Los Mochis, Mexico
Los Mochis Attractions | Things to do in Los Mochis
Given that Los Mochis is a city of fascinating contrasts, there are always lots of things you can do. Here you'll find sun, sea, sand, and other signs of Mother Nature, but you'll also discover a city with a rich historical heritage.
This important industrial and tourist port is located in the bay of the same name, which is situated by the Sea of Cortez, about 15 miles from Los Mochis. "Topo", as the port is fondly known, has a yacht club and it's where the ferry leaves from for La Paz, Baja California. Topolobampo is ideal for sport fishing, as species like marlin and dorado can be found in the surrounding area, making it a popular location for famous fishing tournaments. Here you'll find lots of restaurants that serve mouthwatering dishes made with fresh seafood, something not to be missed!
El Maviri Beach
You'll find large beaches with fine sand just 45 minutes from Topolobampo Bay by boat, ideal for people seeking peace and quiet. Beachfront restaurants with thatched-roof palapas offering shade draw visitors in to try local specialty dishes including the famous "pescado zarandeado" (fish cooked on a special grill and accompanied by rice and vegetables), a tasty fresh seafood cocktail, or fish cooked anyway you like it.
Los Mochis forms part of the migratory route of a number of birds that fly south to the region every year. The best time to go hunting in Los Mochis is from November to the beginning of March, which is when you can hunt different species like duck, goose, dove, and quail. It won't be difficult to find hotels in Los Mochis that offer hunting trips; some of them even have their own hunting clubs.
Sinaloa Park and Botanical Garden
For those who prefer eco-tourism, there are lots of places to visit in the city, such as Sinaloa Park and its incredible botanical gardens. This site used to be the private garden of the "Casa Grande", the residence of Mr. Johnston, the founder of a sugar mill that boosted the economy of Los Mochis. Today it is a refuge for an extensive variety of birds and exotic plants indigenous to India, Java, Africa, and Australia. Some of the rarest among them include the Banyan, a tree from India considered by the Hindus as the sacred tree of the god Krishna. The garden also features different species of palm trees and local flora.
Los Mochis is the gateway to the Copper Canyon. The famous Chepe train route (from Chihuahua to the Pacific) starts in this city, crossing the beautiful Sierra Tarahumara Mountains. This world of ravines is one of the most bio-diverse on the planet. Here you'll find mainly forests of pine and oak at more than 6,000 feet above sea level, in areas where snow falls every winter. As you head down the canyons the vegetation changes, until eventually at 1,200 feet below sea level you get to see plants and fruits typical of semi-tropical, humid climates like mangos, oranges, zalates, and sapotes. This diversity can also be seen in the region's wildlife, which includes different mammals, birds, reptiles, freshwater fish, and amphibians.
This train goes from Los Mochis to the city of Chihuahua. It's one of the world's most impressive works of engineering, featuring 86 tunnels and 37 bridges, and covering a distance of about 400 miles. The world famous "Chihuahua to the Pacific" railway will take you from sea level in Los Mochis up to a maximum height of 8,500 feet, before descending to 2,400 feet at the city of Chihuahua. Throughout you'll be amazed at the region's incredible natural beauty, its waterfalls and breathtaking canyons. Along the way you'll pass by charming towns full of natural attractions; you'll also be able to experience the warm and yet shy hospitality of the Tarahumara, an indigenous people who are native to the region.
This important indigenous settlement of the Mayo people is located about 15 minutes from Los Mochis. You can visit San Miguel at any time of year, but the main festivities are held during Lent, when people dress up with Jewish or Pharisee costumes made from muslin. They complement their attire with artisanal masks and "tenabaris" which are dried butterfly cocoons filled with small stones that are tied around the leg, and rattle to the beat of the dances. When you visit San Miguel don't pass up the chance to try the delicious sweet pumpkin empanadas, which are made in rustic artisanal ovens.
This beautiful colonial city is located about 50 miles from Los Mochis and was founded in 1564 on the banks of the river of the same name. Offering cobbled streets, charming "portales" (covered corridors with archways), the bandstand in the square Plaza de Armas, and old mansions with large internal portales and wrought ironwork, the city also has typical gardens and areas that take you back to days gone by.
Don't pass up the chance to visit the recently renovated fortress (today a museum), walk along the boardwalk, and take a raft tour down the Rio Fuerte river during your visit. Get close to nature before enjoying a delicious meal at the restaurants along the banks of the river or in the city, which serve exotic dishes like silversides, freshwater crayfish, quail, pigeon, and bass, and lots of shrimp. Los Mochis and was founded in 1564 on the banks of the river of the same name. Offering cobbled streets, charming "portales" (covered corridors with archways), the bandstand in the square Plaza de Armas, and old mansions with large internal portales and wrought ironwork, the city also has typical gardens and areas that take you back to days gone by.
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