In Zaragoza Plaza you can take a ride at the trolley bus which will take you to the both modern and old Hermosillo. The guide, whom is dressed like the 20's, will explain the history of each place it takes you. This trolley stops in Dona Maria shop, make sure to buy "coyotas" and candies there!
In this plaza you find the Cathedral and the Government Palace. In the center there's a kiosk from where you can have excellent images. Full of big trees and some street vendors, this place is definitely a great choice to spend a relaxing and comfortable time.
This place used to be a jail and now it's a museum. Find out more about Sonora's history and antique mexican ruins by visting it. Don't forget to enter to the catacombs which are very impressive. There are a bookstore and a souvenir shop.
Or Bell's hill it's a great choice to have a look of the city, speically at night.
At the top there's a communications antenna of local TV. It is a popular destination by locals and some couples who wants to have some "privacy" =)
This beautiful 19th century building houses the executvie branch of the Sonoran State government. Within the building - like in many other Mexican States - murals, which were painted in the 1980’s, depict the history and mythology of Mexico and Sonora. Sonora was a longtime backwater for Mexico, a definite deadend due to both the far distance from the Mexican heartland and extremely harsh climate. The ‘Sonoran Dynasty’ initiated by Alvaro Obregon, the general who ended the long Mexican Revoluiton in 1920 by beating all other comers, changed things somewhat (Obregon was followed by Elias Calles who ruled Mexico directly and indirectly until choosing Lazaro Cardenas as his presidential successor in 1934, a man who proved not to be as pliable as Calles had hoped), though Ford Motors has probably changed the face of Hermosillo more than any other factor.
Rising slightly to the east of the main square and festooned with television and communication towers, the Cerro de la Compania (Hill of the Bell) provides a grand panorama over the vastness that has become Hermosillo. The hill is a longtime favorite with locals - both for the view and as a romantic haunt. Recntly, the government has beautified the access road with pots of bougainville and cobblestoned the street. There is a parking area just below the towers and views stretch off to the north, west and south. The historical core lies below to the west; the business core to the northwest and out of view at the base of the hill on the northeast is the old State Prison which has been transformed into a fine museum devoted to the long and varied history of the State of Sonora.
Named for the Mexican general who defeated the French at the battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862 = Cinco de Mayo - The square is flanked by the Casa Mayor (City Hall), the Palacio Gobierno (State executive offices) and the Catedral. It is dominated by a central ironwork bandstand. Compared to other Mexican cities, the central square is not as large and does not figure quite as importantly due to the huge amount of recent urban growth. Still, the leafy trees provide a bit of respite from the intense Sonoran sun and at holidays, the square is packed with humanity, celebrating under the red, white and green lights.
Not Hermosillo’s largest church, but certainly its most important one as it is the seat of the Bishop. Situated on the west side of the Plaza Zaragoza - Hermosillo’s zocalo - the church looks across the square to the Palacio Gobierno and the Casa Mayor. The Church dates back to the 18th century, but it took over a hundred years to build and is mainly a product of the 19th century. It represents a blend of different architectural styles which mingle well for the most part.
Not exactly Hermosillo, but close by. Visit the coast and enjoy some of the natural beauty of the Sea of Cortez. While most folks in and around ""Hillo" consider the small resort area of San Carlos pretty interesting in terms of night-life, I would also plug the undeveloped, and under-developed areas of the coast that are populated by smaller fishing villages.
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Drive out of Hermosillo and follow the route of the Sonora River, that's more or less what the Jesuits did (without benefit of cars) centuries ago as they founded their network of missions and visitas that dot the landscape between Hermosillo and Southern Arizona.
It's construction began in 1881 and ended in 1906. On it's murals you can view a good part of Sonora's history. A very beautiful building!!
This Cathedral was built in 1877 and it's the city icon. Don't miss the chace to visit it. It's located in the Zaragoza Plaza.
Design of neoclasic inspiration, there You can see some murals about the Sonora history and the life and the universe...