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Culiacán is a city in Sinaloa, Mexico. It is rarely visited by foreign tourists and is heavily underrated as a tourist destination. Nearly all guide books on Mexico do not cover Culiacán and give very brief one-paragraph descriptions at most. However, Culiacán is very well-known by Mexicans for its distinct sinaloense culture.
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Points of Interest in Culiacan
- Plazuela Alvaro Obregón — The city's main square, the Plazuela has many acrobats, artists, and musicians entertaining passersbys.
- Catedral de Nuestra Señora del Rosario — The city's main cathedral, directly to the south of the Plazuela Alvaro Obregón.
- La Lomita — Also known the Temple of Our Lady of Guadalupe, this church is situated on the top of a hill directly to the south of the Zona Centro. It offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the city of Culiacán, and the sierras surrounding it. From the Plazuela Alvaro Obregón, take a bus that with a placard saying "Lomita" on its front window, and tell the bus driver to stop at La Lomita. It should take you south along Bulevar Alvaro Obregón.
- Capilla de Jesús Malverde — This is the most well-known site in Culiacán. This chapel is dedicated to Jesús Malverde, a bandit who was executed in 1909 who has since become venerated as a folk saint by locals. Narcotraffickers and migrants alike visit this shrine to pay homage to Malverde, hoping for a successful journey up north. Malverde is often called "El Santo de los Narcotraficantes," although the chapel operators will say that he is far more than that. Plaques thanking Malverde adorn the chapel. The owner and operator of the shrine is Jesús ("Chuy") Manuel González, son of Eligio González (d. 2002), the shrine's founder.
- Malecón — Playgrounds and picnic tables abound on this beautiful and carefully maintained greenbelt which runs along the banks of the Río Tamazula.
- Museo de Arte de Sinaloa (MASIN) — This museum has many impressionist and modern abstract art pieces produced by artists from all over the state of Sinaloa. Admission is 5 pesos.
- DIFOCUR — The cultural center of Culiacán. The complex includes various exhibits and small museums. Events take place often at DIFOCUR.
- Ayuntamiento de Culiacán — Many beautiful murals featuring street scenes in Culiacán and motifs glorifying the sinaloense spirit.
- Parque Revolución — This park has very beautiful fountains. Just to the north of it is a newly erected statue dedicated to the 75th anniversary of XEBL (710 AM, 91.9 FM), one of Sinaloa's olest radio stations, which has been running since 1936. Live music also plays from the statue.
- Puente Negro — This bridge is an iconic symbol of Culiacán, and is located at the confluence of the Humaya and Tamazula Rivers, which join together to form the Río Culiacán.  This is comparable to the confluence of the Gombak and Klang Rivers in Kuala Lumpur, as well as the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers in Pittsburgh (forming the Ohio River).
- Culiacán Zoo
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- Presa Sanalona
Culiacan is a large city located almost in the geographic center of the state of Sinaloa, about 900 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border. Locals of Culiacán are known as culichis (Similarly, natives of Guadalajara are known as tapatios.).
Culiacán is famous for producing some of the best-known norteño and banda musical groups in Mexico, including Los Buitres de Culiacán, Los Bukanas de Culiacán, Larry Hernandez, Los Buchones de Culiacán.
Culiacán is dry for most of the year, except for the wet season which lasts from July to September.
There are casinos, malls, discos, theaters, Applebee's restaurant and much more.
- Musicians, consisting of norteño, banda, and mariachi bands, can be found on Bulevar Francisco I. Madero (the Mazatlán-Culiacán highway, or the 15) between General Aquilines Serdán and Venustiano Carranza. There are Pemex gas stations at both intersections. Many musicians have rented out buildings, and some of the bandas have their own trailers. The norteño bands tend to congregate around the Madero & Carranza intersection, which is easily recognizable because of the 135-degree bend that Venustiano Carranza makes at the intersection. Norteño bands can also be found at the Mercado Garmendia playing for tips.
- Restaurant Huy Fong 匯豐餐館 (Rosales #5, Col. Centro; Tel. 715-78-17; 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.) is a newly opened Chinese restaurant offering very affordable meals for around 50 pesos or less. It is located just north of the catedral at the intersection of Alvaro Obregon (the main street that runs north-south) and General Antonio Rosales; to the left of Subway. Located in the Centro. The restaurant owners and employees are from the town of Enping in Guangdong province, China.
- Restaurant China-loa (Comida China & Sushi) offers an all-you-can-eat buffet for 90 pesos. Located in the Centro. Telephone numbers: 712-20-12, 712-12-21.
In the centre are many little stores where you can buy anything.
- Mercado Garmendia
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