Designated a nature reserve in 1996, Loreto is full of complex natural ecosystems such as coastal dunes, swamps and scrubland. It is also home to more than 160 species of algae, octopus, clams, snails and marine mammals. The Juncalito is an excellent site for rappelling in Loreto. This adrenaline-pumping activity is made even more enjoyable by the stunning surrounding landscapes. Steep natural rock faces rise in sharp relief against the lush beauty of the horizon. Rappelling is an excellent sport to practice in between hiking in Loreto, and is sure to bring you even closer to the environment around you.
Nothing compares to the sensation of the ocean breeze on your face while mountain biking in the Sierra de la Giganta. Other activities that are likely to tempt you in Loreto include camping, sport fishing, and walking in the dunes, that's if you haven't made your way to the caves that are home to pre-historic rock and cave paintings. These caves are scattered throughout the Sierra. A walk through the El Vizcaino Desert that shelters the Sierra de San Francisco and the Sierra de Guadalupe should give you an idea of the sheer immensity of the dunes, and you can find yet more rock paintings to be admired here.
Kayaking is a very popular activity, especially in Loreto. If you're not yet a dab hand, you can enjoy paddling gently along the coast and visiting the islands dotted around the area. If you’re looking for some peaceful reflection, kayaking in Mexico is an ideal way to relax while connecting with the natural world. The Parque Marino Bahia de Loreto (Loreto Bay Marine Park) extends around the Coronado, Del Carmen and Santa Catalina islands and includes Bahia Concepcion (Conception Bay), one of the most beautiful along the way. At Isla Coronados and Isla Danzantes, kayakers can get up close to marine life such as sea lions and aquatic birds. Isla Catalina is particularly famous for the extraordinary beauty of its flora and fauna, so while bringing the camera is a must, don't forget a water-proof case!