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Mexican Navy Ship coming to Puerto Penasco

Mid May will be an exciting time for Puerto Peñasco, with the arrival of the Mexican Navy Ship “Cuauhtemoc” or as it is known Caballero de los Mares which means The Gentleman of the Seas.  It will carry a crew of 240 including 8 captains, officials as well as 100 male and female cadets. The cadets will be able to come on land while in Rocky Point to  learn about this part of the Sea of Cortez.  While at sea the cadets will undergo training and studies.

The ship will be anchored 1 mile offshore in front of the Malecon for locals and tourists to be able to view it.  This incredible ship has made 36 training voyages and traveled to 209 ports in 59 countries.  It has traveled over 5522 days at sea and traveled 705,000 nautical miles which is equal to 33 times around the world.

The history of the ship is amazing. It is 220′ long and 39′ wide and is named after Huehi Tlatoani Cuachtemoc. Built in Bilboa, Spain it was known as Celaya. It had 3 sister ships as well. It was launched Jan. 8 1982 and commissioned  July 29, 1982. For its 39 years of service is home port is Acapulco, Mexico. It is a Class A ship and sails under the Mexican Flag.  In its years of sailing it has won the Tall Ships’ Races two times.

Tall ships are amazing and are used many time for people who like to cruise, but want to do it on a smaller size vessel. Tall ships also can accommodate much smaller amounts of cruisers than a regular cruise ship,  thus allowing them to more access to remote areas.   You normally think of them for cruising not as a training ship for the military.

We are hoping to perhaps be able to go onboard like people of Rocky Point did when the Astoria Cruise Ship came last year for its cruises.  It is not often that the small ports get so much attention. As of this writing it looked like it was near Ensenada and then will turn, go south and come up around the tip of Baja and into the Sea of Cortez to Puerto Peñasco.  

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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Puerto Peñasco Q & A’s #8

Our readers are always asking  about what there is to do in Rocky Point.
From Sandy:

We will be coming mid December and staying for a couple of months. What is there to do and see while we are there?  The first week we will have family with little children, so need to entertain them.  We are staying in Las Conchas on the beach and wonder how far it is from the town.

Answer:

Mid December will provide you with nice sunny warm days but the evenings do cool off, so bring light jackets.  During the time when you  have the little ones here, you can take them to the tide pools when the tide is out and let them explore.  They will enjoy getting sea shells as well as maybe finding a baby octopus in those tide pools.  You can also take them to the aquarium which is located behind Capone’s on Sinaloa Blvd.  They will also have a learning experience if you take them to CEDO which is located in Las Conchas. Here they will be able to see a full size skeleton of a whale. There is also a gift shop with some great books on the area.  Another thing you can do with the children as well as adults is go back north of town to visit the Pinacate Volcano Visit Center.  Here you can watch a movie about the area and they are interactive things to view inside the center.

Biosphere
View from the Visitor Center at the Pinacate Biosphere

Now for the adults.  Rocky Point has 3 golf courses for those golfers.  One at Las Palomas, one at the Isla Del Mar and one at the Mayan Palace.  All of these will provide a challenge.  The course at the Mayan has several holes that parallel the Sea of Cortez. If you have people that love to fish, there is no better place than in the Sea of Cortez.  There are several fishing charters that will take them out and everything is included in the charge.  One of pour favorites is the Pancho Villa,which is a family owned cabin cruiser.  This time of year, depending on how far you go out or for how long you want to go, they will catch Grouper, Red Snapper, Trigger fish (which are not huge) but do put up a fight, just to name few.  The crew will clean and fillet them for you to have at your beach front home.

Golf
Las Palomas Golf Course

Sea of Cortez
Horse back riding on the beach.

Dolphins
Dolphin Time.. what a show that went on forever.

