For years my reference point of Western Mexico was Dylan McKay going down to surf in Baja or the gang from The Hills partying in Cabo.
And while I have spent a couple of months traveling in Mexico I never made it farther West than delicious Oaxaca. When Villa del Palmar asked me to come visit them in Loreto I immediately said yes without knowing where it was.
Frankly I’ll go nearly anywhere in Mexico that isn’t near the border or Juarez. But now I’m in Loreto, a small town on Baja California Sur, a long thin peninsula on the West Coast of Mexico and it was surprised me.
Mexico is a gigantic country.
Sitting on the plane with Cailin and Rease we started to descend and as we looked out the window at Baja Sur California we were confused with the mountains and cacti.
I did not know this side of Mexico and thought it would look like Playa del Carmen.
Loreto seems very low-key and definitely for someone who wants to avoid the crowds of Cabo.
Crowds do not exist here, the town is a mere 15000 people who continue to take siesta from 1-4pm and the hotel is 45 minutes away.
This is definitely off the beaten track and I like it.
As much as I am a city girl there is something I really like about dry, isolated places. Maybe it balances my personality or chi – as hippies and yogis would say.
I’m spending a week here before heading off around Baja and then heading over to Mazatlan. I have a feeling this this not the last time I will be surprised.