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Welcome to Viva Magdalena

 Welcome to Viva Magdalena!

Bienvenidos a Viva Magdalena!

Welcome to the website that celebrates the beauty and culture of Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, Mexico. This historic and charming pueblo resides about an hour’s drive south of the Nogales, Arizona border.

The settlement that became Magdalena was originally named Buquivaba, whose residents were native Tohono O’odham and Pima Alto Indians. Buquivaba was first visited by Europeans when Spanish explorer Francisco Vazquez de Coronado reached the area in 1540.

Catholic missionaries began to arrive here in the mid-1600’s, most notably an Italian Jesuit missionary named Francisco Eusebio Kino, who dedicated the site of the first mission church in Buquivaba in 1688.

Magdalena is the birthplace of Lic. Luis Donaldo Colosio, the Mexican presidential candidate who was slain in Tijuana in 1994. His tomb in the Magdalena city cemetery is a national monument, and an inspirational place to visit.

In addition, Magdalena is the final resting place of Padre Kino. His remains can be viewed through glass windows in his mauseleum, located on one side of the church plaza. The city hosts an annual festival in May, to commemorate the contributions of Father Kino and the discovery of his remains.

And Magdalena also has a vibrant tourism district, where traditional Mexican crafts and other goods are for sale in a rustic shopping area near the city’s Plaza Monumental.

Please take some time to learn more about this beautiful Sonoran pueblo, and hopefully you will have the opportunity to visit sometime soon. In the meantime, please take a look around the website to see more photos and learn more about this magical pueblo, Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, Mexico.