For the ladies, there is great shopping on Rodeo Drive.  here you will find Fabiloa’s Beach Apparel and accessories, Su Casa (gifts for the home) as well as many shops caring items made in Mexico such as Talavera pottery.  A must place to shop is Mercedes Rusticos  located on the hill as you are coming out of the Malecon and across from the Friendly Dolphin.  Here you can purchase complete sets of dishes made in Mexico as well as other glasses and other things for the home.  Check out the Blue Marlin for the best coconut shrimp around.  They can also hang out at the Boo Bar, which is located above the shrimp market.  Sit out under the big palapa and take in the sunsets.  You will find plenty to keep you occupied.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.
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American’s Living in Mexico Do So Much Charity Work

Over the years of being in Puerto Peñasco, I have seen so much generosity from the American community that live here. It can be something as simple as adopting a family for the Christmas Season to adopting puppies form Barb’s Dog Rescue and everything in between.  The expats living in Mexico  are such a generous bunch.

Santa Claus Club
Over 12,000 children, Photo courtesy John Fowler

Santa Claus Club
Just some of the 12,000 children in 2017

One of the oldest charities is The Santa Claus Club in Cholla Bay and it has been spearheaded since it started in 1983 by John Fowler of JJ’s. The first year they had 40 children and fast forward to 2017 when they served 12,000 children.  Throughout the year, John works tirelessly in getting donations of clothes, blankets, etc. and distributing them in the barrio (poor) areas of Rocky Point.  He starts every year gathering toys and money to provide a meal and toys and bikes to hundreds of children from the area at Christmas.

Check
Some of the volunteers and charity people.

The largest one would be the Rocky Point Rally. This year was the 18th anniversary.  The bikers make a donation when they register as well as funds from a local Poker Run and other things.  In November of 2018, the founder Oscar Palacio along with myself , Sami Rivera and Linda Plant, presented cash to our 8 local charities along with Mayor Kiko Munro.  The total funds raised came to $415,050.00 pesos.  This was a banner year for the monies collected.  We have 22 volunteers who spend 2 days registering the riders and that group of volunteers has been together for nearly 8 years.  They love to help the bikers and also are able to help them navigate the area.  The group of local riders and some from the USA also come down on King’s Day in January to pass out toys to the children in the poor areas of town.  When the registration notice goes out for the rally, there is also a note about bringing toys.  So think about this for next year.

Charity
Women Helping Women

Nancy Britos and Team, photo by Tony Ballesteros
Nancy Britos and Team, photo by Tony Ballesteros

Breakfast
Some of the guests

A new charitable group has been formed and it benefits the woman who have been abused or need a place to stay and get their lives together.  This group is called “Women Helping Women” and was formed by Nancy Britos, a resident of Puerto Peñasco for a few years.  They had a shelter, that had been falling apart but with the help of the other volunteers and donations, they have been able to fix the roof as well as pay the electric bill ahead for the winter months.  On November 27th, the held their first fund raiser breakfast in the Sonoran SKY at Cielito Lindo Restaurant.  Here 80 women gathered to support the women who are so less fortunate than they are.  The attendees were served a wonderful breakfast while enjoying a classical guitarist.  This was followed by the raffle drawing, auction and Silent auction.  The sales from tickets was $1600.00 USD, sponsorships raised aprx. $1800.00 USD and Raffle ticket sales raised $2315.00 before some expenses.  A wonderful time was had by all and a heartfelt thank you to the volunteer team who made it possible.  This won’t be the the last you hear of this group.  The committee was headed by Nancy Britos and along with Linda Plant, Sylvia Cox, Susan Sharp, Charlotte Keller and Carole Robertson put in many hours putting this together. They will be making gift bags for Christmas so if you have anything you would like to donate, please let one of these ladies know.

Although not a fund raiser, the Las Conchas homeowners group, provide candy and other goodies for the children of Rocky Point at Halloween.  The homeowners dress in costume as do the local children and the look on their faces when they see all the candy is priceless.

Blanket Drive
Blankets Donated

Blankets
Blankets Collected at the Satisfied Frog

Blanket Drive
First gifts are starting to come in.

People like Linda Plant also do a lot of buying of back to school supplies to make sure the children are off to a great start on the beginning of the school year.  Thanks to Linda and all the people who donate and bring the items down from the USA.  Another project of Linda Plant and Kris Nichols from the Satisfied Frog is to collect blankets for the needy.  This year their goal is 250 new or gently used blankets.  Also if you pass by a Dollar Store, it is amazing how much you can buy in toys for the children with very little money.  These will be passed out with the help of the Tequila Bar the weekend of Christmas.

