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Ciudad Obregón, Sonora

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 cd obregon map1 cd obregoncoa(Named after Revolutionary, War Hero, General and president – Álvaro Obregón)

Ciudad Oberegon

Name Previously named Cajeme after a local Yaqui Chief. Changed in 1928 to honor the local hero to  Ciudad Obregon.

Location – In the middle of the Yaqui Valley in the State of Sonora.

Weather – Located on the Sonoran desert, Ciudad Obregon has a hot arid climate. Extremely Hot in the summer. Cool winters.

Weather forecast for Ciudad Obregon
Sunday
weather in Ciudad Obregon on Sunday
Mostly Sunny

Max  36°C
Min  26°C
Monday
weather in Ciudad Obregon on Monday
Partially cloudy

Max  37°C
Min  26°C
Tuesday
weather in Ciudad Obregon on Tuesday
Partially cloudy

Max  37°C
Min  26°C
Wednesday
weather in Ciudad Obregon on Wednesday
Partially cloudy

Max  36°C
Min  27°C
Thursday
weather in Ciudad Obregon on Thursday
Isolated Thundershowers

Max  34°C
Min  27°C
 

Weather Today in Ciudad Obregon

 

January Average Highs 24C (75F) Lows 7C (45F)

July Average Highs 42C (108F) Lows 15C (39F)

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Statue of Álvaro Obregón

Population – 376,000

Elevation – 40 m (130 ft)

Founded – November 29 1927

Medical – Hospitals, Clinics, Doctors, Denists

Money – Numerous Banks and ATMS

Airport – Ciudad Obregón International Airport with one terminal and three gates and commercial aircraft parking

History:

Ciudad Obregon yakiThe Yaqui and other Indians lived in the rich Yaqui Valley for centuries before the arrival of the Spanish. The Spanish invaders were continually attacked by the Yaquis who won several battles. In 1610 the Yaquis asked for peace from the defeated forces and submitted to the Spanish Crown. Missionaries soon followed in 1614 Jesuit Missionary Martin Burgeci founded 8 Yaqui villages.

However the conflicts continued into the next 2 centuries. In 1887 the Porfirio Diaz army shoots Cajeme; the Yaqui Chief, to death.

The 1900’s saw commercial and agricultural progress as new technology and techniques were introduced to the valley. A train line is built and a concessions for farm land are given to convert the area into agricultural lands. An experimental farm is developed to determine the best crops for the area.

New methods are farming methods are developed by foreign interests. The first internal combustion tractor and the first thresher combine harvester were brought to the area in 1918. A chickpea crawler is purchased by Alvaro Obregon to develop “Hacienda Nainari” and later a cotton gin is introduced to the area. November 29 1927, the County of Cajeme – Ciudad Obregon – is founded.  In July 17th President Obregon was asassinitaed and eleven days later the town changed its name to Ciudad Obregon.

Festivals

Things to See and Do

Plaza Zaragoza

The Laguna Del Nainari which is an interesting tourist spot created by man, this artificial lake has a diameter of about 2 kms. Is considered the green spot of the city, a meeting place for athletes where you can be treated to sample the gastronomic snacks found all around.

Ostimuri Children’s Park and Zoo, Ostimuri is the best place to stroll with the family, you will find a wide variety of rides for children, and it has a wide variety of animals.

The Planetarium, located inside the Park Ostimuri, receives thousands of visitors interested in watching the stars, is a space dedicated to the research of the stars.

Accommodation:

HOTELS

Ciudad Obregon hotels
No RV Parks

Directions:

Ciudad Obregon is situated on the major highway down the Northern Mexican Pacific Coast. Drive south from the border, and south of Hermosillo and Guaymas. It is located at KM1 going South or KM 222 going North.

Atzompa, Oaxaca Mexico

Atzompa “High Water Mark” or “At the Head Waters” (Nahuatl)

Atzompa , Zapotec Ruins overlooks Monte Alban and Oaxaca

Atzompa lies on a hillside adjacent to the hill where Mighty Monte Alban overlooks the Oaxaca Valleys

Atzompa lies on a hillside adjacent to the hill where Mighty Monte Alban overlooks the Oaxaca Valleys. The views from this sight are remarkable and one can see the city of Oaxaca and her municipalities from this location. The site has recently been excavated and archeological work continues to this day.

