The hidden treasures in Loreto
The nature around Loreto hides more than one can see at plain sight. Venture into the Sierra de La Giganta and discover numerous canyons, vertical gorges, rivers, cascades and oasis. Postcard-like landscapes that you won’t expect and will keep you wondering what lies behind the next corner. At Blue Nation we live in the water and when we are not out to the sea, we are wading our way through canyons, or looking for new waterfalls or turquoise ponds. We are always on a quest to find the most gorgeous water!
$90 USD per person (minimum 2)
Boat ride, guide, snorkel gear and food are included in the price. You must bring your own water bottle and adequate hiking gear (boots, long sleeve shirt and trousers recommended)
One of the rarest and better hidden gems of our Marine Park lies within the wilderness of Coronados Island.
The Gulf of California is world famous because its biodiversity and natural values, and it’s one of the most dynamic and everchanging ecosystems there is out there. Clear signs of this and of ancient biodiversity , very different to the one we witness today, can be found all around the peninsula.
Millions of years ago, our climate was different, and other life forms and habitats existed. Coronados island hides one of the most spectacular traces of these ancient times: the best example of a prehistoric lagoon and coral reef from the Pleistocene era, 160.000 years ago, that can be found in Baja.
Only accesible by boat and then by an scenic bushwalk, this nowadays dry lagoon still preserves its coral reef in pristine conditions. Coral heads are still perfectly visible and in the same position where they used to be when they were alive, telling us a story of more humid and warmer times, where the sea level was higher that it is today.
After a short boat ride, we will take a scenic bushwalk through the shell-made limestone terraces and typical flora that will eventually lead us to the mouth of the prehistoric basin. The lagoon is huge, with more than 200 meters / 650 feet wide and 12 meters / 40 feet deep, and hiking inside of it is a wonder.
You will learn about the geological history not only of the island, but of all Baja, and after the hike, we will reach Ensenada Blanca, a white sand, idilic beach where you can snorkel, swim, have lunch or just relax until the time come to return to town.
An unique experience that only a few know about!
$50 USD per person (minimum 3)
Transportation to the canyon is not included. Hikers must have their own vehicle (high clearance is required), or we can arrange it for you. Available from December to May.
This is our favorite canyon in Loreto!
A half-day adventure (approx. 5 hours) that will take you deep in the heart of the Sierra de La Giganta, the local mountain range.
This canyon is one of the steepest and most scenic hikes you can do in the area. The gorge was carved by the erosion of the stream that flows at its bottom. We will follow this river upstream, wading through its numerous ponds and natural pools of turquoise waters. In the way you will discover a plethora of life, including reptiles, frogs, gazillions of dragonflies, acuatic insects, wild horses and goats etc.
We guarantee that your jaw will drop when we walk among the gigantic walls, or when we venture through narrow, wiggling passages. This place is also as green as it gets, with lush vegetation after every corner, and several places where we can swim. The way back goes over the top ridge of the canyon wall, offering an incredible view of this geological wonder.
We include drinks and meals, but hikers should bring their own supply of water and proper hiking clothing. A reasonable level of fitness is required, as there are a few scrambling sections and waist-level wading.