Los Mochis dates back to the end of the 19th century, when American Albert K. Owen attempted to create an American colony there. It is now the 3rd most important city in the state and is the origination point on the tourist route along the Chihuahua-Pacific railroad.
The first name for the city was American chosen as "Plat" but it was later changed to Los Mochis. Farming and production of Garbanzo beans, rice, sorghum, soy, wheat and sugar cane all take place in the fertile El Fuerte valley that surrounds it.
Because it was founded by Americans, the layout of the city is very different than most Mexican towns. The streets are very wide and tree-lined and are oriented toward the four cardinal points and interconnect by ring roads.
Maviri Beach – There is excellent bird watching on the road from Topolobampo to this beach. You'll see thousands of Cranes, White and Brown Pelicans and Scissor Birds as well as a plethora of other waterfowl nesting in the area. There are many seafood restaurants on the beach but the famous El Maviri Restaurant is where the locals go to enjoy themselves on the weekends. Pescado Zarandiado is a specialty there.
One can also do a Bay Tour by panga boat or yacht if one has extra time to spare in the area. Pechoco the dolphin is a nice treat as he swims right up to your boat, if he is in the mood, to play with you and splash in the water.
There is a botanical garden in the downtown area and some city tours available, but since the Copper Canyon is the focus for all Amigo Trails tours, we prefer to keep you moving in that direction and don't include any time in this city.
If you are heading out via Los Mochis and have some free time before catching an evening flight, please ask us about including an airport transfer from El Fuerte (a Magic Town just 1 hour away) with stop off for a Bay Tour and a visit to El Maviri Beach before hitting the airport.