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Mission San Javier

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Address: Loreto, Mexico

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History abounds

Built in 1697 the first mission of what was to become the trail of missions that extended beyond San Francisco California. Fascinating!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Built in 1697 the first mission of what was to become the trail of missions that extended beyond San Francisco California. Fascinating!

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Loreto, Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The roads are better now but if you have a few hours I would recommend this place. The mission is wonderful to see and just past the back is the oldest olive tree in the region.

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Grapevine, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

You do need to stop by and see when you go to the town. Sit for a moment and take it all in....beautiful artwork.

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alberta
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

The history was amazing. ...to think we were walking on cobblestone pathways built in the 1700's where so many people traveled before. I hope that the government continues to restore the mission.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

We had an amazing trip and were thankful we had a knowledgable guide and driver. He navigated the roads that were at times, a pile of rubble. Noé, from Sea & Land Tours knew the area well, and showed us many hidden treasures. The mission itself is incredibly preserved since its founding in 1699. The little pueblo had a good... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This small town was a step back in time. The mission has a 400 year old olive tree, a work of nature's art that had us all in thrall. An environmental group, Living Roots, has a small shop of local items for sale to help support keeping things from being ruined by progress. Just lovely. And a great restaurant, too!

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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Oscar takes you in his van (along with a few others when he has more guests) to the Mission. It's a beautiful drive and a nice trip up there. The Mission is pretty, but its a church set in a beautiful location, not much more. Then Oscar takes you to see a farm where they make fresh quesa (cheese) and... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

St Javier St Javier is an absolute must see if you are in the area. Not only is the drive towards the quaint town remarkable, but the mission & town are certainly worthwhile. We left Loreto at 2:30, arrived at 3:30 and were the only tourists there during our visit (from 3:30-5). - take your time to notice the mountains... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This trip was well worth the 25 mile trip up into the mountains to see. A very nice little village and absolutely stunning views on the drive. Lots of history to see in the area and the mission was beautiful. I think that the sign down in town alongside the highway could be bigger and clearer.

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LONDON
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

If you have your own transport this 35 km drive is well worth the effort -not sure I would bother taking organised tour The road is mostly good-don't be put off by the bad patch -it doesn't last long-there are rivers to cross but very shallow The mission and the surrounding area Is beautiful-take time to walk away from the... More 

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