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Area Code : 668 + 7 digits for Los Mochis

Los Mochis

Let’s go on this adventure of Los Mochis, located 20 km (15 miles) from Topolambo Harbor. In Maya dialect, Los Mochis means "place of the turtle". It could look romantic but this 250,000 inhabitant city is the opposite picture that the tourists have about Mexico. There is neither baroque colonial façade nor mariachi musician. The big number of zapaterias, shoe stores displaying cowboy boots, reminds you that the huge cattle ranches are not far away. No matter what, Los Mochis crawls (in high season) with tourists rushing to hotels, the day before the departure for their dream train ride. We will say it again : Don’t stay in Los Mochis....

Means of transportation

By air

Los Mochis airport is located 15 min from downtown between the Pacific and the city. The flight from Mexico City lasts 2 hours. It is at sea level. The city has 250 000 habitants. It is very hot in summer.
Hertz and Budget are at the airport. The air companies are Aeromexico, Volaris and Aeropacifico.

Aeropacifico : operates flights from Los Cabos to Los Mochis, Hermosillo, Culiacán, Cd Obregon and also from Los Mochis and from Culiacán to Chihuahua with aircraft of 19 seats; Reservations : 01 800 702 20 20 / (668) 817 17 27 / 17 28 - www.aeropacifico.com.

Volaris, low cost (55) 11 02 80 00 in Mexico City 01 800 122 8000 - www.volaris.mx - domestic and international flights in Airbus A319, company located in Toluca with new generation planes (Airbus A319). Volaris is proposing shuttles as Cancun to Playa del Carmen and hotel accommodations in the hotel zone next to Cancun (between MXN 70 and 170), Puebla downtown to airport (MXN50), Tijuana to San Diego, (MXN 230 and MXN 275)... Consult their ground services in the web site : www.volaris.mx.
Domestic flights:
From Mexico to Chihuahua/Cancun/Puerto Vallarta/Tijuana.
From Toluca to Guadalajara/Cancun.
From Tijuana to Acapulco/Oaxaca/Puerto Vallarta/Zacatecas/Leon/Morelia
/Los Mochis/Guadalajara/Mexico.
From Guadalajara to Chihuahua/Puebla.
From Aguascalientes, Puebla, Quéretaro and Léon : direct flights to Cancun.
International flights to the USA :
From San Francisco/Oakland to Guadalajara and Mexico.
From Los Angeles to Aguascalientes/Zacatecas/Morelia/Guadalajara/Uruapan.
From Las Vegas to Guadalajara.
From San José (California) to Guadalajara.
From Chicago to Zacatecas/Morelia/Leon/Mexico.
From Denver to Mexico.
From Orlando to Mexico.
From Sacramento and Fresno vers Guadalajara (new flights).
In process for the beginning of 2013 : Mexico/Tuxtla and Mexico/Mérida.
approaching Los Mochis by air
If you fly from Mexico City, you can take a low cost company (not every day) or Aeromexico on the morning. Then, you can ride a bus to El Fuerte (2hour trip and $70) with the company Azules.

To go downtown Los Mochis, take a taxi ($175) or a colectivo ($100) if you are lucky enough to see one at the airport.

As advised in every tourist guide, it is not necessary to stop in Los Mochis.

Go to the Travel Agency "Viajes Flamingo" (Lobby of Santa Anita Hotel- crossing of Leyva and Hidalgo) to buy your train, flight and tour tickets, (668) 812 1613 / 1929,
www.mexicoscoppercanyon.com; www.viajesbarrancasdelcobre.com

   Above picture : approaching Los Mochis by air

By bus

You can go from Los Mochis to Guadalajara, Mazatlan, Mexico (21h30 with Estrella Blanca for $1218 in First Class - 2012 rate) and Tijuana . There are many buses from different companies leaving from several bus stations: the main bus station is located on Castro Boulevard by the Constitucíon Avenue. The "Transportes Norte de Sonora" and the "Transportes del Pacifico" have their own terminal, respectively on Degollado avenue, between Juárez and Morelos, and on Zaragoza between Juárez and Morelos.

By train

The train station, outside the city, can be reached by taxi ($140) because the departures are often early from this platform. You can make reservations and buy tickets at the train station or in travel agencies including Viajes Flamingo. We advise you to plan ahead in high season. Reservations by phone, (614) 439 72 12 / 1 888 484 16 23 / 01 800 12 24 373, chepe@ferromex.com.mx ou www.chepe.com.mx.


Code : 698 + 7 digits for El Fuerte

El Fuerte ("pueblo magico")

Estrella Blanca office in El FuerteThe Bus Company Azules (crossing of Zaragoza and Cuauhtemoc) offers rides from Los Mochis to El Fuerte every hour from 5:55 AM to 8:15 PM. During the quiet hours, the departures are more spaced out. The Azules Office in El Fuerte is located opposite the Guerrero Hotel (a highly recommended guest-house).

In El Fuerte, take the local bus across from the hotel at 7:30 AM (first class) and 8:30 AM (second class) to the train station ($10/4 km). When riding the train, if you leave from El Fuerte, you won’t have to get up so early compare to Los Mochis.

You can buy your ticket just before riding the train but it is not recommended in high season.

   Right picture : Estrella Blanca office in El Fuerte

train station in El Fuerte


Left picture : train station in El Fuerte






Recommended visits in this nice small town with cobblestone streets :

Church in Plaza de Armas
The main plaza, called Plaza de Armas and its music kiosk,

The municipal palace, on the opposite side, with a tourist information booth,

The main church, on the left,

The House of the Culture,

The lobby of several hotels including El Fuerte and la Posada del Hidalgo

and the Mirador de Montes Claros with the museum recounting the history of the region (open 24/7 from 9 AM to 7 PM, $10).

Left picture : Church in Plaza de Armas

Municipal Palace on the right




    Right picture : Municipal Palace on the right


one item of the museum





Left picture : one item of the museum

sunset on the El Fuerte River before a storm




    Right picture : sunset on the El Fuerte River before a storm

Tourist information at the booth of the municipal palace, open from 9 AM to 4 PM from Monday to Saturday (not very reliable schedule); www.elfuerte.com.mx.

Banks and ATM available near the Zócalo.

Internet Access : under the archways of the Zócalo.

Such as in Creel, there is “3 Amigos" agency", refoma #100, (698) 893 5028, info@amigos3.com, www.amigos3.com or info@amigotrails.com, www.amigotrails.com. Tours, train tickets, flights over the canyons, rentals of VTT, kayaks, four-wheel drives. Organized or private tours. Bilingual guides.

Stairway in the municipal Palace



Left picture : Stairway in the municipal Palace




municipal Palace




    Right picture : municipal Palace




Lobby of El Fuerte Hotel ( nice but expensive hotel)



Left picture : Lobby of El Fuerte Hotel ( nice but expensive hotel)

View of El Fuerte from the Mirador




   Right picture : View of El Fuerte from the Mirador


entrance of La Posada Hotel (nice but expensive hotel)




Left picture : entrance of La Posada Hotel (nice but expensive hotel)







Map of the state :




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