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Iglesia, Guaymas, Sonora

Iglesia, Guaymas, Sonora

Alvaro Fernández Kaempffer

Guaymas is the most important port of the State of Sonora. In 1701 missionaries Eusebio Francisco Kino and Juan María de Salvatierra founded the Mission of San José de La Laguna few miles from where Guaymas now exists. In 1769 it was officially named San José de Guaymas and by 1859 it was declared a city.

You should visit the San Fernando church built in the XIX century, the Sacred Heart church, the Bank of Sonora with a neo-classic style, the Ayuntamiento (1899), San Fernando square with its kiosco and the symbol of the city: the fisherman statue and the Plaza of the three Presidents: Adolfo de la Huerta, Plutarco Elías Calles and Abelardo Rodríguez, all born in Guaymas.

Enjoy also a walk to beautiful beaches. Miramar is one of them at Bahía de Bacochibampo. San Carlos' beaches (Pilar and Algodones) are a must, as well as driving to the Outlook Mirador. While there, you can also take a quick hike up to "TetaKawi" (goat's tits) hill. During the first months of the year, whales coming south from cold waters come to the Sea of Cortez to mate and have their cachalotes. The coast line of Guaymas offers a unique opportunity for whale watchers and photographers.

Guaymas carnival is a tradition that is celebrated each February since 1900 and is one of the most important festivities of the city.

Guaymas is also home to the Only Commercial Pearl Farm in the American Continent. Located in Bacochibampo Bay and visited by thousands of tourists every year, the Farm offers Free Guided Tours to the Farm and a unique shopping opportunity: colorful Sea of Cortez Pearls.

An excellent four-lane highway, an international airport and a ferry service from Baja California peninsula makes for easy access to this city.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: vmooney@yahoo.com

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