I've taken the bus from Loreto to Magdalena Bay, and then up to Mulege and back.It's a longish trip from Loreto south (but the scenery is gorgeous), and La Paz is even further. HOWEVER, the buses were wonderful and all the people associated with the bus companies were also wonderful, they seemed to feel a personal obligation to make sure we got where we were supposed to. MUCH better than any American bus that I've been on in YEARS! AND CLEAN !!! No problems carrying dive gear on the bus. I like Mulege, only a couple of hours north of Loreto. Cortez Explorers Dive will take very good care of you there.