I love Mexico. I love it so much that I lived in Mexico City for a few months a few years ago and go back on a regular basis as I’m just in love with the culture, people, etc. I’ve mainly spent my time in Mexico in Mexico City, the nation’s fascinating capital, though I’ve also been to Acapulco, Playa del Carmen, Guanajuato, and a few other smaller cities.
If you’re smart (and generally not near the U.S. border), then Mexico is safe. I’ve had friends tell me that I will get killed, shot, etc., though thankfully that’s never happened. Mainly because I try to blend in as much as possible and not look like a typical tourist (I also speak Spanish fluently). But Mexico is generally safe.
This past weekend I travelled to Loreto, Mexico. It’s a small town located in the Mexican state of Baja California Sur, with a population of about 14k people. And it is beyond gorgeous. Also, nothing happens there. And I mean, like, nothing. It’s SO relaxing! There’s just one main road from the city to the airport and down to the (very few) hotel resorts in the surrounding areas. It really is Mexico’s hidden gem.
I originally discovered the place through Alaska Airlines’ inflight catalogue, as I was looking at their route map. And indeed, they (along with WestJet) fly to Loreto (7.5k BA Avios.. anyone?!) The distance is just 692 miles, at a flight time of about 1hr 30min.
Naturally, after looking at photos of Loreto, I couldn’t help myself and booked a weekend trip with my mum. I redeemed 30k U.S. Bank FlexPerks points for my $598 USD ticket (meaning I would earn miles with Alaska), and I booked my mum on a BA Avios award ticket for 30k points round-trip and about $60 USD in taxes/fees. The “icing” on the cake was my FlexPerks points redemption. If a ticket is under $600, U.S. Bank charges 30k points, if it is over $600, then 40k points.. so that was an incredible deal. I was booking last minute, so that’s why the ticket was expensive (Seattle to Loreto via LAX normally costs ~$380).
It was just a weekend trip – we left Friday morning and returned Sunday night, so I booked two nights at Hotel Loreto Bay, for about $100 per night. I also had some Orbitz bucks (or whatever they call them), and I was able to get $55 off of one night. In terms of other costs, the food was super cheap. We paid a total of $80 USD for two people for three days for all of the food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, etc.)
As far as Loreto goes, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a more peaceful place in my life. Maybe it is because the city and surrounding areas are so quiet and nothing much happens there, that it is just SO relaxing. Beyond that, the place is truly captivating and gorgeous. My mum particularly loved the houses the local residents (many from the U.S.) had, and she really wants to go back for longer.
I will have a full trip report soon, but I just wanted to share my thoughts initially. Loreto is Mexico’s hidden gem. The place isn’t touristy at all since not many people know about it (some of my Mexican friends don’t even know about the place), and that’s what makes it so relaxing. Yes, there are other gorgeous places in the world, but many of them are crowded – Loreto is gorgeous and hidden. Also, the locals are super friendly and the actual town of Loreto is very European. We were both impressed by what the city had to offer and at the magnificence it contains. We both can’t wait to go back!