Located in the west of the Mexican Republic, in the state of Sinaloa, the City of Mazatlán stands out for the perfection of its beaches and the richness of its flora and fauna, which under the dazzling rays of the sun show its beauty, evidencing why they call it the "Pearl of the Pacific".

The name Mazatlán comes from the Nahuatl language, and means "place next to the deer".

The tourist services of the city are concentrated in the "Golden Zone", where it is also possible to feel to the maximum its pleasant hot climate.

This destination of the Mexican Pacific keeps the doors open to the joy and fun that in different dates of the year explode in its streets during the local celebrations, like the carnival of Mazatlan, one of the most famous in the country; The Sinaloa Festival of the Arts that takes place annually, and the Fiesta in honor of the Purísima Concepción, celebrated on December 8 of each year.

Mazatlan has multiple water and land activities that can be performed on its beaches and trails, such as surfing, diving, sport fishing, ecotourism and climbing, among others.

Do not miss the opportunity to live with its exuberant nature in a festive atmosphere, which enlivened by the traditional band music, manages to thrill those who arrive at this port bathed by many kilometers of beaches of intense blue and adorned with historical monuments, old buildings and modern buildings that can be seen from the boardwalk.

When you walk through its historic center, you will find the Cathedral Basilica Minor of Mazatlan, neo-gothic style, with Baroque decoration and whose construction began in 1856.

Another distinctive feature is the Faro, which with its 157 meters high, located on the Crestón hill, allows a privileged view of its beaches. Visiting the Malecón in the city is a good start to admire it; It is considered one of the longest in the world, with 21 km. of length and divided into 9 sections.

The Mazatlan Aquarium is the site of a gastronomic encounter dedicated to sea food: seafood, essential in the typical dishes of Sinaloa. Its range of options also offers different beverages, such as the white and pinole atoles, the waters of horchata, tamarind and barley, the tejuino and the better known beer called "Cerveza Pacífico", as well as a large number of typical sweets.

The historical center of Mazatlan, among whose inhabitants are French, German, Chinese, Spanish, North American; thus cementing the perception that whoever arrives does not want to retire was named Historical Patrimony of the Nation on March 12, 2001... and with just reason.

¿Qué Visitar?

What to Visit?

  • Aquarium Teaching how to protect and preserve nature is one of the main objectives of this institution. Here you can attend also sea lions shows and even swim along with sharks!
  • Machado Square Built in 1837, this is one of the oldest squares in the city. It has been restored lately, and its beautiful bandstand was added in 1881.
  • Mazagua Aquatic Park There are special areas for kids and also toboggans for those adrenaline lovers.
  • Mazatlán Archaeological Museum Located in a mansion of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, it features around 200 artworks which are displayed in different halls.
  • Cathedral basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Built in the nineteenth century, its façade features a beautiful eclectic style.
  • Isla de Piedra Literally meaning "Stone Island", you can get there by traditional boats that make the trip around. There are many restaurants and pubs in the island to spend a whole day of fun and pleasure.
¿Qué hacer?

What to do?

  • Carnival As in the rest of the Catholic world, it takes place during the week before Lent, when you can enjoy float parades, traditional music and dances, masked people around, and the crowning ceremony of a queen and a king just for this festivity.
  • "José Limón" Dance Festival It is organized in April and May each year.
Comida Típica

Typical Food

  • Menudo Delicious broth made from beef belly and served with onion, lemon and oregano. It is always accompanied with corn tortillas.
  • Pozole A typical Mexican dish that consists on a spicy broth seasoned with pork or chicken meat, and ears of corn. It is served with lettuce, radish and onions on top of the broth.
  • Fish Tacos
  • Gorditas Thick corn tortilla stuffed with cheese and/ or different stews.
  • Seafood Any type at any moment, prepared in different ways, always delicious and fresh!
¿Qué Saber?

What to Know?

  • The name Mazatlán is formed by two words taken from the Aztec language, which together mean "Place of Deer" or "Place where deer abound".
  • Originally, it was named "Villa Unión", and according to some researchers, it was founded on May 14th, 1531.
  • In 1821, right after the National Independence, Mazatlán was declared the first Mexican seaport in the Pacific coast.
  • From 1859 to 1873 Mazatlán was the capital of the state of Sinaloa.
  • Renowned Individuals:
  • Pedro Infante (1917 – 1957) Singer and actor also known as "the Idol of Mexico" due to the enormous popularity of his songs and movies until our days.

Popular Craft

  • Pottery
  • Carved wood
  • Saddlery
  • Basket-making
  • Goods and handicrafts made of shells and other sea objects

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