The Hacienda of Our Lady of Sorrows, now Casa Peiro Cultural Center of the Sinaloa Institute of Culture, in Pericos, Mocorito, Sinaloa, was founded in the second half of the 18th century by Don Francisco Peyró Grammon, a Spanish immigrant; a visionary man who chose the site for its establishment in the middle of a very fertile valley surrounded by streams, which today we know as the Evora region in the central part of the state of Sinaloa and a short distance from the ocean on the coast of the Golf of California; since then, it is a strategic point for the passenger and cargo traffic in the region. Don Francisco inherited a good amount of money to Doña Josefa Perez, his first wife, who upon her death, in the year 1795, ordered in her will for a chapel to be built in the vicinity so her remains could rest there. Don Francisco inherited a good amount of money to Doña Josefa Perez, his first wife, who upon her death, in the year 1795, ordered in her will for a chapel to be built in the vicinity so her remains could rest there. The Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows, located to the side of the main building, was completed in 1802, there, under the altar, is the crypt of Doña Josefa; currently it is the church of the village of Pericos, Mocorito. The Hacienda’s principal line of business were agriculture and livestock; in the late 19th century, an industry was created for the production of Aguardiente Mezcal, which carried the brand “El Periqueño”, a product that was known in Europe and the United States for its high quality. A fiber processed from the grown leaves in the pineapple of agaves, from which the mezcal was extracted, was also produced. Another of its main activities was the exploration and commercialization, at national and international level, of wood from a tree known as “palo brazil” (caesalpina echinata), abundant on the region, from which the red dye used on the tannery industry is obtained. The Estero del Tule (or Tule’s Rivermouth), followed by the port of Altata –costal trade- were the boarding points for the transportation of wood by sea to the national and international markets. The Los Cuates mine, in the proximity of the Badiraguato mountain range, producer of gold and silver, was also part of the thriving activities that took place in the Hacienda. From the last third of the 19th Century and from the first decades of the last century, the state, little by little, has gradually transformed into an agricultural and industrial emporium, first, under the administration of the brothers Inés León and Estanislao Peiro Castro, descendants (grandchildren) of the founder Don Francisco Peyró; entrepreneurial men that were very well connected in political and business media, throughout the prolonged term of the governor Francisco Cañedo; and then under Don José Inés Peiro Orrantia, Don Francisco’s great-grandchild, who gave a new organizational turn to the business creating the company “Peiro Hermanos”. Don José Inés was the protagonist of the great industrial boom of the state from the production henequen-based fibers whose export market increased before and after of World War I, becoming a flourishing henequen fiber producer and exporter. The henequen strains were brought by Peiro from Yucatan, thanks to his influence with the Porfirista elite, something almost impossible to achieve at that time. It was planted in large areas and a modern henequen fiber processing plant was installed. Industrial modernization brought to Pericos electricity, the railroad, the automobile, the telephone, the cinema, the town got to know ice, the first Bank of the Northwest was founded here. Industrial modernization brought to Pericos electricity, the railroad, the automobile, the telephone, the cinema, the town got to know ice, the first Bank of the Northwest was founded here; in short, all kind of satisfiers and services for the improvement and well- being of this thriving population, one of the most important development centers, at that time, in Mexico. Given the wealth that was produced by this emporium, their owners knew how to circumvent the revolutionary movement by adapting to new circumstances; what soon attracted attention, once the armed movement ended, of presidents of the Republic that took it as a model of regional development. General Alvaro Obregon tried to associate with the Peiro family to produce fibers and take the henequen cultivation to Sonora. On more than one occasion president Obregon stayed in the Mansion of Pericos, as well as many other important political and business figures. Don Rafael Canale Peiro, writer and a family member, tells that “...the state of Pericos wasn’t like those of the south, that is to say, with great extensions of land surrounded by a fence inside, within which were the employer’s house and a lot of the houses of the masons... No, Pericos was a model state, there was no fence, the owner’s house was in the center of the village and the workers’ houses were scattered all over the field that occupied the state... which ended as everything ends and today only the good memories of the state remain; there still stand the paternal house, the church, as well as a factory chimney acting as a mute sentinel that reminds us that there existed a henequen industrial emporium.” Nowadays, the old state