Los Mochis means “place of turtles” in the Mayo Indian dialect. An American, Benjamin Johnson, founded Los Mochis when he established large sugar plantations and a sugar mill there, and it was recognized as a city in 1903. Today, Los Mochis is a major metropolitan center with a population of nearly 500,000 and is the western terminus of the Chihuahua-Pacific Railroad (El Chepe), the primary route visitors take into the Copper Canyon.
Los Mochis boasts a beautiful botanical garden, the famous Iglesia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, and great shopping at the Plaza Paseo. Many S&S Tours clients enjoy a city tour and yacht ride on Topolobampo Bay, which is just outside the city. On the bay you will encounter dolphins and may even request a tour past “Duck Island.”
Many adventurers who visit the Copper Canyon guided by S&S Tours will fly in and out of Los Mochis, where we recommend Hotel Santa Anita, a Balderrama family property. The Balderrama hotels specialize in prime locations, comfortable rooms, excellent service, and warm hospitality on the Copper Canyon route. Hotel Santa Anita is a full service hotel with 180 rooms and is the Copper Canyon administrative center of the Balderrama hotels.
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