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The Beaches of Costalegre, Mexico

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Much of Mexico’s Jalisco coast, between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta has been included under the general classification of the Costalegre, making it a little like the Amafi coast in Italy, a vast stretch of coastline about 150 miles long. Certainly, it’s a big enough place to explore, and these’s lots to see, but just why should you be interested in going there? Well first off, it’s absolutely beautiful, with incredible beaches and amazing surrounds.

Known by most as the Happy Coast, Costalegre is also well known as Mexico’s Virgin Coast due to the high quality of its many beautiful beaches. The beaches and bays, which are almost neighboring and separated by cliffs and rock formations easily traversed with boats or pangas. It’s popular with celebrities, party people and eco tourists, featuring everything from serene marine environments to luxury resorts and spas.

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Photo by: TavoGDL

But of course it’s the beaches and bays that make Costalegre so appealing, and here are some of the best:

Bahía Tenacatita
Home to three great beaches, Bahía Tenacatita is a great spot for families and general travellers with activities and shallow seas that make for safe swimming. Playa Tenacatita will tempt you with crystal clear snorkelling opportunities, as well as an eco-tourism magnet in the nearby mangrove lagoon. Playa Boca de Iguanas and Playa La Manzanilla are also located here, where visitors will find relaxed surf breaks, and lots of space for lying around to tan. Both Playa Boca de Iguanas and Playa La Manzanilla offer accommodation options and restaurants, making them perfect bases for a beach holiday in the Costalegre.

Playa Perula
A gorgeous and very sheltered beach situated at the northern end of Bahía de Chamela, an eleven kilometre bay, Playa Perula is perfect if you’re looking to take a long walk, or hit the water for a swim. You can even stay nearby, and local offerings include some affordable digs, and some great palapa restaurants.

Playa Tecuán
For the explorers of Costalegre, there’s nowhere quite like Playa Tecuán, a regularly empty white-sand beach complete with creepy long-abandoned resort. Don’t expect it to be an easy find though, the beach is located some 10 kilometres off the highway, and the road is rough as anything.

Playa Careyes
Villa haven, Playa Careyes is a popular spot with honeymooners thanks to its reputation as the luxury villa centre, and features lovely examples of Mediterranean architecture. They stand out, but also complete the picture on this stretch of san, where locals have recently been making impressive progress with the hawksbill sea turtle population, which are endangered.

Bahía de Chamela
Featuring two secluded and serene beaches, Playa Chamela and Playa La Negrita, Bahía de Chamela is the Costalegre spot to relax and let the world go by. The area has a few little restaurants, but not accommodations, making it daytrip only. But organise with a boat to stay and watch the sunset over the bay’s nine islands, which is breathtaking.

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5 places in Mexico you should go for stress relief

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Going away from your daily activities (AKA stress) is something everybody should do once in a while to stay happy. One of the best known ways to do so is taking a vacation, and as you may know, Mexico is a perfect destination for putting away the stress that comes with your daily life.

Now, there are a bunch of places you could go in order to achieve your stress-relief mission and your decision will mostly depend on your style and of course your budget.

Here are the 5 destinations and activities we recommend forkeeping a stress-free lifestyle:

1. Beachfront massage in Cabo San Lucas

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Photo Credit: Body Treat Spa

Not just a massage but a full spa experience. Cabo is a placer very well known for its luxury accommodations, friendly people and breathtaking beaches. In Cabo, companies like Body Treat Spa offer a full spa & salon experience in the comfort of your place, which means you could stay in a beach front private villa and enjoy what would be one of the most soothing experiences you could have ever imagined. Body Treat Spa also offer brides a stress-free wedding, as they not only provide massages, facials and spa services but they’re also Cabo make-up professionals which altogether will make any bride feel at ease on her big day.

2. Visit the Monarch butterfly Sanctuary

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Picture yourself surrounded by nature while thousands of beautiful Monarch butterflies dance around you.

The largest reserve monarch butterfly sits on El Rosario Sanctuary, Ssrrounded by pines, firs and cedars on the hill of the bell. This incredible natural area, part of the Biosphere Reserve Monarch Butterfly is located in the town Ocampo, Michoacán and has up to four colonies of monarch butterflies which are concentrated in the Valle de Los Conejos and Balsitas. These Lepidoptera seek oyameles El Rosario because here the temperature is warm by day and night. To know them you just have to walk about 2 miles, always accompanied by a guide and recommended trails. I assure you, a day here will last for eternity in your memories. Whenever you feel that stress is coming back at you, stop what you’re doing and return to that moment in your mind, take a couple minutes to picture these precious moments of joy.

