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Hermosillo, the capital of the State of Sonora, is located 275 kilometers (170 miles)
south of the border with the U.S. state of Arizona. The city was founded in 1700, alongside the
Sonora River, as Santísima Trinidad del Pitic. In 1828 it was
renamed in honor of General José Maria Gonzáles Hermosillo, who fought
in the war of Independence against the Spaniards. In 1879 it was
declared capital of the state. During the Mexican Revolution Hermosillo was for a brief time the effective capital of Mexico.
Today's Hermosillo is a city some 690,000 inhabitants (2004 census),
distinguished by dynamic commercial activity and numerous educational
institutions, the most important of which is the Universidad de Sonora.
The combination of modern urbanization and architecture of the 1800s
gives Hermosillo a special touch. Among the most important
edifices are the Government Palace in Plaza Zaragoza, opposite the
Asunción cathedral. It's also interesting to visit Carmen and Espiritu
Santo churches, the University museum, the Casa de Cultura and the
Popular Arts Museum. Also worth visiting are La Sauceda Park, the
Ecological Center and the Sonora Museum located at the old city jail.
In terms of climate, summers are dry and hot -- 40 degrees
centigrade (104 F.) is not unusual well into September -- tempered by
annual monsoon rains in July and August. Winter temperatures are
reminiscent of late northern spring, and days are typically sunny.
35 miles south of Hermosillo you will find La Pintada, an ex shelter
of the Seri and Pima Indians, with more than a thousand rock
paintings. An hour further south by car, just north of the important
port of Guaymas, is the seaside destination of San Carlos. The Sonoran
desert meets the sea in a final riot of peaks and cliffs, creating a
unique and spectacular natural setting.
Also well known is the sea side resort of Bahía Kino, just 54 miles
west of Hermosillo. During the first months of the year whales coming
waters come to the Sea of Cortez to mate and have their cachalotes. The
coastline of Bahía Kino offers this unique opportunity to whale
watchers and photographers.
March 07, 2005 change by giorgio