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Sinaloa is the name of a city, a municipality and a state in Mexico. This article is about the state. For the city and municipality, see: Sinaloa, Sinaloa.

Sinaloa is bordered by the states of Sonora to the north, Chihuahua to the northeast, Durango to the east, and Nayarit to the south. To the west of Sinaloa lies the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California, also known as the Sea of Cortez.

Sinaloa is the most important state in México in terms of agriculture, and additionally has one of the largest fishing fleets. Culturally, it is known for a style of music known as banda.

One of the most interesting and important cultural expressions of the American continent takes place in Sinaloa: It is the only place in the continent where the ancient ball game of Mesoamerica is still played, in a handful of small, rural communities not far from Mazatlan. The ritual ball game was central in the society, religion and cosmology of all the great Mesoamerican cultures including Teotihuacan, the Olmecs, Aztecs and Mayas. The Sinaloa version of the ball game (the consensus is that it is very faithful indeed to the original game) is called Ulama. There are efforts to avoid the extinction of this (at least) 3,500-years old unique tradition by supporting the communities and children that still play it [1].

The state capital of Sinaloa is Culiacán. Other large cities in Sinaloa with airports that serve as points of entry iinclude Mazatlán, a tourist resort, and Los Mochis, an agricultural center.


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