'll do our best to put together your best package.
In the afternoons, check out some culture at the Las Misiones Museum and the Mission of Our Lady. by Loreto Concho. Loreto has street food or iconic and original street food, on days of intense heat, there is nothing more refreshing than a delicious Michoacán ice cream, do not forget to try its flavored waters, such as lemon. Horchata, Jamaica and tropical fruits.
Each night, we'll announce the "Restaurant of the Evening" - where you can feel free to join the group, or head out on your own for some time away.
DAY FIVE - Today you'll let those bubbles release before flying, while partaking in one of the included activities - riding ATV's through the breathtaking landscape of the surrounding desert, riding a mule through a desert canyon or heading out to an authentic farm to visit animals and make cheese. After your tour - try out another popular restaurant downtown and relax at the hotel for your last night.
DAY SIX - Today, after breakfast, you'll transfer to the airport for your flights back to the States. With the Baja changing each season in the Baja -your only question now is "what season do you want to return for next?"
Guided muleback tours of the Sierra de la Giganta, near the mission town of San Javier, Baja Sur. We will take you up on the mesas where the modern world recedes and there is just you, your mule, and wild cactus gardens all around. The only sound is birdsong on the dry air with pristine desert spreading across the hills to the ridges of the sierras in the distance. We offer a unique eco-tour experience and opportunities for great photo ops.
Your guides will be authentic Baja cowboys whose families go back generations on the same ranches. They know every plant; every water source and trail and they will take good care of you. The mules have spent their lives traveling these trails. You will be amazed at where they can go. Whether you want great photo opportunities of the desert, a cultural experience of Baja ranch life or just to get away from it all, these trips are for you.
The Coronado Island tour is a “must-do” for anyone visiting Loreto. In just twenty-five minutes from the Loreto Mariana you’ll be swimming with the Sea Lions, exploring bird rookeries, and searching for dolphins. Snorkeling from the boat is a fantastic way to observe the Marine life below. After circumnavigating (in good weather) the island, we picnic at the lovely white sandy beaches for more exploration.
Our San Javier Mission, rancho, and desert tour is a wonder-full day tour to take from Loreto. This activity includes stops at points of interest, a delicious lunch of regional cuisine, an insightful tour of the mission, and surrounding orchards. Join us for an experience that is certainly best experienced with insider knowledge. Viggé Biaundó is the native name for this small valley oasis in the Sierra de la Giganta (Mountains of giant women). It was here in 1700 that Father Francisco Maria Piccolo first established the site. Mission San Javier is the best preserved of all the Missions in the Californias.
Join us on a day hike to see the cave paintings of "La Pinguica"(also known as "Canipole") just 1 1/2 hours North of Loreto. There you will see some fantastic examples of petroglyphs (rock carvings) and pictographs (cave paintings). Our experienced local guides have many years of leading tours in this area. They are a wealth of information about flora, fauna, history, etc. So for anyone who would like to see the rock art of Baja but does not have time to make a multi-day mule trip, our day hike to La Pinguica is for you!
The Adventure begins with your guide giving basic safety and riding instruction then we ride down Loreto’s water front Malecon next stop we ride to the beach to take some memorable picture with the islands of Loreto as our backdrop.
Then we head up the arroyo taking the route of past Baja 1000 off road races and the historical route taken by Missionaries to San Javier where we will branch off and head for “Las Virgines”, a natural spring with water pools. Once we arrive to take an approx 25-30min break and enjoy a quick snack and beverage then you and your guide will go for a quick trek to see the water pools and the beginning of the spring.
Then we prepare to head back down the arroyo and through the city until we arrive back at Rancho Quest.
The adventure begins by milking our dairy cow and dairy goats, then the cheese process begin by adding rennet to the raw milk. While the milk is firming and in transition we have approx. 45 min at which time we will learn to prepare masa to make homemade tortillas that you can enjoy with the fresh cheese. also during that time you can visit with the other animals on the Ranch we have free range chickens, turkeys, ducks, rabbits, horses, and ponies. Then its time to cut and separate the curds from the whey and get ready to roll up your sleeves and salt your cheese and prepare it for molding.
Once molded you will sit back and enjoy the fresh cheese and homemade tortillas