"The Historical Capital of Baja California" Discover the beauty of Loreto while relaxing in the tranquil ambiance of the indigo hued Sea of Cortez. As the first capital of the Californias, Loreto's culture runs as deep as its rich history. Come explore the warmth of Loreto's community. Enjoy world-class sport fishing and play golf and tennis at the Nopolo recreational complex. With year round temperatures averaging in the 80's, outdoor activities are always available. Try sailing, kayaking, diving, horseback riding, mountain biking, and beach combing or take a tour to old Mission San Javier. And when your appetite has grown from a long day of playing under the warm rays of the Mexican sun, indulge in cuisine perfected for over two hundred years. If you're traveling by land, you'll find friendly, well maintained R.V. parks with staffs eager to assist your every need. Loreto has an international airport, a bus depot and excellent tourist services including hotels, motels, restaurants, trailer parks & car rentels. Aereo California with it's daily scheduled air service from Los Angeles, make your next vacation plan to come and see Loreto, the Baja destination.

The oldest town in Baja California Sur, is surrounded by the incomparable scenery of the la Giganta mountain range, the desert and the Sea of Cortez. Nature was generous with Loreto; the intense blues of the sea, contrast with the greens of the palm groves, and the violets of the islands. The desert, with its cactu sand muteds tones contrasts with the dramatic amphitheater formed by the brilliant colors of the imposing steep rocks of the Sierra de la Giganta.     The Jesuit father Juan Maria de Salvatierra founded the mission of Nuestra Senora de Loreto, on October 25th, 1697. This was the first mission and the capital of the Californias. First the Jesuits, then the Franciscans and finally the Dominicans worked from this mission. 

   In 1699, Father Francisco Maria Piccolo founded the mission of San Francisco Javier. It is situated on the sierra, 42 km from Loreto. It was assigned to Father Juan de Ugarte 'the atiante of the Californias'. The church of San Javier was built between the years of 1744 and 1759, by father Miguel del Barco. It is the most beautiful and well preserved in Baja California Sur. A visit to this site is recommended, especially for those interested in history and ecology. 

   The town of Loreto is part of the Fonatur project of Loreto-Nopolo-Puerto Escondito, destined to be a major tourist resort. The 18 hole golf course in Nopolo, the magnificent tennis center with nine courts and a stadium are considered among the best in the country. 

   A tour through 'the historic capital city of the Californias', includes a visit to the church mission and museum of the missions, where you can appreciate over 200 original pieces representative of 300 years of history. Walk along the new malecon looking out over the islands and enjoy the pedestrian streets with their delightful curio shops. 

   Loreto celebrates each year its town festivals from the 5th to the 8th of September with a great regional fair, and from October the 19th to 25th. 

   Loreto has each year Dorado and Yellowtail fishing Tournaments with  Prizes for Largest Dorado/Yellowtail, 1st-2nd-3d, Induvidual Angler and "Over All Top Team ". 

   The old mission in Loreto is worth a visit. The waterfront area has been recently been rebuilt (1993?), and offers a very pleasant walk along a "Malecón." With a spectacular ridge of mountains rising steeply to the west of the city, this is a very beautiful location.

   The new tourist development is about 5 miles south in Nopoló, complete with a golf course in this very arid environment. There are some very nice beaches there. This development has had a real struggle in getting going, and the hotel has passed through many hands. 
   Further south of Nopoló is Puerto Escondido, the most protected bay in southern Baja California. During the summer months the bay will be filled with boats sitting out the summer hurricane season in this "hurricane hole." It is about a 1/2 mile drive to get into the area from Highway 1.
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