3. Rent a private cottage in a “magical town”

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Photo Credit: Armando Sosa

This magical town attracts us with its atmosphere of mountains, the surrounding nature and range of activities inside the village and its surroundings. Tapalpa means “land of color” in Nahuatl, the name given by the tone of the land that is in the region. The truth is that the turquoise sky, emerald forest and red earth create a formidable landscape.

4. Explore the Mayan World

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Photo Credit: Carlos Delgado

The Mayan civilization was one of the most advanced and sophisticated cultures of the Western Hemisphere before the arrival of Europeans in America. It flourished during the years 300-900 AD and once consisted of about 40 cities in the region comprising southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and northern Belize where there are some of the most impressive ruins of these ancient cities that can be visited today. Many of these Mayan ruins have been designated as World Heritage.

Chichen Itza, Tulum, Coba, Uxmal, Comalcalco, Edzna and many more to choose from. perhaps you could try and go Mayan-temple hopping.

5. Take a gastronomic adventure

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Photo Credit: Joselu Blanco

Mexico is famed for its gastronomy, and trust me, it’s not only the tacos that will make you want more and more. The flavours, smells and textures of traditional Mexican ingredients are an assault on the senses, so pick a traditional city such as Yucatan or Chiapas and come delight your palate. You won’t ever want to go back to burgers and fries!

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Querétaro – The Misunderstood Gem

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Querétaro, the capital city of a state with the same name, has for too long got the short end of the straw. Regularly dismissed in the past as not having that much going for it, Querétaro is in fact a gorgeous and bustling city well worth exploring on your next visit to Mexico. Although upon entry its busy freeways can give a different impression, Querétaro has a beautiful, and historical, centre just waiting to be discovered.

Within the confines of the city’s historical centre, visitors will experience the wonders of the incredible plazas and pedestrian streets. In fact, Querétaro’s entire downtown area is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This includes the Cerro del Sangremal, a hilltop on which the Convent of the Holy Cross is located. There are a number of other religious sights in the city, including the Santa Clara and Santa Rosa de Viterbo churches, both constructed in the baroque style with a strong use of gold The effect is rather striking, and should not be missed.

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Photo by: Dimitry

While you’re wandering around in the city see some of the local art and culture with a trip to the colonial theatre Corral de Comedias, to enjoy some local food and a comedy play. Alternatively, Querétaro’s philharmonic orchestra perform at the Teatro de la República. This historical building was also the location where the constitution was written, and where the national anthem was first performed. If performance isn’t your thing, there are a number of museums in Querétaro, including the traditional Art Museum, and the quirky Mathematics Museum.

For many, there is no better way to celebrate Mexican culture than by participating in the spectatorship of one of the country’s most well-known traditions: Bullfighting. Although the topic is one fraught with issues, Querétaro does happen to have two bullfighting rings, both of which are widely acclaimed and even considered famous. The first, Plaza Santa Maria, is considered the third most important bullring in all of Mexico, while the second, Juriquilla, is considered to be the most beautiful in the whole country.

Querétaro features an abundance of elegant and local restaurants and eateries where the best and most influential Mexican dishes are served. This, perhaps above all other things, shows Querétaro role in Mexican history. Famous foods from the area include the Enchiladas Queretanas, a corn tortilla stuffed with chicken stew, potatoes and carrots before being smothered in sauce and the Nopal en Penca, a cactus stuffed with nopal strips, garlic, onions, chili and oregano which is served with cheese, avocado and sauce. For dessert don’t be put off by the Dulce de chilacayote; it might be fruit fried in lard, but when covered in cinnamon flavored honey it is delicious.

So whether it’s art and culture, gourmet local foods, or the excitement of the bullfighting rings, Querétaro has something sure to suit everyone’s needs. And with a new international airport recently completed in the area, it will only become more simple and cheaper to travel in and out of this highly interesting city.

