Crossing the Sea of Cortez and on to Alamos, Mexico

The ferry port near La Paz is busier with trucks than tourists today, and probably all days. We can go either to Mazatlan or to Topolobampo which is a small town 7 hours drive north of Mazatlan.  It’s a 7 hour crossing on a large ferry complete with lounge, restaurant and movies playing in the lounge upstairs.
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But my entertainment for the night peaks with the sunset.  Mexico sure knows how to make some good ones.
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We choose Topo as we want to see some of the northern parts of the mainland if weather permits. The ferry arrives late, so we find a place to stay for the night before heading north on the toll road. On the way I have to go through an inspection point at the crossing from Sinaloa to Sonora, two separate states within Mexico.
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After a few hours riding, I arrive at the next “magic town” on my random tour of Mexico, Alamos. It’s a lovely old town that reminds me so much of Spain. There’s a beautiful church in the town square, the Church of the Immaculate Conception.
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You can hike to the El Mirador (viewpoint) using the crazy steep stairs built onto the hillside. The view is incredible and it makes all those steps seem less work-ish.
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Narrow cobblestoned streets wind are lined with tall walkways and stone homes. There are gardens and pools and interior hidden piazzas and patios in many of these haciendas. Bougainvillea and vines drape off the buildings creating shade and making them more private. Jacaranda trees bloom on the hillsides decorating the many shades of green with lovely lilac blooms.
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There’s a world-class music festival starting in a couple of days, and the entire town is abuzz.

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