Culiacan City Guide
OVERVIEW: All you really need to know is this:
Mucha nalga poca chichi es culichi,
Mucha chichi poca nalga, es chilanga
Big bottom, small chests = girl from Culiacán.
Small bottom, big chests = girl from Mexico City.
WEATHER: Semi-arid; hot and humid. Reaches high 30s in summer months.
SAFETY: Culiacan is not as dangerous as people think. That being said, don't walk around alone aimlessly after 1 am looking like a dandy. Also, don't venture too far into the outskirts of the city, as foreigners are eyed with suspicion. Don't mess with narcos (they're easy to spot) or their women and it'll be fine.
MUST DO: Capilla de Jesus Malverde: a chapel dedicated to the Mexican bandit, folk hero, and adopted patron saint of drug dealers. Not all that impressive, but still without a doubt the most famous site in Culiacan. The city doesn't offer a whole lot in terms of tourist attractions, so if you're into great architecture and rich history, Culiacan won't do much for you.
RENT AN APARTMENT IN CULIACAN: $300.00. Slightly more expensive to rent an apartment in Culiacan than in other nearby cities of equal or lesser size because of the narco dollars that are floating around...there's like 10 casinos in town. Here's a more expensive option for just under $400 USD through a realty site: CULIACAN APARTMENT. But with a bit of hustling, you can get the same quality for almost half the price.
HOSTEL DORM BED/NIGHT $11.00-25.00. You won't find any hostels listed online, but there are one or two downtown that will work on a budget. Most, if not all, other travellers staying there will be Mexican, so don't expect to be able to get by solely on English. Best and cheapest option for Culiacan is to find a place to rent.
NIGHTLIFE IN CULIACAN: 7.5/10
As you might expect from the narco epicentre of the nation, nightlife in Culiacan is pretty good. Lots of high-class bars with more pretty gals than you can shake a stick at. And Culichis know how to party hard. And if you're worried about drug dealers fucking your shit up, don't be - they're unlikely to give you any trouble. Even if you make the mistake of talking to one of their silicon-filled ladies, the worst they'll do is tell you to fuck off. If you ever find yourself confronted, just make it clear that you're an English-speaking tourist.
I recommend: MOLOKAI SURF BAR
BOTTLE OF BEER: $2.00
CHANCE OF HOOKING-UP IN CULIACAN: 7/10
I'll throw it a 7, but many would say I'm being too generous. For instance, If you don't speak a word of Spanish, knock it down 2 points. If you're short and have poor style, knock it down 2 points. Yes, there are tons of beautiful women in Culiacan (see below!) but the dudes are also decent looking, well-dressed and good with women. The people here are proud and straightforward which means that the guys will go for the girl they want and raise the competition for gents like yourself. Fortunately the girls are also quite direct, so a lot of stares and smiles will be cast your direction. However, obviously they still expect you to initiate contact. Leverage your exotic factor, and If you're a good-looking dude with proficient Spanish who isn't intimidated by approaching, Culiacan could be your mecca. Have fun but don't underestimate the narco presence (many girls will have ties to this world in some form on another). Proceed with caution.
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ARE GIRLS HOT IN CULIACAN?: 8.25/10.
Culiacan has the reputation of having some of the best girls in the nation. You'll notice a distinct difference in appearance with girls here compared to other parts of Mexico; girls here are more like what you'd encounter in the mountain region of Colombia like Pereira (if that means anything to you). And the asses of Culiacan could launch a thousand ships. If you've done any travelling in Mexico, you may have noticed that there's not a whole lot of bum to go around - and if there is, it's likely to be the kind of that you want nothing to do with it. Personally, I think that when God was finished doling out Latin backsides, he realized he'd forgotten about Mexico. So on the 7th day before he rested, he created Culiacan as an apology for his negligence.
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GROCERIES: Milk (1L)= $1.10 Tortillas (1kg)= $1.00 Eggs= $1.90 Water (1.5L)= $1.00 Cigarettes= $3.50
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: You may be able to wrangle an English teaching position seeing as how Mazatlan is so close, but I don't really see much industry here aside from vague commerce stuff and slangin' yeyo and mota. Any kind of telecommunication work would be ideal here because there really isn't much to do during the day unless you like shopping malls and casinos.
TAXI: Should be around $4.00. Goes up at night. Find a place near downtown to avoid steep cab fares.
NOTES: The girls in Culiacan are easy to love, and that alone is enough to keep you here for about a month or two. Unfortunately, the city is quite ugly and there's not much to do aside from having a few drinks and hitting the bars at night. Maybe check out the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) for some day game, but unless you get integrated into a social group your days will start to pass by pretty slowly.
OVERALL RATING: 7/10
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