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Mission of Our Lady of Loreto

Loreto (or Concho) was the first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula. It served as the capital of Las Californias from 1697 to 1777, and is the current seat of the municipality of Loreto in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur.

The city of 10,283 people (2005 census) is located on the coast of the Sea of Cortes, about 350 km (220 miles) north of the state capital, La Paz.

Loreto is a tourist resort, catering mostly to U.S. travelers, with daily flights from the U.S. state of California arriving at Loreto International Airport. Many of the American Tourists enjoy fishing in "pangas" for "dorado" (Mahi-mahi or Dolphin Fish). Local restaurants will even prepare the daily catch of the tourists.

Loreto has an excellent museum alongside the historic, but still active, parish. The Spanish Fathers found a steady spring of fresh water on this site. The city has an active sister city relationship with Hermosa Beach, California and Cerritos, California, USA.

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Loreto Mexico - Sea Of Cortez - Coronado Island

Loreto City Hall

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Loreto International Airport
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Loreto is located on the east coast of the Baja California Peninsula. The town area is bordered to the East side by the Gulf of California, on the West by the Transpeninsular Highway and on the South side by the Arroyo Loreto, a dry creek bed that only fills with water after a heavy rainfall. The city is built on relatively flat land. The average elevation is 10 meters (33 ft) above sea level. To the west of the city area is located the "La Giganta" Mountain Range ("Sierra de la Giganta"), which extends along the center of the state of Baja California Sur, parallel to the gulf coast.

Loreto Bay Sea Lions

Loreto Mexico Sunrise Over Sea Of Cortez


Loreto Bay Village




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