DAY 5: San Ignacio

Day 5: San Ignacio Mission

(146 km/91 miles)

Today is a shorter drive taking us into the middle of the desert through Vizcaino before arriving into the a beautiful date palm oasis of San Ignacio. San Ignacio has a population of about 4000 and is home to the magnificent Mission of San Ignacio. Thesite for the original mission was founded in the Cochimi settlement of Kadakaaman in 1728 by Jesuit missionary Juan Bautista Luyando. Constructed with Cochimi indigenous labour the current mission was completed by Dominican missionary Juan Gomez in 1786 and has lava rock with walls 4′ thick.  The town square is very impressive shaded by 6 massive Indian laurel trees with trunks 3-4 feet in diameter.



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