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Sonora – A State of Many Opportunities

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Sonora title as Mexico’s second largest state happens to make it one of the country’s most interesting to visit. Why? Well it all comes down to the innumerable possibilities contained within the massive landmass that is the state of Sonora. Diverse ecosystems offer visitors a variety of experiences, from desert to coast, that come together for one incredible experience.

It seems almost impossible to choose which area of Sonora offers the most for visitors. When it comes to nature, there are impressive offerings in every corner. Great sweeping plains in the north, deserts and the Sierra Marde Occidental mountains all contrasting wildly with the clear waters of the Sea of Cortex make it a land of many faces. This makes ecotourism Sonora’s big business, with lots of great natural (and extreme) adventures including diving, hunting, mountain trekking, biking and even fishing.

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Photo by: Matt Borden

If nature is what you’re looking for the El Pinicate Biosphere Reserve is 715,000 hectares of opportunities to see that in action. Despite being a desert and volcanic region, the reserve is home to hundreds of flora species, 41 native mammals, 49 different amphibians and reptiles and an incredible 237 types of birds.
Those seeking history on their Sonora adventure should look no further than the city of Alamos. This historical colonial town is full of the architectural grandeur Mexico’s past is famous for. Enjoy a day wandering around the city known as Sonora’s colonial relic, seeing the cobblestone alleys and ancient buildings. Walk through one of the city’s many archways, which lends to its other nickname: The City of Portals.

Sights in the town include the Purisima Concepcion Church, easily the most recognizable symbol of Alamos. It was the first bishopric seat in the area, and was constructed in 1757. Also take a step back through time in the Plaza de Armas, where archways, cobblestones and a century-old kiosk await time travelers wanting to relax and enjoy the amazing atmosphere on offer here.

On the coast the famous town of Rocky Point, or Puerto Peñasco, offers more than most people can handle in the form of beachfront parties and singularly amazing coastlines. It is definitely an ideal spot to sit back, relax, and enjoy some long sunny days in a Mexican paradise.

But, one of the biggest draws of the Sonora’s wilds, and indeed what continues to bring in larger numbers year on year, is the hunting opportunities to be found in the state. Tour companies flourish in a number of cities within the state offering visitors the opportunity to take on some big game like big horn sheep, wild boar and white tailed deer.

There seems to be no end to the activities available in vast Sonora, and any visitor will be spoilt for choice when it comes to exploring this incredible state. So don’t let recent tourism scares keep you away from the magic of Mexico’s second largest state, there’s more then enough for everyone to do, and more experiences than you could even hope to remember.

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Cuernacava – The City of Eternal Spring

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When you find out the meaning of Cuernacava, a city 80 kilometres south of Mexico City, things start to make a lot of sense. The so called “City of Eternal Spring” really is just that, with a comfortable year-round climate and beautiful parks and gardens that make it very popular as a tourism and vacation spot. There is a large expat population in the area, making it even easier to travel thanks to the prevalence of English speakers in the local population.

Funnily enough, the year-round climate in Cuernacava does lead to some confusion for travelers, thanks to the presence of micro-climates throughout the city and surrounding area. Variations of up to 10ºC have been recorded within an eight kilometer radius, leaving the lower zones humid, and the higher zones quite chilly. But as long as visitors remember this and come prepared, such novelties are merely part of the fun of visiting beautiful Cuernacava.

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Photo by: ERIKOB

There’s lots to do for everyone in Cuernacava, no matter what kind of holiday you had in mind. A popular theme for many visitors is water parks, of which there are several. They vary from Las Huertas, which is a simple water hole featuring thermal waters, to multi-facility parks such as El Rollo, where every need is catered for. Some parks even offer camping facilities, where visitors can enjoy hot baths, cabins and on-site restaurants.

For the cultural explorer, there’s something to be said about Xochicalco, an archealogical site just 10 miles south of Cuernacava. This massive area has been carefully restored by the local population, and is a beautiful example of local history and culture. Near to that there are also opportunities to visit the Tepozteco mountains, and Tepoztlan village, which is also popular. Visitors can expect to see a museum and 16th century Dominican convent, as well as finding many opportunities for shopping and trying local Cuernacava cuisines.