Puppy
This little guy is adopted.

Wrecked at the Reef
Wrecked at the Reef is making Barb’s Dog Rescue their winter charity.

Barb’s Dog Rescue, please stop by.The last group I will touch base on is Barb’s Dog Rescue, which has been in operation for 17 years in Rocky Point and was started by Barb Mumaugh.  This lady works seems to work 24/7.  The rescue is funded by donation and fund raising only.  Here again there are many volunteers that go out and help socialize with the puppies and older dogs by holding them and loving them, so that they know the kindness of humans, as they have seen the worst.  Every year she adopts out over 1100 dogs of all ages.  These dogs have been abused and abandoned not only in Rocky Point but other cities near by.  To learn of the horror stories these helpless creatures have gone through makes you cry.

These are just a few of the chartable groups in Rocky Point.  We hope you will help one of them.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.
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Travel to Puerto Peñasco for Christmas!

 Now is the time to plan to go to Puerto Peñasco for late fall and the Christmas season.  Fall brings Mermaid Markets, Art in the Park in Las Conchas over Thanksgiving, stunning sunset cruises and the traditions of the Christmas season in Mexico.

Christmas Village
This is a must see at Latitude 31

Stop by Latitude 31 to see the Christmas Village and train and it is free.  While you are there have a great breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Take time to do a Sunset Cruise on the Pancho Villa or the Eco Fun or any of the other boats here that will not disappoint you.  Just getting out on the water is such a great way to unwind.  You can view the Dolphins that will entertain your boat and you can sit back and have a Margarita or cold beer.  There is something about fall and winter sunsets that are so amazing.

If you are lucky enough to be here in December, you can watch all the Posada’s or go over to City Hall and see the decorations that are set up.  Plaza de Madre is where you will find the animals from the Nativity setting.  Children love to see all the animals.

The Posadas start on December 16 and end on the 24th or as it is called “Noche Buena” Christmas Eve.  In many parts of the world they celebrate the 12 days of Christmas but in Mexico it is 9 days. Las Posada translated means in English as “the inn or the lodging”

Neighbors and family meet and go from house to house every night reenacting the travels of Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem.   When they arrive at the last house, they are given passage and it is here where the party starts.  Before entering the home they recite something like this. This song is called “Canto Para Pedir Posada” which means to ask for shelter.  This is a shortened version.

Pilgrims, outside)
“Mi nombre es José,
Mi esposa es María.
y madre va ser,
del Divino Verbo.”

“My name is Joseph,
My wife is Mary.
and mother to be
of the Divine Word.”

(Inn keepers, inside)
“Posada os brindo,
Santos Peregrinos,
y disculpa os pido,
no os reconocía.”

“The inn I give you,
pilgrim saints,
and offer an apology,
for not recognizing you.”

Pinata
The Christmas Pinatas

The Posada
The procession to the Inn.

The people arrive carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary and little candles as they walk from place to place.  Once admitted, they are treated to food and a drink called Ponche con Piquete, which is made fruits, cinnamon and Brandy or Rum or a beer called Noche Buena. This beer is only found in the Christmas season. After everyone has finished, the Pinata is hung and the children start to break it open.  The families spend a lot of time talking and enjoying the sounds of glee of the children.   On Christmas Eve, most families go to midnight mass.

King's Day Toy Run
Rocky Point Bike Clubs collect the toys to be distributed.

The Christmas season extends until January 6th which is known as “Kings Day” and in traditional fashion, this is when the children receive their Christmas gifts.

If you are in Puerto Peñasco on January 6th, you may want to join in the parade to one of the poorer areas of the city and see the gifts that the American community and motorcycle riders have collected for these children.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.
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Dia De Los Muertos 2018 in Puerto Peñasco Mexico

Day of the Dead
Dia De Los Muertos 2018

This holiday that began in the south of Mexico  will begin on October 31, 2018 and end on November 3rd here in Puerto Peñasco.  There are events held allover the city.  Dia de Los Muertos is celebrated throughout Mexico with much tradition.  The holiday dates back centuries, but it wasn’t until recent years was not celebrated in the Northern part of Mexico.
Playa Bonita
Photo by Beverly Arrowood at Playa Bonita

Sugar Skulls
These are some of the favorites you can buy around town.

