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Hermosillo Travel Guide: 30 reviews and 55 photos

No water but lots of carne asada

This desert town has grown a lot in the past few years for reasons which remain a little vague to me. After all, you're in the middle of a desert with no reliable source of water for the 850,000+ residents (and growing) who live here. It's a 2.5 hr drive to the Sea of Cortez coast, where there IS (salt) water - but here, in Hillo, the reservoir (indicated on all city maps as a large lake) had dried up long before I arrived, and noone is talking about how to solve the problem. Nowadays (2011) there may be water again, thanks to the return of monsoon rains - but politicians slap each other like some Saturday puppet show at the local library as they 'explore' the possibilities of a desaliniazation plant, which remains on the drawing boards as we all adjust to no water half of the year. Mexican politics protects what matters -- and I guess it ain't my water (or yours, friend.)
In the meantime, be prepared to have your water shut off at about 4 in the afternoon, and turned on again at about 5:30 the following morning. About as subtle (and effective) as a speed bump.

P.S. One explanation for the growth might be the NAFTA, and the rapid growth of maquiladoras (more notable at the border in Nogales.) Inside these massive complexes, like the Motorola plant in Nogales, hundreds of people work assembling cel phones, TV cable boxes and computers. A recent decision (announced in 2004) by Ford to expand their assembly plant is going to fuel Hermosillo?s growth The Ford site is a sprawling complex that will no doubt change the face of Hermosillo - but how?

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:If you like beef - this is the place.
  • Cons:If you don't like beef - you have entered the 7th ring of Hell
  • In a nutshell:Why stop? You were on your way to San Carlos anyway.
  • Last visit to Hermosillo: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated Nov 15, 2011
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  • PALLINA's Profile Photo
    Apr 14, 2008 at 7:20 AM

    many thanks for such sincere description. very helpful for me today

  • Apr 25, 2007 at 6:48 PM

    Lake has quite a bit of water now (Winter 2006) thanks to the summer rains. Hermosillo actually has closer to 850,000. I live in Guaymas and actually travel up to Hermosillo when i want a little bit of America.

  • Peret's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2003 at 6:11 AM

    Authentic information. Waiting for more pics.


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