What has impressed me most about Loreto Baja California is the vastness of the land. Villa del Palmar is out in the middle of nowhere, you can be at a resort and yet have nothing around you.
Wild Loreto took the group out on a snorkeling tour where I saw more of the nothingness. Just uninhibited, pristine land and very few boats. The snorkeling wasn’t great with a few fish and limited visibility but it was nice to spend the afternoon in the ocean.
I was most taken with the area when we went out to Cornado, an island popular with locals, trying to balance tourism with its state park status.
This time it was only Rease and I and we were able to dictate the day. Said our guide wanted to show the landscape before jumping in the water, promising it wouldn’t be too much of a hike – as Rease shares my disdain for hiking.
Despite being in adequately dressed with flimsy flip flops we were treated to a view that perfectly explains the area.
Where the desert meets the ocean.
Snapping the obligatory photos we moved onto snorkeling as this water was so blue and clear. This was only Rease’s second time snorkeling (she’s from landlocked St.Louis) and Said was like an encyclopedia for fish.
But the best was yet to come as we moved around the island to meet up with sea lions.
These gigantic animals were just hanging out in the rocks and playing in the water. People in the area see them all the time but I haven’t seen anything like this since the beluga whales in Churchill. I’m starting to feel the same way about Loreto as I did about Churchill, there is a sense of raw nature here that is really incredible.
Maybe I am a nature person because it doesn’t really get any better than this.