There are various types of Mazatlan tours for all ages and budget for everyone to enjoy when visiting the area. Your choices will depend on whether you want to go on a beach, mountain, jungle or city tour.
Mazatlan City Tours
Visitors can easily do their own Mazatlan city tour, but if you prefer a bilingual guided tour, ask your concierge where to sign up. The tour bus will pick you up at your hotel or a central location and take you to Mazatlanʼs main tourist attractions. These include the cathedral, the open market where you can go shopping, the boardwalk, and the famous cliff divers in Las Oltas Ave. Air conditioned bus tours start at $25 for adults.
Mazatlan has 17 miles of beach that can be enjoyed. However, if you want another beach excursion, try visiting:
You can get there by taxi, bus, or take one of the guided tours that will take you there. This tour is also offered by cruise ships so be aware that it can be very busy when they are in port. It is a great place to just relax on the beach or be adventurous and go on the banana boat, rent an ATV or go horseback riding. There are also several places to eat and drink on the beach.
Hop on a catamaran at the El Cid marina and enjoy a fun day tour on the beach in Deer Island. Deer Island is the largest secluded coastal island in Mazatlan. Here you can snorkel, kayak, swim, hike and enjoy this beautiful natural reserve that has a diverse species of plants and approximately 90 species of birds in the island.
Cruises and Boat Tours
Seeing Mazatlan from the water is a must do. You can enjoy an afternoon on a double decker catamaran with other tourists or charter your own and go sailing around the bay. Sunset cruises with drinks included is a popular thing to do before heading out for a night out.
Whale Watching Tours
From December to March when the humpback whales migrate to the Sea of Cortez, visitors can go on a whale watching tour. You will get a chance to observe and learn more about the whaleʼs habitat and behavior. 3 hr tours start at $78-adults, $60 for kids. Private tours for up to 6 people starts at $459.
Fishing Tours and Charters
Mazatlan claims to be the sailﬁsh and marlin capital of the world. The warm weather attracts an abundence of ﬁsh to the area, which makes Mazatlan a popular ﬁshing destination. Daily deep sea ﬁshing tours and charters are available to everyone. Trips can also be arranged around the passengers of cruise liners who stop in Mazatlan.
Visitors have a choice of bottom ﬁshing, light tackle ﬁshing or deep sea ﬁshing. A ﬁshing license is required but these are easily accessible through your Mazatlan ﬁshing charters.
Depending on the season, sport anglers can look forward to catching sailﬁsh, swordﬁsh, dorado, rooster ﬁsh, wahoo, yellowﬁn tuna, mahi mahi, shark and blue, black or striped marlin.
ATV and Off Road
These activities are offered in Stone Island. ATV rentals are from 30 minutes -4 hours. You can ride on the beach, or drive through coconut plantations and mangroves. Valid driverʼs license required. Price for a 3 hour rental start at $120 pp.
The arid Mazatlan weather creates a well packed soil that makes the single, double, and off roads fun and zippy. Avid mountain bikers can rent a motorbike and tour the Mazatlan countryside. Guides can take you up the mountain where where you can enjoy the view and the natural beauty.
Zipline and Canopy
Ready for an adrenaline rush on a Mazatlan zipline? These are the 2 companies that offer zipline and canopy tours in Mazatlan.
*HUANA COA, the ﬁrst one built is located on the road to La Noria near Mazatlan. They offer 8 lines and takes about 45 minutes to complete. There is a tequila factory at the bottom where you can enjoy a drink before heading home.
* VERANEANDO ADVENTURE ZIPLINE in Veranos is 55 km from Mazatlan and is closer to the city. This newer facility offers 12 different zip lines that was built on 3 different levels.
Both places offer transportation pick up with their prices or you can drive yourself. You have to be 9 years old to join; tours start at $40 per person.
Horseback Riding Tours
Horseback riding on the beach is a popular activity in Mazatlan. Hourly rides start at $30, $25 for children 5-12 years old. There is a 240 lb weight limit. Long pants are recommended. Bring suntan lotion, hat and comfortable riding or tennis shoes.
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Mazatlan, head for the hills.
La Noria, a picturesque town located at the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental, is renowned for its tequila. Here you will ﬁnd the stateʼs only tequila distillery, La Vinata. The 5 hour tour will take you around the distillery where the best agaves produce this popular Mexican drink. The tour includes tasting several different classes of tequila.
20 miles northeast of Mazatlan, El Quelite is a small colonial town (pueblito) worth visiting. This charming town is framed by the Paciﬁc Ocean, the Sierra Madre Mtns and the El Quelite River. Here you will see how rural Mexicans live. Visit the century old buildings, walk around the town and enjoy the cultural experience. You can get there by car or tour bus.
Copala Mountain Tour
Copala is an ancient mining town nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mtns. The cobbled streets and rustic colonial buildings with pleasant shops and restaurants make this worth a visit. Original works of art and handicrafts made locally and from all over the country are available for purchase.
Whether you are a laid back beach loving person, a thrill seeker, or prefer a cultural visit, Mazatlan tours has the right one for you, enjoy!