Tucson, Arizona, founded in 1775 by Hugh O’Connor is the state’s second largest city with close economic, cultural, and historic ties to Mexico. Tucson is an economic, educational, and technological crossroads of the southwestern United States, and key transportation gateway to Mexico.
Guadalajara is the capital of the State of Jalisco and Mexico’s 2nd largest city. Guadalajara is a bustling metropolitan city (population 4.4 million) that is alive with parks, monuments and historical 16th century buildings. The city’s economy is based on industry, especially information technology (it has been called the “Silicon Valley of Mexico”) and includes a large number of international firms with manufacturing facilities in the Guadalajara metro area. More traditional industries, such as shoes, textiles and food processing, are also important contributors to the economy.
Mazatlan, in the state of Sinaloa, is strategically situated on the Pacific coast of Mexico, and was founded in 1531. Mazatlan has Mexico’s largest commercial shipping port and is a popular tourist destination, in addition to being a major gateway of commercial goods to Asia and throughout the world.
Ciudad Obregón, Sonora is situated in the fertile Valle del Yaqui, once considered the breadbasket of México because of its well-developed agricultural industry. Today, its natural resources, advanced transportation infrastructure and proximity to the deep-sea port of Guaymas make it a strategic location for commerce.
Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point):
Puerto Peñasco is near and dear to Tucsonans. Near, as in just four hours drive, one can arrive to enjoy Mexican culture, but also the playas or beaches along the Sea of Cortez. Dear, as in a major tourist spot surrounded by much natural wealth, not only the Sea of Cortez, but also the Biosphere Reserve of the Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar. Puerto Peñasco (also known as Rocky Point), is a port in the State of Sonora situated near both the borders of the State of Baja California and the U.S. (just 60 miles north). Originally a small fishing village, Puerto Peñasco now has a large infrastructure of hotels, resorts and condos to enjoy beaches, fishing, food and entertainment. In addition to fun activities, regular events and shopping, there is plenty of wildlife – with many varieties of birds, dolphins, sea lions and whales, to name a few. Geotourism in the area includes El Pinacate, San Jorge Island and Estero Morua. Many local land and sea tours are available, as well as visits to nearby significant architectural landmarks.