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Navojoa City Hall
Nickname(s): La Perla del Mayo
Navojoa is located in Mexico
Location in Mexico
Coordinates: 27°4′52.68″N 109°26′45.96″W / 27.0813°N 109.4461°W / 27.0813; -109.4461Coordinates: 27°4′52.68″N 109°26′45.96″W / 27.0813°N 109.4461°W / 27.0813; -109.4461
Country  Mexico
State Sonora
Municipality Navojoa
Founded 1907
 - Municipal president José Mendívil López
 - City 4,380.69 km2 (1,691.4 sq mi)
Elevation 50 m (164 ft)
Population (2010)
 - City 157,729
 Urban 113,836
 - City 103,312
 - Demonym Navojoense
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Postal code 85800
Area code(s) 642

Navojoa is the fifth-largest city in the northern Mexican state of Sonora and is situated in the southern part of Sonora, 608 kilometers (378 mi) south of the state's border with the U.S. state of Arizona. It is the administrative seat of a large municipality, located in the Mayo River Valley.



The city name derives from the native Mayo language meaning "Cactus House" ("Navo"= Cactus, "Jova"= House). The valley has been continuously inhabited since pre-Hispanic times by the Mayo people.

Main Church

In September of 1536, Diego de Guzmán, a Spaniard, became the first known European to reach the valley and the first Jesuit missionaries started settling in the region in 1614. Several geoglyphs from the Mayo tribe can be found along the Mayo River.

Due to the city's distant location from Mexico City, the difficult times of Mexico's independence in the early 19th century were largely absent from the region. However, the city had some importance after the Mexican Revolution of 1910. The Mexican Revolutionary Álvaro Obregón was born in Hacienda Siquisiva, a small town near Navojoa. Álvaro Obregón became president of Mexico after the revolt and initiated an agricultural revolution in the Mayo/Yaqui Valley, introducing modern agricultural techniques and making this valley one of the most prosperous agricultural regions in Mexico.


Navojoa is the fifth-largest municipality in Sonora (after Hermosillo, Cajeme, Nogales and San Luis Río Colorado) with a population of approximately 144,598.

As of 2005 the per capita income for the municipality of Navojoa was $7,915 and the Human Development Index was 0.8251.[1]


Navojoa is part of the large economic center known as the Mayo Valley, which together with Ciudad Obregón and the Yaqui Valley, form one of the most productive agricultural regions in Mexico.

Although agriculture remains the main source of income, the Navojoa region is increasingly dependent on industrial foreign investment and aquaculture, especially shrimp farming.

Two large swine production companies [1] [2] that export mainly to the USA, Germany and Japan, a recycled containerboard mill and box factory privately owned by Sonoran investors, as well as one brewery belonging to the FEMSA group (recently acquired from Heineken), are among the main industries in Navojoa.

The city gains importance through its geographic diversity featuring close access to coastal, desert, and southwest mountainous areas as well as its close proximity to the United States and the neighboring state of Sinaloa. Navojoa is 64 kilometers (40 mi) south of Ciudad Obregón connected primarily by a toll highway (Mex. 15) that extends north across the state of Sonora to the Arizona border.

Clock Tower



Ciudad Obregón International Airport (CEN) is the nearest commercial airport, 48 kilometers (30 mi) north of Navojoa. It receives flights from Guadalajara, Hermosillo, La Paz, Loreto, Los Cabos, Mexico City, Monterrey, and, internationally, from Los Angeles, Tucson, Phoenix and Houston in the United States. Airlines serving this airport include Aeromexico Connect, AeroCalafia, Interjet and low-cost airline VivaAerobus.

Alternate Airports to CEN are Hermosillo Intl. Airport (IATA: HMO) and in a lower sense Los Mochis (IATA: LMM). HMO also receives low cost airlines' flights incoming from the main cities of the Republic such as: Mexico City, Guadalajara, Queretaro, Monterrey, Tijuana, Puebla among others.

Navojoa also has a local airport (see: Navojoa Airport) next to the industrial sector, which is suitable for light private planes. It is about 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) south of the city center.


Several companies offer low, mid and luxury class bus services from Navojoa to the Mexican Republic and international destinations such as Tucson, Phoenix and Los Angeles in the US. Connections are offered by foreign partner companies to other USA and Canada destinations. A bus station was built in the north of the city; however it is not used and small stations in the city center are used instead.

Old public city buses have been replaced with new models with air conditioning, called SUBA. They run every few minutes and provide simple and cheap transport.


A north-south freight-only railroad is in operation, connecting to the Mexican Border in Nogales and to Guadalajara, Jalisco.

5 de Mayo Sq.


The most important highway serving Navojoa is Mexican Federal Highway 15, a four-lane highway which connects it to north to Ciudad Obregón, Guaymas, Hermosillo, Nogales and the United States of America; and to the south to the states of Sinaloa, Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacán, State of Mexico and Mexico City.

The main state routes serving Navojoa are Sonora State Highway 149 and Sonora State Highway 162.

Also, the Periférico is a semi-beltway encompassing some of Navojoa's southern and western neighborhoods and it is used as a truck route or bypass for Mexican Federal Highway 15. It is currently being enlarged from 2 to 4 lanes in the western section between Centenario Boulevard (under construction) and Sosa Chávez Boulevard.

Álvaro Obregón Monument
Álvaro Obregón Blvd.


