By land or by sea? Find out what the El Sinaloense train and the Mar de Cortés Cruise offer

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Published by Heidi Fonseca on May 23, 2023

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Sinaloa, a Mexican state known for its natural beauty, is set to offer two remarkable tourist experiences that will captivate visitors and locals alike. Whether you prefer exploring by land or sea, these projects promise to showcase the region’s sun-soaked beaches, majestic mountains, and enchanting landscapes. Approved by the Federal Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco, and Governor Rubén Rocha Moya, these initiatives are poised to enhance Sinaloa’s tourism offerings.

The announcement of the El Sinaloense train project was made by Governor Rubén Rocha Moya in March, during the Tianguis Turístico event. He later confirmed the plans in his Semanera conference, sharing that this new tourist attraction would follow the tracks of the renowned El Chepe train and commence operations in December.

Rocha Moya explained, “Transportation services are included, catering to small tourist groups, allowing people to conveniently connect with the train schedules. We have reached an agreement with Chepe, ensuring the availability of the tracks during unoccupied times. Our plan is to offer two trips per week.”

The El Sinaloense train will journey from Mazatlán to the charming town of El Fuerte, with stops in Culiacán, La Cruz de Elota, Guamúchil, and Cosalá. At each official stop, buses will be available to transport visitors to nearby tourist attractions, such as the fascinating hieroglyphics on Las Labradas beach in Elota. The train will also pass through the magical towns of Cosalá, Mocorito, El Fuerte, and El Rosario.

Governor Rocha Moya specified that the service will commence with the rental of two locomotives, each equipped with five tourist wagons. The goal is to begin providing the El Sinaloense train experience in December 2023.

In addition to the land-based adventure, there are plans for an extraordinary cruise trip that will connect the tourist destinations of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, Nayarit, and Sinaloa.

During a meeting between state Governors and Federal Secretary of Tourism, Miguel Torruco Marqués, it was announced that this remarkable cruise venture is expected to launch in 2024. Estrella Palacios Domínguez, Secretary of Tourism of Sinaloa, explained that the first step will involve a test trip to confirm the feasibility of the tour within the state.

“The Mar de Cortés cruise would arrive at the port of Topolobampo on December 17. It will then visit Los Cabos, La Paz, Guaymas, Mazatlán, and Vallarta,” Palacios Domínguez specified.

The Mar de Cortés cruise is slated to have its inaugural and sole test trip on December 17, departing from the port of Topolobampo. Following the pilot voyage, authorities will assess its operation and define its future development.

Governor Rubén Rocha Moya expressed enthusiasm for this alternative, but also suggested that it would be ideal for a private company to oversee its management, considering the logistical challenges of coordinating the involvement of five states.

The Sinaloa Ministry of Tourism emphasized that these two tourism projects represent a significant boost for the state, providing citizens with additional vacation options to explore the mountains and beaches during their trips. Whether traversing the landscapes by train or cruise ship, travelers will have the opportunity to witness the breathtaking natural beauty of the entire Sea of Cortez region.

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