Travels with Paddles

a sea kayaking journal

Axel Schoevers (Photo: A. de Krook) Name:
Axel Schoevers
Rijswijk, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Carnaval Gigantes de los Mares

It is an interesting thought that a picturesque small town in Baja California Sur has the largest animals on the planet as a 'mascotte'. Our arrival coincides with the local carnival festival weekend, including a parade and buzzing fairground attractions and traditional music and dance performances.

Loreto is at the heart of the Loreto Bay National Marine Park. Blue, Finn, Humpback and Minke whales frequent the waters around the islands during this time of year. Together with an abundance of dolphins and other marine wildlife. OK, I know Blue Whales are big. But browsing through the National Park Whale brochure I only noticed with the Dolphin picture that the symbol next to it represented a swimmer to scale. The pictogram of the swimmer was not recognizable as such next to the Blue Whale picture.

It is a bit funny to see crush barriers in Loreto; along the sidewalk allowing the carnival parade a free route. Loreto has only one junction with traffic lights. And I noticed that the hands of time still have not moved on the clock on the local church, the oldest Mission in Baja California.

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