Sonora

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  • 1. Delfinario Sonora

    Nuevo Guaymas | Zoo/Aquarium

    On a pristine bay halfway between Bahia Bacochibampo and San Carlos, this facility affords a chance to interact with dolphins. There isn't much...Read More

  • 2. El Pinacate

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

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

  • 3. Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Balvanera

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    On the plaza is the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Balvanera. A cactus that grows out of one of the church's walls is said to mark the spot where...Read More

  • 4. Intercultural Center for the Study of Desert and Oceans

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    The northern Gulf area forms an impressive desert-coast ecosystem, and scientists conduct research programs at the Intercultural Center for...Read More

  • 5. José Jesús "Loco" Valenzuela Luna

    Tour–Sight

    Tours of the mission route can be arranged through the compelling and extremely amiable local historian José Jesús "Loco" Valenzuela Luna ...Read More

  • 6. La Ruta de Sonora

    Tour–Sight

    Excellent naturalist-led tours can also be arranged through La Ruta de Sonora in Tucson. ...Read More

  • 7. Museo Costumbrista de Sonora

    Museum/Gallery

    Don't miss the Museo Costumbrista de Sonora for an excellent overview of the history of the state of Sonora. The displays include antique wagons...Read More

  • 8. Museo de los Seris

    Museum/Gallery

    For a crash ethnography lesson, poke around the interesting—if haphazard—collection of photographs, musical instruments, artwork, baskets, clothing...Read More

  • 9. Museo de Sonora

    Col. La Matanza | Museum/Gallery

    The best viewpoint in the city is the top of Cerro de la Campana (Hill of Bells), where you'll also find the Museo de Sonora. The museum is...Read More

  • 10. Perlas del Mar de Cortéz

    Tour–Sight

    Follow the signs to Playa Miramar and take advantage of the free tours given by the pearl farm, Perlas del Mar de Cortéz, which has more than...Read More

  • 11. Plaza Zaragoza

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    At the center of town, look for alluring Plaza Zaragoza, a lovely square shaded by towering fig trees. At the center of the plaza stands a turn...Read More

  • 12. Trolebús

    Tour–Sight

    Trolebús , a faux-antique trolleybus, picks up passengers at Plaza Zaragoza. The trip is an exhilarating plunge into Hermosillo's urban pulse...Read More

  • 13. Villa de Seris

    Neighborhood/Street

    From Plaza Zaragoza, cross the Río Sonora and walk south for several blocks until you reach the odd little neighborhood of Villa de Seris. Its...Read More

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