Mexico: Bahia de Kino, The Foundation Part 1

 

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 roaming the streets of the capitol one afternoon, we ran into a Canadian miner at a video game store.  He wore a cap and sported a goatee, along with a quasi modern-day mullet.  He introduced himself as Maury.  When I asked what he was doing in the store he said, “My Mongolian girlfriend plays this Playstation 2 all day while I am at work and it’s broken so I’m getting it repaired. I’m a miner,” he added.

“How long have you been in Ulaanbaaatar ?” I said.

“Way too long,” he answered.  “There are three good things about Mongolia. No one shoots at you, no one tries to rob you, and no animals try to eat you.”  I looked at him in disbelief and said, “Did you live in a country where these three things were normal?”
“Yeah.  Bolivia.  I was robbed, shot at, and even animals attacked me.  The Mongolians leave you alone but the Bolivians can be treacherous.”  I believe I responded, “Jesus Christ!” or “Holy Sh–!”

Maury said, “But I am outta here soon.  I have a house in Bolivia that I’m gonna sell and I’m moving to Mexico.”  I figured that he was headed to one of the mainstays there for expatriates, either San Miguel de Allende or Lake Chapala near Guadalajara.  But his eventual destination, Bahia de Kino, surprised me since I had been pretty much all over Mexico and I had not even heard of the place.

Once he informed me of the town’s name, I became curious.  He explained that it is a fishing village with a small expat community and now I was hooked.  Visions of the beach at the end of the great movie, Y Tu Mama Tambien swirled through my thoughts.

After that brief encounter, we never saw Maury again but Lisa and I continually discussed that we should visit Bahia de Kino.  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 our patience was rewarded and this past Thanksgiving we found a reasonable flight direct from Los Angeles to Hermosillo.  We knew that this was our window of opportunity and we quickly purchased two round trip tickets.  I then booked four nights 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.  

You will have to wait until next time to discover what else goes on in Kino.  Was this town all we had hoped for?  Find out in next week’s article! 

Article first published as Bahia de Kino: Part I, The Foundation on Technorati. 


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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.5 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers”

2 responses to “Mexico: Bahia de Kino, The Foundation Part 1

  1. Hi Lisa and George,
    This is a great article. Sounds fascinating, and I am looking forward to Chapter II.

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday season. Where are you going?

    I'm so pleased you visited Colombia. You can tell the world a bit about it.

    I attended the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Peace Corps in September of this year in Washington, D.C. I was able to reconnect with 25 friends/associates. It was fantastic.

    My best wishes to you,
    Fortune

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