Welcome to San Xavier
The first (or last, depending on which way you travel) settlement on the circuit, San Xavier, founded in 1691, is the oldest mission town in the region. It’s also a favorite holiday destination for wealthy cruceño (people from Santa Cruz) families. Swiss priest Martin Schmidt arrived in 1730 and founded the region’s first music school and a workshop to produce violins, harps and harpsichords. The village sits on a lovely forested ridge with a great view over the surrounding low hills and countryside.