The Mazatlan Attractions are quite a few, and you won´t be able to visit all of them in a single day. Here is a list of the most important ones so you can enjoy your visit to our city to its fullest.
MONUMENTO AL PESCADOR
Another of the Mazatlan Attractions is the monument to the fisherman or Los Monos Bichis as all the people in Mazatlan call this monument, it`s the more iconic sculpture in all the city.
It was inaugurated on November 20 of 1958 and was made by the sculptor Rodolfo Becerra Gomez.
It contains several sculptures:
A lighthouse and a nude fisherman next to it that represents the faith and hope that fishermen have to the lighthouse that guides them on dark nights so they can return home from the sea.
A nude woman reclined on a sea wave that represents the beauty of all the women from this area of the country.
Sea creatures like a shark, a dolphin and a sailfish that represents the abundance of these species in our region.
All of these sculptures were made inside a big seashell that represents the name that Mazatlan is Known for, “The Pacific Pearl”
In all Beach destinies you expect to find, well, sun, water, sand, but Mazatlan also have something else, and that is a very rich history that you can sense while walking in the streets and sideways of the old Mazatlan which is full of houses and buildings from 1800-1900 with European architecture.
In XIX century, the port cities of San Francisco California, Valparaiso in Chile and Mazatlan in Mexico were the most important trade ports in the Pacific.
In that time Mazatlan was open to international trade by a decree from the Spain government. This made Mazatlan the trade port in which all kind of merchandise from Europe were distributed across all the country. The most important European trade business mainly from Spain, France, and Germany, build a subsidiary in the port and this began the construction of several buildings and houses with baroque, neoclassic and eclectic architecture. This is why the old Mazatlan was given the title of Cultural Heritage of humanity.
Teatro Angela Peralta
This is one of the most important Mazatlan Attractions, the Angela Peralta theater was open on February 15, 1874, with the name of Rubio Theater, which was the last name of the owner, and was built in the shape of a horseshoe in an Italian style.
Angela Peralta was a very famous singer that was born on July 6 of 1853. She was worldwide known for her voice. She came to Mazatlan in August of 1882 where she was given a loud applause for her presentation. In the same boat that she arrived were sick people with yellow fever which killed a lot of people in Mazatlan, among them was Angela Peralta.
This is why the theater was named after her. It was abandoned and after a hurricane struck Mazatlan in 1975, causing several damages in the city and it destroyed the theater.
In 1987 the local authorities rebuilt the theater, and for the third time, it was reopened for the public.
El Faro de Mazatlan
Mazatlán’s lighthouse is the tallest natural Lighthouse of the world. It is located on the peak of Cerro del Creston, which is a 157 mts hill.
You can access to the lighthouse by a small path that leads to it. There are concrete steps halfway of the path and it is a very good exercise to get to the top. Many tourist and locals get there for the exercise and to watch the beautiful sights of the city and the ocean that are available on top of the Creston Hill.
Monumento a la Vida
It’s a beautiful bronze sculpture made by Pedro Jimenez Corona. In it you can appreciate a couple standing on a snail shell watching some dolphins jumping from the water.
It represents the harmony that should exist between humans and nature.
It is located in the Old Mazatlán and it is surrounded by the local government offices and the cathedral of Mazatlán. It is a small plaza full of green areas with trees and flowers, and small benches that are used by people to sit down and enjoy the surroundings. At the center of this small plaza is a kiosk which was made with French architecture.
It was built around 1870 by Germanic traders that wanted to give the surroundings a much better look.
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Cathedral de Mazatlán
It is located in the Old Mazatlán, next to Plazuela Republica and Mercado Pino Suarez.
Its construction began in 1856 and was finished on 1899. Although it has an Eclectic design, you can appreciate a good balance neo-gothic and neo-Moorish style on both the exterior and the interior of the cathedral.
It has marble floor that was brought from Paris. Also from Paris was brought a Pipe Organ. In Latin America, there are only 3 of them and the one in the Cathedral has the best-preserved condition. It was inaugurated on May 7 of 1899, causing astonishment to the people that were in the Cathedral and several blocks around it. It had a very strong and beautiful sound.
This is a common place for locals and tourists for sightseeing. It is located on top of Cerro del Vigia.
You can watch beautiful sunsets from here, and have a great sight of the Lighthouse and the Ocean. Here you can also find a cannon that was used for protection on the last years of the XIX century. It was out of commission and now stands as a tribute to all the people that helped to protect Mazatlán on those years.
Explanada Sanchez Taboada
The Sanchez Taboada esplanade is a meeting point for tourists and locals. You can watch beautiful sunsets, how the ocean waves collide with the rocks, and also at sunset you get to watch a person who jumps from a high point into the ocean, this is known as El clavadista which is the person who does a dive in.
In the early years of Mazatlán, the high tide sometimes overflows the city, so at the middle of XIX century, a containing wall was created using materials from the Neveria hill, leaving a flat place where the subtracted materials were.
A German immigrant, Jorge Claussen, envision a place where people could gather to see the ocean waves hitting the rock wall, so he built the esplanade.
Mercado Pino Suarez
On May 05 of 1899, the Pino Suarez market was inaugurated. It was built with iron and steel, with an Art Nouveau style using the same techniques that seven years before were used to build the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
It is very near from Plazuela Republica and the Cathedral. A lot of sellers work here selling all kind of fresh food, like fruits, vegetables, meat, chicken, and fish. Also, you can find a lot of souvenirs shops and there are some restaurants on the second floor which offer Mexican food.
This is a gathering point for the families of the fishermen when they start the shrimp fishing season. There is a monument of La Virgen de la Puntilla to whom people offers prays and leave flowers asking for the protection of their loved ones.
From here you can watch the incoming and sail off of all ships. It`s a great sight when a big ship like a cruise ship arrives or leave port.
There is also a seafood restaurant with the same name with high-quality dishes.
One of the most important Mazatlan Attractions is without a doubt the Mazatlan Beaches, here you will have a large array of options to choose from. Mazatlan a day on the Beach will show you how many things you can do on the sea. Also Around Mazatlan Villa Union and Concordia will show you that not only in Mazatlan are places to visit as you can go to the nearby towns to explore.
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