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Area Code -- The telephone area code is 613.

Banks -- Loreto has only one bank. Come here to exchange currency. BBVA Bancomer (tel. 613/135-0315 or 135-0014) is on Francisco I. Madero, across the street from the Palacio Municipal (City Hall). Bank hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4pm. This is also the only ATM in town. A casa de cambio (money-exchange house) is on Salvatierra, near the main square.

Beach Safety -- The beaches are generally safe for swimming, with the main beach along the malecón (seafront promenade).

Emergencies -- Dial tel. 060 or tel. 613/135-0035 for emergency assistance. In addition, 613/135-1566 will put you in touch with paramedics and the fire department.

General Store -- Super El Pescador, on Salvatierra and Independencia (tel. 613/135-0060), is the best place to get toiletries, film, bottled water, and other basic staples as well as newspapers and telephone calling cards.

Internet Access -- Practically every restaurant, hotel, and RV park in Loreto offers free Wi-Fi to patrons. One of the more popular places to hook up is Augie's Bar and Bait Shop (tel. 613/135-1224) on the malecón.

Marinas -- Loreto's marina for pangas (small fishing boats) is along the malecón. Cruise ships and other large boats anchor at Puerto Loreto, also known as Puerto Escondido, 26km (16 miles) south of Loreto. For details about the marina and docking fees, contact the Capitanía de Puerto in Loreto (tel. 613/133-0992 or 135-0465).

Medical Care -- Medical services are offered at the Centro de Salud hospital (tel. 613/135-2035), on Hwy. 1 between Loreto and the airport. The center is open 24 hours for emergencies (a standard visit costs $10), and from 8 to 10am and 3 to 5pm for general consultations, which cost $5. Two English-speaking doctors in town are Dr. Collins (cellphone tel. 613/104-3600) and Dr. Fernando (cellphone tel. 613/109-0165).

Parking -- Street parking is generally easy to find in the downtown area.

Pharmacy -- The Farmacia del Rosario (tel. 613/135-0670) is at Independencia and Zapata; Farmacia de los Americas (tel. 613/135-0670) is on the west corner of Independencia and Juárez. Both are open daily 8am to 10pm.

Post Office -- The correo (tel. 613/135-0647) is at Deportiva between Salvatierra and Benito Juárez, and is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

Taxis -- Taxis can generally be found parked on the north side of Loreto's main street, just east of the El Pescador market, and near large hotels. The two taxi companies in Loreto are Sitio Loreto (tel. 613/135-0424) and Sitio Juárez (tel. 613/135-0915).


Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.