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Fun Photo Friday — Loreto Favorites Part 1


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Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó


Loreto Mission Bell Tower

Loreto Mission Bell Tower

We strolled around Plaza Civica for a while, taking photos and enjoying the sights, then continued our westward trek along Avenida Salvatierra. Just beyond Plaza Civica the whole character of the street changes. You’ll know when you get here — it becomes a pedestrian street shaded beneath a series of arched canopies of neatly trimmed vegetation and lined with charming cafés, restaurants, and enchanting shops hawking colorful wares.

Avendia Salvatierra Arches

Avendia Salvatierra Arches

Passing the seventh and final arch brings you to the first successful mission on the Baja Peninsula — Misión de Nuestra Señora de Loreto Conchó. This Spanish mission was founded in 1697, and construction on the existing structure began in 1740.

The Loreto Mission structure dates back to 1740

The Loreto Mission structure dates back to 1740

Here is today’s photo gallery. Just click on any of the photos below to bring up the slide show:

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Landing in Lovely Loreto


Golden Princess offshore from Loreto, Mexico

Golden Princess offshore from Loreto, Mexico

We departed La Paz the evening of November 3 and found ourselves anchored off Loreto, Mexico, the following morning. Yes, no large ship docking facilities — another tender port. Between these two ports I would be hard pressed to select a favorite, but Loreto does offer a unique beauty that sets it apart from La Paz.

Whale Shark on a Stick

Whale Shark on a Stick

One option you have here is to swim with the immense whale shark, and several of our shipmates did just that. The whale shark is the largest of the shark family, growing to over 40 feet/12 meters in length and weighing up to 33 tons/30 metric tons! One day Ursula and I want to return to swim with these gentle giants, after I rid myself of the feeling I have “fish food” stamped across my forehead. I needn’t worry. These guys are plankton eaters. Still, the size of that mouth . . . !

From the ship we took a brief walk southeast along Paseo A. Lopez Mateos and the shore, then hung a right onto Avenida Salvatierra.

Getting Benched

Getting Benched

About a thousand feet/300 meters inland we came across the Plaza Civica with its marvelous elevated bandstand.

Plaza Civica

Plaza Civica

Keep your camera ready along this route. You’ll stumble across some really eye-catching scenes such as these:

Mexican Flavor

Mexican Flavor

Real Mexican Flavor

Real Mexican Flavor

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