Hotel Rio Vista. November 2013. What a treat this little place was. A beautiful view of the river from the highest point around. The hotel is a quaint old building right next to the fort/museum. When I say close I mean that the back wall of the fort is the side wall of the hotel walkway. We were greeted by Eleazar spoke good English. He showed us a couple of rooms and we picked la beautiful corner room. The sitting room which was attached to the bedroom stuck out on the patio with a 180 degree view. They brought us 2 quarts of bottled water gratis. This building is not a plastic and steel Hilton. It is rustic colonial with many antiques around the outside and older fixtures inside.
We had a breakfast at 7 am before catching the 830 train to the Copper Canyon. (a 10 minute 100 peso cab ride). They came to our room door and told us that coffee was ready, just like the 1000 room Hiltons do :). Breakfast was several kinds of fruits, toast, eggs, coffee. Price was 75 pesos each. Our total bill was 800 pesos which included room, tax, meal, and a ride to the hotel.
To get to El Fuerte from Topolobampo , we took 15 minute bus ride to Los Mochis for 17 pesos each. Then walked 2 blocks to the bus station that took is to El Fuerte. This bus was a modern bus with a movie and air conditioning and cost 70 pesos each and took about 2 hours. When in El Fuerte we walked a few blocks to the Zocolo, which is the main square with the cathedral and municipal building. Very beautiful. Along the way we had passed a restaurant called Meson del General that looked good. so we went back a block and ate there. Excellent sea food. Air conditioned also. Beautiful colonial decor. Our bill for two was was 340 pesos including a pitcher of lemonade and a coffee.
We called the hotel from the Zocolo (thinking it was a distance away, turned out to be a couple of blocks) and they sent down a fun ride. A open trailer, painted multi colors, pulled by a truck. It is the same one they use to take people on Eco tours. They specialize in bird tours and petroglyphs toys. We did not do these. We would consider staying in this town an extra day if time permitted. This is authentic colonial Mexico.
Book this place... you will be pleased.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On the highest hill with a view of the Fuerte River, this lodge is a reconstruction of the original stables to the fort. Verdant gardens are abuzz with hummingbirds and many endemic birds may be viewed from the balconies. The owner, Chal, is an avid birder and his river float offers true birding with a spotting scope. The open trailer offers birding to other areas. ... more less
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