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.
Considered the heart and life of Mazatlán, the four-mile seaside promenade malecon stretches along the coast from the Golden Zone all the way to Old Town. And as you walk, you’ll discover several beachfront restaurants, discos, night clubs, and sculptures. There are also always great sunsets on the malecon too.
Museo Arqueolgia y Museo de Arte
The Museo Arqueologia, the small archaeological museum located in Centro Historico, features pre-Hispanic artifacts and includes a contemporary art exhibit, which outlines pre-Hispanic Sinaloan history and culture.
The art museum, located in a beautifully restored building is filled with outstanding examples of 20th and 21st century Mexican art. It features both local artists and the work of artists from all over Mexico.
Plazuela Machado (Plaza Machado)
Built in 1837 and recently restored, the Plazuela Machado is one of the oldest plazas in Mazatlán. Featuring architecture influenced by the French and Spanish 18th century architects it is the sidewalk cafes that really give its European feel. Also the theater, museums and galleries are all with in a short walking distance.
El Faro Lighthouse
The El Faro lighthouse, located 523 feet above high tide cast its first light in 1879. El Faro’s beacon can be seen for 30 nautical miles and is the second-highest operating lighthouse in the world.
For the adventurous, you can hike (or really climb the steps) to the top in the early morning hike and watch the sunrise.
Angela Peralta Theater
Founded in 1874, the Angela Peralta Theater, named for the distinguished Mexican soprano, is a must when visiting the city. And since its reconstruction a decade ago it has become an important center for cultural development in Sinaloa and Mexico. I’ve watched two shows in the theater, each extremely impressive.
photos by Craig Zabransky at Stay Adventurous Travel Photography