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The Pulmonia Taxi of Mazatlan is a Must Catch

by Craig Zabransky on May 19, 2011

Pulmonía translates to pneumonia in English, but in Mazatlan catching a pulmonia is a must. The nickname for the iconic taxi comes from the local residents believing a ride in an open air car could cause a cold, yet you’ll find many locals taking pulmonias all over town. In fact, there is no better way to get around both downtown (Old Town) and the Golden Zone.

the pulmonia next to a standard taxi

The golf-cart like taxi cars are everywhere, including one as a sculpture on the seaside malecon. They are quite affordable and make for an enjoyable experience getting around the city whether from bar to bar, beach to beach, or to and from dinner. The taxis are very safe and much fun.

a sculpture of the icon on the malecon

When taking one, I’d recommend a few items to keep in mind to make for the best ride possible:

  • Negotiate the fare before getting the taxi. Fares between Old Town and the Golden Zone will be less than 100 pesos. Other fares less. Know your price.
  • Take a cocktail. This is your vacation, so enjoy a beer or mixed drink with you for your travels. It’s legal. I’d recommend a cup (not glass). Remember you are not driving.
  • Take one along the malecon. You will enjoy the views of the water, the sculptures, and the wind in your hair all at slower speeds. Either day or night, the views of the bay, beaches, and people make for a memorable trip.
  • Consider it a souvenir. A ride in the iconic pulmonia is not just a ‘must do’ when in Mazatlan, but its a unique experience you’ll remember longer than that tequila T-shirt.

photos: both photos by Craig Zabransky

Craig travels around the world to write tales of travel aimed to encourage and inspire others to take and make adventure in their life. And after calling Mexico home for over a year, it secured a special place in his heart. He continues to return often and often considers it his second home. You can find more of his travels on his Stay Adventurous site and follow him on his Twitter: @stayadventurous..
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  • http://retire.com.mx David Krug

    The fare from the Historico to the Golden Zone should be no more than 70 pesos EVER.

  • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ Craig Zabransky

    Thank @David, 70 pesos got it (I think I paid 80)

    stay adventurous, Craig

  • http://retire.com.mx David Krug

    I’m a fighter when it comes to Taxi fares. I just won’t pay more than the locals EVER.

  • http://www.facebook.com/whitewings2003 William L Wilfong

    Davids right, 70 Pesos

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