Fly To Hermosillo, Mexico
Hermosillo is one of the largest cities in Mexico, and is the capital of the Sonora region. It is home to some of northern Mexico’s best museums and attractions, and has a thriving cultural and social scene. Increasingly popular for its night life and cuisine, Hermosillo comes alive after the baking heat of the Mexican sun fades.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Hermosillo, or anywhere else in Mexico. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and remember to check that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to Hermosillo is the South African Honorary Consul in Monterrey. Boulevard Díaz Ordaz No 200, Colonia Santa Maria, 64650 Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Phone: + 52 81 8335 5949.
See and do
Hermosillo is a sprawling city, and getting around during the heat of the day can be draining. Don’t let it put you off though, because there is a lot to see.
For an overview of the city pay a visit to the Cerro de la Campana (Hill of the Bell), a hill in the centre of the city with a radio tower on top. Although the tower isn’t particularly high, it does offer the best views of Hermosillo to be found, and gives you a good perspective on the city’s sprawl.
There are several good museums to visit, which are a great way to spend the hottest hours of the day. The Museum of Sonora is a castle-like stone fortress with some morbidly fascinating underground cells. The Regional Museum of Sonora’s University offers a less creepy look into the region’s history, with a collection of local crafts, appliances, guns, photographs, money and documents from the revolutionary era. Don’t miss the group of mummies also exhibited here, originally found at the Sonoran Sierra.
There are plenty of outdoor activities in Hermosillo as well, and mountain biking and hiking are popular activities. There are plenty of trails in the surrounding mountains, with an abundance of wildlife to be seen.
El Centro is the place to go when shopping is on your mind, and you’ll find nearly everything you can think of for sale there. Cowboy hats and boots are popular in Northern Mexico, and Hermosillo offers plenty to choose from in that regard. Football jerseys are popular souvenirs, as are locally made ironwood ornaments, found at most of the Hermosillo markets.
The trolley bus tour starting from the front of the Metropolitan Cathedral is the most popular sight-seeing transport in Hermosillo. Regular buses also run every few minutes, and are a cheap, but can be confusing if you don’t know the area well. Taxis are often a better option, and can be remarkably affordable. If you hire a car, just remember to take a GPS as well.
General Ignacio Pesqueira García International Airport – HMO
Food and beverage: Wings, Neveria, and Sky Coffee.
Currency Exchange: American Express and Banamex ATMs are available in the airport for forex and cash.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Report items lost or found within the airport terminals to airport security who will direct you appropriately.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: San Sebastian Hotel.
Car Hire: Arrendadoras Hermosillo, Hertz, Alamo, Budget, and Avis.