HISTORICAL NOTES

 Unlike Monte Alban, Atzompa was less of a monumental center and more of a private exclusive family residence. Built during an expansive stage when Monte Alban was creating strategic satellite cities and settelments, Atzompa was a perfect location to create.

Unlike Monte Alban, Atzompa was less of a monumental center and more of a private exclusive family residence. Built during an expansive stage when Monte Alban was creating strategic satellite cities and settelments, Atzompa was a perfect location to create.

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Unlike Monte Alban, Atzompa was less of a monumental center and more of a private exclusive family residence. Built during an expansive stage when Monte Alban was creating strategic satellite cities and settelments, Atzompa was a perfect location to create. Within sight of the Zapotec capital, Atzompa overlooks the valley and the lucrative trading routes and farmland in the valley below.

DATES

TIMELINE

200 AD  – Likely the settlement of a specific Zapotec lineage

650 to 850 AD – City as satellite of Monte Alban. Separate but related. Possibly created for some royal families or elite religious leaders

900 AD – Deserted

2012 – Opened to the public in November

Atzompa was built as a Zapotec satellite city from Monte Alban which was expanding rapidly at the time.  It was likely built as a lookout location over the Valley of Etla and the possibility of Mixtec encroachment. There is some evidence that it also produced some quarried stone for Monte Albans last phase of construction.

Like Monte Alban, objects excavated at the site indicate trade with Guatemala, Teotihuacan and communities as far north as Hidalgo.

LOCATION & DESCRIPTION

The Zapotec site of Atzompa is on a hilltop overlooking the present day city Oaxaca de Juárez on an adjacent hill to the

The Zapotec site of Atzompa is on a hilltop overlooking the present day city Oaxaca de Juárez on an adjacent hill to the
ancient Zapotec capital city of Monte Alban. The area is dry and deforested.

Geographic location

The Zapotec site of Atzompa is on a hilltop overlooking the present day city Oaxaca de Juárez on an adjacent hill to the
ancient Zapotec capital city of Monte Alban. The area is dry and deforested.

The city is terraced as it ascends the hill. Unlike Monte Alban that was build on flat man-made plazas, Atzompa is constructed around smaller intimate plazas as the paths lead upward.

MAP

Entrance

There is an entrance area that was not opened. There were washrooms located not far from this location. There are explanatory signs throughout the site.

Admission is free.

MAJOR GROUPINGS & STRUCTURE DESCRIPTIONS

Casa del Oriente

Casa del Oriente, the East House has both residential and service quarters.

Casa del Oriente, the East House has both residential and service quarters.

Casa del Oriente, the East House has both residential and service quarters. The residential area is well defined around a patio and constructed with care and quality materials. A thick stucco is applied over the stones. The home was likely inhabited by a privileged family.

The servants quarters are situated along a pathway and there was evidence of burning, earthenware and ceramics here.

The Ball Courts

There are three ball courts found thus far in Atzompa. All three are shaped in the Capital "I" design

There are three ball courts found thus far in Atzompa. All three are shaped in the Capital “I” design

There are three ball courts found thus far in Atzompa. All three are shaped in the Capital “I” design, have no hoops and are subteraneon. a feature on Monte Alban ball courts.

The largest is the largest in the Monte Alban empire – likely regional games were played here. It is 45 meters long and has well defined end zone areas. There are niches in the end walls and were likely a place that statues of Gods were placed when a game was played in their honor.

The subterranean field meant players looked up towards the city as if the city was in the sky. The audience would look down at the game from the edges of the court or on small hills and buildings away from the direct action.

Casa de los Alares

The Casa de los Altares is also a residence of an elite family. The sunken patio is surrounded by 18 rooms. It is made with cut stone and stucco.

