DescriptionCapital of the state of Sonora, Hermosillo (ehr-moh-SEE-yo) rises abruptly from the sparsely settled terrain of northwestern Mexico. Big and spread out, the city is not conducive to sightseeing but is a convenient stop for motorists on the way south to Mazatlán and other Pacific coast resorts.
General Ignacio Pesqueira García International Airport is on the city's western side off Avenida Jesús García Morales (Mex. 26/Carretera Hermosillo-Bahía Kino). Aeroméxico and American Airlines offer direct flights from the United States. Other airlines providing service to the airport include Delta, Interjet and Volaris.
The main bus station (Terminal de Autobuses de Hermosillo) is east of downtown on Boulevard Luis Encinas Johnson (between Calle Los Pinos and Calle Jaffa). First-class bus service from Nogales is offered by the TAP and Tufesa lines.
Aside from the colonial-era architecture of the 18th-century Cathedral of the Assumption (Catedral de la Asunción), the Government Palace (Palacio Gobierno) and the pink-hued City Hall (Palacio Municipal), most of Hermosillo looks blandly modern. Plaza Zaragoza, the central plaza, provides welcome shade trees and an oasis from the crowded and frequently dusty downtown streets. Also check out the colorful murals depicting Sonoran history in the Government Palace courtyard.
Mex. 15/15-D, also called the Pacific Coast Highway, extends from the U.S. border at Nogales south and then east to Mexico City. It is mostly a divided four-lane highway except when passing through some small towns and villages. Watch for occasional potholes and rocks, especially in the vicinity of hills or low mountains. Highway repair work is frequent, and traffic may be diverted to the two-lane stretch that is open.
It costs around 760 pesos in tolls to drive an automobile on Mex. 15-D from Nogales south to Mazatlán. Dollars are usually accepted at toll booths near the U.S. border, but it's best to have pesos on hand for the entire route. Note: Toll charges can go up without warning, and rates for different types of vehicles aren't always posted. Avoid the toll road SIN-1 (Sinaloa Express Highway 1) between Guamúchil and Culiacán, which is targeted by robbers.
Saltwater fishing is the main attraction at the Gulf of California resort town of Kino Bay (Bahía Kino), some 105 kilometers (65 miles) southwest of Hermosillo via Mex. 16. Named for Jesuit missionary Francisco Eusebio Kino, this was long a hideaway known only to a few intrepid RV owners. There are condominiums and secluded vacation homes here, although the mountain-backed beaches of tan-colored sand are mostly undeveloped.
Tourist facilities are concentrated in Kino Nuevo (New Kino), separated by some 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) of open beach from Kino Viejo, the Mexican village. The beaches are practically deserted during the summer months, but they also are uncomfortably hot.
Visitor InfoSonora State Tourism Office (Subsecretaría de Fomento al Turismo) Calle Comonfort HERMOSILLO, SO . Phone:(662)289-5800To receive visitor information from the Sonora Department of Tourism, phone (800) 476-6672 (from the United States) or 01 (800) 716-2555 (toll-free long distance within Mexico).
Things to SeeRegional Museum of the University of Sonora