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Los Mochis
Sinaloa, Mexico.

Los Mochis is a modern city in the municipality of Ahome in the state of Sinaloa whose origin dates back to 1903 by Mr. Albert K Owen, Civil Engineer who came to this land to do some research on the construction of a railroad. Its name means “Place of Tortoises” and "Land of Turtles".

This city offers hospitality to tourists and a fantastic view of the two most fertile valleys Fort Valley and Carrizo, in addition to a very rich cuisine and the selling of souvenirs for the memory of its visitors.



The origin of this city dates back to 1903 by Albert K. Owen, a civil engineer who came to this place to make studies for the construction of railways, looking over Ohuira Bay, imagined the city where the rail and waterways converge, today, the port of Topolobampo.


Benjamin F. Johnston sees the opportunity to exploit resources such as sugarcane and along with Edward Lycan, who had been associated with Zacarias Ochoa, owner of a rudimentary sugar mill called "The Eagle", started the construction of a sugar mill. Upon Ochoa dying, Johnston takes over the business and along with Lycan founded: "The Eagle Sugar Refining Company," which later changed to "United Sugar Company".


In 1901, Johnson sent design a modern city with wide, straight streets, although it was until 1903 when it is recognized along with Topolobampo, as municipalities during the government of Francisco Cañedo. In 1916 the municipality of Ahome is created and from 1935 the municipal seat of Ahome is located in the city of Los Mochis.The municipality of Ahome was created by Decree of the Local Legislature dated December 20, 1917, being governor of the state Gral. Angel Flores, and was appointed head of the municipality Villa de Ahome.


The first elected mayor of Los Mochis was Florencio A. Valdez in 1918.On April 1, 1935 the City of Ahome change the header to Los Mochis, and the State Legislature sanctioned by another decree issued on 10 May.The old town of Ahome, for staying behind in the process of the region, has been relegated to the background. Since then, the city of Los Mochis, as the municipality of Ahome has had both major economic and social changes like politicians who have kept up the constant progress of the municipality.



Los Mochis is a city located in the municipality of Ahome in Sinaloa state has 231,977 inhabitants and is located 10 meters above sea level.

Los Mochis is bordered on the south by the Gulf of California, north by Sonora and the municipality of El Fuerte and to the southeast with the municipalities of Guasave and El Fuerte,.



The annual temperature of the city is 25 ° C predominantly dry weather with some rainfall, minimum temperature recorded was -1.5 ° C in the months of November to February and the maximum is 45 ° for the months of July October being the warmest season. Its average annual rainfall is 302.2 millimeters.



The main economic activity is its industrial development that contributes to the state's economy.  From its' beginning, an important sugar mill is located in Los Mochis.

In Mochis there are about 800 industrial establishments among them standing out, by their number, those from the automotive sector, metalworking, bodywork, repair shops several and textile as well as assemblers.

To meet the tourist demands, the city provides hosting services, hotels, nightclubs, food, car rental, travel agencies, tourist transportation, among others.




The typical food of the city is a combination of the ancestor to the present with a variety of exotic and delicious dishes not only from here but also throughout the state of Sinaloa.


Some of these tasty dishes are:


Pork beans:
Made from grounded beans, sausage, bacon and ham, served with Chihuahua cheese and jalapeno peppers.


Is shredded pork in chili sauce and served with flour tortillas.


Prepared based on shrimp with cucumber, cilantro, serrano pepper, lemon and onion, seasoned with salt and pepper and served with toast or crackers.


Tacuarines (Corico):
Crispy sweet cookies.


Steamed Tacos:
Corn or wheat flour, filled with meat and potatoes, beans soaked in watery beans accompanied with seasoned sauce.


Grilled Meats:
Roasted flavored meat eaten with tortillas or corn, accompanied by charro beans, guacamole, sauces, baked potatoes, onions, peppers, etc.


Places of interest


Francis Benjamin Johnston Botanical Garden:

It is a green area of 16 hectares, a great place to enjoy a picnic with the family in which you can see the rose garden, the remains of the Big House, playgrounds, walkways etc., besides encouraging visitors conservation and showing the importance of preserving these natural resources.


Cerro pergola Memory:

On top of this hill is a giant statue of the Virgin del Valle who is frequently visited by believers either by a walking during exercise or by car; in addition to providing excellent panoramic view it also offers of the city a chance to take a souvenir photo and enjoy the sunset or sunrise.


Casa del Centenario:

The construction of this house dates from 1945, which is located next to the sugar mill, which eventually deteriorated to become uninhabited. Today it is preserved as a historical site that houses the Centennial Museum containing memorabilia of Centennial where show exhibits, history and painting and photo exhibitions and conferences.


Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe:

Our Lady of Guadalupe with its image represents the Catholic Church. Thousands of faithful arrive here throughout the year and has tradition pilgrimages; its purpose is to make a tour to forgive sins or made penance for serious mistakes.


Regional Museum of Fort Valley:

Located in the old House Chapman, it preserves historical, social and cultural events in the region that includes collections of pieces of Mayan culture; also has six rooms, a collection of prehistoric periods, independence, reform and colonial revolution.


Traditional Holidays


Carnival in Topolobampo:

Held annually in February and is one of the carnivals recognized by the state that aims to rescue the ancient tradition. During the carnival there are parade with floats, crowning of queens, and northern band music groups perform.


Marine Day:

It is celebrated on the first day of June to crown the star of the sailor in the port of Topolobampo which honors the sailors who have already left and lost their lives in the line of duty.


Anniversary of the City of Los Mochis:

Celebrated annually on June 3 where various artistic and cultural events are carried out to the delight of its inhabitants.


Book Fair: 

Like all major cities of the state, Los Mochis, for several years hosted its book fair in which important writers, publishers, musicians, promoters of reading and children, youth and adults readers are invited from the whole country.

It has book sales, presentation of music, theater and puppet with a week of literary festival annually expected by September.