|After lunch you'll visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. This museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one location. Exhibits depict the natural landscape of the Sonora Desert region so realistically that you find yourself looking into the eyes of mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters and more! You'll see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. Although you don't have to walk all of them, there are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.|
Following the museum visit, you'll depart for another field trip, this time to Mission San Xavier del Bac.
The celebrated Jesuit missionary and explorer, Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, first visited 'Bac" in 1692. Eight years later in 1700, Father Kino laid the foundations of the first church, some two miles north of the present Mission site. He named it San Xavier in honor of his chosen patron, St. Francis Xavier, the illustrious Jesuit "Apostle of the Indies."
In 1768, Fray Francisco Hermengildo Garces, a man of outstanding personality and prodigious accomplishments among all missionaries in Arizona, established his headquarters at San Xavier. From here, this Franciscan Friar set forth on his many missionary explorations.
Bus returns to the hotel at around 5:00 PM.