Los Mochis Mexico
Settled upon the banks of the Fuerte River, just minutes from the azure sparkle of the Sea of Cortez, Los Mochis unfolds like a blanketed oasis, amid the marshy brown of agricultural terrain. For over 100 years, Los Mochis has existed primarily as the terminal point for the Chihuahua al Pacifica (Chepe) railway and gateway to the World Heritage Site of Copper Canyon. Few have looked beyond the town's pretty exterior, viewing it simply as a base for exploration of the gorge region and Pacific port town, Topolobampo.
Regarded the premier agricultural region of Mexico, the North Western state of Sinaloa greets visitors with a surprisingly modern appeal. Its state capital Culiacán Rosales oozes bohemian cool with cosmopolitan cafes and a defining love affair with art and crafts. Los Mochis little differs from the populous central seat, combining an air of colonial greatness with an integral crafts movement that has assisted in bolstering the agricultural economy for the past 50 years. Founded in 1903 by wealthy American sugarcane developer Benjamin F. Johnston. Prior to his ambitious development of the town, Los Mochis was little more than a diminutive fruit growing district, briefly ruled by Spanish conquistadors.
The magic of Johnston's vision for the town can still be enjoyed today. Parque Sinaloa, located at the far North of the town, demonstrates his love for the character of the surrounding Valle de Il Fuerte, implementing towering pines, cacti and fruit trees along the perimeter. Casa Grande, his former abode peeks through a copse like the old pyramids of Izapa, flanked by huge Indian Bayan trees - over 200 feet in height. Designed by the prolific Californian set designer Florence Yoch ( responsible for much of the scene creation for “Gone With The Wind”) today's botanical gardens are an eclectically magical place of stimulating beauty and thriving wildlife species.
Standing sentry like-amid the colorful bustle of central Los Mochis, the Parroquia del Sagrado Corazón promotes a very different aspect of the city through exquisite colonial architecture and hand-crafted frescoes. Guarded by the sentinel Bayun trees so favored by Benjamin Johnston, it sits amid a breathtaking park of flora and fauna overlooking the sparkling Sea of Cortez. Le Mercadio Independencia, just off the main plaza along Avenida Independencia is the ultimate way to round off the culture tour, for here the real treasures of Los Mochis are displayed in exuberant glory. Local Indian natives utilize the market to sell their wares, ranging from sheepskin boots to intricate beaded tapestries depicting various deities still worshiped today. Farmers pour in to Los Mochis from across the Valle de Il Fuerte, keen to haggle a decent price for ripening mangoes, sugar cane and succulent lamb meat. Its a scene that has little changed in Los Mochis since its foundation, slowly being discovered by tourists as a truly enlightening cultural experience.
Attractions & Things To Do in Los Mochis
Museo Regional de Valle de Fuerte – located within the Casa Grande of town founder Benjamin Johnston, the regional museum represents one of the most important collections of archaeological artifacts and art along the coast of Sinaloa. Discover the story of Los Mochis birth through documents, photographs and original plans, preserved from the time when Johnston himself inhabited the casa. Open: Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3: 30 pm.