Originally called Culiacan, located in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental, Culiacan is the capital and the state of Sinaloa largest city. Culiacan was founded on February 29 of 1531 by the Spanish Conquistador Nuño Beltrán de Guzmán under the name of Villa de San Miguel. Prior to the founding of the city, the area was populated by indigenous peoples of the Huey Culhuacan, Tebacas, Pacaxes, Sabaibo and Achires.
The name "Culiacán" comes from the word "Culhuacán" or "Colhuacán" meaning place of those who worship the god Coltzin; the same God who currently appears on the shield of the city of Culiacan.
Known as a center of regional development in northwestern Mexico and Garden City for its great diversity of natural attractions such as wetlands Cove Pavilion, Bay Quevedo, Lucenillas Peninsula, Punta San Miguel and beautiful sandy beaches to minutes from Culiacan as Ponce Beaches, Las Arenitas, Cóspita, El Conchal and La Puntilla. Find many things to do and see in this great city as shopping malls, luxury hotels, restaurants, bars, and numerous recreational areas.
Birthplace famous people, groups and music genre known as altered as a movement: Jesús Malverde, Guadalupe Leyva Flores, José Antonio Abundio de Jesús Rosales Flores, Salvador Alvarado Rubio, Los Buitres de Culiacán, Jorge Santa Cruz, Gerardo Ortiz, Enigma Norteño, El Komander among others.
It is located in the central region of the State of Sinaloa, part of northwestern Mexico. Approximately 150 km north of the Tropic of Cancer at an altitude of 54 meters above sea level. In its surroundings you´ll find Mazatlan located around 200 km to the south, 290 km southeast is Durango, Los Mochis is 200 km southwest and La Paz Baja California 300 km to the south.
Culiacan cuisine is characterized by conquering the palates of visitors with true banquet full of seafood and spicy sauces, crushed, tatemado sheep and chilorio. The attractions worth visiting to please your palate is the gastronomic route Bacurimi. The journey takes them through Culiacancito where you will find a number of traditional restaurants and a rich journey through the channel of Los Rosales, where you can enjoy regional dishes like mixcocos of beans, menudo white, Escuinapa style tamales, shrimp dumplings, shrimp crackling, pozole, flautas, tacos, enchiladas soil.
Culiacan International Marathon takes place on January each year. The Marathon is a track meet with a 42 km run and whose purpose is to improve health and family life. By 2015 the number XXVI edition of this event is held. Participants may participate in the route 5k, 21k or 42k with prizes to the top 3 places in each division.
Merka Expo is one of the most important exhibitions that are characterized by being focused on the commercial and services, suitable for the business city of Culiacan. The expo takes place in November. The regular headquarters is the Monumental Asta Bandera building. During the event, entrepreneurs and speakers from around the country talk about business and marketing, new possibilities for businesses and consumer opportunities.
Day of the Dead
On November 2, the cemeteries of the city are filled with people who look to accompany their loved ones during the day with food, drinks and music. Altar design contests is a popular activity carried out in many places during the day. Individuals and families commonly built altars for family or famous deceased with offerings of food, beverages and objects that identify that person.
Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe
December 12 is undoubtedly the most important religious celebration in Culiacan and Mexico. The Mexican people gather to worship the dearest of all religious Mexican representations. December 12, of 1531 marks the day that the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac. Millions of worshipers gather each year to sing happy birthday and give thanks for the blessings all year dear brunette.
Sites of Interest
Culiacan Botanical Garden
Opened December 1986 after the initiative of Ing. Carlos Murillo Depraect. Located on 10 acres within the city that hosts different ecosystems and hundreds of species of plants and trees. The Botanical Garden of Culiacan has a range of over 2,000 plants. Runners and cyclists prefer its paths to take the morning walk. Summer schedule, Monday to Saturday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Sunday: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 pm.
Also known as Constitution Park, Zoo Culiacan is located in the heart of the city next to Civic Center Constitution, with an area of 16 hectares; house for 1,400 animals belonging to over 450 species of mammals, reptiles and birds. Built on December 14, 1958 as part of the Development Plan of the Government of the State of Sinaloa that included the need to create a natural area that contributes to promoting education of flora and fauna in this region.
Las Riberas Park
120 acre Linear park next to the river Tamazula and Humaya ideal to spend a nice evening with the family. The park has trees, picnic tables, public bathrooms, a 12 kms bike lane, canopy, ecological tours, camping, boating and a walker to exercise.
Lovely plaza located between aesthetic architecture of the UAS Rectory, La Casa de la Cultura and ISDE. Full of diverse vegetation and a space with a colonial architecture that offers a break to pedestrians in the benches and kisko.
Located on Alvaro Obregon Avenue beside Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral. In the beginning the park served as an esplanade for Spanish militia parades. The lush trees are ideal for cooling off on hot summer days.
Art Museum of Sinaloa
The Museo de Arte de Sinaloa (MASIN) is one of the most important venues for showcasing hundreds of visual arts exhibitions of painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, graphic, installation, video and art-object. Its main objective is the preservation, research and diffusion of its collection of artworks and exhibition of various temporary exhibitions that enrich the museum proposal.
Museum of Regional History of Sinaloa
Founded as a museum of Culiacan, and inaugurated on December 14, 1958. The Regional Museum of Sinaloa is the oldest museum in the city. The building is located within the Civic Center Constitution. Its exterior exhibits byzantine mosaic murals by the artist Rolando Arjona. In the courtyard visitors can admire petroglyphs while inside you'll find a tour of the history of the institution through maps, portraits, photographs and uniforms from major regional characters.
Interactive Museum of Sinaloa Science Center
The Sinaloa Science Center is a space for children and young people have the opportunity to know scientific and technological advances in an entertaining way. The museum has multiple themed rooms.
Opened in June 2005 in a building of the community Culiacán The Higuerita. It consists of a collection of 739 species and 857 specimens of insects making it the country's northeastern largest insect collection. Mr. Jorge Aragon began to collect and preserve his collection from 1981 as his private collection and later opened to the public in 2005.
Interactive Museum on Addictions
The museum offers children and young interactively information about addiction and its consequences so the population is aware of the dangers they face during consumption of substance.