Of course, there is no way better to get a taste of Cuernacava than by getting into the streets and finding the best local eats in town. We recommend starting at Calle de los Tacos, literally the Street of Tacos, for a taste of the best. Take care where you choose though, as not all the taquerias are as hygienic as we are used to, but they are certainly the best places to eat locally, and experience the tastes of the city of Cuernacava.

For those lucky enough to have a day to spare in their travels, Taxco, a famous silver town, is just a short 30-minute drive from Cuernacava. Buses are available in the mornings, and it’s best to leave early. Taxco is the perfect place for some jewelry shopping, full of silver dealers and a large market. There is also a monstrous flea market on Saturdays in which silver is often heavily discounted, so get in and find a bargain before you miss out. But remember if you caught the bus in, it leaves at around four o’clock and if you miss it you’ll have to stay overnight. Still, it’s quite a story to take home from Cuernacava!

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Mexican Delight: Shrimp Aguachile (Lime and Chile)

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Aguachile (words mean water and chile) is the name of a ceviche that is very popular in Mexico, specially in places like Mazatlan and Los Cabos. It usually consists of fresh raw shrimp bathed in lime juice with chile and salt. It is then topped with some minced cilantro and some people use other species.

Please make sure you look for shrimp that are fresh and not the frozen ones, this is important not only for the taste but also for your health, remember you’re eating it raw!

This recipe comes from a fabulous private chef in Cabo San Lucas that once prepared this for my family at the villa that we stayed at last year in Cabo: Elmar.


Mexican Shrimp Aguachile

This recipe is for a total of 8 servings


  • 2 pounds of fresh shrimp
  • 2 peeled cucumbers
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • The juice of 15 limes
  • Sea Salt and ground black pepper
  • 2-3 serrano chiles
  • Garlic, chili powder


  1. Peel, devein, and butterfly the shrimp, leaving the tail intact but discarding the head. Rinse with purified water and drain. Place them in a bowl and dip them with the juice of 10 limes. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, cover the onion with the juice of 5 limes.
  3. When shrimps are ready, take them out of the refrigerator, drain and reserve the juice. Arrange shrimp in circles on a platter. Season them with salt, pepper, chili powder and a little Worcestershire sauce. Put on top of them a layer of the onions. Repeat this procedure until you use all the ingredients.
  4. Season the cucumber with the juice of 3 limes, salt, pepper and chili powder. Place it around the plate.
  5. Blend together the serrano chile, garlic and the lime juice that you reserved. Pour into a small bowl and place in the center of the dish to serve diners to taste.

Grab a tostada and begin the fun!

This recipe was a courtesy of Catering to Cabo, visit their website at learn more about the culinary experience that you can enjoy while visiting Cabo San Lucas, Mexico!

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Rocky Point (Puerto Peñasco) – A Coastal Escape

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Rocky Point, in spanish “Puerto Peñasco”, doesn’t much sound like a beach city nestled into the Sea of Cortez in Mexico’s Gulf of California, but it definitely is. In fact, this little community, once called and locally known as Puerto Peñasco is one of northern Mexico’s fastest growing tourist centers. It doesn’t seem that big now, a town of around 40,000 people, but that’s an enormous leap considering that just a quarter of a century ago, it was a tiny fishing village of just 3000 people. So, what’s so special about Rocky Point?


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Before it hit the big time in the 1920s, there really wasn’t that much going for the community. It was located next to one of the driest of the Sonoran Desert areas, discouraging settlement with everyone except a few fishing families. Then Prohibition was introduced, and suddenly Rocky Point was thrust forward as a haven for all drinking and gambling that was off-limits to the town’s North American brethren. It hasn’t looked back since, and now Rocky Point is a seaside destination that makes for a great vacation spot.

Catering for lots of beach-deprived visitors from nearby Arizona, Rocky Point is beginning to shift into newer areas, moving to target more than just the RV and camper style travelers. Instead, the area is working to bring in more vacationers looking for a resort experience, and it has the facilities to provide for them. Recent development has seen the construction of a number of high quality luxury hotels, further broadening the already impressive amount of accommodation options in the area.

