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How to Spend 3 Days in Mazatlan

How to Spend 3 Days in Mazatlan

The Mexican coastal city of Mazatlan is a bustling beach paradise rich in history and culture. On a 3-day stay, you can enjoy a range of activities in the city, then venture outside and spend a day exploring the Sierra Madre mountains and visiting colonial towns. Here are some things to do and see during your visit to Mazatlan:

Day 1: Mazatlan Sights

Get to know Mazatlan on your first full day by booking a guided sightseeing tour to explore the city by foot, Segway, bike, or bus. Most tours focus on the Old Town area and Machado Plaza, visiting major attractions such as the cathedral and the Old Spanish Fort. You can also stop to watch the city’s famous cliff divers, shop for souvenirs at Pino Suarez Market, and take a stroll down the boardwalk, known as the malecón.

Later in the day, set out for the beach. While many hotels boast their own beaches (or sit close to one), you can also opt for an excursion to Stone Island or the Estero Ecological Reserve. In the evening, swing by one of Mazatlan’s lively clubs or beach bars for a drink. Or, for a quieter evening, return to the cafes and bars around Machado Plaza. Either way, be sure to stop by the malecón to watch the sunset.

Day 2: On the Water

Pack your second day with activities and excursions in and on the water: Join a sailing tour to Deer Island to snorkel. Head out on a research expedition led by marine biologists and cruise the Mazatlan coastline to spot dolphins in their native environment, then jump in the water and swim alongside them. Take a guided sailing tour of the archipelago of Pájaros, Venados, and Lobos Islands where you can see dolphins, sea lions, sea turtles, and coastal birds. Book a whale-watching excursion, and learn about the humpback whales that travel to the waters of Mazatlan to mate and give birth in the winter.

If you weren’t able to visit the Pájaros, Venados, and Lobos Islands at the start of the day, embark on a sunset cruise to the archipelago in the evening and hear about the local marine life from naturalist guides. Be on the lookout for dolphins and more as you watch the sunset over the water.

Day 3: Countryside Culture

On your third day, venture out of Mazatlan and into the countryside to explore colonial towns such as Concordia and Copala. Nestled in the Sierra Madre mountains, these towns boast colorful architecture, and you can watch local artisans make specialties like bread and handmade tiles. Or, head to the villages of La Noria and El Quelite and the La Vinata distillery. You’ll travel through a blue agave plantation before reaching a tequila distillery where you will learn about the production process and sample some product. Alternatively, you can experience the countryside in a different way—by riding high across it on a zipline course that offers panoramic views of the landscape.

Back in Mazatlan, head to the historic Angela Peralta Theater to catch a concert; ticket prices are relatively inexpensive. For dinner, check out the city’s restaurants and try traditional Sinaloan foods and seafood dishes like aguachile, a spicy shrimp ceviche.

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Half-Day Ziplining Experience from Mazatlán

Half-Day Ziplining Experience from Mazatlán

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Add adrenaline to your Mazatlan itinerary with a zipline course that offers panoramic views rarely seen by visitors of the area's natural landscape. In addition to ensuring a comfortable and safe experience, your guide takes souvenir photos that are available for purchase after the tour. The day includes a traditional Mexican lunch, tequila tasting, and round-trip transport from the doorstep of your hotel.
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  • 4 hours
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Old Town Mazatlan Segway Tour

Old Town Mazatlan Segway Tour

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Forget the walking tour—glide effortlessly through Mazatlan and cover two centuries of its history aboard a Segway. During this guided tour of Old Town and the waterfront, zip around landmarks such as the Plazuela Machado, the beautiful Cathedral, Olas Altas, and the Clavadista. You’ll discover more with less effort and time with a Segway. This small-group tour is limited to six people, ensuring personalized attention.
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Sierra Madre Villages Half-Day Cultural Tour

Sierra Madre Villages Half-Day Cultural Tour

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Escape Mazatlan’s bustle in favor of the rustic charm of Concordia and Copalia, colonial towns cradled by the Sierra Madre Mountains, on a 5-hour tour from Mazatlan. Visit 16th-century stone temples, admire colonial architecture, and observe artisan crafts such as bread- and tile-making. Refreshments and hotel pickup and drop-off in Mazatlan are included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.    
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Mazatlan City Sightseeing Tour with Shopping Time and Lunch

Mazatlan City Sightseeing Tour with Shopping Time and Lunch

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City sightseeing, the beach, shopping and delicious shrimp — experience it all on this 5-hour highlight tour of Mazatlán. Take in incredible lookout views from Old Spanish Fort, and visit the city’s historical center. Watch locals dive off a cliff, shop along the picturesque malecon (boardwalk) and lounge on the beach as you like. Relaxed with your shopping done, settle in for a sumptuous lunch featuring Mexican shrimp before you’re transported back to your hotel.
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  • 5 hours
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Day Pass at Mazatlan Beach Front Resort with Lunch

Day Pass at Mazatlan Beach Front Resort with Lunch

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Get picked up from your ship and spend the day exploring the oceanside Golden Zone with this full-day access pass to a beachside resort. Soak in the hot tub, swim in the pool, lounge on the beach, or get active on a personal watercraft, kayak, or try high-flying parasailing. Break for a drink and lunch of fresh seafood and explore the resort before being dropped off back at your ship.
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  • 6 hours
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Half-Day Tour to Tequila Factory and Villages from Mazatlan

Half-Day Tour to Tequila Factory and Villages from Mazatlan

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Experience the traditions of Mexico up close on a half-day tour from Mazatlan to villages known for their tequila and other locally made products. Stop at the picturesque villages of La Noria, La Vinata, and El Quelite, where you can visit a tequila distillery, browse the handicrafts and stroll along cobblestone streets. Learn about the process of making tequila, see a blue agave plantation, and sample tequila from the producer. Your tour includes guide, entrance fees, round-trip transport from Mazatlan, and the option to upgrade to include lunch.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Tour to El Quelite Village and Tequila Distillery from Mazatlan

Private Tour to El Quelite Village and Tequila Distillery from Mazatlan

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See more of Mexico in this private tour of three interesting villages located outside of the tourist bustle of Mazatlan. Visit the artisans of La Noria as they create handmade crafts and art. Next travel through acres of blue agave plants used to make tequila locally in the village of La Vinata before a stop at the distillery. Lastly, have some lunch and discover the pretty village of La Quelite before returning to Mazatlan.
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  • 6 hours
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