Things To Do
Alamos offers more than meets the eye.
The town is best explored on foot, sketch book in hand, the curious eye searching out the features of days gone by and the mystery behind the gates of the houses of Alamos. Pursue each cobbled street, seeking out the details that a camera can’t catch. Plaza Guides can fill in the details for the curious with legends of ghosts.
Tours of colonial homes, the countryside, various silver mines, indigenous villages, coastal estuaries, as well as river float trips are available.
Informal and/or organized activities include bird watching, guided city tours, hiking, mountain biking, Home and Garden Tour, horseback riding, white-wing dove hunting. Most Tours depart from the Plaza de Armas.
Guided City Tours
Local guides are ready at the Plaza de Armas to share their knowledge of Alamos’ past and present. Ride on the Red Trenecito, the Horses Drawn Carriage, the Antique Car with historian, Professor and Author, Juan Vidal, or Ligo’s Safari to the Bat Cave and La Aduana.
House & Garden Tours
Many of the historic mansions built by the silver barons in the 18th and 19th centuries have been restored to their former glory. Amigos de Educación offers guided tours of these homes and gardens every Saturday at 10:00 AM – October to May. All proceeds benefit the Amigos scholarship fund promoting higher education for students in need. In operation since 1980, this is one of the most popular excursions in Alamos. Tours depart from in front of the Museo de Costumbrista on the Plaza.
Birding in Alamos
Alamos is located on the edge of the world’s most northern extent of Tropical Deciduous Forest, and the southern extent of the Sonoran desert. The melding of these two very diverse habitats offers an array of birding opportunities.
Over four hundred species of birds have been documented in the Alamos area, including numerous Northern Mexico endemics such as the Rufus-bellied Chachalaca, the Blue-Rumped Parrallet, Russett-crowned Motmot and the Purplish-backed Jay.
Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) takes place all over the world during the weeks around Christmas and New Years. The Alamos CBC is an annual tradition extending from the Sea of Cortez at Navopatia to the Rancho Ecologico Monte Mojino (REMM) in the foothills of the Sierra Madre.
For general information, visit the official Audubon CBC website: Audubon CBC or contact the local coordinator.
Groomed Trails in Parque de la Colorada offer mountain bikers a variety of terrain with sufficient challenges while enjoying the natural beauty of the Sierra de Alamos.
Bike Rentals can be arranged with Alamos Adventures. They also provide guided biking day outings.
Contact: (662) 256-9722 or on FaceBook.
Rancho Tres Marias located south of town, offers a 4,500 hectares available for hunting White tail Coues deer plus 700 hectares of hunting preserve, stocked with numerous exotic species. This season runs from October to February.
Hunting licenses and gun permits are required before entering Mexico, your host will assist you with all aspects.
Mayo River Float Trips
hotsprings. Transportation to and from Alamos, bilingual guide, lunch and all equipment of included.
Las Mercedes Tours runs the trip from December to April using wooden dory.
Birding in Alamos
Mount Alamos (elevation 5,700 ft) is within walking distance of the plaza. The hike to its summit leads you through Sonoran thorn forest, tropical deciduous forest, oaks, and pines with beautiful scenery, arroyos, and waterfalls.
Parque de la Colorada is easy to access from the center of town with various entrances for a day of hiking or mountain biking. Parque de la Colorada is adjacent to the Mount Alamos Cuchujaqui Reserve.
Trails to colonial ruins and orchards, pine forest and waterfalls. Print Trails Map
Hiking along the Cuchujaqui River can be accessed from the Mentidero, approximately 8 kms from Alamos along the Camino Real.