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.
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