During these times, the families go to the cemeteries to clean and paint the grave sites. It is here that the families of the deceased gather  to spend the night at the grave decorating and celebrating with the food and drink of their loved one. In the grocery stores you find the cute little sugar skulls and Pan Muerto ( a sweet bread) that is shared with family.  You will also find Marigold Flowers and Plants at the local nurseries, that decorate the graves.  At the cemetery you  also find trucks full of the colorful flowers.  This is a joyful way to celebrate the death of a family member.
Catrinas
Local people dressed as Catrinas.

The celebrations start on October 31st and is known as All Hallows Daywhich is a day to celebrate the children who have crossed over.  It culminates on November 4th at the Cholla Mall Road with the judging of the altars and the Catrinas.  Catrinas are the skelton figurines that are made of paper mache or porcelain and come in all sizes and painted in bright colors.  There a couple of places in Rocky Point that carry a nice selection the Catrinas and they are Latitude 31 Gift Shop and Mercedes Rusticos in the Old Port.
Parade on the water.
Festival Offering on the Sea of Cortez

Here is partial schedule of the events going on.
November 1: All Saints Day
November 2 & 3:  Set up of the Altars on the Cholla Bay Mall or “Shack’s 5th Avenue)
November 3: Festival Dia De Muertos offering at the Sea of Cortez. Here decorated floats will parade in the harbor.
November 4: Judging of the Altars and Catrinas

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.
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XLVI Cervantino Festival in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico.

Cervantiono flyer

Fall is the time of festivals in Puerto Peñasco.  October 18th – 21st, Rocky Point will host the 1st class XLVI Cervantino Festival.  The event is held on the Malecon area of the city.  Here you can enjoy music, art, food and more while over looking the Sea of Cortez.  The festival is family friendly so bring everyone.

This festival features musicians from all over Mexico along with local dancers and musicians.  Below is a list of when each group will be performing and the times.  Come and enjoy the culture of the music and dance that is so well known all over Mexico and we are so lucky to have them entertain us.

Cervantino 5
Maria Ines Ochoa “La Rumurosa”

XLVI FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL CERVANTINO EXTENSIÓN PUERTO PEÑASCO 18 AL 21 DE OCTUBRE 2018
Get there early to the Plaza de Governors in the Old Port
Thursday, October 18th
7:00 Blessing by Etnia Madre Tohono O’odham
7:10 Áfrika Duste big show
7:50 Opening
8:00 Inaguration: Entrega de reconocimientos al Escritor Guillermo Munro Palacio, Universidad de Sonora Unidad Regional Norte-Caborca por su 40 Aniversario, Hermanamiento de Ciudad Cultural con Tecuala Nayarit. Palabras de autoridades.
8:30 Presentation by Ballet Folklórico Mextil de Tecuala
9:30 Concert with María Inés Ochoa “La Rumorosa”
India
Samandar Khan Mnagabiar Rajasthani

 
Friday October 19
6:00 Danza Alerta Amber by the Academy Causa y Efecto
6:10 Singer song writer Lian Fertin in concert (Argentina)
6:40 Danza de los concheros por el Ballet Folklórico Magisterial-Casa de la Cultura bajo la dirección de Adan Bautista
7:00 Concierto del Tenor Francisco J Rodríguez (Estados Unidos)
8:00 Samandar Khan Manganiar Rajashtani Folk Music & Dance Group (India)
9:15 Danzas Polinesias by Angélica Sotomayor Martínez
9:35 Banda de Marcha Municipal bajo la dirección del Maestro Rubén Barrera
10:05 Flor Amargo in concert
Callejoneadas con la Estudiantina Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (Álamos)
Dancers
Groupo Luceros Danza Toninho Ferragutti dancers

