The Chepe (Chihuahua-Pacific Train) stops in El Fuerte, one of the most beautiful colonial towns in Sinaloa’s northwestern region. For centuries it was a major trading post for gold and silver miners. Some lovely colonial mansions line the cobblestone streets leading to a central Plaza de Armas, that comes alive in the evenings.
The City Hall, built at the end of the 19th century, was designed in the neoclassic style. Walk through its elegant entrance made up of several arches and admire its beautiful large windows and the interior patio. Two blocks away, the Museo-Mirador Museum welcomes you to view a small popular art collection. The Posada Hidalgo, another historical building, also from the 19th century, is adorned with beautiful murals and graceful interior arches.
Due to its proximity to the coast, the local gastronomy emphasizes fish. The Sea of Cortes (specially the city of Topolobampo) provides El Fuerte with fresh seafood every day. Don't miss trying the giant king prawns! Other traditional dishes include beef jerky, chilorio (shredded meat prepared with a chili paste) and grilled meats.
This is the perfect place to pick up a hat to protect you from the sun. Sinaloa’s traditional handcrafts are palm hats with narrow brims and round crowns. You will also find rugs, hammocks and wool blankets.
Two large dams, Mahome and El Sabino, near El Fuerte, are good for sport fishing. Also nearby is Mask Hill, home to more than 300 petroglyphs.