Mazatlan is beautiful. It’s what I guess we envisioned Mexico to be like. The vibrant colors, the rugged landscape, the friendly locals and palm trees….lots of palm trees.
For the holidays, the Plaza de la Republica, the town square in the middle of old town was all decked out for the season. Complete with nativity scene and live barn animals like goats and donkeys and chickens.
North pole and Nativity fun in the Plaza de la Republica. Brought to you by Coca-Cola…we think that’s why the donkey wanted Dave’s coke.
In the center of town is the Catedral Basilica Cathedral. It’s beautiful, golden towers act as a great landmark when roaming around the mercado.
Just a few blocks away is a peaceful square called the Machado. It’s a park surrounded on all sides by sidewalk cafes. It was so colorful and peaceful that I could have imagined myself sitting in that square every day with a book or a newspaper and just people watching and enjoying the serenity.
A few blocks more from the Machado towards the ocean is the long Malacon called Olas Altas, lined with unique sculptures and beautiful views of the ocean.
Everything is fairly close together in Mazatlan, although you can easily hop on a bus or hail a taxi to take you to and from various sights. Dave and I had quite a trek one day, starting with a hike up to the lighthouse (El Faro on Cerro del Creston), which has about 300 stairs…
…which leads up to a panoramic view of Mazatlan.
From the lighthouse we hiked back down and started along the Olas Altas walk, then into the Merchado and THEN to the Mercado in the middle of old town. Basically, we put ourselves on a forced march through Mazatlan to make sure we saw all the sights. It was totally worth it. I feel like we can leave here knowing we saw and did it all.