A Gringo’s Guide to El Rosario, Sinaloa

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Today, let’s talk El Rosario in Sinaloa, Mexico. Aka a solid day trip for gringos and foreigners of all spades while on vacation or living in Mazatlan.

If the strong Sinaloa sun has you aching for a day away from the beach, this might be the Pueblo Magico for you.

If some rest and relaxation in the countryside is just what the doctor ordered, then El Rosario might be ideal.

Overall, El Rosario is well worth a short day trip. But enough of the fluff, let’s dig in and learn a little about this unique town just outside Mazatlan, Mexico.

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How to Get to El Rosario in Sinaloa, Mexico

El Rosario, Sinaloa is an easy place to get to, especially from Mazatlan.

Situated just 45-minutes south of the beachside city, El Rosario is a quick Uber ride or bus trip away.

As the small town is only 73 km from Mazatlan, Uber allows you to just hop in a car and head down. No questions asked.

You can also take the bus, which I believe costs around $2-3 USD for a one-way trip down.

Many tour companies offer trips to El Rosario, Sinaloa. However, these tend to be overpriced and a bit of an annoyance in my opinion.

The tours will give you a great overview of the city and make sure you see all the sites in this little Pueblo Magico.

Not far from Mazatlan, Mexico.

Things to Do in El Rosario, Sinaloa

This is a small Pueblo Magico in Rural Mexico. You’re not visiting for the exciting things to do in El Rosario, Sinaloa.


You come here to relax and unwind. To kick back and enjoy a slower pace of life for a few hours or a day.

That’s what exploring a Pueblo Magico is all about – rest and relaxation.

With that being said, there are still a few things to do in El Rosario, Sinaloa. Here are a few of my favorites:

~ Check Out the Church

There’s a massive and stunning church right in the heart of El Rosario.

If you’re in the pueblo, make sure to swing by Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. Trust me on this one!

It’s well worth a visit. In fact, many come to El Rosario just to check out the church – as the altar truly is a sight to behold.

~ Laguna Del Iguanero

There’s a little lake in the middle of El Rosario. It’s peaceful, and ideal to walk around and relax.

You can also swim in the lake, as many of the local children do. Or swing into the pond on a rope-swing and splash around.

~ Laguna & Playa El Caimanero

Close to El Rosario, there’s a lake and beach town called El Caimanero. I didn’t check it out, but a few locals in El Rosario recommended it to me.

The place is supposedly filled with fresh seafood, great fishing, and fun waves. Probably worth exploring if in the area for more than a couple hours


El Rosario, Mexico in Photos

Ok, so there’s a couple of things to do in El Rosario, Sinaloa. You shouldn’t be bored for a few hours.

But that main draw is the Pueblo Magico charm. That laidback, old-school vibe that relaxes the mind and allows you to live in the present.

With that in mind…

Here’s a few photos of El Rosario:

Stunning views in El Rosario.

The church!

The altar!

A Gringo’s Guide to El Rosario, Sinaloa

And that’s about all I got on El Rosario in Sinaloa, Mexico.

For people hanging around Mazatlan, the place makes an ideal day trip. This Pueblo Magico is unbelievably relaxing and offers just enough to keep you entertained.

For other Pueblo Magicos around Mexico, check out my guides to:

Overall, El Rosario is worth a trip if you’re living in Mazatlan. If you’ve only got a week or two, it’s not worth it to leave the beach for a day to check out the small town.

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Jake Nomada

Travel junkie turned blogger. Location independent. From the Midwest, but often based in Latin America. Big on beaches, rumba, and rum. Addicted to the gym. Committed to showing a different style of travel - one that involves actually interacting with locals and exploring different cultures.