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The Northwest

The Mexican northwest is formed by the states of Chihuahua, Sonora, Durango and Sinoloa. It is known for natural beauty, some nice beaches, and charming towns and cities.

Known for its forests, ravines, canyons, and beautiful rock formations, the state of Durango became famous in the 1950's as a popular place to make western movies. In the state capital, Durango, some of the sets still remain and it is possible to visit them. The city is also known for having well-preserved buildings dating from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Durango is still a relatively small city, and it is possible to explore the city center on foot. Native culture buffs will enjoy a trip to the Ganot-Peschard museum of Archaeology, which features exhibits on local cultures from pre-conquest times to the present.

For a wonderful combination of colonial heritage and nice beaches, check out Mazatlan, the most important city in the state of Sinaloa. Situated on a small peninsula, the city boasts seventeen kilometers of coastline. It is known as one of the best sport fishing spots in Mexico: charters go out after prize marlin and sailfish, and annual tournaments attract fishing enthusiasts from around the world. The city has a reputation for lively nightlife as well. Come for the carnaval festivities, which have been compared to those in Rio de Janeiro or New Orleans. Architecture buffs should make a point of visiting the Angela Peralta theater, a neoclassic structure built during the Porfiriato and recently restored.

The state of Chihuahua contains the vast desert of the same name. It is Mexico’s largest state, and borders Texas and New Mexico to the north. Visitors know Chihuahua for the Barrancas del Cobre, or the Copper Canyon, a breathtaking cluster of canyons and ravines in the western range of the Mexican Sierra Madres. It is similar to the Grand Canyon, which is larger, but not as deep. The best base of operation from which to see the canyon is the town of Creel.

The Sonora Region is known for adventure travel and beautiful vistas. There are hunting parks, beaches and bays for water sports and fishing and deserts. A good place from which to explore Sonora is the capital, Hermosillo, located about a hundred kilometers inland from the Sea of Cortés.









By Christopher Minster
I am a writer and editor at V!VA Travel guides here in Quito, where I specialize in adding quality content to the site and also in spooky things like...
06 Sep 2011

Adventure Mexico Tours
It is similar to the Grand Canyon, which is larger, but not as deep. Copper Canyon tours and hiking trips are a popular way to experience this natural marvel.
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The Most Exciting Adventure Tours Through Northwest Mexico

Complejo Ecotouristico Arareko

107527This is an excellent day walk or half-day cycle from town as it takes you through unique communities and unusual scenery. The whole area is full of Tarahumara people, who live in caves or wood ...
Hiking, Eco-Tour, National Park
Creel, Mexico

La Bufa tour

107539Be prepared for a long drive if you choose to do this trip but also be prepared for some stunning scenery. The day consists of around six-and-a-half hours of driving and about one-and-a-half of ...
Adventure Tour
Creel, Mexico

Recohuata Hot Springs

107541These pools, set in a pretty forested canyon, make a pleasant half or full day side trip from Creel. You will generally be dropped off just past the entrance, 3km away from the springs on a bumpy ...
Hiking, Spa/Hot Springs
Creel, Mexico

Copper Canyon Railroad train ride

107542This long trip runs from Chihuhua, in the centre of northern Mexico to Los Mochis, a gateway to Baja California. Do not expect to be cruising through the Copper Canyon, because the 15 minute stop ...
Adventure Tour
Creel, Mexico

Aduana

The old mining town of Aduana is worth a visit. Once home to 20,000, Adiana now houses about 400 full-time residents. A few kilometers away from Alamos, Aduana features a church dating from 1630: the ...
Adventure Tour, Ruin
Alamos, Mexico

Copper Canyon Railroad train ride

107542This long trip runs from Chihuhua, in the centre of northern Mexico to Los Mochis, a gateway to Baja California. Do not expect to be cruising through the Copper Canyon, because the 15 minute stop ...
Adventure Tour
Creel, Mexico