where the Hacienda was born, is a symbol for the Periqueños; this is how one of the most prominent descendants, Don José Inés Perio Urrolagoitia, expresses about it: “because it means -he says- that part of its historic roots and traditions that were developed for a bit over two centuries. It is an icon of identity for the impact that the Peiro family had in the growth of the region. From the old Hacienda of Our Lady of Sorrows, then Hacienda of Pericos, only remains the lordly building of austere architectural style and the chapel that functions as the parish of the town. At the beginnings of the new millennium (21st century) the old mansion, due to its characteristics of a patrimonial building worthy of being rescued, was unfortunately abandoned, semi destroyed and about to be demolished. The College of Bachelors (COBAES) which eventually used it for its art festivals –pastoral scenery- proposed its rescue, first to the Peiro family and then to the State Government, which, together with the Mocorito City Council, resolved to initiate a rescue and rehabilitation project, preserving its architectural style and characteristics, process that lasted almost six years until it was put into use, establishing the Cultural Center “Casa Peiro” in charge of the then DIFOCUR, now the Sinaloa Institute of Culture. In 2006, symbolically, the State Government delivered to the “periqueños” a magnificent patrimonial building that represents its history as a bearer of tangible and intangible signs that today confer cultural identity to the people of Pericos; with the entrustment that they preserve it with pride and to be used for the benefit of the children and youth bringing them closer to culture and the different expressions of the fine arts. Virtual Reality (VR) Virtual reality images for virtual reality glasses viewing in mobile devices There are no limits to see the world: live the experience by yourself in virtual reality ! Join us ! Little Planet Photo Gallery How this virtual tour was made The software that I normally use to do the stitching of my photos is PTGui. In addition to allowing the creation of panoramic images, it also allows to create 360° cylindrical panoramic pictures and even 360x180 degrees spherical ones. This way, you can join, besides the plain panoramic ones, rotating and even inclined images. PTGui is so powerful that it can create panoramic photographs loading hundreds of high resolution images (Gigapixels) without losing clarity or definition. It also has a masking tool that allows the total control of the panoramic photography’s final result. It also supports HDR images. You can download the free trial which includes a lot of the features offered by the software. If you want to acquire the personal licenses you must have an account, which it is not cheap, you can find the basic version from 79€ and the Pro version from 149€. PTGui also offers the creation of a panoramic image in 3 steps. Loading images, auto aligning and exporting the final picture. What we can have, in the second step, is access to the Panorama editor, where we will have the possibility to make all the changes and adjustments that the program offers, including the masking tool for a millimetric alteration of your panoramic image.
 
With its main square surrounded by historic buildings and adorned by the Church of the Immaculate Conception, which is an architectural jewel finished in the seventeenth century and was started to be built by the Indians in 1594 at the initiative of the Jesuits. This temple was built in the first part with quarry and mid-nineteenth century brick bell tower was built. This temple was built in the first part with quarry and mid-nineteenth century brick bell tower was built. This architectural style is known as a military monastic also inside we found fourteen engravings dating from the sixteenth century representing the Via Crucis and works of over four hundred years old, it is by this that the Church of the Immaculate Conception is an icon of the city. Around the central square We also found the primary school Benito Juarez located in a large house from the time of 1800 whose attractive clock immaculately kept Londoner origins, each time sounding their bells running smoothly, certainly this season that approaches every three hours (nine, twelve, three, six) different christmas songs are heard. The school building Lazaro Cardenas of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa also part of the historic center for being an antique house. Virtual Reality (VR) Virtual reality images for virtual reality glasses viewing in mobile devices There are no limits to see the world: live the experience by yourself in virtual reality ! Join us ! Little Planet How this virtual tour was made A fellow photographer was wondering if the blue hour was only at dawn, when the sky takes on this very nice tone after the darkness of the night, the interesting thing is that also in the afternoon before the last light of the day is finished it gets that semi dark color that stands out with artificial lights of buildings. So I was able to make this virtual tour of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Mocorito, a temple that they have very clean and well maintained and is visited by parishioners and tourists who visit this beautiful magical town.