Band
Big Band Jazz

 
Saturday October 20
6:00 Orquesta de Cámara & Orfeón in concert “Unidos por la paz” (200 members)
7:00 Concert by the group 34 Puñaladas (Argentina)
8:40 Grupo Danza Folklórica “Sones de mi Tierra de Evangelina Magaña” (San Luis, R.C.)
9:00 Grupo Luceros Danza Toninho Ferragutti (Brasil)
10:00 Grupo Danza Folklórica “Sones de mi Tierra de Evangelina Magaña” (San Luis, R.C.)
10:20 Big Band Jazz de México Callejoneadas with la Estudiantina Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (Álamos)
Muscial group
Ma. Christine Plata y Musical GroupS

Sunday October 21
5:00 Ensamble y Coro Musical bajo la dirección de Germán Esquer Delgado
5:50 Intérprete Rosael Hernández Hernández (Islas Canarias, España)
6:00 Coral Luis María Valencia bajo la dirección de Aracely Lozano Herrera y Martín Ramírez Domínguez
7:00 Make a Wish de Elite Dance bajo la dirección de Pablo Fabián Jáuregui
8:00 María Cristina Plata (Colombia)
9:00 Programa especial de cierre con grupos artísticos de la Universidad de Sonora URN: Grupo Contraste y Búhos Cantores bajo la dirección de Marcela Denogean Torres; Danza bajo la dirección de Marisol Ivette Izaguirre Montaño. Sunday October 21
Vocalist
Flor Amargo Vocalist on October 19

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.
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Fall will soon be in the air in Puerto Peñasco

The summer traffic is finally winding down and the schools are back in session, so that means that fall should be following by shortly.  With fall comes a lot of events for everyone.

September 16
The Mexican Flag is flying proudly all over the city.

If you have never been here on September 15th for the call to El Grito or the “Call for Independence”  it is quite a production.  This tradition dates back to 1810 when Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla gave the call in Dolores, Guanajuato to gather all the people to revolt against the Spanish colonizers.  It is on this evening that all eyes are on City Hall at the intersection of Benito Juarez and Blvd. Freemont.  City Hall and the surrounding streets are all decorated with Mexican Flags and red, white and green streamers.  Normally they attach fireworks to the light posts.  This is the night where  the previous Mayor passes the guard to the new Mayor.  In this case Mayor Kiko Munro will be Mayor for a second term.  It is here he is surrounded by his family and friends and makes a speech starting at 11:00 p.m.  The crowds are huge so if you want to see the festivities, make sure to get there early to find a place to park.  Throughout the city there will celebrations in the streets with bands, food vendors and vendors selling Mexican Flags and apparel.  At the end of the ceremony, the crowd will sing the Mexican National Anthem and then the party  begins.

Garufa
This will be a must on your dinner list.

The long awaited Grand Opening of Garufa is  scheduled for September 28.   This restaurant chain from Zacatecas has been around for many years, but this is the 1st one opening in a tourist beach city.  While you are visiting Rocky Point make sure you add this to your place to have a great steak or seafood.  It is located next to Chango’s between the Sonoran SPA and the Sonoran SEA.

Planning ahead for a visit to Rocky Point in October  mark your calendar for the Dirty Beach RunThe event takes place  October 20th and will consist of an obstacle course and a 5K run.

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
October 26th-28th is the popular Cornhole Tournament in Cholla Bay

Check out these events for October.  On the 6th is the One Club Open, on the 13th you will have the Rocky Point Beach Vollyball Tournament, also on the 13th you can view the Regatta from Sandy Beach.  One of the great cultural events will be held October 18 – 20th in the Old Port and it is the Cervantino Festival . The last  event which is held in Cholla Bay is  the Cornhole Tournament.  This event draws huge crowds so get there early for a good parking spot.  We will give you more information on each event later in September.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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Sweet treats and Sonoran Style Hot Dogs in Puerto Peñasco

Welcome to Puerto Peñasco.  We know it is hot and muggy but let’s check out a couple of places you must go to when you are here. You need to treat yourself to a Piña Colada or try some of the best Sonoran Hot Dogs anywhere.

Chon's
These Sonoran Style Hot Dogs are the yummiest.