Aduana

The old mining town of Aduana is worth a visit. Once home to 20,000, Adiana now houses about 400 full-time residents. A few kilometers away from Alamos, Aduana features a church dating from 1630: the ...
Adventure Tour, Ruin
Alamos, Mexico

La Bufa tour

107539Be prepared for a long drive if you choose to do this trip but also be prepared for some stunning scenery. The day consists of around six-and-a-half hours of driving and about one-and-a-half of ...
Adventure Tour
Creel, Mexico

Recohuata Hot Springs

107541These pools, set in a pretty forested canyon, make a pleasant half or full day side trip from Creel. You will generally be dropped off just past the entrance, 3km away from the springs on a bumpy ...
Hiking, Spa/Hot Springs
Creel, Mexico

The Best Dining in Northwest Mexico

El Porto Cafe

Authentic Cappuccino/Latte/Espresso ...
Restaurant
Creel, Mexico

Restaurant La Cabaña

This simple eatery offers a good place to get a cheap meal. Tables are Spartan and the place is brightly lit but service comes with a ...
Restaurant
Creel, Mexico

Restaurant Los Valles

The menu is the best thing about this place as it offers pork, chicken and fish prepared in all manner of styles all at affordable prices. The restaurant itself is neatly decorated but its cafe-style ...
Restaurant
Creel, Mexico

Las Rejas

This smart and well decorated restaurant, with its sloped wooden roof, fireplace and chandelier lights, offers good if pricey food in a spacious but cozy environment. There are several cuts of steaks ...
Restaurant
Creel, Mexico

Pizza del Rey

This chain restaurant is the only pizza place in town but it is also one of the nicer spots to dine. The all-wooden upstairs room is warm and spacious and has solid wooden tables but the ambience is ...
Restaurant
Creel, Mexico

Tio Molcas

This bar, out behind a restaurant of the same name, is the most popular drinks spot in town. A roaring log fire in the centre of one side of the room coupled with comfy chairs and small round tables ...
Bar
Creel, Mexico

Luna Creel

Luna Creel is the cafe at the front of the Best Western hotel, but it feels more independent. Chunky light wood tables and chairs and a wooden floor give the feel of an upmarket trendy cafe and the ...
Restaurant
Creel, Mexico

the only cafe creel

A nice little cafe/art gallery only one block from the train station. The walls are covered with paintings and there is a sofa under the window where you can hang out. The owners are ...
Restaurant
Creel, Mexico

Top Destinations in Northwesten Mexico

Creel

107522Creel is a charming little town in the northern state of Chihuahua which lives off of tourism and lumber. By far the largest visitor attraction in Creel is the Copper Canyon, a magnificent natural ...
City
Creel, Mexico

Complejo Ecotouristico Arareko

107527This is an excellent day walk or half-day cycle from town as it takes you through unique communities and unusual scenery. The whole area is full of Tarahumara people, who live in caves or wood ...
Hiking, Eco-Tour, National Park
Creel, Mexico

Divisadero Walk

107540The famed train stops at Divisadero for 15 minutes but there is no way you can do such a fantastic view justice in a quarter of an hour so try to plan for a day trip as well. To hike right out into ...
Adventure Tour, Hiking, National Park
Creel, Mexico

Alamos

According to local legend, the city of Álamos was once so prosperous due to the silver mines that the daughter of a wealthy silver baron, on her wedding day, walked from her home to the church on a ...
City
Alamos, Mexico

Aduana

The old mining town of Aduana is worth a visit. Once home to 20,000, Adiana now houses about 400 full-time residents. A few kilometers away from Alamos, Aduana features a church dating from 1630: the ...
Adventure Tour, Ruin
Alamos, Mexico

Puerto Penasco

132102 Puerto Penasco is just a short hour drive across the U.S. border, making it an ideal destination from Arizona, New Mexico and California. The border crossing is extremely easy and the drive is on a ...
City
Puerto Penasco , Mexico
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