Posts Tagged: san javier

Emerald City

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By Dave Kelly, co-author of “Hiking Loreto” If there is a heart of the Sierra Giganta, the Emerald City arroyo is one of its major arteries. Close to Loreto and just off the San Javier road, this hike is relatively easy at the beginning and most hikers can easily reach the first waterfall without too… Read more »

Misión to Misión: Hiking the Old Road to San Javier

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By Dave Kelly, author of “Hiking Loreto Guidebook” The historic Misión of our Lady of Loreto was built in 1697 by the Jesuit Priest Juan Maria de Salvatierra. It was the first Spanish settlement in the Americas and was built with the purpose of evangelizing this new territory. In 1699 Father Francisco Maria Piccolo established a… Read more »

Three-Day Getaway: Loreto

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By Jennifer Kramer Nestled between the Sea of Cortez and the Sierra de la Giganta mountain range is the quaint, picturesque town of Loreto. The town’s historic plaza, examples of colonial architecture, and California’s oldest mission (in both Baja and Alta), provide a magical background for this Baja destination. Appropriately enough, Loreto was designated a… Read more »

The Spanish Missions on the California Peninsula: #2, San Francisco Javier de Biaundo (1699-1817)

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  By David Kier www.vivabaja.com Co-author of ‘The Old Missions of Baja & Alta California, 1697-1834’  Having heard of an Indian settlement called ‘La Vigge’ hidden away amid a circle of virtually impassable mountains, Padre Francisco María Piccolo forced his way from Loreto up through rocky arroyos and precipitous passes until he reached the site.  The… Read more »