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The city of Cananea was formally established in 1901, but actually traces
its roots to the discovery of gold and silver in the area by Jesuit
missionaries in 1760. The name comes from the Apache Indian language and
literally means "horse meat".
Cananea has a rich history and is still a source of
study for historians. The Cananea mining strike of 1906 is considered
to be the beginning of the Mexican Revolution and the artifacts and events
of that era are presented in exhibits at La Carcel de Cananea, the Cananea
jail. Today this building, which was completed in 1902, is a museum
and national Historic Monument.
Colonel William C. Greene was a key figure in the
development of the mining industry in Cananea. His mansion, which was
constructed with local and imported materials, today serves as the
guesthouse for visiting astronomers to the nearby Haro Observatory.
Visitors are welcome on the grounds but the mansion is generally closed to
Other attractions in Cananea include the Nuestra
Senora de Guadalupe church, Benito Juarez Park, Club Campestre with golf
course and tennis courts and the Museum Mexicana de Cananea.
The Guillermo Haro Observatory, located in the
mountains west of Cananea, is one of the largest and most important in all
of Latin America. The Observatory is 2480 meters (8136 ft) above sea level
and is open to visitors. The surrounding mountain areas are rich in
scenic views and native plants, trees birds and other wildlife.
The Ojo de Agua Arvayo is the headwaters of the Rio
Sonora and also the source of water for Cananea. The headwaters of the
San Pedro River, which flows north across the border into Cochise County,
are located between Cananea and Naco.
The principal economic activity in the area is
mining, centered on the massive Mexican de Cananea copper mine just west of
the city. Tours of the mine are available to scholastic and tourist groups.
The mine is the largest in Mexico.
Important: The Banjercito office in Naco has
closed. Vehicle permits are now available in Cananea for those traveling the
Route of the Rio Sonora via Naco. Those crossing via Naco will obtain
tourist cards (FMT) at the immigration office in Naco. Note that there are
no longer any free 7 day tourist cards. All are for 180 days and must be
Directions to the Banjercito in Cananea.
From the east (AP-Naco) enter Cananea, stay in the left left lane as you
approach the obelisk. You will need to make a left turn around the obelisk.
There are two stop signs, one from cars approaching from the left and
another for the ones from the right. Use caution as cross traffic does not
stop. Stay in the left lane and proceed about two blocks. You will see a
stop light in front of an Oxxo-Pemex. You will want to go left at this
light. You will see a day school with a brightly colored fence in front of
you on the right. You will want to park in front and just past this school.
Walk down the left side of the colored fence and you are in front of the
Banjercito office. It is not clearly marked from the street.
If you are coming from Imirus, stay to the right coming past the same
obelisk as mentioned above and then move to the left lane on to the stop
Their phone is (645) 332-6815 They speak limited English
Mon-Fri. 8:00-6:00 Sat & Sun 8:00-1:00
The turnoff from Mexico Hwy 2 to the Route of the
Rio Sonora is on the eastern edge of Cananea onto Sonora Highway 118 and is
marked by signs. Cananea marks the northern end of the Route of the
Use caution as the road junction is under reconstruction-no delays.
Humberto de Hoyos Ph: 645-332-3544 or 333-0115
Francisco Gerardo Arvayo Alvarez Ph: 645-332-4475
Silvia Briceno Quijada Ph: 645-332-4475
June 1-15, Fiesta del Cobre
Lodging in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico:
|MOTEL EL MEZON
CARRETERA CANANEA-AGUAPRIETA KM. 2, Col. INDUSTRIAL, C.P. 84620
MOTEL REAL DEL COBRE
CARRETERA KM 1, Col. VALLE DEL COBRE, C.P. 84620
AVE. SONORA 56, Col. CENTRO, C.P. 84620
HOTEL STA FE
CARRETERA CANANEA-AGUA PRIETA KM 3.5, Col. S/C, C.P. 84620
SONORA 36 Col. CENTRO, C.P. 84620
MOTEL OASIS S.A.
CARRETERA AGUA PRIETA 19 Col. INDUSTRIAL COMERCIAL
Restaurants in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico:
|D' CRYSTAL RESTAURANTE
BENITO JUAREZ 3325737 ALTOS Col. CENTRO, C.P. 84620
LA CABAÑA DEL TIO TOM
CALLE 2DA OESTE # 74
ENTRONQUE CARR IMURIS-CANANEA S-N Col. CANANEA, C.P. 84620
RESTAURANT LA MINA
CARRETERA CANANEA AGUA PRIETA KM 1 Col. VALLE DEL COBRE, C.P.
Pemex Station: Yes
AVE. OBREGON Y CALLE 1RA Col. CENTRO, C.P. 84620
LA REPUBLICA S/N, C.P. 84620
CLINICA OBRERA DE LA SECCION 65
SONORA 41 Col. CENTRO, C.P. 84620
CRUZ ROJA MEXICANA
CAMPOS MINEROS 31 APOST Col. MINERA SECCION OESTE, C.P. 84620
Municipal President (Mayor): Francisco Garcia Gamez
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