We arrived in Loreto Friday afternoon after breakfasting in La Paz at Hotel Perla on the malecón. I once stayed in this hotel, nearly thirty years ago, when it cost about ten dollars. Today’s rate is closer to eighty.
We arrived in Loreto earlier than our hostess had expected, but she was ready. We had hoped to stay just two nights, but that has slid into three.
I can’t quite explain why I like this town so much. Partly, of course, because it’s on the water. Also, it’s old, established in the late 1600s. Parts have been fixed up for tourists, but much is a typical Mexican town, so the combination is nice. I am in Mexico but can get an espresso.
There are monstrous houses in the “gringo gulch” area, but my friend here lives in a typical neighborhood and has a comfy house at a very affordable price. She has bought the Mexican health insurance. There is a very good hospital should she need it.
There are upscale hotels and restaurants and little affordable motels and taquerías (see last posting about Loreto to read about McLulu’s).
The streets and beaches are clean. Unlike many towns in Mexico, there aren’t “street dogs” everywhere.
The confused rooster down the street continues to crow two to three times a minute. Music comes from the other direction.
This morning we all wandered down to the weekly market held in a dry wash. You can buy almost anything there, almost enough to set up a household. After that we had breakfast at a beachfront restaurant and then it was time to walk some more before settling down out of the sun to read or nap. We’ll emerge later to do some more walking and then have a beer or margarita, watching the Sea if Cortez and its islands change colors as the sun goes down.
Tomorrow we leave but won’t go far. Just up the road a few hours to an isolated beach for the night. We’ll stock up here first with some tortillas, cheese, and avocado. A few beers and a Mexican Coca Cola (stills made with sugar rather than corn syrup, and the taste is noticeable different). Then we’ll be ready for an afternoon and night on the beach!