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Los Islotes is an islet located just north of Isla Partida and Espiritu Santo in the Espiritu Santo Archipelago. “Los Islotes” means islets in Spanish — never has a place so suited its name.
Los Islotes looms out of the ocean, with an austere and rugged appearance. Rich evidence of Baja ́s geologic history can be found in the starkly weathered volcanic rock formations of Los Islotes. The islet is pockmarked with grottos, caves, and a freestanding arch at its eastern end that allows divers and snorkelers to swim from one side to the other.
Below the surface swim thousands of different species of marine animals in a kaleidoscope of colour and motion. Small delicate cup corals and soft gorgonians cling to the rocks while Cortez angel fish and large schools of yellow surgeon fish glide overheard.
Los Islotes’ main inhabitants are California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus). This is their southernmost home in a habitat ranging along the Pacific coast. The colony’s population increased from the 200 to 400, and has remained stable for the past ten years; strangely thriving in a location that receives more tourists’ in comparison to other islands in the Sea of Cortez. This is a bit of a paradox when you consider the fact their numbers are declining in other parts of the Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California.
Since 1995, Mexican law has classified the archipelago as a Marine Protected Area. It is also recognised by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation).
Coming from North America (USA or Canada) we recommend flying into Los Cabos International Airport (airport code SJD). With over 140 flights a day from carriers like American Airlines, United Airlines, South West, Alaska, US Airways, West Jet, Sun Quest, Delta, flying to Los Cabos offers the most flexibility. As a result, Los Cabos is becoming the number one option for travellers wishing to visit La Paz from North America. We recommend the shuttle service offered by Eco Baja Tours. This two-hour service from Los Cabos delivers you directly to La Paz in an air conditioned, luxury van with bi-lingual drivers and Internet access. Shuttle prices start at $35 American dollars, one way. If you require a more personalized service, just email us and we’ll be happy to organise your pick-up and transfer.
Flying from Europe Coming from Europe allows you to fly directly from Mexico City to La Paz with one of many modern and excellent Mexican airlines. Flights to and from La Paz from Mexico City or Guadalajara arrive at least two or three times a day. The airlines offering this service are Aeromexico,Volaris, Viva Aerobus, Interjet and Aero Califia.