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Seven o’clock in the morning, four of us started hiking to the top of the small hill behind our hotel. We could see the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) from our balcony, but we were determined to watch a great view of the sunrise on our last morning in Baja California Sur. Only after a half an hour walking along the hiking path that was guided by giant cactus and animal bones, we reached the top. The sun was hiding behind the clouds, making the sky more dramatic. The weather had been kind to us, too.


The Sea of Cortez is as calm as a mirror in the morning. The five islands and the cliffs, which were created by the volcanic activities under the sea, were just floating, reflecting the morning sun. You can see Danzante, Carmen, and Coronado in this photo and Catalana and Montserrat are to the east. The Gulf of California is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Created by one of the longest peninsulas in the world, the Gulf of California is considered to be one of the most diverse bodies of water on the planet. The water is always warmer than the open ocean. The northern area of the Gulf usually goes through a colder winter, but is much more stable than the southern area. That’s why this is home to more than 5,000 species including whales and sea turtles.


The islands of Loreto are one of the best places in the world for sea kayaking, snorkeling, and wildlife watching. It was named as the third best place for sea kayaking in the world. Danzante and Coronado are well known as one of the finest snorkel destinations. Also it’s easy to travel far from the shore with just a paddleboard. Dolphins and seabirds will visit you in the open ocean if you are lucky.


My visit to Baja California Sur was organized in conjunction with Villa del Palmar at Loreto Resort.