Alamos Sonora

Colonial charm and beauty

The charming and traditional Spanish colonial town of Alamos in Southern Sonora is known as the “City of Gates.” This magical pueblo is a popular destination for tourists and retired expatriates alike. Alamos, Sonora lies in the southern foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range, at a convergence of ecosystems – Sonoran desert and tropical deciduous forest.

The pueblo was established and rose to prominence as a thriving mining town in the late 1600’s following the discovery of silver in the area. However, the town, which once had more than 30,000 inhabitants, went into decline following Mexico’s independence from Spain, a decline that continued after the Mexican Revolution from 1910 to 1920.

The native Yaqui and Mayo peoples fought to retain control over the area, and when they were defeated in the 1920’s Alamos had become a ghost town – the mines were closed and its residents had gone.


The town was re-discovered in the 1940’s, after American farmer William Lavant Alcorn purchased and restored one of its mansions, converting it into a hotel.

That started a surge of investment and renovation that led to the restoration of Alamos to the modern tourist destination it is today.

In 2000, Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo declared Alamos as a national monument. Alamos retains its colonial charm and tranquility, as it offers tourists the opportunity to walk its cobblestone streets among beautiful colonial buildings, including restored classic missions that were designed by Andalusian architects.

And besides sightseeing and simply enjoying the beauty and ambiance of this place, there are many activities to enjoy in Alamos. Visitors can take their pick from horseback riding, hiking, bird watching, and mountain bike riding, as well as sport fishing and hunting.

Once you arrive in Alamos, you will most likely become entranced by its charm, beauty, history and culture, and will want to stay for at least a few days.

Not a problem, because Alamos has a variety of lodging options, from the quaint and traditional to exclusive fine hotels and bed & breakfasts that are located in the mansions of Alamos.