Culiacan 360 Virtual Tour

Miguel Angel Victoria Fotógrafo

Culiacan is the first village of the Mexican Northwest, the capital of the State of Sinaloa.
It is located in the foothills of the Western Sierra Madre.
Where the rivers Humaya and Tamazula give origin to the river that takes the name of the city.
In that time, it gave birth to the territory that Culiacan occupies today.

Culiacan History

When the establishment Cualhuacán was established in the place that was a required stop for the Nahoas that were traveling to the Valley of Mexico.
It is believed that Culiacan is a Nahuatl word composed from “Col-hua-can” that means “place of those who worship the God Coltzin.”

Already in the colonial times, the conqueror Nuño Beltrán, established on 1531, the Town of San Miguel on the shores of the San Lorenzo River.
But due to the constant attacks of the natives of the area, they had to move the establishment mentioned above to different places (several times).
Finally remaining located at the confluence of the rivers Humaya and Tamazula, a place that in present day is called Culiacan Rosales.
During the XVI century, this town turned into the center of operations for the evangelization, and colonization of the North-East of the New Spain.
In the following years, the location of this city and its booming population gave rise to the development of various economic activities.
Such as livestock, agriculture, trade, among others; that in a whole forged the growth of this city.
And it was like this that on October 6th, 1821, after having changed its name to the village of Culiacan, independence was sworn in this town.
On July 21st, 1823 it is given the category of city, to be separated by a decree of the Congress the provinces of Sinaloa and Sonora.
A year later these areas are tightened to the definitely separate in 1830, where the City of Culiacan was declared the capital of Sinaloa.

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Significant Events of Culiacan

Although in the times of Don Plácido Vega, the capital of the State moved to Mazatlan.
In 1873 it is brought back to the definite form to Culiacan as the capital.

Within the era of modern Mexico, this city had significant events that marked its independent history.
We can highlight the promulgation of the first constitution of Sinaloa in 1831.
The publication of the first newspaper a year later.
In 1842 the start of the construction of the cathedral and the creation of the House of the coin in 1846, among others.
It is also worth highlighting the fact that Culiacan was the only city that did not fall into foreign hands at the time of the French invasion.
Thanks to the Hero Antonio Rosales, for which reason the official name of the city is Culiacan Rosales.
Nowadays this municipality includes little more than 4,700 square kilometers (8 % of the state).
In the modern times, around 1878, Culiacán counted with three town halls.
One in the head with the same name, other in the Badiraguato town hall, and the third one in Quilá.
Also, it was constituted like Municipality using the decree published on April 8th, 1915.
It’s economically active population is occupied principally in the sectors of services, agricultural, fishing and industrial.
Culiacan, not only is the capital of the state of Sinaloa.
But also the economically more competitive municipality of the state.
Due to its productive infrastructure and offer of services; corresponding to little more than 30 % of the entire state industry.

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How this  Virtual Tour was made

The equipment used to make this virtual tour is the following:

  • DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter
  • Phantom 3 4K Camera
  • 3 - Axis Gimbal
  • Nikon D800 Camera
  • Sigma 8 mm fisheye lens
  • Nodal Ninja Ball Joint NN4
  • Manfrotto Tripod 190
  • Remote trigger

The processing software of this image was:

  • Lightroom to process RAW files
  • PTGui to perform the stitching of the image
  • Photoshop for general and local adjustments
  • PanoTour Pro for the virtual tour generation

The photographs that I took to make the Culiacan virtual tour were taken in the first minutes of the dawn getting a pretty color of heaven.

And it is also when there is less contrast because the shadows are very soft.
The greatest challenge is the limitation of the camera of the drone.
For the images not to be triplicated or moved, the minimum speed that can be used is a quarter of a second.
So I had to wait for the light conditions to be sufficient to achieve the correct exposure.

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Traducción al idioma inglés realizada por la Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa a través del Centro de Estudio de Idiomas Culiacán. English language translation made by Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa through the collaboration of Centro de Estudio de Idiomas Culiacán

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