Hot Dogs
Chon’s son giving his papa a day off and serving up the dogs

Hot Dogs
Check out this fully loaded dog at Chon’s.

Our first stop will be to Chon’s Sonoran Style Hot Dogs on Constitution, across from the ABC Bus Line.  He has been serving up these dogs for as long as I can remember.  When I arrived today his son was working the stand and I asked if his papa was OK and he said “Day Off”.  There were several people eating the dogs there as well as people waiting in line for dogs to go.  When I spoke with the papa one day, I asked him how many dogs he sold a day and said it was somewhere between 200 and 300.  WOW.  He has a simple cart that he tows everyday and this is where he cooks the dogs on a flat top after they have been wrapped in thin bacon.  How could this not be good?  Bacon on anything is good.  Then he grills onions and whole jalapenos for your enjoyment.  The cart has a warming bin for the tender buns.  Now he prepares your order by putting the  crispy dog on the bun and starts to build from there with either the grilled onions or chopped raw ones, pickles, peppers and more.  There are several things to add next such as mayo, ketchup, mustard, a thin avocado sauce and you are good to go.  If you want , just ask for the Jalapeno on the side.  When my husband and I go, we have 2 dogs each and a small Coke Cola.  Nothing better than a REAL Mexican Coke Cola to top of your lunch and all of this will not break your wallet.

Pina Colados
Lupe Castro has been on this site for over 10 years.

Lupe Castro
This Pineapple truck is also available for private parties

Pineapple drinks
Pineapple Pina Colada from Lupe Castro.

Next stop is on the corner of Calle 13 and Plutarco Elias Calle.   Here you will find Lupe Castro making those yummy Piña Coladas served in a fresh Pineapple, complete with slices of fresh Pineapple on the side, a little umbrella and a cherry.  This goes on the top of the fresh mixture of cream of coconut milk and pineapple juice which has been blended.  Lupe has been on this corner for over 10 years come spring, summer, winter or fall.  He says he sells on average of 25-30 of these delightfully refreshing drinks a day. He blends everything up in front of  you and when he made ours he also had enough to gives us 2 10 oz. cups in addition.  Lupe has a great smile and every time we pass him he always waves and smiles, so how could we not stop.  Two drinks were only 180 pesos and well worth it.  This corner is very busy this time of the year, as everyone is wanting to rent those quads and rhinos.  Perhaps this would be a great stop  after you have been out on the quads and rhinos in the heat to cool off.  Lupe is also available for private parties.

I hope you will support these 2 gentleman as they are so hard working and I know they appreciate our business.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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SONORA.. Where Agriculture meets the Sea of Cortez.

Sonora happens to be the 2nd largest states in Mexico.  Because of it’s size and terrain it is a very diverse state.  It has in some area the feel of the old west whereas in others it is filled with modern development and condos such as Puerto Peñasco.   The best description of the region would be to compare it to the bread basket of Central California from Bakersfield to Mendocino and every place in between.  With regards to the meats and foul grown it is much like parts of Texas and Arizona.  Here, as you drive through Sonora, you will see cowboy’s working the cattle ranches while other workers are picking crops.

Grapes
Thompson Grape fields all over the drive to Caborca from Puerto Peñasco

Asparagus fields
Asparagus fields as far as you can see.

Thompson Table Grapes
You will pass acres and acres of Thompson table grapes.

Olives everywhere
Olives and Asparagus are 2 of the internationally known exports from Mexico.

Let’s start with the region of Caborca which is located only 90 miles from Puerto Peñasco.  It is probably best known for it asparagus and olives which are internationally shipped.  Here in Rocky Point in winter and spring we get an abundance of asparagus that is sold on the street corners and in the fish market and it is wonderful. A kilo will cost you about $1.50 USD.  This area is known for its grapes, snow peas, oranges, fig, dates, pecans (10% of over 76.000 tons in Mexico) and other nuts as well as hay.  If you do a day trip to Caborca in the winter months, you can find the oranges being sold everywhere and that holds true in Puerto Peñasco.  You will also find vendors selling pecans and peanuts all over.  At Christmas time you will find truck loads of corn which come from the Obregon area and these are used in the making of Tamales.  Do not confuse it with sweet corn as it is not.

