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s/v Code Blue – Copper Canyon #1 March 8, 2013

Posted by steveandjudy in Code Blue 2013.
Petroglyph around El Fuerte

Petroglyph around El Fuerte

We took a bus from Mazatlan to Los Mochis, 8:20am to about 3:00pm, then taxi for about 10 blocks to the bus that goes to El Fuerte. We stopped right in front of the bus as it was coming out of the station and the driver got out and talked to the big bus, driver. Our bags were taken to the bus and we hopped on. We paid on the way as did most or all of the other people on the bus. 3:05pm from Los Mochis to El Fuerte at 4:50pm. We walked to the Rio Vista Hotel from the bus stop, up towards the Museum, a fort built in 2000 to resemble the fort built a long time ago in the 1500’s that they are not sure where it was or what it looked like. We walked around town looking for a taco place that wasn’t open as recommended by the owners of Rio Vista.

We ended up with a 27 peso hamburger with fries on a street food stand, then a taco street stand for two beef tacos, lettuce, grilled onions, radishes, cucumbers, several salsas, pickled onions, peppers and such. The burger was very thin, but it came with baloney that was thicker and three specks of cheese. Then we stopped for a beer at a restaurant, sat down and had some tortilla soup, and a green salad. We were full. We headed back to Zorro’s home, now a hotel for a look, then to our place nearby. We had a great El Fuerte River outlook from our room.

The next day we looked around town. Then about 3:30pm we headed to the river for a petroglyph and bird tour with a guide. This took until 6:30pm. There were three petroglyph areas with very distinct petroglyphs. About a 10 minute walk, then another 5 minutes and another 5 minutes to each area. (See some of them in the enclosed photos.) We also saw lots of birds along the river. Ospreys, kingfishers, great blue herons, egrets, ducks and coots of course, cormorants, red cardinal, and I forget a bunch of others. The next day we toured town but the taco stand was still closed. We had Chinese food at a place. Then met up with Chris and Chris of s/v Scintilla. We headed out for the Legendary taco restaurant that was still closed. We tried for ribs but they were out, due to some customers ahead of us. We ended up with Three Cheese Hamburgers instead at the same place, near the town square. There were dances by natives, with several water drums. Next a Mexican group of about six musicians. Then we left and headed to bed due to an earlier start the next morning to make the train about 8:15am.

Steve and Judy Dauzenroth

s/v Code Blue




1. Dennis Oelrich - March 8, 2013

Copper Canyon was a few days ago.  So where are you now and what are the details on the new tranny.  Did it go in with out trouble or what, and when are you leaving Mazatlin,

to go where.  Still working on the boat.  Hope to get it advertised and sold in April.  Then off to the USA. Dennis

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