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Culiacán (Culiacán Rosales) is a city in Sinaloa, Mexico. It is rarely visited by foreign tourists and is heavily underrated as a tourist destination. However, Culiacán is very well-known by Mexicans for its distinct sinaloense culture.


Culiacan is a large city located almost in the geographic center of the state of Sinaloa, about 900 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border. Locals of Culiacán are known as culichis (Similarly, natives of Guadalajara are known as tapatios.).

Culiacán is famous for producing some of the best-known norteño and banda musical groups in Mexico, including Los Buitres de Culiacán, Los Bukanas de Culiacán, Larry Hernandez, Los Buchones de Culiacán.

Culiacán is dry for most of the year, except for the wet season which lasts from July to September.

Get in

By plane

Volaris offers three daily flights from Tijuana to Culiacán. A one-way ticket costs about $100 USD. There are also Volaris flights to Culiacán from Guadalajara and Mexico City.

By train

By car

Mexican Federal Highway 15 (Carretera Federal 15) connects Culiacán to cities in Sonora state such as Nogales, Hermosillo, Guaymas, Ciudad Obregón, and Navojoa (from north to south), as well as Los Mochis, Guasave, Guamúchil, Mazatlán, Tepic, and Guadalajara. Toll booths and checkpoints are stationed throughout the highway.

By bus

The Culiacán bus station is a major hub offering connections to various small towns around the state of Sinaloa. There are regular buses to Culiacán from Los Mochis, Mazatlán, Hermosillo, and Guadalajara.

By boat

The port of Altata is a tourist beach town directly to the west of Culiacán. By car, it is about 50 km or 1 hour from Culiacán.

Get around

Taxis are plentiful in the Centro.

By Car

  • AGA Rent a Car, Av. Camaron Sabalo #312-A, Zona Dorada, [1]. AGA Rent-A-Car has been renting vehicles to travelers and local renters since 1989. Its first location opened in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico and it has since expanded to serve Los Mochis and Culiacán, with locations both at the the airport and in town.


  • Catedral de Nuestra Señora del Rosario
  • Plazuela Alvaro Obregón
  • La Lomita
  • Capilla de Jesús Malverde
  • Malecón
  • Museo de Arte de Sinaloa (MASIN)
  • Ayuntamiento de Culiacán
  • Parque Revolución
  • Puente Negro
  • Culiacán Zoo
  • Botanical Garden
  • Presa Sanalona


There are casinos, malls, discos, theaters, Applebee's restaurant and much more.

  • Musicians, consisting of norteño, banda, and mariachi bands, can be found on Bulevar Francisco I. Madero (the Mazatlán-Culiacán highway, or the 15) between General Aquilines Serdán and Venustiano Carranza. There are Pemex gas stations at both intersections. Many musicians have rented out buildings, and some of the bandas have their own trailers. The norteño bands tend to congregate around the Madero & Carranza intersection, which is easily recognizable because of the 135-degree bend that Venustiano Carranza makes at the intersection. Norteño bands can also be found at the Mercado Garmendia playing for tips.




In the centre are many little stores where you can buy anything.

  • Mercado Garmendia



  • Restaurant Huy Fong is a newly opened Chinese restaurant offering very affordable meals for around 50 pesos or less. It is located just north of the catedral at the intersection of Alvaro Obregon (the main street that runs north-south) and General Antonio Rosales; to the left of Subway. Located in the Centro.


  • Restaurant China-loa offers an all-you-can-eat buffet for 90 pesos. Located in the Centro.




  • Microtel Inn & Suites is a 113-room hotel located in a new developed zone of the city adjacent to the Modern Hospital Angels of Culiacan. [2]


  • Hotel Sevilla offers rooms for 300 pesos per night. It is located on Morelos Street (which runs north-south) between Escobedo and Colón, in the Zona Centro. It is in the 170's block, located on the east side of the sidewalk. The lobby room has a guest computer with Internet, free of charge. Filtered water is also free.


  • Hotel La Quinta Posada Real offers rooms for 500 pesos per night. It is located near the intersection of Francisco I. Madero & Venustiano Carranza Boulevards.



Stay safe

Downtown Culiacán is safe to walk around during the daytime and evenings (before midnight). Traveling around the outskits ("colonias") of Culiacán at night is not recommended.

Traffic in Culiacán can be extremely aggressive, much more so than in many other parts of Mexico. Locals will attribute this to the "sinaloense" attitude, which is stereotypically aggressive, proud, and boisterous.

Culiacán (along with the town of Badiraguato) is notorious for being the birthplaces and residences of many drug lords and narcotraffickers. Mexicans from other states will often point out that Culiacán is very dangerous to visit. However, overall Culiacán is still much safer than Ciudad Juárez and many Central American cities. Most deaths occur only among drug cartels and federal armed forces.


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