Interest is increasing to see the total solar eclipse of 2024 from Sinaloa
Published by Joel Jiménez on August 14, 2023
As the celestial spectacle of the total solar eclipse approaches, all eyes are turning towards Sinaloa, where plans are underway to make the most of this extraordinary event slated for April 8 next year. The Ministry of Tourism in Sinaloa is actively collaborating with various agencies to ensure that the “Great Mexican Eclipse 2024” becomes a truly unforgettable experience for both locals and tourists alike.
Estrella Palacios Domínguez, the head of Sectur (Sinaloa’s Ministry of Tourism), shared that extensive discussions have taken place with key organizations including the General Coordination for the Promotion of Scientific Research and Innovation, the National Institute of Anthropology and History, the Municipal Institute of Culture of Mazatlán, and the directors of Municipal Tourism in the southern part of the state.
Experts have determined that Mazatlán and its surrounding areas will provide the optimal vantage points for observing this rare phenomenon. Stretching from Escuinapa to San Ignacio, the region’s unique weather conditions during this period promise unparalleled visibility of the eclipse. This natural spectacle is projected to draw international attention to Sinaloa and is expected to attract first-time visitors to the state.
Efforts are already underway to engage tour operators and travel agencies in coordinating tourist packages for this remarkable event. Sectur is collaborating closely with the Mazatlan Astronomical Society to plan information campaigns ensuring the safe observation of the eclipse.
One of the most sought-after viewing spots is the town of La Pitarrilla in Concordia, situated approximately 30 kilometers from Mazatlán. Here, the total eclipse phase will linger for an impressive 4 minutes and 28 seconds. The eclipse will kick off at 10:51:22 p.m. (Central Time), with the total phase commencing at 12:07:24 and concluding at 12:11:43, right when the sun reaches its zenith. The entire eclipse will span a duration of 2 hours and 41 minutes.
Palacios Domínguez revealed an exciting pre-eclipse event: the San Ignacio City Council and Sectur are collaborating with the INAH to organize a cultural showcase at Las Labradas beach on April 7, the day preceding the eclipse. This event will feature traditional performances such as Ulama, the deer dance, Bramadores de Cosalá, and even involve the participation of shamans. The eclipse observation will take place the following morning.
Interestingly, the interest in observing this astronomical wonder is not limited to Sinaloa residents. Municipalities including Concordia, El Rosario, and Escuinapa have also expressed keen interest in hosting eclipse enthusiasts.
The international allure of this event is undeniable. Sectur has been fielding inquiries from numerous countries, including European nations and Japan. The queries span various aspects, ranging from accommodations and dining options to local points of interest.
As Sinaloa positions itself to be the prime destination for witnessing the “Great Mexican Eclipse 2024,” the collaborative efforts of diverse agencies promise an awe-inspiring experience that will captivate both locals and visitors from around the globe.
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