The state of Sonora offers a wide range of attractions for every type of traveler. It houses wonderful cave paintings, spectacular natural scenery ideal for ecotourism and adventure sports, regulated hunting parks and long beaches and bays perfect for water activities and sport fishing.
Handicraft shopping is also very characteristic of Sonora. The village of Kino Viejo, 65 miles outside the capital city of Hermosillo, is legendary for its Seri work - also showcased at The Museum of the Seri - while gastronomy is well-known for its varied local menus including chimichangas, camarones costa brava, shrimps prepared with Chihuahua cheese and bacon, the popular mochomos and the sweet coyotas for dessert.
Thanks to its privileged location Sonora is a unique and safe tourist destination, waiting for visitors to discover it; with legendary cities rich in history, beautiful beaches, and spectacular views where the ocean meets the desert and mountains.
The capital city of Hermosillo was founded in 1700 where the Sonora and San Miguel rivers meet - north of a semi-arid zone and just 65 miles away from the Sea of Cortez. The city's unique location makes its surrounding landscape incredibly varied, offering everything from desert and jagged sierra to crystalline rivers and lush valleys.
As the capital of Sonora State, the city offers a variety of options for travelers. The downtown area includes a Historic Center, featuring wonderful architectural structures, colorful plazas, informative museums and local craftwork. The Catedral de La Asunción, Palacio de Gobierno and Museum of Sonora are only some of the stunning constructions in the area. The Palacio de Gobierno is worth highlighting for it impressive murals illustrating significant historical events, while seventeenth century missions are beautifully preserved and also worth a visit.
From delicious cuisine to abundant natural reserves, no other place combines the beauty of native cultures with modern state-of-the-art infrastructures like Sonora. It is a place of traditions perfect for travelers looking to explore the colorful folklore and stunning historic cities that are characteristic of Mexico.
Not far from state capital Hermosillo, in the southeastern part of Sonora is located Alamos. The town of Alamos in the state of Sonora, Mexico, was founded in the late 17th century following discoveries of copper mines in the region.
Alamos contains many buildings exhibiting classic colonial architecture, notably the central plaza, the chapel of Purísima Concepción, the municipal Palace and "La Ciudad de los Portales". Many fiestas occur in Alamos in the month of January, notably the festival of "Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado", attended by many national and foreign actors. The economy of Alamos is based on tourism and agriculture, thanks to the Adolfo Ruiz Cortinez dam; cattle ranching and mining are seasonal. Alamos claims to be the "Mexican jumping bean capital of the world".