Sonora Travel Guide


Plan Your Sonora Vacation

The Sonoran Desert—or as the Mexicans call it, El Desierto de Altar—dominates the northern part of this state, where long stretches of flat scrub are punctuated by brown hills, saguaros, and organ-pipe cacti. South of Guaymas, the desert gives way to a dry, tropical landscape.


Sonora Hotels

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Sonora Restaurants

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Sonora Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

    The chance to visit a colonial city: Wonderfully preserved Álamos has great hotels and restaurants and a friendly community of... Read more

  • Ruta de las Misiones

    Although most towns in northern Sonora have a link to a nearby mission, those founded by Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino, a prominent... Read more

  • Ruta de Río Sonora

    The highways following the Río Sonora are a terrific way to see a less touristy side of Sonora. Between Hermosillo and Cananea, the... Read more

  • Sonora Background

    Mexico's second-largest state, Sonora, is also one of its richest. Ranch lands here feed Mexico's finest beef cattle, and rivers flowing... Read more

  • El Pinacate

    The somewhat difficult trip to El Pinacate is also one of the region's most rewarding. The reserve, midway between Puerto Peñasco... Read more

  • Tribe on the Verge

    A rustic Seri fishing village perched at the end of a long, bumpy, winding dirt road, Punta Chueca is 27 km (17 mi) north of Bahía... Read more


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