Beyond the sea and sun there lies a multi-faceted state
Sinaloa is most well-known for its leading beach destination, Mazatlan. This fame is well-deserved, as the city is home to one of the loveliest beaches in the country, which also offers visitors first-class activities such as sport fishing.
Mazatlan is visited by thousands of tourists each year who also have the opportunity to discover the colonial wealth of its historic center. The attractions of Sinaloa do not end here, however – on the contrary, this is just the starting point.
Caves, waterfalls, mangrove swamps, reservoirs and forests are found across the length and breadth of the state, offering an ample range of activities for visitors. Here, you can enjoy boat trips to watch sea birds, turtles, dolphins, seals and other marine flora and fauna, while inland offers hiking, caving, landscape photography, camping and more.
The waters of the Sea of Cortez generously offer up their produce to the Sinaloa people, who transform them into exquisite delicacies famed throughout the country for their attractive colors and rich flavors. This region is the origin of dishes sought after nationally such as aguachile. However, as in other areas, the coast is not the only attraction, for the interior too has produced delicious dishes that are enjoyed all over the country.
Sinaloa is dotted with traces of ancestral cultures, many of which have not yet been fully excavated, as well as buildings that stand as testimony to the colonial period. Churches, plazas and chapels majestically recall past days of glory that filled the inhabitants with pride, and are the guardians of an ineradicable tradition of cultural blending and a rich heritage. This tradition makes for a joyful people, who celebrate year after year with one of the biggest and brightest Carnivals in the country, a joy that is also reflected in their folk art.
Sinaloa is a state with many faces, a place where you can enjoy everything from an ancient ball game ritual to a modern aquarium, with all the marvels that you can imagine in between.
Climate: Warm semi-humid, dry and semi-dry
Temperature: 77°F / 25°C annual average
Location: Pacific coast, north-western Mexico
Area: 22,153 sq miles