We drove to the San Javier Mission, which is officially called Misión San Francisco Javier de Viggé-Biaundó is the second oldest mission and construction of this beautiful stone church building began in 1744 and took 14 years to complete. We were told that this small town of 114 inhabitants is normally quiet and peaceful.
Unfortunately, we happened to arrive on a weekend where they have a pilgrimage from town up to the Mission. The street leading up to the Mission had wall to wall vendor tents with people everywhere. I was really disappointed as I really wanted to explore the Mission and the grounds more thoroughly, but all the noise and large amounts of people took away from the experience.
I have visited quite a few missions and this one seemed like one of the most well-preserved missions that I have ever visited. The structure and the decorative elements were fully intact and I can’t help but wonder what an amazing sight the completed building would be to the indigenous people of the area more than 250 years ago. The mission was incredible and I will for sure come back another time when the town is back to normal; I will also come a little earlier or later in the day when the sun is not as high in the sky to capture better pictures of the outside.
I loved all the old doors and archways.
On the drive back to Loreto, we stopped at a corner, for an expansive view of the mountains and the Sea of Cortez.