‘Jardines del Humaya‘ ( is a cemetery on the outskirts of Culiacán, the state capital of Sinaloa, and has earned fame as the place of eternal rest for people linked to drug trafficking.
Sinaloa is one of the states that are part of the so-called “golden triangle”, along with Durango and Chihuahua. This region is stuck in the Sierra Madre Occidental, where “amapola” (poppy) and marijuana grow, a millionaire business that today, inevitably has branches to a large part of the country’s legal economy.
This production area was the first one that the United States attacked in 1975, through a plan that sprayed a great part of the mountain area. Coincidentally, the initiative was named Cóndor, the same name as the repressive coordination that Washington carried out in the dictatorships of South America at the same time.
Since the formal beginning of the war against drug trafficking in late 2006 – also promoted and financed by the United States – Sinaloa is one of the Mexican states that has suffered the most and paid the consequences in high numbers of murders and cases of missing persons.
At the main entrance of the Humaya cemetery there is a series of graves on the floor, barely composed of tombstones. Then there is a row of smaller pantheons, crowned with airplane figurines. And then the “mega-tombs” are located deeper into the property, as if the cemetery reflected that clear and vertical stratification that characterizes Armies.
When visiting the Humaya Gardens, it is recommended that the walk be short and avoid photographing anyone who is there, as a safety measure.
Evidently, not all the people buried in this private cemetery i necessarily linked with criminal groups. But there is no doubt that many died violently. The age of those buried in Jardines del Humaya is striking: there are many tombs of young people, in their twenties.
The years engraved on the tombstones are mostly 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 (the years of the “narco-war”). Although many graves do not have a name or data on them.
It is a private and silent cemetery, with large pharaonic tombs and many stories to be told: from parties inside the cemetery in luxurious mausoleoums that -according to local journalists- have resting areas inside, where people can spend the night.