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Exploration, variety, and enjoyment
The five islands in Loreto National Marine Park each have unique personalities. This expedition aims to visit the 3 most accessible islands in a 10-day journey that averages 9-12nm of paddling a day. We plan some layovers on this route, not moving camp but circumnavigating an island or two, and having the option to just relax!
Cover some serious ground on this trip through most of the Loreto National Marine Park’s World Heritage islands, but do it at a moderate pace. One 7nm crossing adds a bit more challenge to our typical Builder trip. Awareness and teamwork matter. We aim to look out for each other, encourage each other, and help each other out. It’s more fun this way!
From a 16,000 year-old volcano to shell-laden marine terraces; from colorful cliffs to white sand beaches, the variety of these three islands provides a scenic and inspiring setting. Isla Coronados is the volcano, with lava feeder tubes frozen in time, looking somewhat like giant petrified cabbages. A colony of sea lions enjoys a haul-out on the more remote NE corner of the island.
Isla del Carmen holds many treasures. Rock hopping and sea caves number among the paddling delights. Geology and snorkeling are both colorful along here, and Salinas is the only ghost town on the islands.
Isla Danzante, the sleeping dragon, takes igneous rock to new artistic expressions. Volcanic dikes, hoodoo peaks, thin purple ash layers, mushroom rocks, and natural arches keep your head turning.