Okay, so after that drive, I was ready for a bacanora or two, preferably in a hammock on a rooftop patio looking at a beautiful sunset. So you can imagine our delight as we pulled into Banámichi and checked into Hotel La Posada del Rio, a place that had all those things and more.
Banámichi is a peaceful, quiet community untouched by tourists and all the tackiness that tourists can bring; its denizens are mostly ranchers. It is close to the Rio Sonora (the name, which is Opatan, refers to “where the river bends”) and it is surrounded by gorgeous topography. The hotel La Posada is right on Banámichi’s plaza, which is currently under construction. It was still a lovely setting, and watching the local kids play amongst the debris was entertaining.
We checked in and quickly ran around the town to stretch our legs, get a feel for Banámichi, and snap some photos of the sunset.
The best views were from the hotel’s rooftop patio, where we settled in with some drinks to watch the surreal sunset.
We awoke to machaca, freshly squeezed orange juice, and lively conversation with the hotel’s owner, Darrin.
Darrin was kind enough to lead us on an archeological expedition that day, to explore a nearby mesa where he had found Opatan pottery. Scrambling up the hillside got us to beautiful views and an abundance of pottery shards (which we didn’t think to photograph).
Later that day, TDL and I drove to a local hot springs, enjoyed the peaceful Sunday atmosphere, and got some more hammock time.