The gastronomy of Loreto is undoubtedly one of the hallmarks of the local tourist attractions. Local cuisine has an emphasis on Seafood, specially clams, but Loreto also has local products, like goat cheese, which give magic to this unique destination. There are plenty of ranches around Loreto raising milk/cheese-producing goats, offering their products to local consumers and restaurants.
While driving the highway you will often see goats on the side of the road with their owner guiding them, these are known as free goats. The way the goats live, and the process used to make the cheese, is what categorizes it as an organic product. There are different types of breeds in Loreto, ranging from Mexican criollo breeds to Spanish or Philippine breeds that are widely recognized in the world for the quality of their milk and cheese.
Recent studies show that cheese made from goat's milk has more protein than that made from cows, and that it is very similar to human milk. Goat cheese has been made for thousands of years, and was probably one of the first dairy products prepared. In its simplest form, the goat cheese is prepared by letting the raw milk cure naturally, draining and then pressing the curd. The production may take up to 3 days.
Street art in Rancho Viejo, made by artist Uli Martinez and team
On your next visit to Loreto, be sure to include the Artisan Goat Cheese Tour in your travel itinerary. This interesting tour is a delight to your palate, as well as allowing you to know more about the roots of this land, and its beautiful natural environment. This activity/tour is beginning to gain real popularity with visitors. It is a product that preserves the artisanal and centennial way of production. The tour starts in Loreto heading to San Javier while visiting the local ranches on the way and getting to know the locals. The tour guide, named Trudi, will stop at Rancho Viejo to meet up with Maria del Rosario de los Santos de Romero and begin the Goat Cheese Tour. You will be able to milk the goats, pet the baby goats, and part of the production process and understand the ranchero lifestyle. Fresh flour tortillas are made on site and are a great companion with the goat cheese. Who doesn’t love flour tortillas with cheese!!
A private half-day or full-day mule ride with Loreto-based Saddling South runs from $39-$99 U.S. per person ($59 for a half-day with a goat-cheese-making lesson.) Multiday trail rides and cultural-focus pack trips with overnights typically run $180-$190 per day. saddlingsouth.com