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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

Never before had I found a hotel, anywhere, that would rate an excellent in all categories. I am really too picky for that. But our stay at La Posada del Rio Sonora in Banámichi, Sonora, Mexico, was everything we hoped it would be … and so much more. Excellent on every count is a very fair rating for this wonderful place.
We had spent a quick night there about a year ago and decided to return this month for four days to celebrate our daughter’s 18th birthday. The staff and owners could not have been more helpful and accommodating. It was so relaxing, comfortable, and full of memories that we are already trying to decide when, not if, to return. Soon, I hope.
We all had a great time. Our daughter has so many wonderful memories of her Rio Sonora 18th birthday; we’re pleased we were able to send her off into her own adulthood with a grand celebration.
There were so many highlights of our trip it would be pointless to try to list them all, but a few will remain in our hearts for many years:
• The local staff was warm and nurturing. They treated us like they had invited us into their own homes and made sure we understood “mi casa es tu casa.” How gracious!
• The food at the restaurant was delicious. My favorite was the “caldo de queso,” a regional specialty, and the translucently thin tortillas melted in our mouths at each meal. In our daughter’s honor, they prepared her favorite dish, “sopa de albóndigas,” for the birthday dinner.
• As a birthday surprise the staff produced a beautiful and delicious cake for our celebration, complete with candles.
• Side trips to the nearby hot springs and other rural Rio Sonora villages to mingle and wander were exciting adventures, providing a very warm and secure feeling about the jewels along the river valley.
• The colors of the hotel were complemented by the amazing flora within its inner courtyard and throughout the village; the rooms were comfortably furnished, immaculate, quiet, and each unique with its own tile, accents, trim, and décor.
• Sipping a cool brew or shooting back a “caballito” of the local Bacanora on the terrace overlooking the plaza was a meditative way to end each day.
• Last but not least, the feeling of trust and respect that permeated La Posada – for and from the employees, for the guests, and for the community. Such an atmosphere is far too hard to find anywhere these days.
We are actively recruiting friends and family to join us for another visit to La Posada del Rio Sonora.

Stayed January 2014, traveled with family

Jim C., Glenwood, New Mexico
 
 
 
 

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