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My 6 Favourite Stops from Southern Arizona to the Mexican Pacific Coast


The unique article was revealed in Journey Awaits final Feb. 9. 2022.

The Mexican
Pacific Coast is the place my husband actually desires to reside; Mazatlan in Sinaloa, in
specific. That’s the place he’d collected nice reminiscences along with his late spouse and kids
on trip from his then-hectic company life. Once we met, he readily hosted
my household in his timeshare. They cherished it and stated it was the perfect trip
they’d ever had.

Town’s allure
comes from the truth that it isn’t only a resort city. It’s a bona fide Mexican
metropolis, with age-old traditions just like the third largest Carnaval on the earth in
February, locations like its stunning historic downtown full with a venerable
theater, a wonderful cathedral, and an important Mercado, and landmarks just like the
longest Malecon in Latin America with important monuments and beautiful seashores.
This Shrimp Capital of the World is now our second house.

We keep in
Mazatlan’s  El Cid Resorts each winter
though we will additionally keep at their Cancun and Cozumel properties. From our
home in Mesa, Arizona, it is a bit more than 900 miles or 16 hours of
driving time. We’re presently right here on our fourth winter break, lacking 2020
due to Covid. To get right here, we have now used three totally different routes and have
gotten to know six totally different stops.  

Our Early Route: Hermosillo
and Los Mochis


is the most important metropolis (inhabitants
830,000), the capital, and the primary financial heart for the state of
Sonora which borders Arizona. It has grown a lot due to robust
industrialization, particularly for the reason that Eighties within the automotive trade. Such
is the financial stimulus of being on the US border.

 It’s six hours (with out time on the border) from
our house in Mesa and, as such, could be very very similar to an American metropolis. It boasts of
an attention-grabbing and rocky landform known as the
Cerro de la Campana thought-about the image of the town. On
a hilltop at an elevation of over 1,000 ft, it gives vacationers a superb
view of the town.

to Los Mochis

The federal
Mexico 15 is the freeway that connects Arizona
to Mazatlan. There are two components: 15D is the Cuota (toll) whereas 15 is the Libre
(free) street. We had been amazed on the enchancment of the Sonora part of 15D
between our first and second journeys (an interval of eight years). Working straight
south, we registered nice mph all through. On our fourth journey, toll payment
assortment plazas had been not working however they resumed on our newest
(fifth) journey. There have been nonetheless a number of these vibradores that pressure motorists to cut back pace. However you even have nice scenes alongside the best way.

Mochis, Sinaloa

Los Mochis
is a coastal metropolis within the northern a part of the state of Sinaloa. With a
inhabitants of over 360,000, it’s the finish of the Chihuahua-Pacific Railroad
which passes via scenic
Copper Canyon, a significant vacationer attraction of
Mexico. This railway hyperlinks the cattle markets in Kansas Metropolis, USA with the
nearest port on the Pacific Ocean, Topolobampo, the second largest deep-water
port on the earth positioned proper earlier than Los Mochis.

Town can be
on the heart of the state’s agricultural space producing sugar cane, cotton,
rice, flowers, mangoes, and different greens. Companies have adopted many
small farms, introducing revolutionary farm implements and practices.  However we additionally noticed many males lined up at truck
stops and farm entrances, ready for farm managers to select them up for work in
the fields. These scenes had been miserable as a result of many don’t discover work
and stay idle. Maybe that is partly why the drug trade has flourished in
the state.

Mochis to Mazatlan

From Los
Mochis to Mazatlan, Mexico 15D is sort of the identical as we noticed it on our first
journey: stuffed with potholes. Paradoxically, there was a Cuota Assortment cease each
half hour. There have been eight of them on the five-hour drive, much more than
Sonora. The saving grace is that, on the final hour of the journey, the massive, blue, and
calm Pacific Ocean stayed with us to the correct of the freeway, reminding us that
the paradise we search is sort of across the nook.

A New Route and New Stops:
Navojoa and Magdalena del Kino

On our third
winter trip, we met a pair who had been driving to Mazatlan for years.
They suggested us to vary our route to at least one that not solely divides the journey extra
evenly but in addition intentionally confines stops to Sonora. It’s a state with a Degree
3 Journey Advisory (go together with warning) as an alternative of Sinaloa with a Degree 4 (don’t
go). And the stops are much more charming!