Kiln

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The kiln was used to make pottery for the area. The kiln is almost identical to those used in the town of Santa Maria Atzompa today – demonstrating the high degree of artisanship that has passed through generations.

HOURS

Open Daily from 8 am to 5 pm.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The ground is uneven and there is plenty of climbing so wear good shoes and clothes that are loose and will make walking easy.

The site is wide open and there is little shade. Wear a hat and apply sunscreen before you go.

There are no vendor or restaurants so bring water.

GETTING THERE

GPS – N 17.06.05 W096.46.4

Drive from Oaxaca:

Take the West Periferico around Oaxaca and follow signs to Monte Alban. Atzompa directional sign from the road up

or

From Highway 190 North Oaxaca, turn West on Technologico – go over a bridge and the name changes to Ignacio Bernal. Turn right on Ave Atzompa and drive straight. The name changes to Libertad.

Turn left before the gates to Santa Marie Atzompa, on Miguel Cabrera until it ends. Turn right on Independencia and drive up the hill. Continue pas various parking lots until you reach the main gate.

Take Highway 186 to Escárcega and then East to KM 146. Turn at signs. Take first left; then first right and then first left. to entrance. All well signed. Approximately 4 hours.

 

El Fuerte Sinaloa

 

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 “The Strong” “The Fort”

“El Fuerte is a charming colonial town packed with plenty of history and charm. A trading outpost for mining and commercial operations made this colonial gem flourish. It is not gentrified and part of the charm is imagining the beauty underneath the 4 -500 years of history.

It is a great place to Board the Copper Canyon Train as the area is mainly flat and monotonous from Los Mochis to El Fuerte.”

Dorothy Bell

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Originally Named  San Juan Bautista de Crapo. Derived the current name from the fort built by Captain Diego Martinez de Hurdaide.

elfuerte4Location – A small colonial city situated on the El Fuerte River in the North Eastern part of the state of Sinaloa.

Weather – Warm winters and hot summers with excessive rainfall in July, August, September.
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January average Highs 27.7 C (81.9F) Lows 7.5C (45.5 F)

July Average Highs 37.7C (99.9F) Lows 24C (75.2F)

PuebloMPopulation – 30,000

Elevation – 180 m

Founded – 1564 by Francisco de Ibarra “The Phoenix of the Conquerors”, Spanish Conquistador

Medical – Hospital, Doctors, Dentist

Money – Bancomer, Bank and ATM

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El Fuerte was founded by Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Ibarra who was exploring the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains. The forte was built to protect the Spanish from the Zuaque and Tehueco Indians.

It became an important gateway to the Californias, Arizona and Sonora as it was situated on the Camino Real, (a mule train trail from Guadalajara to Alamos) and for 300 years dominated the commercial and agricultural sectors of Northern Mexico, the chief trading house in the area for silver and gold miners. It was declared the state capital in 1824 of then Sonora y Sinaloa which also encompassed parts of Arizona.

ElFuertecoaMade a Pueblo Magicos in 2009.

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Things to See and Do

Copper Canyon

The train station is a few miles east of Town.

Hunting and Fishing

Ask at your hotel for a local guide to take you hunting in the foothills or fishing in the El Fuerte River or in the Hidalgo or Domingez Reservoirs for big mouth bass

Petroglyphs The Hill of the Mask is a petroglyph complex, one of the largest in Sinaloa. On the bank of the Rio Fuerte approximately 5 kilometers from the city, the site contains 45 stones that contain more than 100 engravings between 800 and 2500 years old.

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Visit the replica of the fort. A good vantage point for photos.

Enjoy the Colonial architecture of the city The Municipal Palace, the Plaza de Armas, La Casa de la Cultura, the Hotel Posada del Hidalgo, The Church Sacred Heart of Jesus, The House of the Constitutional Congress, Orrantia Family Mansion, the Old Town Hotel Errands, House of the General Pablo Macías Valenzuela.

