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North and east of Hermosillo stretches frontier country proper: the mountains and prairies that best convey what life would have been like for Spanish settlers centuries ago. This area is best-known for its well- preserved Jesuit missions, many of which were established by Mexico’s famed missionary, Padre Eusebio Kino, and are compar- able in grandeur to those in Paraguay and Argentina. Dreamy time-warped colonial towns here also secrete beautiful architecture, thermal baths and interesting accommodations. You’ll need your own vehicle: public transportation is scarce.

Following Hwy 14 northwest from Hermosillo, it’s 80km up to mellow Ures with its shady Plaza Zaragoza and shops selling the Sonoran version of tequila, bacanora. After another 30km Hwy 118 branches north to reach Baviácora, with one of Sonora’s finest cathedrals, after 20km. Aconchi, 15km on, has wonderful thermal baths. A further 22km north is the laid-back colonial town of Banámichi where the nearby forests have excellent bird-watching.

La Posada de Río Sonora in Banámichi is a good base from which bird-watch, and which also provides meals and offers horseback riding.

The landscape becomes increasingly eroded with interesting rock formations as you near Arizpe, once capital of Nueva España’s Provincias Internas (including California, New Mexico and Texas) in the 18th and 19th centuries. You can loop back to Hermosillo via Magdalena de Kino. Padre Kino is buried in the town’s mission here, and Magdalena is a great base for visiting surrounding missions such as Pitiquito (with outstanding indigenous art on the walls) on the Caborca road, Tubutama and the dramatic ruins of Cocóspera.

Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/mexico/rio-de-sonora-valley#ixzz2sZ7lAgv4

 
 
 

What Others Are Saying

First of all I’m a little bias in that the owners of La Posada are my friends, but I think I can be objective enough. First of all I like the location, right on the main plaza, across from the church, you’re right in the middle of everything. Then I love the convenience of the restaurant with the doors and windows that open to the outside, great place to sit and beyond the food, connect to the internet to take care of the necessaries. The food is simple, but predictably good, typical of foods from that region. The rooms are more than comfortable. I traveled many years down there before it was ever possible to find the comfort level that one experiences at the hotel. And for me, its a place that connects to the town, the feeling is one of Sonora, not something owned and transplanted by Americans. The owners have done a good job of keeping that intact.

Canelo Bill, Canelo, Arizona
 
 
 
 

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