Hermosillo Sonora Mexico - Hermosillo is 167 from the United States border. Hermosillo is known for its extreme hot weather because it is located in the Sonoran desert.
Hermosillo International Airport (HMO) has direct flights to Tucson, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, as well as most cities in Mexico. If you reside near the border cities of Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez, you should check their Hermosillo bound flights. Flights departing from these Mexican airports are usually cheaper than flights from US cities into Hermosillo.
The road from Nogales, Arizona to Hermosillo is a well paved new highway. If you are driving a car from the United States or Canada (including rental vehicles) you will need to have Mexican auto insurance.
Hermosillo is about a 7 1/2 hour drive from Phoenix, Arizona, about 4 to 4 1/2 hours from Tucson, and about 3 hours from Nogales, Sonora. When driving to Hermosillo from Nogales you will encounter several checkpoints. On the north bound side there is a checkpoint manned 24 hours a day by the English speaking Mexican military.
When you arrive in Hermosillo be on the lookout for topes, or speedbumps. Not all topes are marked (a yellow sign with a black speedbump) or painted yellow, pay particular attention at night as they are not always visible, and you may leave your engine on the street.
"What to do in Hermosillo Sonora"
- Cerro de la Campana - This radio tower is on a road that winds up a mountain right downtown. It isn't very high, but gives a great view of Hermosillo and the surrounding countryside.
- Museum of Sonora (Museo de Sonora), Jesús García, 62 17 25 80. Housed in a very creepy old stone penitentiary built in 1897. You can visit the old underground cells which are especially creepy, making you wonder how many people died there in those horrible conditions. Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm. Closed Mondays.
- Regional Museum of Sonora's University
- Hector Espino Baseball Stadium, Blvd. Solidaridad and Blvd. Luís Encinas - Colonia Pimente. Home of the Hermosillo Naranjeros, the best baseball league of Mexico and because they play between October and January, you can see some MLB players in addition to the best Mexican baseball players. Some notable former and current Naranjeros include Hector Espino, Fernando Valenzuela, Erubial Durazo, Curt Schilling, Vinny Castilla, Luis A. Garcia, Geronimo Gil, and many others. All of this surrounded by a great atmosphere of party as only Mexicans know how.
- Hermosillo at night - In the northeastern part of the city there is a small parking area where Blvd. Jose Maria Morelos meets Blvd. Juan Bautista de Escalante. Park here and bring your camera as you will see a stunning view of Hermosillo, including Cerro de la Campana. The view is especially impressive at night, as you can see lights that seem to stretch out forever. Hermosillo police officers are often posted there at night, they will not bother you, and will often chat with tourists and suggest other places to visit.
Hermosillo Adventure Travel
- Mountain biking trails and hiking are very popular activities, and the area has many amazing trails to follow in the mountains around the city. The mix of desert and mountain give these trails a very nice touch. Wild life is very interesting. You get to see from little lizards and roadrunners all around to big deer and coyotes, and if you're lucky you might be able to watch a bighorn sheep or rattlesnakes.
- "Downtown Hermosillo El Centro" - In El Centro you will find many shops, selling anything you can think of. There are also food stands if you get hungry or thirsty. Be careful though, the streets in El Centro are always crowded, and traffic is heavy. Also the sidewalks are higher off the street level than you may be used to, this will be a difficult area to traverse if you are in a wheelchair, or have a baby carriage. A heavy police presence is maintained in the area due to it's popularity, and constant crowds, help is never far away.
- Antojeria del Centro, Periferico Poniente and Blvd. Luis Donaldo Colosio, 662 260 5070. Popular with foreign tourists, this restaurant offers a wide selection including delicious Mexican food, Italian food and American favorites. English menu available.
- Irasema´s - The best and cleanest place for tacos de cabeza.
- Mariachisimo, Periférico Poniente No. 325 - Col. Palmar del Sol, 662 218 35 55. One of the two best carne asada restaurants. There is an amazing mariachi band on stage. A little expensive, but very good.
- Xochimilco, Obregón No. 51 - Col. Villa de Seris, 662 250 40 89. Carne asada restaurant with very good service, taste, and quality. Window allows you to watch the chefs in action, and the enormous tortillas de harina (flour tortillas) being made.
- Sonora Steakhouse, Blvd. Eusebio Kino. A steakhouse featuring the food Sonora is famous for. Located in the Pitic neighborhood near the Fiesta Americana and Araiza Inn hotels. Expensive, but worth it.
- Ole, Blvd. Morelos No. 89. A restaurant featuring Spanish cuisine. Friday nights there is live music and flamenco dancing.
If you or anyone in your party is drunk, do not drive. Drunk drivers are easily spotted and you will get pulled over. If you find yourself in this situation, be nice, be patient, and even if taken to the police station only the drunk driver will be locked up in case he gets rowdy. If this happens, wait for him to be sober up, give him coffee, and you'll be on your way. If you visit the city in December, beware of an increase on police checkpoints all over the city, this time of the year the officers will find any excuse to try and arrest people in order to get money out of them via bribes. Be very careful.
Even in the hottest of the hot Hermosillo weather men and women will still wear jeans, you will rarely see a local wearing shorts unless they are involved in an athletic activity. Even if it is 120 degrees, wearing shorts will still expose you as a tourist.
From Hermosillo you can access points all over Sonora, or continue south to Sinaloa. Mexico's Route 15 goes all the way down to Mexico City, though flying is the better option if you plan on heading to that area. Hermosillo is only about 1 hour east of Bahia Kino, a small town with a beautiful beach, and access to Isla Tiburon. About an hour and 15 minutes south of Hermosillo is Guaymas and San Carlos.
San Carlos is more developed than Bahia Kino, with many condo resort facilities, however there are some areas of secluded beach. San Carlos is also home to Tetakawi, a large mountain right on the water that is sometimes refered to by locals as "Goat Tits" due to it's unique shape. Not far from San Carlos is the port city of Guaymas, smaller than Hermosillo, it is a bustling and growing city with excellent restaurants, and access to a largely unknown Mexican maritime culture. Continuing past Guaymas one can also reach Ciudad Obregon from Hermosillo, which is also a city on the rise, and home to a beautiful lake frequented by locals.
Most American and Canadian tourists are just passing through Hermosillo on their way to one of the nearby beaches. Unfortunately for them they do not know what they are missing in this clean, modern, and beautiful city.