Considered the "most colonial" city in the northwest of Mexico, Álamos is effectively adorned with the stately architecture of its temples, portals and facades: a true expression of the mining splendor that gave rise to it.

Its foundation was on December 8, 1685, in light of the discovery of the rich silver, copper and iron mines of the Promontory.

Originally it was called "Real de la Limpia Concepción de los Alamos" and also "Real de los Frailes". But the one that has never changed is its name of "City of the Portals", because these effectively surround the entire Plaza de Armas.

To know and enjoy Álamos, you just have to walk its narrow and cobbled streets without any fixed direction. Or, if you prefer, you can take the picturesque little train that runs through the town through La Alameda and its most typical places.

From the Mirador that is located at the top of Cerro El Perico, you can get the best angle for your photos and to have a general overview of this beautiful place.

It is well worth an approximation, as close as possible to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, which took more than a hundred years to be finished with everything and its three ships: the effort and time were worth it, however , because to date it is the most beautiful and representative building of the town.

In the Plaza de Armas there is a magnificent cast iron kiosk from the Porfirian era. From there you can admire the imposing Municipal Palace and the majestic Andalusian arcades that surround the entire plaza.

The Old Japanese Silk Factory is another place of interest that you can not miss. Yes, Japanese, because it was a businessman from that country who in the nineteenth century managed to reproduce the silkworm in the abundant blackberry crops in the area. And it was a success until the middle of the twentieth century!

And, as surely all the locals will presume that Maria Felix, the diva of Mexican cinema, was born here, it is essential to visit the Casa de la Doña, now converted into a hotel, restaurant and museum.

The Costumbrista Museum of Sonora treasures 19th century objects that reflect the customs of the first Spanish settlers, but also of the indigenous groups of the region, such as the Seri, the Yaquis, the Mayos or the Pimas.

Only 12 kilometers away is the Sierra de Alamos-Arroyo Cuchujaqui National Park. Its ecological wealth is such that every year birds of the north and south of America migrate here. For the same reason, it is one of the best places to see birds in all of Mexico. But it is also a habitat for white-tailed deer, rabbits, boars, and wolves among 300 other species.

Cultural tradition, architectural wealth, deep historical roots, northern cuisine and, much more, await you in the stately Alamos, Ciudad Monumento and Pueblo Magico de Sonora and throughout Mexico.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Main Square It features right in the middle a bandstand from the Porfirian era (1880 – 1910.)
  • Town Hall It was built in 1899.
  • Temple of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception This is an exceptional sample of the Mexican baroque from the 18th century.
  • Costumbrist Museum of Sonora Both its building and its contents are considered a national historic monument.
  • De los Santos Ex Hacienda Currently this is a boutique hotel.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tirado International Festival The date is variable but usually it takes place in January, and this festival includes international and national cultural events.
  • Festivity of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception It takes place on December 8th each year. There are traditional dances and music, a fair with amusement rides, and fireworks.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Machaca Shreds of jerky beef usually cooked with scrambled eggs and spicy sauce, and accompanied always with flour tortillas.
  • Picadillo Ground beef cooked with carrots, potatoes, and other vegetables in a tomato broth.
  • Cob tamales the typical Mexican tamal, but this one is sweet and very soft since it is made with baby corns.
  • Broth of Cheese a delicious broth made with cheese, milk and potatoes.
  • Burritos any kind but especially those stuffed with beef and chiltepín chili.
  • Pozole for the poor one This is a variety of the typical Mexican pozole, but this one is cooked with ears of corn, spotted beans, and beef instead of pork meat.
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • The word Alamos means Poplars.
  • In order to explode the rich minerals of this lands, Alamos was founded in 1685 with the name of Real de la Limpia Concepción de los Álamos ("Mining Town of the Immaculate Conception of Poplars.")
  • In 1814, Alamos had its first municipal authority.
  • This Magic Town is considered the most colonial city in the northwestern part of Mexico.
  • During the first years of the Independent Mexico, Alamos reached to be the capital town of the state of Noroeste (Norwest,) which included the current states of Sonora and Sinaloa.
  • The local Mint was closed down in 1895.
  • Renowned Individuals:
  • Alfonso Ortiz Tirado (1893 – 1960) Singer and composer wide world recognized.
  • Ramon Corral Verdugo (1854 – 1912) He was Vice-president of Mexico.
  • Maria Felix (1914 – 2002) Famous actress who stared in many of the most important movies of the Mexican Film Golden Era (1940-1950).

Popular Craft

  • Handicrafts and good made of palm, tinplate, glass and clay
  • Textile handicrafts such as carpets, rugs, wool embroideries and ponchos.
  • Wooden furniture and small figures
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