Loreto (or Conchó) is a port city in and municipal seat of Municipality of Loreto, located on the Gulf of California, Mexico's eastern Baja California Sur state. The city has of population around 14,720 people (2010 census).
Loreto lies about 350 km (220 ml) north of La Paz, the capital city of Baja California Sur state.
- There are 7 buildings in Loreto from the 18th-20th century, considered historical monuments by Mexico's federal government. The most popular of them is the Mission of our Lady of Loreto, at the start of "The Royal Road" (El Camino Real), historic corridor following north along the ancient route of Spanish missions, to its end in Sonoma, California, USA.
- Five historical buildings are found in the neighboring city of San Javier, most importantly the Misión de San Francisco Javier (Mission of Saint Francis Xavier), the best preserved in the peninsula. Another must-see are the ruins of Mission of San Bruno, which is the first mission of Baja California, established in 1683 by Padre Eusebio Kino, Jesuit missionary explorer. It was ordered abandoned by the Spanish Crown a mere two years later. It is located 20 km (12,4 ml) north of Loreto.
- Museo de las Misiones Jesuíticas (Jesuit Missions Museum) is situated beside Mission of our Lady of Loreto and boasts a collection of religious art, tools and weapons from the 17th and 18th centuries, used in the Spanish missions in Baja California.
- In "Sierra de la Giganta" ("La Giganta" Mountain Range), there are cave paintings in rock shelters and canyons. The nearest sites to the city of Loreto include "Cuevas Pintas" (15 km / 9,3 ml to the west) and "La Pingüica" (60 km / 37 ml to the North). The cave paintings from indigenous groups of Baja California are famous all around the world and some have been added to the list of world heritage sites of UNESCO.
- Loreto has the reputation of an excellent sport fishing location. It is its major tourist attraction and the main source of employment in the region, thus connecting the economy of Loreto closely with fishing.
Highlights: National Marine Park, Mision Nuestra Senora de Loreto, Museo de las Misiones
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