Caborca Polio Plus Trip 2016

A group of 51 Rotarians form California and Arizona traveled to 5 hours south to Sonora Mexico to deliver Polio vaccinations to rural villages and work with the Rotario Club De Caborca to provide clean drinking water for Puerto Lobos and check on the tower that was installed last year in El Desemboque.

If you have never been involved in a National Immunization Day, you should consider joining this trip next year to help deliver life saving droplets to children under the age of 5.

The Caborca PolioPlus trip, with combined Arizona and California participation, was established approximately twelve years ago. Prior to combining efforts, each group operated separately.

Also, during this weekend’s journey the attendees, and their correlating clubs, raised more than $5,000 for the Children’s Medical Fund. This medical fund was established approximately nine years ago, and in that time it has helped more than fifty children in the Caborca area with severe medical issues. The E-Club of Arizona proudly contributed $250 to help these children receive lifesaving therapy, medicine and surgery. The physicians donate their time and expertise and some of the pharmaceutical and surgical companies have also come on board to help keep the costs down for these charitable children. We heard form a couple of the children who’s lives have been changed through the medical fund. You can’t believe the emotion of their loved ones when they explain the impact the Rotary club has had on their family.


More than one million Rotary members have donated their time and personal resources to end polio. Every year, hundreds of Rotary members work side-by-side with health workers to vaccinate children in polio-affected countries.


PolioPlus: Rotary launched its PolioPlus program, the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication, in 1985. Since then, Rotary and its partners have helped reduce the number of annual cases from 350,000 to fewer than 250 and remain committed until every child is safe from the disease. Rotary has contributed more than US$1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children in 122 countries. In addition, Rotary’s advocacy efforts have played a role in decisions by donor governments to contribute over $9 billion to the effort.

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a crippling and potentially fatal disease that still threatens children in parts of the world. The polio virus invades the nervous system and can cause paralysis in a matter of hours. It can strike at any age, but mainly affects children under five.

If you get the chance to vacation to Caborca, here are some details and suggested sites.

The city of Heroica Caborca, Sonora, Mexico is located a short drive south of the Sonoran border with Arizona. Located approximately 144 miles south of the U.S./Mexico border, Caborca offers a taste of real Mexican history, culture, and natural beauty and wonders. A very.

Caborca is in an agriculture area (, the asparagus capital of Mexico; there are 10,000+ workers in the food industry – Del Monte, Birdseye, Jolly Green Giant, Sun Valley, Dole plus others have packing plants in this area. Table grapes and livestock are abundant too! Most of our participants are from California and Arizona.

Caborca is a thriving desert city with a variety of options for exploring its, history, culture and cuisine, and for having some fun as well.

While there are many things to see and do while visiting Caborca, we were too busy planning and reliving immunizations to vacation.

Visit Pueblo Viejo

The temple of La Purísima Concepción de Nuestra Señora de Caborca and its adjoining botanical garden in the Pueblo Viejo area are great places for taking pictures

See the Petroglyphs at Rancho Puerto Blanco

This tourist ranch, located just west of Caborca, has more than 6,000 petroglyphs, the greatest concentration of these ancient rock-art carvings in Latin America

Virgin Hill (Cerro de Nuestra Virgen de Guadalupe)

Just down the road from Rancho Puerto Blanco, this shrine to the Virgin of Guadalupe is the location of a large festival every 12th of December.

Visit the Beach at El Desemboque and Puerto Lobos

These beachside communities are in the municipio (county) of Caborca, and are just a short 45-minute drive from the city.

See the Casa de la Cultura

This municipal cultural center features murals painted by the late Caborca artist Nereo Galileo de la Peña Garcia. The Casa de la Cultura hosts a number of art exhibitions and other cultural events during the year, and has workshops for local artists in residence

Visit Pitiquito, Sonora

This charming town is located along highway 2, about five miles east of Caborca. Sites to visit include the Pieles Pitic leather factory, and the mission church.

Enjoy the Local Sonoran Cuisine

Caborca has a large number of restaurants and eateries that offer a wide variety of local and regional cuisine options.

Relax in the Plaza

The best-known plaza in Caborca is the Plaza de las Armas, also known as the Plaza 6 de Abril, located across the street from the Iglesia (church) de La Candelaria. It’s a nice place to relax, enjoy a beverage and greet some of the friendly people of Caborca

Author: Aaron Fritz

Joined Rotary in 1999. Past President of the Highlands Ranch Rotary Club, Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Castle Pines, Past President of the Rotary eClub of Arizona, and current Assistant Governor for District 5490. Multiple Paul Harris Fellow. 2nd Generation Rotarian.