Banámichi, Sonora, Mexico

Banámichi, Sonora is one of the more prominent towns along the Rio Sonora, and is a recommended stop when you are driving the Route of the Rio Sonora, the highway from Cananea to Ures that winds through the Sonora River Valley.

The pueblo was originally founded in 1639 by Jesuit missionary Bartolomé Castaños. Both the town and its surrounding municipality (similar to a county in the United States) share the same name.

The municipality of Banámichi has approximately 1,500 residents, and about 80 percent of them live in the town of Banámichi.

Plaza Hidalgo is the city’s lovely main plaza, bordered on one side by the municipal building, and across the street is Banámichi’s beautiful mission church, the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Loreto. Construction began on the church in the 1600’s, and much of the original structure still stands. The church was expanded in the 1940’s and during a January 2018 visit its walls were overflowing with beautiful, brightly-colored buganvilia flowers.

Banámichi has some of the nicer hotels in the Rio Sonora region, to include the Hotel Los Arcos de Sonora and La Posada del Rio Sonora. It is a good place to relax and enjoy the natural surroundings and history of the Sonora River Valley.