Old Missions

VISIT TO THE PAST ...

The colonization process of the peninsular territory in charge of the Jesuit missionaries and armed forces of the Spanish crown, happened 176 years after the conquest of the Mexican territory commanded by Hernán Cortés. The geographical isolation, the hostility of the desert landscape, and the difficulty to obtain and maintain provisions, added to the very arduous task of establishing communication with the natives, made the settlement process develop slowly and with many stumbles, failing even in many of its stages.

The epic work of conquering and Christianizing "the other Mexico was initiated by Jesuit evangelizers, who years later were expelled from the peninsula; Since by those times (25 of June of 1767) they had stopped being well seen and sheltered by the Holy church in Rome. After the expulsion of the preachers of the Society of Jesus, different religious orders were sent and placed in charge of the project of missionary expansion known as: "The Real California Trail". Due to interruptions, failed attempts, rebellions and not always prudent ways of administering the missions, only a few remained prosperous and followed centuries of oblivion in the desert ...

Loreto Baja California Sur, counts among its many tourist attractions with the cultural legacy of being Historic capital of the Californias.

The mission of Our Lady of Loreto Concho founded the 19 of October 1697, was since then known as "The Head and Mother of All Californias".

Desert & Sea Expeditions offers the opportunity to travel to the past, visiting 2 of the best preserved missions of the whole peninsula.


1) Mission of San Francisco Javier

The Mission of San Francisco Javier was founded in 1699 by Father Francisco Maria Piccolo. It is the second mission of the Californias; located just 38 km from Loreto nestled in the wonderful landscape of the imposing Sierra de la Giganta.

The picturesque town maintains a magical atmosphere of: suspended in time. Its inhabitants, heirs to the lifestyle of the Southern Californian rancher, maintain their existence thanks to the practice of the cultural legacy once imposed by the Jesuit missionaries on the natives of the area. It is of particular interest to see how this community still carries out the irrigation of crops by gravity, as the colonists designed it at that time; and how it is still a common practice to salt and sweeten foods to preserve them.

This tour includes a visit to the town where the today proudly named as: Jewel of the missions (due to its conservation status, being the one that has undergone minor alterations since its construction), visit a local garden where a large olive tree (believed to be the oldest in all of America), also includes a lunch ranch style South Californian, with products from local rancherias.

TRAVEL DETAILS:
- Available all year round
- Output to 9: 00 am
- Duration: 5-6 hours
- Price per person
- 4 people minimum

INCLUDED:
- Round trip transportation
- Local Guide
- Meal at local restaurant: Burritos de machaca, beans, goat cheese and a drink.
- Bottled water included throughout the trip

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On the side entrances of Mission of San Javier.


2) Mission of Santa Rosalía de Mulegé

The population of Mulegé is located on the coast of the Sea of ​​Cortés, 140 km north of Loreto and approximately 50 km south of the city of Santa Rosalia. In the language of the old native Cochimíes translated by the Spaniards it meant: "Cañada de Boca Blanca".

It is said that the Jesuit missionaries reported finding this oasis by the sea by accident. They were returning from Sonora with a shipment of supplies to the recently founded mission of Loreto, when a storm forced them to seek refuge on the coast. After having explored the area, Father Maria de Salvatierra commissioned Juan Manuel Basaldúa to establish a new mission there, however it would touch 3 parents plus the establishment of said project. The foundation of the mission began in November of the year 1705, and the stone building of the church was finished in the year 1766. In 1828 the mission was abandoned due to lack of population and until recent decades with the increase in tourism as an economic source for the peninsula, Mulegé has tried to be reborn.

It is one of the most beautiful oasis of Baja California Sur, the town is located between mountains, fed by the margins of a river that runs towards an estuary that merges with the Sea of ​​Cortez. Adorned by large palm trees, landscaped courtyards

TRAVEL DETAILS:
- Available all year round
- Output to 8: 00 am
- Duration: 8 hours
- Price per person
- 4 people minimum

INCLUDED:
- Round trip transportation
- Local Guide
- Meal at local restaurant: Burritos de machaca, beans, goat cheese and a drink.
- Bottled water included throughout the trip

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View of the Mission of Santa Rosalía de Mulegé.

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