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2011 Feb by Michael Novins
February 2011 -- I visited Hermosillo, the capital of Sonora, where I had lunch at Restaurant Xochimilco, founded in 1949 (http://www.restaurantxochimilco.com/xochimilco/index.htm), and visited the Centro Ecologico de Sonora, which displays plants and animals of the Sonora region, including the endangered Sonoran Pronghorn (the worldwide population is estimated to be between 200 and 300 animals). |
2008 May by Jorge Sanchez
I expected Ciudad Obregón city to be an old colonial town, founded by the Spaniards, since Obregón is a common Spanish family name.|
But no, when I reached Ciudad Obregon, a city of about 45.000 inhabitants, I did not see old Spanish churches or haciendas, but a new city with a modern cathedral and a modern urban design, it rather looked a typical US city.
Furthermore, it was founded at the beginning of the XX century, when it was constructed the railway, and named Obregón in honor to a former Mexican President and revolutionary (Álvaro Obregón). So, no Spanish history related to it.
But after visiting the downtown I distinguished in the central square a restaurant with decoration motives of Don Quijote and Sancho Panza. I saw that the menu of the day was not expensive, so I entered to have lunch, since I was hungry.
Inside, I made good friendship with its owner, a very cultivated person, who had been with his wife in Spain, especially in Sevilla, Madrid and Toledo, and was in love with the famous Miguel de Cervantes literature masterwork.
(One year later later I crossed the whole of Sonora when I took a bus from Mexicali to Mexico DF, but at that time I just went through the state without stopping more than half an hour or so in Hermosillo bus station, when the bus took new passengers).
From Ciudad Obregón I took a bus to Los Mochis and then to Topolobampo, to board a ferry to Baja California.
2004 Dec by J. Stephen Conn
My only visit to Sonora, Mexico (so far) was a day trip into Nogales, Sonora, Mexico From Nogales, Arizona, U.S.A. in December of 2004. I was with my wife Karen, mother-in-law and step-daughter, Jennifer, during the Christmas holidays.
Crossing the border from Nogales, Arizona, to Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, was a cinch. Although we passed through a revolving gate, there was no one there to check us in. We weren\\\'t asked for passports or any type of identification whatsoever - we just walked in. However, it is my understanding that there is a border station a short distance outside of town for those who venture further into the interior.
No visa is required for visits of 72 hours or less. You may drive your vehicle into Mexico, but insurance is required and most American policies don\\\'t cover you there. Insurance offices are near the border for those who need to get it. For most people visiting Nogales from the USA, it is easier and more practical to park in one of the lots near the American side of the border and walk across.
Many Americans cross over the border to buy their medications because they are cheaper in Mexico. You won\\\'t have to look hard to find a pharmacy; there are dozens of them - everywhere you look in Nogales. As we were walking down the main shopping street in town we were actually accosted several times by people inviting us into their pharmacy.
Not only are prices cheaper here, but some drugs which require a prescription in the United States, such as antibiotics, can be obtained without a prescription in Mexico. This is all perfectly legal, but there are some restrictions. I would strongly advise anyone planning to take drugs of any kind back over the border to be aware of both American and Mexican laws concerning them beforehand.
As far as illegal drugs go, Both the U.S.A. and Mexico have no tolerance at all. This is no place to test the law; don\\\'t even think about it.
You will see a few places in Nogales where you can change your Dollars for Pesos, but unless you are going further into the interior of Mexico I would advise you not to bother. The shops and restaurants in Nogales all take American money. In fact, they seem to prefer it. Virtually everywhere we looked prices were posted in dollars instead of pesos.
We had lunch at the El Greco Restaurant which, according to my mother-in-law o was living in Tucson at the time, is one of the finer restaurants in Nogales. It is on the second story above several shops, and in one of them we were offered a coupon for a free margarita with our lunch at El Greco, so we accepted the offer.
The dining room is tastefully decorated with linen tablecloths and big windows overlooking the street. There was an organist - a very good one too - who provided live music of both American and Mexican oldies which added much to the ambience. The servers were all men in white shirts and ties and the service was excellent.
During our lunch we were solicited three times: by a man who wanted to take our photo, another who wanted to draw our caricature and a mariachi with a guitar who wanted to sing us a song. We opted for the singer, and he did a fine job.
The Margaritas were not huge, but larger than we expected for free. The alcohol content seemed a little low, which was fine with me since I never did like the taste of the stuff.
I had the \\\"Lunch Special,\\\" a Mexican combination platter. It was good, but neither as good nor as generous a serving as is the Mexican platter at El Rancho Grande - where we lived at the time in Ohio. And the price of $7.75 US was more than our amigos in Ohio charge for lunch. But then in Ohio they don\\\'t have linen tablecloths.
One of the primary reasons Americans come to Nogales is to shop, and one of the most colorful places to pick up a bargain is from the scores of street vendors who set up along the two blocks of Pasaje Morelos. This is a repainted alleyway which has been converted into an open-air pedestrian shopping strip. Even if you are \\\"just looking\\\", you will find Pasaje Moreles an interesting walk, although you may also find it to be a bit crowded.
There are also many finer shops throughout the city for those who are seeking something a little nicer.
On at least half a dozen street corners in Nogales we saw entrepreneurs set up with burros or donkeys and colorful props and backdrops, soliciting tourists to have their picture taken.
Sure, it\\\'s touristy, but why not just do it? We were asked $5.00 to take this picture of Karen on a burro, but the man readily accepted $2.00 when I made the counter-offer. He helped Karen mount and eagerly outfitted her with a sombrero, a tequila bottle, and a colorful shawl. It was a fun thing to do, we made a happy memory, and our amigo made a couple of dollars - a good deal all the way around. |
1997 Apr by Veikko Huhtala*
We were just come into Tijuana border town from long bus drive. We booked our bus in La Paz, Baja California Sur and drove through peninsula to USA border. First we were going straight to San Diego, but afterward we decided go to Mexicali and from there to San Luis Rio Colorado, small town on Sonora side. It is locted on the eastern bank of Colorado River, which is the border between Sonora and Baja California Norte. In San Luis Rio Colorado we stayed one night before going to USA side San Luis and Yuma, in Arizona. |