The past few days have been spent on the Sea of Cortez (e.g.- Gulf of California) enjoying some nice little oceanside areas. After the tranquility of Concepcion Bay we headed to the town of Loreto for services. This is one of the few towns on this side of the peninsula with a deep-water port and an international airport so we expected to find a bustling city filled with touristy shops. But we were pleasantly surprised. When we first arrived we drove through the main section and found a medium sized, Mexican town engaging in typical Mexican commerce. Then we saw the closed streets of the downtown area. Finally we drove along a very clean, well-designed malecon area with many small pangas docked. This was a pleasant little town without the hard edge of a typical port city or tourist destination. We located a great little RV park with laundry, hot showers, and clean bathrooms.
Among the guests were several other travelers like ourselves. One guy was just puttering around Baja in a 70’s bay window VW. Several couples had elaborate, pop up campers on large trucks. We spent time with a couple from New Zealand who came to North America for their bucket list- Overland Expo, Burning Man and the Pan-American Highway. They will travel in a Toyota 4-Runner with a roof top tent. Mango made friends with the children in the conversion van next door; they are from France, have been living in Tahiti and are traveling Mexico. None of that matters to Mango as long as the kids keep dropping Cheerios!
We took care of business in the small town and then went out exploring on our bikes. Found cute café’s and great shops along the closed streets.
One of the permanent guests in the park explained that he selected Loreto because it was a direct flight on Alaskan Airlines. He flies in from Anchorage after fishing season and spends half the year in the warm, tropical climate. He seemed to enjoy the services in town, the cheap lifestyle and the stories from the ever-changing guests in the RV park. When we finally left there, we did not go far. About 40 miles down the coast we found the tiny town of Lugui and a bay which the locals used to launch their small fishing pangas. They told us that they were fishing for Tiburon (shark) when they left at sunset. These photos capture the fantastic colors of the see and sky as the sun was setting and a full moon was rising. We spent just one night in the bay and moved further south.
One stop along the way was San Carlos Bay. This Pacific coast village was busy with clams, fishing and preparing for the whales arrival. We had a quick lunch and decided not to stay. We found a once-lovely-now-rundown RV park in Cuidad Constitution and stayed for a night. Then back on the road and heading for the cape.