 
The favorite place in each town is their Plaza (small open space in which the town’s festivities take place). Mocorito’s Plaza construction started in 1900 and it was inaugurated under the name of “Hidalgo” in September 16, 1902. 10 handcarts full of human bones were dug from there due to Spanish religious custom, which was that the burial should be on the churchyards or on the fields near the church. At Mocorito “Magic Town”, there are old houses and buildings that own a historical significance. At Mocorito “Magic Town”, there are old houses and buildings that own a historical significance.Among the most important is Mocorito’s Church, preceded by an adobe chapel built by Spanish people. This chapel had to be destroyed to start with the construction of a more stable church under the work of Indian people and it was finished until the 17th century. Due to that, it possesses mix-style architecture: the center of the facade is built of quarry, and the rest of the front part, including the tower, is built of brick. Inside of the church, there are 14 pictures that date back to the 16th century, which represent the ViaCrucis, these have existed for over 400 years. The Town possesses other buildings that date back to the same period, which are the churches of Capirato and Comanito. Mocorito has given the example of important historical figures, such as Mrs. Agustina Ramírez, Mr.Eustaquio Buelna and General Rafael Buelna Tenorio. Mocorito has given the example of important historical figures, such as Mrs. Agustina Ramírez, Mr.Eustaquio Buelna and General Rafael Buelna Tenorio.At this Plaza, there are three bronze sculptures that represent these three heroic people from Mocorito, and give its name: “La Plaza de los Tres Grandes”. Virtual Reality (VR) Virtual reality images for virtual reality glasses viewing in mobile devices There are no limits to see the world: live the experience by yourself in virtual reality ! Join us ! Little Plantet How this virtual tour was made These pictures were taken at 7:00 p.m. at the blue hour, the last moment with light on the sky. There was a family atmosphere at Hidalgo’s Plaza. For those people who like watching sports, there were some volleyball courts where they could enjoy watching some games. Music was listened everywhere. The visitants’ sight and smell were sweetened with traditional handcrafts and candies, making it an unrepeatable, nice Friday evening. Mocorito’s beauty and its architecture, handcraft and gastronomy’s richness are the perfect excuse to visit the Magic Town.
 
A few weeks ago I along with a group of married friends stayed in the village of Mocorito, located just an hour and a half from Culiacan and we stayed at the Hotel "Boutique La Cuarteria", located in the street Francisco I. Madero #67 and the corner of Benito Juarez Street, in the Historic Center. The building in which is located was built early in the last century and Don Jose Sabas de la Mora in 1906 established a printing press, where in June 30th, 1903 began with the publication of the newspaper "Voz del Norte". We were also told that in July 1st, 1907 the magazine “Arte” was released, it was one of the publications of most significance of Sinaloa writers. It was directed by Enrique González Martínez and Sixto Osuna. “Arte” was one of the most cosmopolitan and contemporary magazines of the porfiriato in Mexico, publishing in its pages Mexican writers, French, Italians, Swedes, Poles, Spaniards, Americans, Argentines, Venezuelans, Colombians, Hondurans, Nicaraguans, Guatemalans and Cubans. Mocorito offers to its visitors countless attractions worth visiting as the hemicycle, the main square, the Church of the Immaculate Conception, the elementary school "Benito Juarez", where Rafael Buelna studied; the House of Culture "Enrique González Martínez," which has a historical mural painted by Ernesto Rios, which narrates the story of Mocorito, inaugurated for the celebrations of the four hundredth anniversary of the founding of this city; the Regional Museum with works by various artists, movie camera, pre-Hispanic Indian graves with human bones in ancient clay pots, rivers, hot springs, parks and of course the delicious cuisine which is worldwide famous. Reservations Tel: 01 673 735 0700 Tel: 01 673 735 0800 www.lacuarteriahotel.com/ Virtual Reality (VR) Virtual reality images for virtual reality glasses viewing in mobile devices There are no limits to see the world: live the experience by yourself in virtual reality ! Join us ! Little Planet How this Virtual Tour was made There is a large window in the dining room and the roof has a transparent cover and to prevent the pictures from coming out "burned" (overexposed), I decided to make the virtual tour very early to take the blue hour and that is why we have that nice color. As you may have seen, my favorite time to take the photo sphere shots is the blue and golden hour, which are achieved in the first and last light hours of the day. We were very happy in Mocorito, its people are very friendly and treat tourists with great hospitality. We visited some communities around where we could enjoyed delicious regional sweets. Hotel La Cuarteria in Mocorito ... highly recommended!