Pinacate and Great Desert of Altar Biosphere Reserve

Pinacate and Great Desert of Altar Biosphere Reserve - Sonoran Spa Reservations

 

El Pinacate and Gran Altar Desert is unique in Mexico and the world for combining the most spectacular and young lava field in North America along with extensive dune fields in the driest region of the Sonoran Desert. Its beauty can be appreciated even from space, where the black lavas of the volcanic shield are surrounded by the white sands of the Great Desert, both contrasting with the blue of the Sea of Cortez.

Within the wonderful scenarios withing the Reserve, there are huge dune fields and a volcanic shield with giant craters Maar type, which by their number and concentration are unique in the world, with ash cones and imposing Sierras Graniticas, is without place to doubt, one of the tourist attractions of great interest worldwide.

On the other hand, the immense sea of dunes that surrounds the volcanic shield is considered the greatest on of North America, fiding in the one, the dunes in the form of star that measure more than 200m of height, present in few places of the planet.

Information Center and Biological Station

The Information Center is the only authorized access to enter the Reserve, is located at kilometer 52 of Hightway 8, where visitors must first register and pay the corresponding fee. Right here is the Biological Station, where part of the personnel working in the Reserve lives and where the administrative offices of the same and an interpretive trail, including a pond of endemic freshwater fish and a nursery of native plants.

Interpretive Paths

In the interpretive trails, you will be able to learn and to know more about the site, its culture and its history. You will meet places of cultural and environmental importance, at the same time you will enjoy the landscape from different angles and you will be able to coexist with nature in a totally natural environment.

Pinacate and Great Desert of Altar Biosphere Reserve

Camp Areas

The Tecolote and the Red Cone are the two camp areas within the reserve where it is even allowed to spend the night. The Tecolote is in the middle of craters El Elegante and El Colorado and has an interpretive trail that takes you through the cone and crater Mayo. The Red Cone is the starting point for the trail that takes you to the top of Pinacate Peak or Santa Clara Volcano, for the latter there is a special regulation as it is considered as a path of high difficult

Pinacate and Great Desert of Altar Biosphere Reserve

Green Paraderos.

As a complement to the area of diffusion and environmental interpretation, the Reserve has three stations along the coastal road Puerto Peñasco – Golfo de Santa Clara, these stations are focused on the culture, biology, ecology and landscapes of the surroundings. Each ecological whereabouts exposes on a subject and is addressed exclusively to everything related to it by means of lecterns and informative displays.

Pinacate and Great Desert of Altar Biosphere Reserve

Dunes

Access by the visitor center km. 73 Federal Highway 8 from Sonoyta to Puerto Peñasco. Requires authorization from visitor center staff.

Contact to the Visitors center.

Km. 52 Sonoyta – Puerto Peñasco Federal Highway, Edijo Los Norteños, Puerto Peñasco Municipality, Sonora. CP 83550
Biological Station Tel: 638. 383-1433 and 105-8016; Visitors Center Tel: 638. 108-0011
E-mail: pinacate@conanp.gob.mx; Fgodinez@conanp.gob.mx

Fishing in Rocky Point

Fishing in Rocky Point Sonoran Spa Reservations

Rocky Point, an exceptional place of natural wealth, is a favorite destination of those who enjoy water sports. A tourist destination that was born out of sailing and fishing, Rocky Point has the necessary infrastructure to enjoy and explore the sea, such as big ships, yachts, motor boats, sail boats, jet skis, kayaks and banana boat and paddle board rentals.

Fishing is a very popular activity in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Many locals and tourists enjoy fishing in Rocky Point waters because it offers opportunities for very good catches by those that are a bit knowledgeable in this field.

There are many fishing charter boats for the aficionado fisherman or just for those that want to experience some serious fishing and adventure. These trips are usually several hours long. Email or call from activity phone.

– About Time Boat

  • Phone: 638. 386-4345 (Captain Adolfo Lopez)

– Del Mar Charters

  • Phone: 638. 383-2802

CEDO in Puerto Penasco

CEDO in Puerto Penasco - Sonoran Spa Reservations

 

Located in the popular Las Conchas area, next to its newly restored whale skeleton landmark, the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO) provides educational and conservation programs about the Northern Gulf of California and its coastline. CEDO, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, offers a variety of eco-adventures including kayak tours through the Morua Estuary, ecotours to local oyster cooperatives, boat tours to Isla San Jorge (Bird Island), and exploration through the diverse underwater world of tidepools.

CEDO offers plenty of activities, and welcomes people of all ages to take part in hands-on learning. You and your family can learn more about the entire ecosystem from CEDO’s very knowledgeable staff through slide presentations, tours, talks, and walks through the desert sand.

Semana Santa in Rocky Point

Semana Santa in Rocky Point - Sonoran Spa Reservations

More than 100,000 people came to Rocky Point during Semana Santa period this year. Rocky Point became one of the most popular places for tourist. People came to Rocky Point to enjoy its amazing beaches, its culture and friendly people. Rocky Point has grown so fast in the past last 5 years, a lot of people consider it as Cancun on its early days. Spring Break and Semana Santa are the most busy periods of the year due the vacation time for the majority of the students.

This year Rocky Point government implement the new tourist patrol, new units that helps tourist in all ways possible, giving them information, moving them around the city or helping them on emergencies situations.

The weather has been never so perfect before! All the beaches remain busy all day, where the majority of the population was on Sandy Beach. This year has been increased a 15% of the average tourist population than last year.

The most iconic activities for the tourist are: visiting the beach, hang out at “La loma” (a hill placed next to la Cholla Bay) and hang out at the malecon. At the beach, tourist can swim in the relaxing waters of Mar de Cortez, enjoy a banana boat ride, rent a fishing boat, or just hang out with friends at edge of the beach. La loma is a placed know for being the best place to drive ATV, and 4×4 vehicles. The malecon is the most popular place on Rocky Point, all of people gather around to have fun, eat a great meal, enjoy the Mar de Cortez view, buy souvenirs or hang out with friends in company of music. Semana Santa is well know for their events, a lot of regional groups at the malecon and play music all night.

There is fun for everyone on Rocky Point. We hope to have you next year!

 

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Taste of Peñasco coming up Saturday, Feb 18, 2017!

Peñasco del Sol Hotel & Conference Center

9th Annual Taste of Peñasco Sonoran Spa Reservation

9th Annual “Taste of Peñasco” Festival to be held on February 18
Featuring music, food, fun and spirits, all for a great cause

For more information visit the main page of the event:

• http://www.tasteofpenasco.com/

9th Annual Taste of Peñasco Sonoran Spa Reservations