your time is limited, or if you enjoy group tours, many
of these tours can be booked at your hotel from the many
fine Mazatlán tour companies. A few we recommend are
Vista Tours, and Olé Tours, but there are
many other good ones as well. We don't list here the
typical activities you can book from your hotel such as
parasailing, diving or sailboats; we include just the
unusual excursions you can do on your own. For activities and tours you
can book online, please return to the
home page and click on the activity of your choice.
There is an amphibious vehicle that makes
trips out to Deer Island several times a day from beside
El Cid Hotel.
(Acuario Mazatlán). Mazatlán's Aquarium, one of the
largest in Latin America, is well worth a visit. Situated
on Avenida de los Deportes, about two blocks inland from
Av. del Mar. There is an adjoining botanical garden and
small zoo. Sea lion and exotic bird shows are usually
offered three times a day. Open 10:00-5:30 daily.
Admission is about 35 pesos. Your hotel concierge might
have a discount coupon for the Aquarium.
Some of the places to explore in the old town of
Mazatlán are the central market, the Cathedral, Plaza
Revolution, Plaza Machado, the Angela Peralta Theatre,
and the Archeological Museum, all within walking distance
if you take a bus to the market.
del Crestón (El Faro)The Lighthouse. This is supposed to be the second
highest natural lighthouse in the world. It makes a great
hour hike to the summit (it's atop a 505 foot peak) and
provides an incredible view of the entire Mazatlán area!
Tell the taxi driver to take you to El Faro and you might
want to buy a bottle of ice-cold water at the food stand
before beginning the hike. They usually also sell cold soft
drinks at the top.
Bullfights. The "Plaza Monumental"
is a short ride from the Golden Zone (on Avenida Rafael
Buelna) and offers bullfights every Sunday and most
holidays, December through April. During the summer, the
arena usually features rodeos.
Downtown. Sunday evening is a good time to
walk around the downtown area and soak up the atmosphere
as Mexican families flock to Plaza Revolución to listen
to live music and socialize.
Another area to visit,
especially on Sunday evenings, is the seaside walkway: the
Starting at Av. Olas Altas, near La Siesta Hotel and the
Deer Monument, follow the walkway north along the
seafront where there will be many families strolling and
lovers embracing on the seawall. There are several
beautiful monuments in this area, as well as the fearless
clavadistas who entertain by diving into the rock strewn
ocean from a high platform. From the roadside carts in
this area, it's possible to buy such goodies as
strawberries and cream, ice-cream, corn on the cob, hot
dogs, etc. which we have sampled with no ill-effects.
It's safe to stroll in these areas at night.