Numerous destinations promise an abundance of nature–but not all of them deliver on that promise quite in the all-encompassing way that Baja California Sur does. With the Sea of Cortez sparkling in the background and Sierra de la Giganta mountain range on the horizon, this is truly a mecca for anyone looking to spend time in nature–without having to deal with crowds. The relatively undiscovered region includes the scenic gem of Loreto, municipality of Comondú and quaint oasis town of Mulegé–none of which should be missed. No matter what type of nature-focused getaway you’re after, it’s likely you can find it here.
Diving and snorkelling
There’s a good reason Jacques Cousteau famously referred to the Sea of Cortez as the “aquarium of the world.” After all, this is one of the most biologically diverse bodies of water you can find anywhere. A visit to Parque Nacional Bahía de Loreto (Bay of Loreto National Park) for example, declared a protected area by the federal government in 1996, means the chance to snorkel through crystal-clear waters spotting tropical fish, playful dolphins and colorful rocky reefs.
Whale watching and paddling
In between diving and snorkelling and depending on when you visit, blue whales make the warm waters of Loreto their home between January and mid-March. Licensed whale watching boats are readily available to take visitors out to see the largest mammal in the world and many tours include lunch. You may also have the chance to spot dolphins, orcas and pilot whales. There are also many opportunities in the area to hop in a kayak or test your balance on a stand-up paddleboard to explore the calm waters.
Beaches, local wildlife and fun in the sun
A quick 25-minute boat ride from Loreto is Coronados Island, home to beautiful white sand beaches, a resident sea lion colony and even flocks of rare Blue-Footed Boobies. Between beach-hopping and wildlife viewing, visitors can also walk inland to explore the island’s unique lava rock formations. Mulegé, just two hours north of Loreto, boasts untouched beaches, mangroves, friendly locals and a lot of laid-back charm, while Comondú is a nature-lovers paradise home to sea turtles and many migratory birds.
Hiking and biking
Anyone looking to exercise their legs on a trip to Baja California Sur won’t have to look far. Experienced hikers will want to test out the many trails of the surrounding Sierra de la Giganta mountain range (also ideal for mountain biking and climbing). Since not all trails are properly marked, it’s a good idea to book a guided trek or bike ride with one of the numerous tour operators in the area.
Whether you base yourself in Loreto, Comondú or Mulegé, a trip to Baja California Sur will always come with a healthy dose of nature. Explore VisitBajaSur – YouTube
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