ALAMOS IS CONSIDERED A MAGIC TOWN OF MEXICO, AND IT IS IMPOS- SIBLE TO DENY IT. When walking through its narrow and twisted stone streets, among old houses and churches, you travel on a journey to the past, filled with mysticism, history and legends. This privileged southern corner of the Sonoran territory is home of one of the oldest, best preserved colonial towns. Copper and silver mining activity provided prosperity to the first inhabitants and pioneers. Many years later, the pride of what Alamos once was is reflect- ed in the hospitality of the people of this magical place. Also known as the “city of the arches” (Cuidad de los Portales), this majestic town has the best tourist infra- structure of the region. It is also impossible to miss the internationally claimed Festival Dr. Alfonso Ortiz Tira- do every January, a musical celebration that has turned into the greatest cultural experience of a lifetime.
PARROQUIA DE LA PURISIMA CONCEPCION.
Built in the second half of the 18th Century, this temple offers an elegant architecture composed of three main domes. The portico has a baroque style and it preserves some exquisite wooden furniture. It is, without a doubt, the most recognizable symbol in town.
PLAZA DE ARMAS.
This is the place where the alamenses (people from Alamos) meet and date. A plaza that has beautiful gardens, palms and a 100 year old gazebo. This is also the meeting point for religious festivities and outdoor expositions.
This is the traditional walk of the people of Alamos. It is a paved plaza with stone benches surrounded by impressive poplar trees (álamos). The Municipal Market is located next to it.
Every January, this is the main set- ting for Alfonso Ortiz Tirado’s Festival. This building dates from 1899 and has forty-eight iron columns that hold its structure. It is easily distinguished by its beautiful brick style, huge windows and a tower on the high front area.
THE KISSING ALLEY.
A traditional spot in Alamos that has become so popular among its inhabitants and visitors. This narrow crosswalk whispers romantic stories that every single person in town can tell.
THE HOUSE OF THE COIN.
In this place it was coined the silver that was produced for the United States, China, India and England, and it began to work as a coin factory in 1827.
This is an old mining center located 10 km west of Alamos, and offers architectural samples of its past. A deep devotion to the Virgen de Balvanera can be ap-preciated here, including a church on her behalf, linked to a mining legend of the 18th Century.
It is located at the top of the El Perico Hill. It has a beautiful kiosk in which it is possible to observe the complete valley, including the city.
TODOS LOS SANTOS HACIENDA.
This was an old farm that now serves as one of the most exclusive boutique resorts in Mexico. Guided tours are offered throughout its facilities. Ph. 01 800 5254 800.
THE MUNICIPAL CEMETERY.
More than being a creepy graveyard, this is one of Alamos most impressive places of great historical value where crypts that date from the middle of the 17th Century can be observed.
MARIA FELIX HOUSE.
The legendary “Doña” (or Mrs.) of the Mexican cinematography, Maria Felix, was born in this place. The property, that once was her house, is now a hotel, a restaurant and even a small museum in behalf of the actress, in which is possible to see old pictures, magazines and differ- ent objects that the movie diva used.
Located on calle Galeana #41.
Ph. 01 (647) 428 2929.
COSTUMBRISTA MUSEUM OF SONORA.
It gathers an extensive cultural collection that consists of a historic, economic, social and cultural walk of the past and the region’s traditions. This museum is located in a building that dates from the 18th Century, and shows a great variety of common use objects, pictures, documents and machinery. Workshops and guided tours available.
This spot is actually considered an Ecological Reserve. Flora and fauna of this place are like in no other, making it the perfect place for sport fishing, bird watching, mountain cycling and horseback riding. It is located 12 km east of the city.
Alamos is the perfect place for bird watching. The environmental education program, Sonoran Joint Venture, holds an annual workshop to encourage the conservation and care of these important feathered species. Thousands of birds migrate from South and North America and land here looking for refuge and shelter. Alamos has professional bird watching guides that offer interesting field trips where it is possible to learn more about these magnificent birds.