Although Navojoa's streets are almost all paved, horse-drawn carts are still used by the residents of the small surrounding communities (San Ignacio Cohuirimpo, Bacobampo, etc.). Horse carts are numerous enough that there is a parking lot reserved for them on Hidalgo Avenue near the City Market in central Navojoa.


The following institutions of higher education are based in Navojoa:

The main elementary and high schools institutions are:

  • Colegio Santa Fe/Preparatoria Santa Fe
  • Colegio Bosco/Preparatoria Juan Navarrete y Guerrero
  • Colegio Pestalozzi
  • Colegio Alvaro Obregón
  • Prepa Tec de Monterrey
  • Secundaria Albert Einstein


Navojoa has many hotels with a range of cost and quality. Most hotels are located off Pesqueira Street, mainly between the 1-km-long area between Tecnológico Avenue and Centenario Boulevard.

City Hall


The "Museo Regional del Mayo" (Mayo's Regional Museum) is located in the former railroad station building opposite Santa Fe Springs square. The Museum has 5 rooms which exhibit temporary paint, handicraft and sculpture expositions, pre-Hispanic and colonial objects, ethnographic expositions dedicated to the Mayos' culture and other objects related to Navojoa's history.

The Tehuelibampo Museum is an eco-museum with 89 petroglyphics carved in the stones over 500 years ago by the Mayo people. It is located next to the Mayo river, some kilometers north-west of Navojoa.


The city is near the Gulf of California which offers a variety of beaches. The surrounding country is also popular for hunting ducks, doves and deer. [3]

Las Bocas, 30 miles south of Navojoa, is a small beach community on the Gulf of California that is frequently visited by the local residents of Navojoa during spring. (April–May). It is particularly popular during "Semana Santa" (Holy Week), when campers stay for seven days and then return to Navojoa for Easter celebrations.

Many people from Navojoa own a second house in Las Bocas.

Adolfo Ruiz Cortinez dam

The Adolfo Ruiz Cortines Dam, also called Mocúzarit, is a popular fishing spot and stores water used for irrigating the valley via the Mayo River. Other uses include kayaking, water-skiing, geoglyph-viewing and other leisure activities.


Navojoa also acts as a hub for those visiting the colonial town of Álamos, which is 48 kilometers (30 mi) inland toward the mountains of the Sierra Madre.


Climate data for Navojoa, Sonora
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C 23.4 25.2 27.0 30.8 33.5 36.4 35.4 35.1 34.7 33.9 29.0 25.0 30.8
Average low °C 5.2 5.7 6.6 8.1 11.9 18.6 21.6 21.2 20.2 15.8 9.5 5.5 12.5
Precipitation mm 24.9 28.6 7.8 0.0 0.0 15.5 80.4 105.0 63.8 27.5 37.2 23.3 414.0
Average high °F 74.1 77.4 80.6 87.4 92.3 97.5 95.7 95.2 94.5 93.0 84.2 77.0 {{{year high F}}}
Average low °F 41.4 42.3 43.9 46.6 53.4 65.5 70.9 70.2 68.4 60.4 49.1 41.9 {{{year low F}}}
Precipitation inches 0.98 1.126 0.307 0 0 0.61 3.165 4.134 2.512 1.083 1.465 0.917 16.299
Source: Servicio Metereológico Nacional. Normales Climatológicas 1971-2000[2]

Information about the Municipality of Navojoa

Winged Victory

The municipality shares its boundaries with Cajeme and Quiriego in the north, with Álamos in the east, with Huatabampo in the southwest and with Etchojoa in the west. Other towns, near the municipal seat are San Ignacio Cohuirimpo, Guadalupe, Guayparin, Tetanchopo, Santa María del Bauraje, Agiabampo, Masiaca, Bacabachi, and Pueblo Viejo.

The region lies in the valley of the Mayo River, which crosses it from the northeast to the southwest.

Transportation through the municipality is carried out by highway, railway, and airplane. Highway Mex 15 crosses the region from the northeast to the southeast. There is also an extensive network of tarmacked roads, connecting the municipal seat with the agricultural communities in the Mayo valley. The railway runs parallel to the national highway crossing the region. There is a regional airport in the municipal seat.

One quarter of the municipality (1,160 km²) is occupied by irrigated agricultural lands, growing wheat, corn, soybeans, and garden vegetables.

There is also large production of swine and poultry. Navojoa produces almost half of the state production in these areas. The cattle herd had over 30,000 head according to the 2000 census. [4]

Industry is modest, although there are one beer factory, owned by Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma / Heineken, and a cardboard packing factory named Celulosa y Corrugados de Sonora, S.A. de C.V.

Sister cities

Santa Fe Springs Sq.


There are two main public sports facilities in Navojoa.

One is "Unidad Deportiva Faustino Félix Serna" with many different baseball, baseball and softball fields, basketball courts, a pool, a professional baseball stadium, a professional basketball arena and many other sport facilities.

The other main sports center, "Unidad Deportiva Oriente" is located in the eastern part of the city.

Private sports centers are available too, one of them is the "Casino Social de Navojoa", located near downtown. Another one is "La Quinta Raquet Club" located in Los Naranjos neighborhood.

The city of Navojoa has its own baseball team called Mayos de Navojoa which is a member of the Liga Mexicana del Pacífico, the most important baseball league in México.

Estadio Manuel "Ciclón" Echeverría

Well-known native baseball players, all of them played in MLB:

Other famous natives


El Monobloque: International Alternative music band

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