The primary
cease of our return journey was Navojoa
, Sonora, the fifth-largest within the state (inhabitants 150,000).  The Mexican Revolutionary Álvaro Obregón was born in a small city close to the
metropolis. After the 1910 revolt, he turned President of Mexico, introducing trendy
agricultural strategies, making the encircling valley probably the most
affluent agricultural areas in Mexico.

Right now,
international and native traders have gone into many different industries like shrimp
farming, swine manufacturing, and even a Tecate (beer) brewery. Prosperity is
evident. A beautiful Most important Plaza fronts the Palacio Municipal surrounded by 4
monuments, a placing Clock Tower, with beautiful Cathedral spires seen. At
the rotunda, a colourful Navojoa signal welcomes guests.  

de Kino

The subsequent
city, simply six hours from Navojoa, is a bit more than 60 miles south of
Nogales on the US border. The film “The Quick and The Livid” was filmed there
(and within the close by city of cattle nation, Santa Ana) in June and July 2008. Magdalena
de Kino (inhabitants 25,000) is a
Pueblo Mágico, certainly one of 100+ cities chosen by Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism for a scenic, cultural or historic qualities.

We cherished our
keep on the 5-star Lodge Industria, certainly one of six resorts within the metropolis. It’s only a
half block away from the attractive Most important Plaza round which we had a beautiful
horse-drawn carriage experience within the night.  On the heart are a chapel containing the
mendacity effigy of and a monument with a crypt housing the stays of Father
Francisco Eusebio Kino which had been found there in 1966, 255
years after his loss of life.  He’s the pioneer
Roman Catholic missionary who based fifteen missions within the space in addition to in
southern Arizona. Town can be named after Santa Maria Magdalena for whom a
fairly church was additionally constructed within the Plaza.

Our Most Current Route: Nogales
and Ciudad Obregon

Christmas we celebrated with my husband’s daughter in Denver, Colorado. Since
we weren’t coming from house, we ended up in Nogales, Arizona after a cease in
Albuquerque, New Mexico.


the port of entry that divides Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico

Nogales is an
Arizona metropolis of about 20,000, Arizona’s largest worldwide border group,
and a part of the bigger Tucson-Nogales mixed statistical space. It has a
counterpart metropolis of Nogales within the state of Sonora on the Mexican facet. I-19
continues south from Phoenix into Mexico 15D. These two highways, along with
their Canadian counterpart, comprise the CANAMEX Hall that connects the
three international locations.

Nogales channels
about US$30 B value of recent produce and manufactured items from Mexico into
the US. This commerce helps help 1000’s of jobs and native economies
all through Arizona and Sonora. Fairly attention-grabbing however it’s not a vacationer city.
Nonetheless, it makes an important base from which to proceed a drive into Mexico or to
calm down in after going via the procedures on the US border.


Obregon, the state’s second-largest metropolis after Hermosillo with a inhabitants of
329,404, is a six-hour drive from Nogales. Mazatlan is seven hours away. Since
Navojoa is an hour farther from Ciudad Obregon, we selected this new cease to permit
for time at Km. 21, the place the vacationer and automobile permits to remain in Mexico are
processed after border crossing. This often takes about an hour.
As you
strategy the town from the north, the statue of an
indigenous Yaqui greets you. He represents the tribe that
received a number of battles towards the Spanish however in 1610 was persuaded to undergo
the Spanish Crown. Even then, conflicts continued into the following two centuries.
In 1887 the Porfirio Diaz military shot the Yaqui Chief Cajeme to loss of life. That
ushered in industrial and agricultural progress within the 1900s, identical to close by Navojoa
when Obregon bought trendy tools and developed “Hacienda Nainari.” In 1927,
nonetheless, he was assassinated and the town was named after him.

The Laguna
de Nainari, a man-made lake with a diameter of about two kilometers, is the
inexperienced spot within the metropolis. It’s a assembly place for varied teams and the place
individuals can pattern many alternative snacks of the area. Individuals additionally collect at
the Ostimuri Kids’s Park and Zoo which additionally incorporates a Planetarium.

As you may
see, there are nice stops on this route. We select them primarily based on two elements: the
US State Division Journey Advisory Degree because of crime and the driving time from
our start line (house or elsewhere). Once we go house in April, we are going to cease
at Navojoa and Nogales. 


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