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Country: Mexico
State: Sonora
City: Hermosillo
Type of Location: Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By plane

There is an International Airport (General Ignacio Pesqueira Garcia), with flights to Tucson, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, as well as a few cities in Mexico (México City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Toluca, Chihuahua, Ciudad Obregón, Rocky Point). The airport code is HMO. If you are close to the border (Tijuana, Ciudad Juarez) check flights leaving out of those airports in Mexico, they are generally cheaper than flights from US cities into Hermosillo. Aeromexico (and its affiliate Aerolitoral that uses smaller aircraft), is the airline with more schedules in and out from Hermosillo, with both national and intenational destinations. Low air-fare providers are Interjet and Volaris; while Viva-aerobus is the cheapest of them all be ware of the airline policies for it wont give any prtection for any delays or cancelations. At this point Aviacsa's operations are shut down, due to government intervention. Mexicana (temporarilly out of service) although not flying any aircraft of its own to Hermosillo has a ticket office and carried a shared-code flight with Aeromexico.

By bus

TUFESA bus line runs from Arizona(Tucson, Phoenix, etc) to Hermosillo. Fares are around $49 one way from Phoenix, and vary based on other cities. The Hermosillo stop is on the Ciudad Obregon route.

By car

The road from Nogales (on the border) down to Hermosillo is a well paved, new highway, however, due to a large amount of rain in December 2007 the highway (Mexico 15) had developed many potholes, some of them very large and deep. These potholes have caused extensive damage to vehicles and tires, and have even caused some fatal accidents. The potholes are on both the north and south bound sides of Highway 15. As of April 2008 reconstruction and maintenance of the highway is taking place so be prepared to take the designated detours. The portion of Highway 15 between Magdalena de Kino and Hermosillo is a toll road, keep your receipt as this is a form of insurance.

Key places to visit
Catedral de la Asuncion, Museum of Popular and Indigenous Cultures, Museum of Sonora, The Government Palace, The Regional Museum


Places to Visit

Catedral de la Asuncion

The cathedral, named the Catedral de la Asuncion, is located next to Plaza Zaragoza. It was begun in the 18th century but was not finished until the beginning of the 20th. However, the first chapels associated with the cathedral were begun in the 18th century.Construction of the cathedral began in 1861 and is a mix of predominantly Neoclassical architecture with Neogothic decorative elements. The main entrance is flanked by paired columns on pedestals and the smaller side doors are topped with semicircular pediments. Above the main doors are two ogival or pointed windows, over which is a crest with a balustrade. The church's towers have three levels with a dome-like top and are decorated with crosses from Caravaca de la Cruz. The interior of the church is of very austere Neoclassical design.

Museum of Popular and Indigenous Cultures

The Museo de Culturas Populares e Indígenas (Museum of Popular and Indigenous Cultures) was the former residence of Dr. Alberto Hoeffer. It was constructed in 1904 and restored in 1997, conserving it original French-inspired style. Today, it houses a museum mostly dedicated to the indigenous cultures of the state, including crafts, clothing, customs and ways of life

Museum of Sonora

The Museo de Sonora (Museum of Sonora) is housed in a building that originally functioned as a prison. It was completed in 1907 and built by the mostly indigenous prisoners themselves. The prison closed in 1979. In the 1980s, the building was reconditioned to open as the current museum in 1985. This museum has eighteen rooms covering various aspects of the state including its palentology, history, archeology and ethnography. It has also conserved some of the cells of the original prison. Some of its more important items in the collection include a serpent's head from the Teotihuacan period, a collection of coins from the 16th century and various antique weapons

The Government Palace

The Government Palace was constructed in 1881, using stone from the nearby Cerro de la Campana mountain. The exterior is Neoclassical, with two levels that contain Ionic columns and pilasters made with stone that alternates rings of gray and white. The main entrance is topped by a simple semicircular pediment and over this there is a clock tower that was inaugurated in 1906. At night, the building is lit with multicolored lights in red, green, orange and gold. The interior walls have murals about Sonoran history done by various artists such as Héctor Martínez Arteche, Teresa Morán and Enrique Estrada. On display is the first Sonoran state constitution

The Regional Museum

The Regional Museum was opened in 1960 with only one small hall, which exhibited archeological finds from the region. Today, there are two large halls, one dedicated to anthropology and the other to history. The anthropology hall display archeological finds such as tools, utensils, textiles, stone objects and more from both the pre-Hispanic and colonial periods.

Right Time to Visit

March - May
October - November


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