One of the biggest draws for visitors to Rocky Point is definitely the areas many gorgeous beaches. Playa Mirador is easily the most popular, particularly with revelers looking to enjoy Spring Break. This is busiest in March, when the event occurs, so you might want to try somewhere else if that isn’t your scene. But if you’re up for a party, then hang on tight. Bars, restaurants, discotheques and more open on Avenida Matamoros, and stay pumping late into the night.
If you’re planning more of a beach vacation without the massive hangover, Sandy Beach is probably for you. This is the central spot for hotels, spas and a variety of other tourism developments. Just a few minutes away from Sandy Beach is Bahía La Choya, sometimes called Cholla Bay, where a number of activities like golf, parachuting, biking and sailing are regularly held.

Once the beaches have tanned you up and let you go, some shopping will no doubt be on the cards, and in Rocky Point there’s only one place to go. The town’s main tourist area has been recently renovated and includes shops, bars, cantinas and other eateries. This is a perfect space for Rocky Point visitors to come and enjoy the cultural offerings of the area by buying some souvenirs or eating some delicious Mexican food, or both! Whatever you want to do, you’ll find a space for it at Rocky Point, where visitors come to escape and enjoy this beautiful area.

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A Silver City in Guanajuato

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Famous the world over, Guanajuato is one place in Mexico you definitely don’t want to miss. The area is soaked in rich history and traditions, and was granted World Heritage status in 1987 by UNESCO. The site has been ranked consistently as one of the top travel destinations in the world and it isn’t hard to see why.

Both locals and tourists are happy to classify Guanajuato as one of the most beautiful cities in Mexico. It was once a major mining town for silver, and many of the mines are still active and in production. Unusually, the city doesn’t have an actual date of founding, having evolved from a number of miner camping sites based around veins of silver discovered between 1540 and 1558. Unbelievably, a silver vein so enormous was discovered in the city, in 1558 that it produced a third of all the silver in the world for the next 250 years.

Guanajuato is built on very hilly surroundings, so almost every point in the city is slanted. Although this makes for interesting wanderings for the unbalanced, it is also an impressive architectural feat. Guanajuato also features a network of underground tunnels serving as roads, making even a drive in this interesting city very unique. The first tunnels were built in the remnants of a rive in the late 1960’s and new tunnels were added on later, with the last being constructed in 1990. Visitors can take buses that run along the tunnels if they want to experience them, although walking in tunnels near Centro (Guanajuato’s downtown area) is also quite safe.

One thing that Guanajuato is known for internationally, apart from it’s UNESCO status, is the Festival Cervantino, an internationally acclaimed arts festival held around the fall season in October. Lasting for most of the month, the event attracts almost 200,000 people and sells on over 450,000 tickets to events. These events happen in around 49 venues, including theatres and plazas, and are a cultural treat for any visitor.

Other sites in Guanajuato include the strange Museo de las Momies (the Mummy Museum), which came about following the forced exhumation of several bodies from local graveyards due to overcrowding. Surprisingly, these bodies were found to have mummified, instead of decomposing, and are now available for visitors to see in the museum.

If morbidity isn’t your cup of tea, you might have more fun visiting El Pipila, a 28-metre high statue of independence hero Juan Jose Marinez, also known as El Pipila. The legend goes that he wore a stone stab on his back as protection while he burned Spanish troops hiding in a granary around 1810. The site is accessible by cable car, just behind Teatro Juarez, and offers incredible views at night. Do check out the theatre (Teatro Juarez that is) on your way though, as it has interesting greek, roman and Moorish architecture making it a very beautiful and unique structure worth getting a few photos of. No doubt the photograph will be one of many you treasure from your trip to the amazing city of Guanajuato.

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Mexico’s Second Largest City: Guadalajara

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Guadalajara, sometimes called the Pearl of the West, is Mexico’s second largest city, and with around 4 million residents is one of the largest urban centres in North America. It is a city with deep roots in Mexican history, something that Guadalajara residents are happy to show off to visitors discovering the city.

Travellers to Guadalajara will no doubt spend their day wandering about the beautiful city, which consists of several unique districts including Centro Historico, Chapultepec, Tlaquepaque, Tonalá and Zapopan.

Centro Historico is, as you might have guessed, the city’s historical centre where there are many incredible colonial relics housing museums, bars, hotels and even government offices. For the architecture alone, it is worth a little stroll. Chapultepec is the place to go for fancy restaurants, coffee spots and nightclubs, and is more modern and distanced than the centre. Tlaquepaque and Tonalá are the go to neighborhoods for folk-art shopping, with Tonalá being the more local version of upscale Tlaquepaque. Even Zapopan offers some unique colonial sites, although it is more famous as Guadalajara’s Beverly Hills.