Accommodation:
HOTELS

El Fuerte Hotels
RV PARKS NEARBY

El Fuerte

Hotel Bougainvillea

 

Directions:ElFuertemap2

Drive Highway 15 down the pacific coat of Mexico and turn east in Los Mochis at PEMEX 7027 (Between KM 0 in the North and KM 203 in the South) to Highway Sinaloa 32. Drive approximately 88 KMs

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Isla Cerralvo (Isla Jacques Cousteau)

Isla Cerralvo is a small Mexican island that sits off the eastern coastline of the world renowned Baja California Peninsula.

Isla Cerralvo is currently known as Isla Jacques Cousteau because of a name change that took place during late 2009. It’s been named after the renowned Jacques Cousteau, who was an oceanographer from France that ran a number of underwater expeditions around the island as well as other nearby surrounding areas. The island has a coastline that stretches for roughly 18 miles which makes it the 9th largest island in Mexico. Cerralvo is completely uninhabited except for maybe a few small hotels. It’s not a popular island destination for beach lovers at all. Instead, it’s frequented by fishermen who love the surrounding waters of the island for it’s big game fish. Scuba divers also come here for it’s wide range of exotic fish species and incredibly clear ocean water – normally with visibility for up to 30 meters.

Things To Do On Isla Cerralvo

If you’re not a keen fisherman (small and big game) or a scuba diver then the island will bore you as those are the only two activities on offer here. You won’t find any large hotel chains or resorts either – as the west coast islands are nowhere near as popular as those found on the east coast of Mexico such as the world renowned Mujeres.

Monte Albán Onsite Guide app

 Monte Albán Onsite Guide app

You are going to have one of Mexico’s most exciting experiences. Walking beside the ball court or though Central Plaza, you can almost feel the ancient civilization that once built and occupied this city. You can imagine the colors and sounds of this sophisticated culture that flourished before Columbus or Cortez set foot on this continent.

 Monte Albán Onsite Guide app

Imagine, explore and have fun.

The Monte Albán Onsite Guide is meant for people who want to experience more information about this magnificent city. We wrote it for people who want more substance instead of aimlessly walking from building to building and temple to temple.

We built this guide to help you plan, prepare and experience one of Mexico’s most fascinating ancient ruins: Monte  Albán.

Even if you could get internet with your tablet at the site, it will be too slow and cumbersome to work efficiently. Some of the information is scattered on the web while other sources are still in journal and book form. This App combines the best information and allows you to download it and later access it onsite when you need it.

There are chapters that give advice before you go. Read though them and determine what works for you and the people you will be traveling with. Then take your tablet with you and read about Monte Albán’s important structures and pyramids as you walk the site. And you can access the information quickly and efficiently on your tablet.

Please write and tell us how much you enjoyed your visit. We invite recommendations, comments and new information!

Write us at editor@ontheroadin.com

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LapenitaexpressMany thousands of snowbirds make their way annually from Canada and the US to Mexico. Many RV and many more drive to warmer destinations and sunnier climates. Some of those travelers are nervous with reports about drug cartels and have opted to stay home while others just “couldn’t” winter in any other destination.Mexico road travel experts Bill and Dot Bell have been driving extensively in Mexico for 25 years and offer plenty of advice to make your road trip safer and easier. They also offer a match-making service, Travel Buddies, for people who want to drive together for security and companionship.
 
TRAVEL BUDDIES

“For safety’s sake we suggest drivers read up on the basics for Mexican driving. Don’t drive at night. Get out of border areas as soon as possible. Start your drive days early,” says Dot Bell. “Informed travelers are safer drivers.”The Bells started the Travel Buddy service for Mexico road travelers six years ago and is free. It lists newbies, caravans as well as experienced drivers that enjoy showing new travelers the roads. “We are pleased that there are drivers that just want to share Mexico with others. It is an amazingly beautiful and diverse country,” says Bell. “Travel Buddies helps build skills and gives confidence to others.”To sign up for the Free Travel Buddy service, simply join Facebook and Go Here This FB board is to facilitate that travel. Please post an entry answering the following 6 questions:1) Name and a contact email2) Border you intend to cross3) Date you intend to cross4) What is your destination5) Departure City6) Any comments.Also make sure you get the valuable information on the Facebook Page called On the Road in Mexico (Go Here) You will get lots of useful information! Master Mexico Travelers mingle and give tips to newbies…Others post road conditions to help others that follow.Bill and Dorothy Bell were given the “Real Heroes of Mexico” honor. They have been writing and traveling the country for over 25 years and have visited all 31 Mexican States over a dozen times each.

