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The 2014 Stay Adventurous Sunset Calendar Includes Mazatlan

by Craig Zabransky on December 20, 2013

We are excited to announce that photographer and travel writer Craig Zabransky’s 2014 Sunset Sunday Calendar-Chasing the Sunset includes three images from Mexico, including one from Mazatlan.

the sunset image taken in February during Mazatlan Carnanval.. it made Craig Zabransky's 2014 Sunset Sunday Calendar - Chasing the Sunset. The sunset during Mazatlan Carnaval

The February image, a photograph taken on the Malecón during the Carnaval Festival parade,  depicts not just the beauty and majesty of a Mazatlan Sunset but also the celebration of culture the coastal city is known for across Mexico.

the cover of the 2014 Sunset Sunday CalendarTo the take a look at all images and stories inside the calendar, view (and order) the sunset calendar here. Sunset Sunday Calendar-Chasing the Sunset.

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Heading to Carnaval Mazatlan 2013

by Craig Zabransky on February 6, 2013

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All I hear when I visit Mazatlan is “you should come for Carnaval, it’s the third biggest in the Americas” (behind Rio and New Orleans). Well this year, I made arrangements to come. I arrive this Thursday (the 7th) and will spend a week.  Needless to say I am beyond excited.

Every year Mazatlan´s Carnaval is the most highly awaited event for thousands of residents in this seaport city and for tourists who, for almost a week, can laugh and dance the night away. The ocean front malecon closes to vehicle traffic for a kilometer and a half  for five days and is completely transformed. Enormous dance floors move in and are flanked by dozens of booths selling food, beer, mardi-gras masks, confetti, serpentine and all kinds of souvenirs.

carnaval float mazatlan

And I’ll be there. Here is a look at what activities I’ll be attending.

Friday Feb 8th

Saturday Feb 9th

  • Burning of Bad Humor at Olas Altas (not sure what this, but I suspect it will be interesting)
  • Naval Battle Celebration – Fireworks Show at Olas Altas (The Mexicans fought the French Navy on the Bay of Mazatlan during the same conflict that produced the Cinco de Mayo holiday)

Sunday Feb 10th

  • The First Carnaval Parade: For Carnival’s 2013 edition, there will be 34 floats decorated with sculptured figures of Movie characters, some measuring as much as 4 meters high, 10 meters long and 3 meters wide.

Besides the traditional royal floats constructed for decades by Rigoberto Lewis, spectators will see creatively-lighted floats designed by lighting engineer Jorge Osunaand his team and Jorge Gonzalez Neri

Monday Feb 11th

  • Light Parade at night at Malecon.

Tuesday Feb 12th (Fat Tuesday)

  • Second Carnaval Parade on the Malecón.
  • Spend time enjoying the final fiestas until Ash Wednesday when Lent, the season of penitence,
    begins. (I think I’ll need a confession afterwards)

Also, besides the Carnaval focus, I definitely plan to enjoy some beach time on the sands of Stone Island and time at the  RIU hotel. Follow my activities on twitter under hashtag #CarnavalMaz (or my twitter handle @StayAdventurous) and for photos definitely check out my instagram feed @StayAdventurous and Facebook on the StayAdventurous page.

stay adventurous, Craig

Photos are from Carnival 2012 and were provided by Julio Birrueta the Director of Marketing for the Mazatlan Hotel Association at GoMazatlan.com


The Cultural Offerings in Old Town, Mazatlan

by Craig Zabransky
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Mazatlán famous for its golden sand beaches in its golden zone is also starting to be known for its cultural offerings. In the  “Centro Historico” or “Old Town” section of the city, visitors have the opportunity to gather with friends and explore the seaside city’s cultural destinations. Malecon Considered the heart and life of Mazatlán, [...]

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An Interview: Simon Says Mazatlán is My City

by Craig Zabransky

I met Simon on my last trip to Mazatlán. During a sponsored dinner he joined us to discuss his project MazatlanMyCity. Although I can’t vouch for the calamari that evening, I certianly can vouch for the cervezas and conversation. And after learning about his ambitious project, I asked if he’d mind answering a few questions for [...]

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The Faces of Mazatlán

by Craig Zabransky

I’ve traveled to Mazatlan more than a handful of times and enjoyed each adventure. It has become one of my favorite destinations in Mexico. The culture, cuisine, and cervezas are all reasons why, but one of my favorite reasons is truly the people. Yes, I find the people of Mexico and especially Mazatlan warm and [...]

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The Huana Coa Canopy Adventure

by Craig Zabransky
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I listened to a local bird, a cousin of the legendary quetzal, and heard it call “Coa… Coa” in the barren mountainous terrain outside of Mazatlan. Then just a few minutes later the guide strapped my safety harness and equipment to the steel cable and asked if I was ready to take the next zip-line [...]

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A Long Weekend in Mazatlan during its Spring Cultural Season

by Craig Zabransky

Can you see my smile? I am extremely excited. I am returning to Mazatlan to attend its Temporada Primavera and specifically the Dia de la Musica (Day of Music). I will be attending as an invited guest and participating with fellow travel bloggers on a five day/ four night long weekend adventure this June 6th-10th. [...]

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Friday Photo – The Fresh Oysters of Mazatlan

by Craig Zabransky
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When people think of paradise, many people dream of an idyllic beach, a gorgeous sunset, and the perfect person to spend the day with. And many people find such a paradise in Mazatlan. I know, I’ve been there. But when you really start to think of such a paradise, I’d like to recommend you add [...]

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The Malecón of Mazatlán

by Craig Zabransky
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Until my first visit to Mazatlán, I never really knew about its malecón. Actually, and surprisingly, it is one of the largest (or longest) in Latin America. The seaside promenade stretches well over ten kilometers in its main section and always seems filled with activity plus wonderful views of the beach, the bay, art and [...]

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Mazatlán is Safe – An Open Letter by Foreign Expats to the Cruise Industry

by Craig Zabransky

I am often asked if Mazatlán is safe? Is Puerto Vallarta safe? Is Mexico safe? I am not going to sugar coat the facts, but I often think people don’t realize all the facts. The resort areas in Mexico are safe for tourists to visit. I was recently interviewed on Cruise Radio pertaining to the port [...]

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