Hermosillo, or Sun City, is the capital of the northwestern state of Sonora. It is surrounded by desert, ecological reserves, a dam, and is close to the Sea of Cortez, the body of water Jacques Cousteau called the "World’s Aquarium”. Hermosillo is 168 miles south of Arizona and is a short 45-minute drive from Sonora’s beaches, including San Carlos and Rocky Point, and has an average annual temperature of 77º F.
In town, Hermosillo has a number of cultural and arts centers. The most important is the University of Sonora’s Library Museum which houses the Regional Anthropology and History Museum, the Archeology Museum, the Emiliana de Zubeldia Theater, and an art gallery, in addition to the library.
The Sonora Ecological Center is on the outskirts of the city. Measuring 21 million square feet, this preserve has over 300 plant species, 200 animal species, and an Astronomical Observatory.
Hermosillo’s largest meeting space is the Expo Forum. Inaugurated in 2004, Expo Forum has a total surface area of 559,723 square feet, including 99,027 square feet of exposition space, 21,527 square feet of space for congresses and conventions, and a 193,750 square-foot forum for concerts and spectacles.
Sonora’s capital has over two dozen 3 to 5-star hotels, including the Fiesta Americana Hermosillo with 221 guestrooms and suites and 96,875 square feet of event spaces divided into 6 rooms. The largest room measures 71,375 square feet. The Holiday Inn Hermosillo has 132 guestrooms and suites, and 100,000 square feet of event spaces that can fit up to 700 people.
Hermosillo’s International Airport (HMO) has direct flights to Los Angeles, California, and Phoenix, Arizona, as well as services to Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey, and beach destinations like Rocky Point, Guaymas, Mexicali and San Jose del Cabo.