The port of Altata is one of the most visited beach destinations by the inhabitants of Culiacán and Navolato. During the weekends, many families delight in the exquisite seafood offered by a large number of small restaurants. Recently, its boardwalk and the main street of the residential area were paved. Wide sidewalks were built for the benefit of tourists, and it was illuminated with modern LED lamps. 

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In the 19th century it was operating as a deep seaport, so it had a very good economic development. A North American company owned the ship “Curaçao” and transported different agricultural, mining, and industrial products that were produced in the region. 

The importance of Altata increased with the construction of the railroad with stations in Culiacán, Navolato and this port. The Tacuarinero, as the train was called, was the only means of transporting crops from the fertile lands in the center of the state. 


Years later the ships “Guaymas”, “Manzanillo” and “Porfirio Díaz” also began to arrive in Altata to transport Sinaloa products to neighboring states. 

For many years Altata was establishing itself as an excellent option for these ships to arrive. Its importance was surpassed only by Mazatlán. 


One of the historical passages that Mexicans are most proud of is the one known as the Battle of San Pedro.

In 1864, French troops entered the port of Altata aboard the ship “Lucifer” to take the plaza of Culiacán.

General Antonio Rosales, leading a small army, confronted them in the town of San Pedro, where he managed to repel the invaders.  


Currently Altata is visited by tourists from the region attracted by its exquisite gastronomy, its beautiful sunsets and the hospitality of its inhabitants. 

At the beginning of the 20th century, communications began to develop throughout the country through roads and railways. The Black Bridge was built in Culiacán to connect the center of the country with the United States border.

The international highway and the Culiacán, Navolato, Altata highway generated more economical transportation options for agricultural products. For this reason, the Tacuarinero operation was canceled and Altata lost importance as a cargo port. 

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How this Virtual Tour was made 

I took this virtual tour at dawn in Altata, in the first minutes of the golden hour, achieving some saturated oranges and yellows because that type of light does not yet have great contrasts. 

Altata 2020

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Our photos have “Creative Commons“ license. This license allows you to use our photos, without needing permission, legally. When using the photos, the only requirement is that you provide credit as follows: 

“Photography: Miguel Angel Victoria / Sinaloa 360”

English translation made by Georgina Muñoz Esquerra, student at PrepaTec Campus Sinaloa. Tecnológico de Monterrey.

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