Rio Sonora Tour with Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace Print


  • Rosie on the House attending: No
  • Type: Paid
  • Price: $750
  • RSVP: Yes
  • RSVP Date: Nov 30th, -0001
  • Website: Visit
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Nov 24th, 2018 - Nov 26th, 2018

Rio Sonora Tour with Friends of Tucson’s Birthplace

Travel with us to the beautiful Río Sonora Valley. This agrarian region is still very much as it was one hundred years ago. Farmers, ranchers and mission communities thrive in the fertile Río Sonora Valley.

Rio Sonora Tour Stephen Bernier

Introduced 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 is Jesús García, Education Specialist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Board Member at Mission Garden, and a founder of the Kino Heritage Fruit Trees Project. Joining him is historian and cultural interpreter Alex LaPierre. Stephen Bernier, South of the Border Tours, is our expert driver and knowledgeable guide.

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 Río.

Day 2 – Breakfast at hotel, then we travel south along the Río 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.

Rio Sonora dancers Dena Cowan

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.

TRIP INCLUDES: transportation from Tucson, lodging, meals. Gratuities not included. Alcohol not included.

COST: $750/person; single supplement $100 extra; a portion will be tax deductible.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 30, 2018!

Contact Info

Name: Mission Garden


Phone: (520) 955-5200