Enter the heart of the volcanic region of El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, the fourth largest land reserve in Mexico. Considered one of the 13 wonders of Mexico, you will drive around the reserve’s 50 mile circuit and learn about the natural processes involved in the formation of this volcanic shield filled with an array of over 400 cinder cones and drive through the Tohono O’odham sacred grounds.
Veered by the Tohono O’odham as the house of I’itoi, El Pinacate volcanic shield, or Shuk Toak stands at nearly 4,000 feet above sea level and is home to a variety of flora and fauna species including mammals, reptiles, birds, many plants and even fish. Experience walking over the dark rugged surface of the largest Maar type craters in the world while learning from an expert naturalist guide interesting facts about their ancestral spiritual and cultural indigenous use. Explore the vast 600 square mile cinder cone field and climb up El Elegante, El Pinacate’s iconic volcanic crater and indulge in the vast and breathtaking panoramic views this region has to offer.