Valladolid Yuctan

 Valladolid coat of arms“This small charming colonial city is out favorite when visiting Chichen Itza, the surrounding cenotes, ancient sites and pueblos. It has a certain real charm with plenty of great things to do nearby.

We also love the small town square where you can people watch all day long. Come and enjoy!”

Dorothy Bell

Name: Valladolid Yuctan Named after the then Capital of Spain. Named a Pueblo Mágico August 30, 2012

Located between Merida and Cancun in the interior of the Northern Yucatan Peninsula

Weather: Hot in the summer. Hot winters. 

 

 

Weather forecast for Valladolid
Saturday
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Max  -18°C
Min  7°C
Sunday
weather in Valladolid on Sunday
Cloudy

Max  15°C
Min  6°C
Monday
weather in Valladolid on Monday
Partially cloudy

Max  16°C
Min  5°C
Tuesday
weather in Valladolid on Tuesday
Mostly Sunny

Max  17°C
Min  8°C
Wednesday
weather in Valladolid on Wednesday
Rain Storms

Max  18°C
Min  12°C
 

 

Weather Today in Valladolid

 

January Average Highs 29.8C (85.6F) Lows 17.1C (62.8F)

July Average Highs 34.6C (94.3F) Lows 22.2C (72)

Population: Approximately 50,000

Elevation:  10 meters (30 ft)

Founded: May 28, 1540 by Francisco de Montejo (the Nephew)

Medical: New Hospital, clinics, doctors, dentists

Money: Banks and ATMs

History:

Today:

Valladolid map 2Getting there:

From Cancun: Drive 180D West. 160 Kilometers 1 hour 35 minutes

Accommodation

HOTELS:

Valladolid Hotels

 

 

 

RV PARKS NEARBY:

Piste/Chichen Itza

Piramide Inn Resort

 

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Bill and Dorothy Bell are known experts in Mexico. You have probably visited one of their acclaimed websites or heard them on radio or in the news. They are folks you can trust for solid advice and have been for 25 years. 

Where in Mexico Are You Going

When you are planning your trip to Mexico, don’t forget to purchase the Bell’s famous Road Logs. These widely acclaimed guides are like having a well travelled friend guide you as you drive down the road. Part travel log and part commentary, you will enjoy your trip just that much more.   For a second time, we are offering the Road Log free with the purchase of our vehicle insurance. Get a quote and purchase your insurance and then write us. We will email you the latest copy of the Road Log.  

On The Road in the Baja with Bill and Dorothy Bell Teotihuacán AND Monte Alban Onsite Guides Welcome to the Mexico Archeology  Onsite Guides app for your tablet! “You are going to have one of Mexico’s most exciting experiences. Walking down the “Avenue of the Dead,” you can almost feel the ancient civilization that once built and occupied this city.

You can imagine the colors and sounds of this sophisticated culture that dominated the America’s long before Columbus or Cortez set foot on this continent. Imagine, explore and have fun The Teotihuacán Onsite Guide is meant for people who want to experience more information about this mysterious city.

We wrote it for people who want more information instead of aimlessly walking from building to building and temple to temple. We built this guide to help you plan, prepare and experience one of Mexico’s most fascinating ancient ruins: Teotihuacán. While you may be able to get internet with your tablet at the site, it will be too slow and cumbersome to work efficiently.

Some of the information is scattered on the web while other sources are still in journal and book form. This App combines the best information and allows you to download it and later access it onsite when you need it. There are chapters that give advice before you go.

Read though them and determine what works for you and the people you will be traveling with. Then take your tablet with you and read about Teotihuacán’s important structures and pyramids as you walk the site. And you can access the information quickly and efficiently on your tablet.”  Introduction from the Teotihuacan guide Buy your $3.99 guides by clicking here