Originally called Culiacan Rosales, located at the skirts of the Western Sierra Madre, Culiacan is the capital and the largest city of the state of Sinaloa. Culiacan was founded in February 29th 1531 by the Spanish conquistador Nuño Beltran de Guzman under the name of Villa de San Miguel. Before the foundation of the city, the area was populated by indigenous communities of the Huey Culhuacan, Tebacas, Pacaxes, Sabalbo and Achires.
The name “Culiacan” comes from the word “Culhuacan” or “Colhuacan” which means “places of those who adore god Coltzin”, the same god that nowadays is shown in the city shield.
Culiacan is known as a center of regional development of the Mexican northwest area and also receives the name of Mexico’s City Garden because of its great diversity of natural attractions, such as: the wetlands of Ensenada del Pabellon, Quevedo Bay, Lucenillas Peninsula, Punta San Miguel and beautiful soft sand beaches a few minutes from the city, including: the beaches of Ponce, Las Arenitas, Cospita, El Conchal and La Puntilla. As a visitor you’ll find many more things to do and see, like shopping malls, luxury hotels, restaurants, bars and numerous places to have fun.
A birthplace of many great characters, regional groups and musical genders such as: Jesus Malverde, Guadalupe Leyva Flores, Jose Antonio Abundio de Jesus Rosales Flores, Salvador Alvarado Rubio, Los Buitres de Culiacan, Jorge Santa Cruz, Gerardo Ortiz, Enigma Norteño, El Komander, among others.
Culiacan is located in the center region of the state of Sinaloa and is part of Mexico northwest. Approximately 150 km north the tropic of Cancer, 54 meters above the sea. 200 km south is Mazatlan and Durango 290 km southeast. Los Mochis is 200 km northeast and La Paz, Baja California Sur, 300 km southeast the Pacific Ocean.
- Gastronomy. Culiacan is well-known for its fresh food, casual, with dishes based on fish and seafood that are a true delight. Without a doubt the most famous dish in the area is the aguachile, made with shrimps, water, chili and a mix of fresh ingredients like cucumber, onion and coriander.
Some other popular preparations are the machaca (sun dried meat), chilorio, the traditional cheeses accompanied with chorizo, chilorio, natural cheese and machaca. To accompany these dishes you can enjoy the delicious coconut water, a glass of white atole, horchata or the traditional tepache.
- Monuments. The city of Culiacan has several monuments of great importance, representative sculptures and famous characters.
- Monument to Cuauhtemoc. The monument to Cuauhtemoc, designed by Rolando Arjona Amabilis, a Yucatecan teacher, painter and muralist, was placed in 1986.
- The Rotary Mural. This mural was designed and made by the master Ernesto Rios Rocha.
Places of Interest in Culiacan
- Botanic Garden. A 10-hectare public space dedicated to the conservation of botanic species, the scientific investigation, environmental education, cultural promotion and recreation. It has over 1,200 different species grouped in 19 collections.
- Culiacan Zoo. The Culiacan Zoo was inaugurated in December 14th 1958 next to the Constitucion Civic Center. The Zoo allows its visitors having experimental learning experiences and is an extraordinary place to promote environmental culture.
- Las Riberas Park. It’s the eco, recreational and natural center of the city of Culiacan. It’s a beautiful park located on the banks of the Humaya River. There’s a zig zag climbing wall, a zip line, eurobungy, paddle boards, kayaks and a 12,000 meters long bike track.
Museums in Culiacan
- Sinaloa Museum of Art. It’s one of the most important spaces for the exhibition of hundreds of visual arts shows, painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, graphic and video shows. It is a fundamental forum to host artistic, cultural and academic events like concerts, book presentations, conferences and workshops.
- Museum of Regional History of Sinaloa. Founded as Museum of Culiacan e inaugurated in December 1958, the Museum of Regional History of Sinaloa is the oldest in the city. Historical documents, maps, portraits, photos and uniforms of important regional characters enrich the visit that ends with the exposition of a cart that was used by Don Francisco I. Madero.
- Interactive Museum of the Science Center of Sinaloa. For over 23 years it has striven to make the difficult easy, to explain the unexplainable and to give name to the intangible.
- Insectaria Museum. Features the biggest collection of insects and butterflies in the northeast side of the country and one of the largest private collections. Insectaria is some sort of tridimensional library, an exposition, a museum, that helps the Sinaloan to see the richness, the natural resources of Sinaloa that can be exploited in a tourist, scientific and event technological way.