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Magdalena de Kino

Magdalena de Kino is a historic city located in the northern part of Sonora. Magdalena de Kino is located approximately 80 km from the state capital Hermosillo, and at the same distance from the Mexico-USA border.

Magdalena de Kino is located in the Sonoran Desert, which is characterized by arid landscapes and sparse vegetation. The city is located in a semi-arid area dominated by desert vegetation such as mesquite trees and cacti.

Despite its arid nature, the region is home to a variety of desert-adapted wildlife, including species such as roadrunners, coyotes, various reptiles, and other hardy creatures adapted to life in the harsh desert environment.

Magdalena de Kino was declared “Pueblo Magico” on March 22, 2012.

Weather and Climate

Magdalena de Kino lives in a hot desert climate characterized by scorching summers and mild winters.

  • Summer temperatures often rise above 40°C and higher
  • Winter daytime temperatures range from 20°C to 25°C

The most rainfall occurs during the summer as sporadic thunderstorms.

The best time to visit Magdalena de Kino

The best time to visit Magdalena de Kino is from November to March when the weather is more moderate and comfortable for exploring the fresh air and creates pleasant conditions for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

In addition, visitors can take part in cultural events and celebrations, which occur in early December. However, travelers should be prepared for cool evenings during the winter months and may want to pack accordingly.

History & Timeline

This region was originally inhabited by the Papago and Upper Pima peoples. The area of the actual city and its territory resisted Spanish occupation, leading to the destruction of Mission Santa Maria Magdalena in 1648.

In 1687 Eusebio Francisco Kino initiated the founding of the first missions through the evangelization of the indigenous population in this region. Kino restored the Mission Santa Maria Magdalena at the end of the 17th century.

During the era of Mexican independence, Magdalena del Kino served as the county seat in the second half of the 19th century. It also served as a Mexican customs post from 1854 to 1880 when it was transferred to Nogales.

The city’s name was given on October 1, 1923, as Santa María Magdalena de Buquivaba.

The word “Buquivaba” means “place or house by the river”. This name remained until 1966 when the state government renamed the city Magdalena de Kino in honor of the recently discovered remains of Eusebio Francisco Kino.

Tourist Attractions & Sightseeing

Magdalena de Kino has several sites of interest to tourists:

  • Monumental Plaza
  • Temple of Santa Maria Magdalena
  • Javier Chapel in San Francisco
  • Municipal Palace
  • Replica of the old clock tower
  • Mission San Ignacio de Caborica
  • Mausoleum of Luis Donaldo Colosio
  • College of Coronel Juan Fenocchio
  • Mansion of Miguel Latz
  • House of the Minister of War General Carlos Planck (now Cafe Ced)
  • Temple of Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Fatima

Visit local markets for handcrafts, souvenirs, fresh produce, and other goods.

Attend Cultural Festivals and Events: Experience the region’s vibrant culture by attending festivals and events such as the San Francisco Xavier Festival in early December, with religious processions, dances, and local cuisine.

Travel through the surrounding desert landscapes and discover the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Enjoy activities such as hiking, bird watching, and photography among the rugged terrain and unique flora and fauna.

How to get there & Transportation

By bus from Hermosillo = 3:15 hours
By bus from Hermosillo via Santa Ana = 3:30 hours
By taxi from Hermosillo = 2:25 hours

By bus from Nogales = 1:05 hours
By taxi from Nogales = 1:10 hours

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