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Loreto is considered the oldest human settlement on the Baja California peninsula.

It is still possible to observe extraordinary cave paintings and petroglyphs. These paintings are spectacular murals on the rocks, representing, in larger than life size, semi-human forms and animals, in scenes that could be ritual ceremonies, pilgrimages, hunts or battles. They are a fascinating sample of the way of expression of the ancient inhabitants of the region. Loreto was the capital of the Californias for more than 133 years, until the capital was transferred to La Paz. And today, more than 300 years after its founding, Loreto remains rich in history and full of natural wonders to discover. Loreto is the seat of the municipality that bears his name and is an exciting tourist destination, with modern infrastructure. Its prestigious past adds a very special dimension to it. The mission of Nuestra Señora de Loreto and the adjoining museum are a testimony of their heritage. And like a true oasis on the shores of the Sea of Cortez, just a step away from Nopoló, Puerto Escondido, the Islas del Carmen and Coronado, Loreto is a mini Shangri-La. Everyone who lives in Loreto, or who visits it, can appreciate how, 300 years after its founding, its unique blend of history, culture, and nature continues to make life interesting and enjoyable.

Loreto, in addition to its rich history, is a paradise for water activities such as sport fishing, diving, kayaking and walks within the Bahía de   Loreto National Park .

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