Figs
Luscious figs are grown in the Caborca region

Pecan Trees
Pecan tree ranches alongside the rural roads.

Pecan clusters
Pecans waiting to be harvested

Years ago as you drove to Caborca and Pitiquito, there were several distilleries on the highway.  They are now long gone sadly.  The grapes are shipped to the Mexico City for distilling into brandy and the Thompson seedless grapes are either dried for raisins or packaged as grapes for eating.  In the Caborca region  there are  DOLE processing plants for the asparagus and raisins and it that is fun to stop and visit them.  If you do go to Pitiquito, please stop in and visit the leather factory to find some stunning hand made leather purses, jackets and vests.

In Puerto Peñasco, we are  of course known for our shrimp, manta ray, squid, crab, snapper and other fish.  Much of our shrimp and crab are exported as well.  Generally speaking Mexico does a huge exportation business with the United States, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Russia, Korea, Canada, Singapore, New Zealand and China.

Shrimp Boats
These are the boats that bring in the Shrimp in Puerto Penasco. A mirror reflection.

Handful fo shrimp.
Here you will find the blues and the browns. Both are delicious. Photo from cometorockypoint.com

In Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora you will find that they are know for the beef, pork and Chicken.  Bachoco is the largest grower of chicken in Mexico and it exports a lot of it to Tyson Foods in the United States. Bachoco also grows Turkeys here and in this area is where you will find the egg farms. In Mexico you will find many stores do not refrigerate the eggs and one of the reasons is that they sell them so fast.  Remember that once they are refrigerated you can not let them sit out.  Sonoran Beef is without a doubt some of the best beef anywhere.  It is not injected with a lot of hormones thus you don’t always have a lot of marbling in it. It is however, full of flavor and tender.  We have a meat market here in in Rocky Point called JC’s and here you will find briskets, beautiful choice or select steaks, roasts and they will grind your hamburger your way.  They will also cut steaks to your size except for the filet (which you need to buy the whole filet) and then if you want they will cut it. One of the largest and most popular beef producers is a company called Rancho El 17.  The company started in 1991 and are based out of Hermosillo.  In 2004 they started exporting their choice, prime and natural beef to Asian countries. They are known for their well marbled tender steaks and you can actually order online and have them shipped to Rocky Point.  They offer everything from New York, Filet, Rib Eye, Prime rib, Hamburger, Carne Asada, Arrachera  and even dried Machaca and Carne Asada.

Chicken and eggs.
Bachoco is one of the largest producer of chicken in Mexico.

Rancho el 17 in the beginning
Photo by Rancho el 17

Premium Steak by Rancho el 17
Photo by Rancho el 17

 The next largest growing region would be Obregon which is located approximately 3 hours from Hermosillo.  This is the heart of the growing region in Sonora.  Here you will find Broccoli, Squash, Pumpkin, Scallions, Chilis, Cauliflower, Watermelon, Cucumber, Radish, Cabbage, Tomatoes, Cantaloupe, Honey Dew along with Wheat, Cotton and Corn.  As you take some of the back roads you will see the fields growing full of crops.

Produce
Summer Squash is just one of the delicious vegetables grown in Sonora

In this region is also where you will find Bacanora the drink of Sonora.  Please read the blog Bacanora vs. Tequila parts 1 and 2 to learn more.

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Bacanora vs. Tequila.. there is a difference Part 2

Fields
This gives you an idea of what the Blue Agave plant looks like.

Jimadors at work
Jimadors at work

Tequila Fields Forever
Tequila Fields Forever

Now for a lesson on Tequila.  The one thing both Bacanora and Tequila have in common is that they are a distilled alcoholic drink.  The main difference is that in order for Tequila to be called Tequila is that it must be made from the Blue Agave.  Tequila is also a regional drink but is highly promoted world wide.  Again the main difference in Bacanora and Tequila is with Tequila you won’t get that smoky taste.