Guadalajara has been a major influencer to Mexican culture, and is considered to be the birthplace of a number of traditions and cultural offerings that the country is now famous for. These include tequila, mariachi music, sombreros, rodeos (known as charreadas) and even the Mexican Hat Dance. Lovers of Mexican culture will certainly find themselves swimming in a rich cultural setting, but Guadalajara has since distinguished itself again.

Now, as well as all the aforementioned wonders, Guadalajara is quite well known for it’s gastronomic offerings to the public. Visitors will no doubt delight in stuffing themselves with exciting tacos, chilli-soaked pork sandwhiches (known as torta ahogada) and a plethora of other delicious goodies. There are also so many great settings in which to enjoy such scrumptious, with dining options including street stalls, local cafes and even dining houses in colonial mansions. The choices are endless, and your stomach will be struggling to keep up with you.

When you’ve had your fill on the amazing Guadalajara food, a good walk through the city centre should be on the cards. Be sure to check out the Plaza of the Crosses, four plazas in the shape of the cross with the Guadalajara Cathedral at the centre. The plazas have water fountains to occupy you as you sit and enjoy yet more food available from vendors there. Or, you could explore the inside of the Guadalajara Cathedral, a building which took nearly 50 years to complete starting in the 1560s. It features towers replaced in 1854, following an 1818 earthquake, and a must-see mural known as “The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin”. The cathedral’s interesting mix of neoclassical, palladian and gothic architecture is sure to impress.

Also of interest to many is the Libertad Market, the largest public market in the Western Hemisphere. At the market visitors will find lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as a growing variety of goods such as homemade pottery, handicrafts, leather goods and more.

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Loreto’s Ancient Past

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The area of Loreto is considered by cultural anthropologists to be the oldest of all human settlements on the Baja Peninsula. Ample food and water resources meant this area was a thriving centre for Indigenous peoples, and now a popular destination with visitors to Mexico.

Loreto is the sort of place where one can easily get caught up in the legends and colonial magic that makes up such a large portion of Mexico. It doesn’t seem to matter if you’re taking a stroll down the city’s maze of streets, wandering through caves to see ancient cave art, or even taking a dive into the Sea of Cortez, this place is something else entirely. The indescribably natural surrounds include paradise-worthy beaches of white sand and azure waters, incredible cliff settings and rock formations. And that isn’t even including the new perspective that Loreto visitors might glean from a look into where colonization in Baja California began more than 300 years ago.

The abundance of beautiful bay areas around Loreto make it perfect for a beach-lovers destination. There are gorgeous beaches in easy reach of visitors, as well as many hidden and undiscovered places in the every changing coastline of nooks and crannies. Such spots are ideal for travelers wanting to engage in a little kayaking, snorkeling or sailing, or simply swimming around and enjoying the turquoise blue sea and it is even one of the most recommended spots if you are thinking of acquiring any type of properties in Baja.

Some out of the way places are best reached by boat, such as the beaches of Isla Del Carmen or Isla Danzante boasting incredible cliffs and diving abounds. Tours are available for deep sea sports fishing, and enthusiasts will find more than enough entertainment from the numbers of mahi mahi and tuna to be fished locally. In the winter months, you would be crazy not to head out just 90 minutes off Loreto’s coast and see the grey whales, a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Of course, the oldest settlement in Baja California also has its fair share of history, which is never more clear than during the wild and colorful festivals and traditional cultural events. The most important, not surprisingly, is the Feast of Our Lady of Loreto, where an effigy of the lady is carried through the city. Worship, joy and wild celebration collide on the day, held in September, in which music, exhibitions, traditional dance and much more are on offer for visitors to see the true cultural depth of this little town.

But Loreto’s history goes even further back than that, and the pre-historic history of the area is best witnessed through an exploration of the rock and cave paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco. A bit of a drive from Loreto, the prehistoric artworks include murals larger than found in similarly famous European sites. Closer to the city, the Sierra la Giganta abstract figures in yellow and white, as well as black and ochre wait to be discovered. And north of the city, La Pingüica, a site packed with both canyons and art, features the famous La Pintada Cave, a veritable must-see destination in the Loreto area.