Bahia De Kino: “The Movie”
Three years ago while my wife and I traveled around the world for a year, we spent some time in the Mongolian capitol of Ulaanbaaatar before heading into the emptiness of the Gobi Desert. While there we first heard of Bahia de Kino, Mexico from a Canadian minor named Maury who lived in Bolivia but who could not wait to go to Kino again! Located in the State of Sonora on the Sea of Cortez, about 115 kilometers west of Hermosillo, it is close enough to the States that I expected to find cheap airfares.
However, not only did the tickets from Los Angeles to Hermosillo prove to be expensive, but the connections and/or long delays between flights were notoriously long. And so we put off the trip to the small fishing village named after Padre Eusebio Kino, a Jesuit missionary who traveled to the region in 1685 and met the indigenous Seri people, who still inhabit the region.
Finally this Thanksgiving we were rewarded and stayed at La Casa Tortuga, with its 180 degree ocean views directly from the patio, bedroom and sliding glass door of the well-decorated studio apartment. Our first morning there we awoke to view a dramatic setting with the calm sea, islands with thousands of diving pelicans, and an expansive desert landscape dotted with Saguaro cacti and volcanic mountains.
With dinners at Pargo Rojo and drinks at Club Deportivo with the friendliest expat community, they told us of hiking in volcanic mountains and kayaking to look for blue footed boobies, the largest colony outside of the Galapagos. We had a great visit! Enjoy our movie!