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Embark on a fascinating trip to Northern Sonora to explore its history, culture and geography of desert, ocean and mountains. This vast and diverse region of northern Mexico is part of a desert state offering outdoor adventures, watersports and sunny beaches.
Many visitors coming to Northern Sonora cross the border from Arizona to Nogales. Stay in the border town for at least a day to experience the busy sidewalks crammed with small handicraft stores and pharmacies. Stop in a bar or restaurant to taste typical Mexican food, such as beef burritos. Consider camping in the nearby Santa Rita and Huachuca mountains.
Gain insight into Northern Sonora’s past by touring some of its towns. Visit Pitiquito’s mission church for its 17th-century black-and-white murals by indigenous artists. Go to Magdalena de Kino to see the crypt of Eusebio Francisco Kino. He was a Jesuit priest who established many churches in Baja California, Mexico. Step inside the old churches of Heroica Caborca and Altar.
Learn about Sonora’s natural resources by exploring its diverse ecosystems. Take a daytrip to El Pinacate Biosphere Reserve to see sand dune fields and a dormant volcanic area. Look for hundreds of plant species and wildlife, such as endangered pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, falcons and eagles. Hike or mountain bike the nature trails through Rancho Puerto Blanco’s 3,600 acres (1,450 hectares). While you are here, take a guided tour to see some of the 6,000 petroglyphs, ancient rock art paintings that have been found on the ranch.
Make your way to one of the region’s most popular destinations, Puerto Peñasco, a fishing town also known as Rocky Point, on the state’s northwest coast. Unwind on the beach, dive into the Sea of Cortes, play watersports and rent a vehicle to explore the desert.
Reach Northern Sonora by air, bus or car. Many visitors rent a car for the duration of their stay to be able to experience as much of the scenery, history and culture as possible.
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Old Port, El Malecon, and Fisherman's Monument. La Madre Square is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.
Located in Puerto Penasco, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within 2 mi (3 km) of El Malecon and La Madre Square.
Situated in Nogales, this hotel is 0 mi (0.1 km) from Nogales Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Pimeria Alta Museum and Historic Santa Cruz County Courthouse. Sacred Heart Parish and Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).
This Puerto Penasco aparthotel is on the beach, 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from La Madre Square, and within 6 mi (10 km) of El Malecon and Old Port. Fisherman's Monument and CEDO are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in the heart of Puerto Penasco, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Fisherman's Monument and El Malecon. Old Port and La Madre Square are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Old Port, Fisherman's Monument, and El Malecon. La Madre Square is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.
Nestled on the beach, this Puerto Penasco condo resort is within 6 mi (10 km) of La Madre Square, Old Port, and El Malecon. Fisherman's Monument and CEDO are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated on the beach, this condo resort is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from La Madre Square and within 6 mi (10 km) of Old Port and El Malecon. Fisherman's Monument and CEDO are also within 9 mi (15 km).