Go down to the local bend in the river and meet the locals. The moms come down in the afternoons and swim with their children. The children are extra friendly and smile easily. Water is very refreshing.
If you happen to be in El Fuerte on Nov 1 & 2 (Day of the Death/All Saints Day), you might want to check out the Pantheon (local cemetery).
My American travel buddy had witnessed D of D celebrations in another part of Mexico and was so thrilled by the experience she talked me into going to the cemetery in El Fuerte (as well as the one in Batopilas). I'm glad we did because we got quite a bit of insight into how people celebrated life and after life. In El Fuerte, the celebration was on a smaller scale.
The gravesites were spruced up for the occasion and decorated with flowers and wreaths. It is similar to the Chinese "ching ming" in April.
We ended up visiting the Pantheon twice that day. Evening is the best time to visit the cemetery because the atmosphere is quite festive with lots of lit candles, and street vendors selling snacks & drinks outside the gates.
Museo El Fuerte: the outside is more impressive than the inside. But for 5 pesos, we just wanted to check it out anyway.
From the top of the museum, which looks like a fort, you can see the river and the town.
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I did not eat here but just wanted to point out the Chinese characters on the sign board are upside-down. In this restaurant, you make your selection from the buffet trays and pay according to the weight of your food.
There are several grocery stores in town, but one in particular, called "creamerie" (or something like that) sells the regular grocery items as well as the Oaxaca cheese in small packages..........just the right size for lunch. The store is located in an alley behind the main street where the buses stop.
Not far from there is a shop that sells tortilla shells freshly made on the premises.
This was a pleasant surprise. Half way through our birdwatching river float we pulled to the side of the river and hiked about 1/2 mile. In 1994 a flood uncovered these petroglyphs. Our guide produced a guide book and proceeded to interprete some carving. It way way tooo hot to hike to see the rest and we will return during a cooler time of year to do so.
We arranged this tour through the front desk at our hotel. A truck arrived athe appointed time towing a custum panga (plastic chairs attached to the bottom f the boat). These very nice and friendly poeple launched us with our guide at he river. Our guide was a very nice El Fuerte born man armed with binoculars and bird books. He spoke English and was very knowledgeable about the different birds. we saw close to 15 different types. Since in was a very warm day (think swelter) he pulled over to the side of the river to allow us to swim.
..........that mouthful is just the dam outside of town. It's depicted on the mural painting in the civic building.
We got a ride from some locals my buddy chatted up. I don't know if the bus goes there, but there's always the taxi and it's about a thirty minute ride.
Besides the lakes and the dam, there is wildlife.