El Fuerte city, located 90 km east Los Mochis, was founded in 1564 under the name of La Villa de San Juan Bautista de Carapoa by the Spanish captain Francisco de Ibarra, known back then as the “Fenix de los Conquistadores”. The origin of its actual name comes from the Fortified Precinct, built by Captain Diego Martínez de Hurdaide during the viceroyalty of Don Juan de Mendoza y Luna, Marquis of Montesclaros.
Nowadays, El Fuerte is a living mirror in history where you can appreciate its architectural beauties like the City Hall, the Plaza de Armas, La Casa de la Cultura, the Parish of the Sacred Heart, constructed in the XVIII century; la Casa del Congreso Constituyente, Mansion of the Orrantia Family, House of General Pablo Macías Valenzuela, just to mention a few of the wonderful historical and artistic areas in the region.
Apart from the city you can find other kind of activities and attractions like its Miguel Hidalgo (El Mahone) and the Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez dams, where you can go fishing and hunting, in addition to admiring its amazing landscapes. Among its natural attractions are mountains and the Fuerte river, places where you can enjoy a boat ride, bird watching, admire the sunsets or just have a walk throughout the boardwalk. La Galeria and Ocolome are beautiful places to be in touch with nature, located in the surroundings. Among the local flora and fauna are the fig trees, alamos, sausage trees, ferns, bougainvillea, among others.