Guasave is a city in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, Mexico, located about 22 miles east of the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California). The town has about 70,000 inhabitants and perhaps as many as 200,000 including the surrounding areas.
Like many cities in Sinaloa, Guasave is an agriculture center with corn, wheat, sorghum, soybeans and cotton as the primary crops grown. Guasave has more of a desert climate with temperatures both very dry and very hot and true to the area, receives only about 15 inches of rain each year.
Guasave has a very important river running through it, and it is the main source of the city’s water supply. The Sinaloa River, lined with poplars and willow trees, stretches from the southwest corner of the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, flows through Guasave, and into the gulf. Along the river, some excellent venues for water activities exist. Navachiste Bay is a great location for all water sports, as well as fishing. At San Ignacio Bay, beach goers can swim as well as enjoy the area’s fresh, pretty landscape, taking in fantastic views of lush flora and fauna. On towards the gulf end of the Sinaloa River is Playa Las Glorias, a very popular stretch of shoreline with a string of spectacular beaches. The Playa Las Glorias area is also known for its delicious fresh seafood dining.
While Guasave is considered a traditional town, it does have some interesting and unique claims to fame. The town is famous for breeding and raising thoroughbred horses. It also has an important professional baseball team. Their baseball team, the Algodoneros (Cotton Growers) is part of the Mexican Pacific League (Liga Mexicana del Pacífico or LMP).
Guasave offers visitors an authentic northern Mexican experience with its traditional ways, but with a touch of distinction thrown in. The area offers many little touristed areas including a stunning coastline with fine beaches, natural estuaries, and numerous islands set on a largely unspoiled open ocean yet it also has enough tourist infrastructure so that visitors can enjoy the basic comforts.
While not a prime tourist destination in itself, those in the area shouldn’t overlook Guasave.
Attractions & Things To Do in Guasave, Sinaloa
Ruinas de Pueblo Viejo – the 17th century ruins of Guasave’s Old Town.
Ruinas de Nio – ruins, sculptures, and legends dating back to the time of the Jesuits in the 17th century until their expulsion in 1767.
Tamazula - a colonial site featuring a museum and a Franciscan era church built in 1820.
Our Lady of Rosario Sanctuary – a historical church.
Heroes of Sinaloa Auditorium – the site of old Jesuit Missions dating back to the 17th century, currently host to many cultural events.
Beaches – well-known for swimming and water sports: Playa Las Glorias, Navachiste Bay, San Ignacio Bay, and the Sinaloa River.
Hunting – great areas for hunting Canadian duck, quail, and other species of fowl include Boca de Rio and Uyaqui Lagoon.