"El Fuerte~Colonial Mexico's Finest" El Fuerte by pabertra

El Fuerte Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 65 photos

El Fuerte is steeped in history (see below) and is a beautiful old colonial Mexican town of about 30,000 inhabitants. It is also a prime destination to catch the Copper Canyon Train, El Chepe, and has a stunning hotel (see my tip).

For three centuries it was the most important commercial and agricultural center of the vast northwestern region of Mexico. El Fuerte was a chief trading post for silver miners and gold seekers from the Urique and Batopilas mines in the nearby mountains.

In 1824, El Fuerte became the capital of Sonora y Sinaloa (reaching up into Arizona). It remained so for several years until the dissolution of this state.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Steeped in History
  • Cons:Not Enough Time to Explore Before Catching the Train!
  • In a nutshell:Colonial Mexico at it's Finest!
  • Last visit to El Fuerte: Jan 2009
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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