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Sonora Sights

Intercultural Center for the Study of Desert and Oceans

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

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The northern Gulf area forms an impressive desert-coast ecosystem, and scientists conduct research programs at the Intercultural Center for the Study of Desert and Oceans (known as CEDO, its acronym in Spanish), about 3 km (2 mi) east of town on Fremont Boulevard in the Fraccionamiento Las Conchas neighborhood. You can take an English-language tour of the facility to learn about the ecology of the area and its history, or just pick up a tide calendar (useful if you're

planning beach activities) or field guide from the gift shop. Talks and nature outings—including tide-pool walks, Pinacate volcano excursions, and kayaking expeditions of area estuaries—are on offer.

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Sight Information


Turn onto Blvd. Fremont at municipal building and follow signs for Las Conchas Beach and CEDO, Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, 83550, Mexico


638-382–0113; 520-320–5473-in U.S.

Sight Details:

  • Free natural history talks Tues. and Sat., donation for eco-tours
  • Mon.–Sat. 9–5, Sun. 10–2; tours Tues. at 2, Sat. at 4


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