Los Mochis is pleasant city in an area of farms and fertile valleys in the northern part of the state of Sinaloa. The port city of Topolobampo, where one of the ferries from La Paz lands, is less that fifteen miles away. The resort city of Mazatlan is approximately 120 miles to the south. Los Mochis is one of the gateways to the Copper Canyon, being the home of the western terminal of the Chihuahua al Pacifico railway. This railroad is probably better known to most travelers as the Copper Canyon Railroad and is often touted as being the most exciting railroad trip in the world, it is certainly the most scenic.
The train trip through the Copper Canyon leaves from Los Mochis or Chihuahua. Many experts consider the train to be the best way to see the Copper Canyon. The tracks cover over 400 miles, rise from sea level to over 8000 feet in elevation, pass through 86 tunnels and crosses 38 bridges. The route, which took over 90 years to build also crosses the continental divide three times. Most of the tours, available in both Chihuahua and Los Mochis, break up the journey with overnight stops at some very interesting villages and hotels. This is a spectacular adventure that delivers some of the most incredible scenery you will ever see. See our Copper Canyon section for more details. The train offers both first and second class tickets, air conditioning and heating, has a dining car and a separate car that contains a smoking bar. You can call (614) 439-7212 (from the U.S. and Canada, first dial 011 52) for reservations and also limited information in English.
The city of Los Mochis is also the place where many dove and duck hunters and bass fishing enthusiasts come to prepare for their hunting or fishing trips to El Fuerte and the other nearby lakes and hunting reserves. Bird watching tours are also a favorite with visitors to Los Mochis.