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Rio Sonora Panorama, by Bill Steen

Rio Sonora Panorama, by Bill Steen

November 24 -26
Río Sonora Heritage Tour–TRIP NOW FULL, CALL (520) 955-5200 TO BE ON WAITING LIST

Rio Sonora Tour (Stephen Bernier)

Rio Sonora Tour (Stephen Bernier)

We are offering another of Mission Garden’s very successful Mexico trips, which combine wonderful sights, fascinating history and culture, and good food.

This time travel with us by luxury coach to the beautiful Rio Sonora Valley. This agrarian region is still very much as it was a hundred years ago. Farmers, ranchers and mission communities thrive in the fertile Rio Sonora Valley.

Introduced here by both Jesuit and Franciscan missionaries in the 17th and 18th centuries, pomegranate, quince and fig were just some examples of Mediterranean species planted in Andalusian orchards, after the style in the southern Iberian Peninsula. Over decades, cuttings made their way into Sonoran backyard gardens, joining New World vegetables and lots of color, all mixed together in harmony.

Your host will be Jesús García, Education Specialist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Board Member of Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace, and a founder of the Kino Heritage Fruit Trees Project. Also joining you will be historian and cultural interpreter Alex LaPierre.


Rio Sonora dancers (Dena Cowan)


We’ll spend three adventurous days exploring this region, enjoying Sonoran gastronomy and the warm hospitality of Northern Sonora. For more information contact Mission Garden at (520) 955-5200 or Full itinerary below.

$750 per person for double occupancy
$100 extra for single supplement, availability is limited. Call 520-955-5200 to confirm availability of single.

To register for the trip, download the tour registration form and waiver, print it out and send it to the address on the form. To pay for the trip, send in a check with your registration form or pay by clicking below.

Rio Sonora Trip: $750
Single Supplement: $100

Rio Sonora 2 - Bill Steen

Posada del Rio Sonora (Bill Steen)

Río Sonora Heritage Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart Tucson 7:30 am. We make our border crossing at Nogales and ascend east into the Sierra to visit the community of Cucurpe. We see a true Andalusian orchard in the center of this charming town. Later we arrive at Banámichi to an enchanting hotel on the Plaza, Hotel Posada del Rio.

Day 2 – Breakfast at hotel, then we travel south along the Rio Sonora to the pueblos of Huépac and Aconchi. We return Banámichi to visit Rancho La Martina and enjoy a traditional carne asada meal where rancheros continue the fine tradition of distilling Bacanora. In the late afternoon we return to the hotel for a cocktail reception in the rooftop cantina before a Ballet Folklorico presentation.  Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3 – Breakfast at hotel. Today we take time to visit local artisans before we make our way north to Arizpe, where Juan Bautista de Anza is buried in the church floor. Afterwards we depart for the border to cross in Nogales.

Rio San Miguel Cucurpe

Rio San Miguel Cucurpe, by Dena Cowan

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