Mezcal Chart
From Blue Agave to the Mescals

Welcome
The first thing you see when driving into Tequila

Tequila
Tequila Town Square


Tequila comes from the city that bears it’s name and it is located in the State of Jalisco which is  about an hour drive north of Guadalajara.  As you travel along the highway, you will see fields, as far as you can see, of the Blue Agave and they are in all stages of growth. The first Tequila was produced in the 16th century in the town of Tequila.  The Cuervo family was the first licensed distillery and the Sauza family was the first to start exporting.  Over 300,000 plants are harvested annual.  The town of Tequila is a quaint little town with cobblestone streets and not far off the toll road.  You can see the larger distilleries as you enter the town.  As you drive through the streets you will be greeted on every block by stores selling and tasting Tequila.  The joy of doing this is that you will be able to see all the beautifully decorated bottles in all shapes and sizes.  Recently we have seen some of these earthen vessels at COSTCO and TOTAL WINE in the Phoenix area.  Below are some of the various bottle you can find in the United States as well as some great brand names in pretty bottles here in Puerto Peñasco.

Stunning bottle
If you are lucky check out The Tequila Factory for this one.

Tequila
You can find several brands in Rocky Point at Sam’s Club and LEY’S

Collectibles
You can find these in some liquors stores in Rocky Point

Unusual bottles
Unique Cactus shaped bottle

Tequila
Cobblestone streets.

The soil around Tequila is that of red volcanic rock which is great for drainage.  There are 2 regions where the plants are grown and are know as the lowlands (which produce smaller plants, 150 lbs that give off an herbaceous taste) and the highlands will grow plants that can reach 240 lbs and they have a sweeter flavor.  In the area there are over 100 distilleries that produce over 900 labels.   The men that tend these Blue Agave from the planting to the harvesting are called Jimadors and they  are the ones to say when a plant is ready to be harvested.
If you go to Guadalajara you can take the Tequila Train to the town of Tequila while sitting  back and sipping while taking in the country side. If you have time, spend a few days there relaxing as you tour the various factories. There is lodging, golf and some great food along the way. Transcend yourself into thinking how this all started so many years ago..  Maybe if you are lucky, you can help break open a pina at one of the factories.
Ride the train
Take the Tequila Train from Guadalajara.

The process is very similar to Bacanora.  Once harvested and the leaves stripped away,  they are put in ovens and baked.  From there the are either mashed or shredded.  The juice is then put into either stainless steel or wooden tanks where they will ferment for 3 -7 days.  Like Bacanora, Tequila is distilled twice and then either bottled or put into wooden barrels for further aging in order to give it that wonderful amber color and lovely flavor.  Unlike wine that gets better with aging in the bottles, it does not change in the bottles.  They say it is best to drink tequila within the first 2 years after opening it due to oxidation.

Distillery
Distillery at Herradura

Distillation
Another look at the Copper Distillery process.

There are now 4 categories of tequila.  1) Blanco or Silver ages less than 2 months in stainless, 2) Resposado(rested) means it is aged from 2 months to 1 year in small oak barrels, 3) Anejo must be aged from 1 year to 3 years in small oak barrels and 4) Extra Anejo (this category just started in 2006) and it must  rest 3 years in barrels.

By Mexican law, as I said, Tequila can be only produced in Jalisco, however now they have added certain cities with the States of Guanajuato, Michoacán,Nayarit and Tamaulipas.  Also by law all Tequila has to be 38% but to ship to the United States it must be 40% or 80 proof.

When shopping for Tequila in Puerto Peñasco, check out The Tequila Factory, which is located on Benito Juarez near the railroad crossing.  Here you find Manny’s Beach Club tequila and it is produced only for them in Jalisco.  The have all 4 of the categories as well as many delicious flavored ones.  Have Fernando tell you the story of how  it started  before he starts giving you samples.  He will make up some great concoctions for you.

Whether you try Bacanora or Tequila, sit back, sip and enjoy them.  Watch our blogs and you can plan a trip down during a Bacanora and Tequila Festival.

Come out and join the fun while enjoying the beautiful weather in Puerto Peñasco and the stunning  Sea of Cortez views.  Remember Rocky Point is only a 4 hour drive from Phoenix or Tucson.

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Research came from Wikipedia and The Tequila Factory.