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CORRIDOR OF VARIOUS INDIGENOUS CULTURES AND HOME TO FATHER KINO'S MISSIONS

This picturesque city with its cobblestone streets holds a fascinating history.

The region served as a corridor for various indigenous cultures, including the Trincheras, Indios Pueblos, Pimas Altos, Opatas, and Tohono o’ Otham or Desert People, and was known as "Buquibaba," an Opata word meaning "place or house by the river."

Walking through its streets is a journey into the past.

At the end of September and the beginning of October, the San Francisco Javier festival takes place, which is the most crowded event of the year, with lots of music and fireworks.

It is located in the middle of a desert, resulting in a dry climate. Temperatures range from 35 – 37°C (95 – 99°F) during the summer to 9 -11°C (48 - 52°F) during the winter.

It is situated in the northern part of the state of Sonora, 90 km (about one hour) from Nogales and the border, 123 km (about one and a half hours) from Caborca, and 188 km (about two hours) from Hermosillo.

Magdalena de Kino

What to See in Magdalena de Kino

Tourist Attractions of Magdalena de Kino

Plaza Monumental (Main Plaza)

This is the heart of the town and consists of a large esplanade surrounded by many important buildings such as the Santa María Magdalena Temple, the mausoleum of Father Kino, and the San Francisco Javier Temple.

The square hosts civic and patron events and also features a monument to Colosio, as well as some restaurants, ice cream parlors, and shops.

Historical and Cultural Corridor Route

This tour allows you to learn about the town's history and includes several interesting buildings such as:

  • Colonel Fenochio College: It is the starting point of the route and is where the Sonora Political Constitution was signed in 1917.
  • Minister of War House: Featuring attractive Gothic architecture.
  • Discount Store: The city's first supermarket.
  • Colonel Emilio Kosterlinsky's Mansion: A typical colonial mansion.
  • Benito Juárez Square: A peaceful place to enjoy

Palacio Municipal (City Hall)

A 20th-century construction with beautiful stained-glass, colorful murals, and engravings reflecting the history of the municipality and the state.

Inside the building is the Presidents' Hall, a small museum commemorating the meeting of Presidents Luis Echeverría and Gerald Ford in 1974, as well as a beautiful garden.

Touristic and Commercial Corridor

Located a few meters from the Monumental Square, this area offers a wide variety of stalls and shops selling crafts and religious relics.

Templo de Santa María Magdalena (Temple)

It was built on the site of the original mission founded by Father Kino and houses the image and a splinter of bone from San Francisco Javier. It is the main pilgrimage site in the region.

Capilla de San Francisco Javier y Mausoleo del Padre Kino (San Francisco Javier Chapel and Father Kino's Mausoleum)

Built by Jesuits, the Father Kino Mausoleum houses the mortal remains of the Jesuit Missionary Eusebio Francisco Kino, the evangelizer of Pimería Alta, who passed away in 1711. Both constructions are located in the Monumental Square.

Iglesia Primera del Padre Pineli (Church)

Dedicated to Santa María Magdalena, the patron saint of the place, this is a beautiful colonial building.

Father Kino Museum

The museum exhibits various objects from the indigenous cultures of the region, such as photographs, weapons, and clothing. It features a collection of Trincheras culture pottery and the original document signed by those who discovered Father Kino's remains.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Closed on Tuesdays. Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

San Ignacio de Cabórica Mission

Just 10 kilometers from downtown Magdalena de Kino, this is the second mission founded by Kino in his beloved Pimeria Alta. The mission was of primary importance due to its agricultural and livestock production, mainly in fruit cultivation, with quince being the symbol of San Ignacio. Some original elements, such as the spiral staircase made of mezquite wood, can still be appreciated.

The existing church was built by the Franciscans between 1771 and 1780, although it used some elements from the previous Jesuit construction. The wooden door with fine carvings stands out.

 

What to Do in Magdalena de Kino

Choose your Adventure in Sonora

UNMISSABLE EXPERIENCES IN URES

Explore the Sierra Los Ajos-Bavispe

Visit La Cantera

Visit the observatory in the Sierra de La Mariquita

Discover the Enigmatic Image of the Virgin of Guadalupe

Between Santa Ana and Magdalena de Kino, there is a hillside with a unique feature—a rock with the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. It is an ideal place for hiking.

Enjoy a Desert Landscape

12 km from the town, Los Sahuaros de Sasave offers a desert landscape with enormous cacti, providing a perfect opportunity to connect with nature.

Must visit destinations in Sonora

Ciudad Obregón

Rocky Point

Hermosillo

San Carlos

Hermosillo

Caborca

Enjoy a complete overview of Sonora

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