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One Tank Trip for Mainland Mexico Camping

Total mileage / average drive time:
356.7 miles – 8 hours, 50 minutes

Uh-oh, we’d know that look’re in need of a getaway where the palm trees are swaying and warm breezes are wafting in from the coast, and you have nothing much to worry about except making sure your tan is even. Sounds like you’re in dire need of a trip to Mexico!

Start your south-of-the-border sojourn in charming Nogales, where visitors are treated to an amazing cornucopia of sights, sounds, colors, and experiences. Sitting just across the border from its namesake U.S. city in Arizona, Sonora state’s Nogales enjoys its fair share of travelers looking for exquisite culinary dishes to sample and great bargains in clothing, jewelry, ceramics, and leather goods. With so many beautiful sights and shops to explore, plan on taking several hours to enjoy all that this city has to offer.

Magdalena de Kino
54.4 miles – 1 hour, 14 minutes
Next stop on your Mexican One-Tank-Trip adventure takes you to Magdalena de Kino, a short drive from Nogales. Although many tourists zip right by this charming town, Magdalena is definitely worth a stop. This is the resting place of the Italian missionary and explorer, Padre Eusebio Kino, who founded numerous missions in this area of Mexico and in Arizona in the late 1600s. His remains are now on display in the crypt where they were found in 1966. Across from the park-like Plaza Monumental, visitors will find the graceful Temple of Santa Maria de Magdalena. Numerous small shops surround the plaza, and each year this oasis is host to thousands of pilgrims who gather during the religious festival dedicated to San Francisco Javier.

118.1 miles – 2 hours, 19 minutes
Two hours beyond Magdalena de Kino
is your next camping stop, Hermosillo. This beautiful city is one of the largest in Mexico, the capital of the state of Sonora — and much beloved by travelers. One point of interest here is the Catedral de la Asuncion, built in 1912 and a beautiful example of religious architecture. Another point of interest is the Sonora Museum, which was once a military penitentiary, but where travelers can now soak up all the history and culture of the area.

Bahia de Kino
65.9 miles – 2 hours, 1 minute
A two-hour drive from Hermosillo brings you to the tiny town of Bahia de Kino, a beautiful community on the Sea of Cortez with no shortage of fun things to do. It’s hard to decide which to plunge into first: fishing, diving, waterskiing, sailing, or swimming. Or perhaps just lying on the beach soaking up the rays is the wisest choice of all! Bahia de Kino provides a stunning backdrop for whatever you decide to do to unwind.

118.1 miles – 3 hours, 17 minutes
Your last Mexico camping stop takes you
to the fishing port of Guaymas, a little over three hours from Bahia de Kino. There are many cultural attractions in this city, including Plaza de San Fernando, where many good shopping bargains are just waiting to be grabbed. Plenty of golf courses and water activities abound here as well. One of Guaymas’ most popular beaches is Miramar, and there is no better spot to end your sojourn, lazing in the sun and sipping a margarita.

Check out the 2011 One Tank Trip For Mainland Mexico
Check out the 2010 One Tank Trip For Mainland Mexico
Woodall's Recommended Campgrounds in Mexico