San Xavier de Bac Mission

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Our first stop was only about 12 miles south of Tucson at an old Spanish mission, San Xavier de Bac on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation.  It's been many years since we visited, so we enjoyed the stop.  It's one of the many missions built by Father Kino in the 1700s.

San Xavier del Bac, Arizona, is a beautifully preserved gem of the late Baroque style of New Spain.  Completed in 1797, it stands in the San Xavier District of Tohono O'odham Nation, about twelve miles south of Tucson, Arizona.  San Xavier is still served by Franciscans, and still serves the Native community for which it was built.

The Mexico border was another hour drive before we crossed at Nogales.  We only needed to complete an Immigration form with passport information.  Custom inspection consisted of 8 people chosen at random who had to exit the bus.  No baggage was opened and searched.  The border stop only took about 20 minutes.

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