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WELCOME TO CULIACAN, MEXICO
Founded in 1533 by conquistador Nuno de Guzman, Culiacan in it's early years was used as a base for Spanish exploration of northern Mexico. Culiacan is now one of the largest cities in the state of Sinaloa and is the capital of the state as well.
Culiacan is located in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, south of ROCKY POINT and north of MAZATLAN, two popular seaside destinations located on the east coast of the Sea of Cortez. All three cities are located in the US Mountain Time Zone.
Directly across the SEA OF CORTEZ, to the west of Cuilacan, the state of Baja California Sur and the tourist destinations of LORETO and LA PAZ host tourists for everything from fishing trips to kayak adventures. A ferry at Topolombapo north of Culiacan connects the BAJA PENINSULA with the mainland.
Culiacan is a large, growing and active city (population 700,000), but is not known as a popular vacation destination because it lacks the attractive beaches and spectacular scenery usually found in Mexico's resort destinations. It is well known by travelers who drive Mexico Highway 15 on their way to Mazatlan, but for not much more than a gas stop or a place to catch a meal while heading further south. If the beaches 40 miles west of town were attractive the tourism industry here might have a chance, but they are not.
The name 'Culiacan' means 'where two waters meet' and comes from the two rivers that meet in this otherwise arid location. The Humaya and Tamazula rivers meet here and provide the water that has made Culiacan a major agricultural center.
A well designed toll highway heads south from Culiacan and is well worth the money for travelers heading to the beaches, bars and fishing in one of Mexico's most poplar destinations, Mazatlan
North of Culiacan travelers come from all over the world to enjoy the COPPER CANYON train that snakes through some of the most spectacular geography this side of the Grand Canyon.
The weather in Culiacan is generally hot. In the summer the mercury commonly runs between 90 and 100 degrees, but winters are mild and rainfall is light most of the year. Summer evenings are quite pleasant, but in winter the temperatures drop and jackets and sweaters are often needed.
For further information drop by the CULIACAN web site.
Culiacan has the variety of restaurants you would expect in a town of almost 700,000 people. Although there are some very nice upscale restaurants in town, there are also a host of smaller eateries and taco stands on almost every commercial street. Culiacan does not yet have an In and Out Burger.