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Topolobampo is a small port town in the Mexican State of Sinaloa. Boasting a deep water harbor, the town sits at the terminus of the Chihuahua-Pacific Railroad, or ChePe, which passes through the scenic Copper Canyon. The population of Topolobampo is only around 6,500 people.

The economic importance of Topolobampo is dwarfed by its much larger neighboring city of Los Mochis, with a population of over 230,000 residents. Los Mochis is located in the "Valle del Fuerte," a principal agricultural area of Mexico. The irrigated farms grow an abundance of crops, including sugar, cotton, rice, flowers and mangos.

As you approach the small port of Topolobampo, you will see the wide strip of marshes stretching along the coast. With its hills, port and pretty offshore islands, Topolobampo sits in a setting that isn't so dissimilar to a Mediterranean port in Southern France or a Greek island. In truth, the town itself is pretty grungy. After Pemex built an oil storage complex in the port, the shrimp population fell off, along with the jobs for fishermen. One commentator avers that "Topolobampo is like a Cinderella without a Fairy Godmother."

Where You are Dock
Your ship will dock at the industrial pier in Topolobampo, and the day's excursions will proceed from the pier. Since your fellow passengers bound for the Copper Canyon trip will disembark at 4:30 or 5:00 am, your ship will be docking in port pretty early. You will be docked until midnight.
 
There is nothing of touristic interest in Topolobampo; it's much more interesting to spend some time in Los Mochis, a mere 15 miles away via a 4 lane highway. You can take a taxi or a bus from Topolobampo to Los Mochis. Even in Los Mochis, the few tourists in the area are usually either passing through to ride the Chepe or are hunters shooting birds in the marshes, as white dove hunting is a big deal in the area. The food in Los Mochis has a deserved reputation for being quite good.
 
The estuaries on the Sea of Cortez provide another escape from Topolobampo, especially for birders. The marshes provide a resting spot for migrating bird species traveling from North America to South America.
 
For the last several years, Topolobampo has been a boutique port for Holland American's 10-day Mexican Riviera and Sea of Cortez cruises from San Diego.
 
Things To See and Do

A 30-minute drive from Topolobampo is the Maviri Beach where most of the people hang out during weekends. Bird watching is a popular activity in the area. You can see and take a photo of scissor birds, pelicans and cranes.
 
The Sinaloa Park and Botanical Garden covers 35 acres of land and houses different plant species from all over the world. It is located near the Los Mochis Golf Club and the Sugar Mill.
 
To get an excellent view of the valley, you can climb the Memorial Hill, also known as La Pergola. The Espinoza Culture House at the bottom of the hill displays pre-Hispanic antiques and artifacts.
 
Sea lions, seals and hundreds of bird species can be spotted in Farallon Island, 20 miles from the Topolobampo cruise port.
 
Another must-visit attraction is the Mansion of Don Diego, an old iconic building that has been a witness to Topolobampo’s history and culture.
 
Copper Canyon
The Chihuahua-Pacifico Railroad traverses this spectacular natural wonder. Located in Mexico's Sierra Madre Mountains, it's four times larger than Arizona's Grand Canyon and almost 300 feet deeper.

Los Mochis
Part of a former 19th-century Utopian colony, Los Mochis is best known for Parque Sinaloa, a 35-acre garden that was once a part of the palatial estate of U.S. sugar baron Benjamin Johnston.

El Fuerte
Known as the gateway to Copper Canyon, this 450-year-old city radiates colonial charm. From its picturesque cobbled streets to its fabled connection to the literary hero Zorro, El Fuerte is a small step back in time.

Mayo Village
Centuries-old traditions are still honored by the Mayo Indians, the indigenous people of Sinaloa. Watch pottery making, ceremonial dances and other activities come to life in the small village of Teheuco.

Topolobampo Bay
Home to bottlenose dolphins, seabirds and sea lions, the sparkling bay is dotted with peaceful lagoons. Punta de Copas, a sandbar across from the bay, is famous for its spectacular beaches such as Maviri.

Posada del Hildalgo Hotel
Featured in the novel The Curse of Capistrano as the home of Zorro, the hotel was, in reality, the mayor's home and considered the largest and most beautiful mansion when it was built in 1890.
 
Eating Out
Sinaloan cuisine is famous for its flavorful dishes like the chilorio, mochomo, camarones, pescado ahumado and empanadas de fruta.
 
The El Maviri Restaurant in Maviri Beach is best known for their Pescado Zarandeado, where the fish is split in half and grilled, served with steamed rice and a variety of Mexican vegetables.
 
One popular dining destination in Los Mochis is El Farallon, an upscale restaurant specializing in seafood dishes. You should try their Mignon de Camaron, similar to that of filet mignon, where the fish is replaced with shrimps.
 
The Espana Restaurante serves steaks, shellfish and the Valencian paella. Located inside the Plaza Inn Hotel is Mr. Owen’s Restaurant and Bar, considered as serving the best international cuisine in Los Moch
 
Shopping
The Plaza Fiestas Las Palmas in Los Mochis is a shopping center selling various goods for tourists and locals alike. Here you will find fabrics, clothes, handcrafted items, household wares and jewelry. Other indoor shopping malls include the Plaza Galerias, Plaza Encuentro and the Plaza Campanario.
 
Local Indians in Los Mochis also are popular for their ixtle weavings made from agave and yucca plants. These weavings are perfect for souvenirs along with pot wares and baskets.

You can also look for the bule, a pumpkin-shaped fruit with an elongated end and wide base. After going through a preservation process, they are decorated using paints and etching tools.








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