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Gazebo in Hildalgo Plaza-Banamichi, Sonora

Gazebo in Hildalgo Plaza-Banamichi, Sonora

Tom Matthews

Banamichi, Sonora is located on the Ruta Rio Sonora just 3 hours from Bisbee, Arizona 5 hours from Tucson and 2 hours north of Hermosillo.   The small pueblo was founded in 1639 by Bartolome Castonas and Pedro Pantoja, Jesuit missionaries.  The name Banamitzi cames from the Opata Indians of the region and means, where the river turns.

Like all small pueblos along the Rio Sonora, the Catholic church is the primary place of worship.  Nuestro Senora de Loreto Temple, located on the town plaze, was built in the 17th century.  The town square, on the main highway, displays the Piedra Historica, an ancient petroglyph discovered on a local ranch.  Some scholars believe the petroglyph represents a map of irrigation canals.  A gazebo graces the main square in the center of town, Hildalgo Plaza.  Nearby parks, Bacachi and El Baceran, offer natural warm springs.  Aconchi, another pueblo south of Banamichi offers hot springs west of town.  Other activities in the area include mountain biking, horse back riding, bird watching, star gazing, visits to local bacanora stills, local fiestas, horse cart rides, authentic Sonoran cuisine and motorcycle tours.

The principal economy in the area is agriculture, farmng and ranching  Many small local businesses supply goods and services to the residents of this quaint Mexican pueblo.  Many come from far away places to receive Qi Gong multidimensional therapy.

The premier hotel in town is Hotel Los Arcos de Sonora ( which provides travelers with  ten comfortable modern hotel rooms with private baths, air conditioning and heat, intimate interior courtyard, covered patio with wood burning fireplace, second floor terraza, wi-fi, coffee shop and gift shop. 


November 03, 2009 new by lmatthews

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