Los Mochis is an agricultural and resort city in Sinaloa, Mexico. It is best known as one of the two terminus points for the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway (El Chepe) --- the magnificent train ride through the rugged Copper Canyon.
Los Mochis is a port city of about 260,000 people (2010) on the eastern coast of the Sea of Cortez. Its main interest for tourists is as a transportation hub. Los Mochis has an airport, ferry docks for transport across the Sea of Cortez to Baja California.
The North Pacific irrigation region (Sinaloa-Sonora) in which the Fort Valley is the largest district and is the principal agricultural area of Sinaloa, containing over 70% of all irrigated land and producing sugar cane, cotton, rice, flowers, and many types of vegetables. The valley is one of the largest producers of mangoes in Mexico.
Summers are extremely hot, reaching 40 °C (104 °F) with overnight lows of 26 °C (79 °F) with high humidity make the nights uncomfortable, and a heat index reaching 45 °C (113 °F) in the day. Winters are very warm, reaching 30 °C (86 °F) in the day. Rainfall is heaviest in the summer: it is common to see thunderstorms and even occasional hurricanes in August and September, but winters are dry with almost no rainfall.
- 1 Los Mochis (LMM IATA). A small airport serving a limited range of destinations. Most flights are on small regional jets or turboprops.
Direct flights to Los Mochis are available from:
- Los Angeles (LAX IATA), 1 daily flight on Delta
- Mexico City (MEX IATA), 2 daily flights on Aeromexico
- Guadalajara (GDL IATA), 2 daily flights on Aero California, 1 daily flight on Alma
- La Paz (LAP IATA), 3 daily flights on Alma, 1 daily flight on Aero California
- Hermosillo (HMO IATA), 1 daily flight on Aeromexico
- Tijuana (TIJ IATA), 1 daily flight on Aero California, 1 daily flight on Alma
The Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway is one of the world's most spectacular train trips. The trip between Los Mochis and Chihuahua is about 14 hours each way. First class (express) trains leave each end point at 06:00 and the second class (tourist) train leaves one hour later. The first-class and second-class trains are essentially the same, except that the express stops less and is twice as expensive.
The real scenery starts at El Fuerte. Stand on the western side and travel uphill to Creel or Chihuahua. Hang out in the few open vestibules with your camera -- the uphill scenery is fairly splendid for at least two of the seven or nine or twelve hours of the journey. On the downhill run, put yourself in the club (bar) car, where you can stretch out in a modicum of comfort. Consider splitting the long train journey in half by spending a night or two in Creel, for instance.
Mexico Highway 15 connects Los Mochis by land to Mexico. It runs from Nogales, on the United States border, to Mexico City. Other important highways are Los Mochis- Ahome, Los Mochis-Topolobampo, and Los Mochis-El Fuerte. The Topolobampo- Chihuahua highway is under construction.
The city does not have a central bus station for the entire bus fleet, rather each line has its own terminal. There are local, regional, national and international transport routes. The bus lines that have national routes have departures to the north, center and south of the country. The bus lines that have international routes have departures to the south of the United States.
Ferry boats run between La Paz and the Topolobampo docks. The ferry transports both passengers and vehicles, though there has been talk of restricting RVs. Fares are about US$80 (salon class).
- AGA Rent a Car, Av. Camaron Sabalo #312-A, Zona Dorada.
Tourist attractions found in the city are:
- Cerro de la Memoria (hill of memory)
- Benjamin Francis Johnston Botanical Garden (Sinaloa Park)
- Statue of the Virgin of the Valley of the Fort
- The Pergola
- Cycle path of the Cerro de la Memoria
- Casa del Centenario (Centennial House)
- Innovation and Education Center
- Plazuela 27 de Septiembre (September 27 Square)
- Regional Museum of Valle del Fuerte
- Hotel Montecarlo
- Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón (Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)
- Church of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Guadalupe
- House of Culture Professor Conrado Espinosa
- Venustiano Carranza Park (Monument to Don Quixote and Sancho Panza)
- Historical center of the city
- Linear Park Blvd. Rosendo G. Castro
- Plaza Solidaridad (Infant Allegory Statue)
- Centennial Clock
- Facilities of the old Sugar Mill
- Trapiche Interactive Museum
- Teatro de la Ciudad (city theatre)
The city is home to the Mexican Pacific League's Cañeros de Los Mochis baseball club. The city's football team is called the Murciélagos de Los Mochis, and its basketball team is known as the Pioneros.
- Go to Guaymas, a beautiful beach and port stopover
|Routes through Los Mochis|
|Ciudad Obregón ← Estación Don ←||N S||→ Guasave → Culiacán|