Mazatlán boasts long stretches of palm-lined beaches and the leisurely pace of a world-class tourist resort. In Old Mazatlán, visit the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, crowned with a gold ceiling, and then stroll through the colonial-era Plaza Republica with its charming Victorian bandstand. Teatro Angela Peralta, dating from the 1800s, is a national landmark. Your visit to Mazatlán, “The Pearl of the Pacific,” would not be complete without witnessing the daring cliff divers who jump from the highest rocky staircase at the Sanchez Taboada esplanade, right on the oceanfront along the seaside boardwalk.
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Celebrate the cultural and historic highlights of Mazatlan on a full-day adventure that includes a majestic 19th century cathedral, scenic coastline and death-defying cliff divers. Visit a renowned beach resort, savor the flavors of Mexico at a luncheon buffet and delight in a folkloric show with traditional costumes and music.
Begin with a scenic drive from the port and travels through the beautiful, historic old town to the dramatic 19th century Immaculada Concepcion Cathedral.
At this masterful architectural landmark, note the intricate façade, the twin towers and the outer domes, which are adorned with bright yellow European Tile. The impressive white sculptures of St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, and St. John that preside over the four corner entrances. Interestingly, this cathedral displays a gothic style exterior and shows little signs of Spanish architectural influences. Even the cathedral’s interior is known for its baroque style. Facing the cathedral is Plazuela Republica, with its charming early 19th century bandstand and mature palm trees.
Continue your drive along the sparkling coastline for views of outer islands and ocean-front properties. In the distance, the world’s highest natural lighthouse, El Faro, peacefully stands guard over this picture-perfect scene. A rocky promontory greets you, and here you’ll make a brief stop to watch the local cliff divers. Marvel at the death-defying feats that these high-flying divers perform as they plunge into the rocky surf from a 59-foot high ledge. Divers must time their descent perfectly, and you may notice other divers at both the top of the cliff and at its base helping the diver to time his leap.
From here you’ll make your way to the “Golden Zone,” Mazatlán’s shopping and hotel mecca. Your destination is Hotel Playa, where you will be hosted for an afternoon of fun and relaxation in this sun splashed playground to the rich and famous. Hotel Playa, which was the first hotel to be built along the beach over 55 years ago has been beautifully restored and welcomes you to a wonderful Mexican buffet lunch.
The hotel’s many amenities are also yours to enjoy, from swimming at the beach or in the hotel pool, to sunbathing. Your tour concludes with a complimentary taxi ride back to the pier through Mazatlan Ocean Front Boulevard, a long, colorful promenade along the beach
After approximately 50 minutes of free time, you will rejoin your coach and transfer back to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes minimal walking over mostly even surfaces and mainly at the guest's discretion. The tour is available to wheelchair guests with a collapsible wheelchair (no motorized wheelchairs or carts are permitted) who are able to both make their way on and off the coach and are accompanied by a companion who can assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Light weight clothing; comfortable, flat walking shoes; sun caps; sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested. Shorts are not permitted in the Cathedral. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.
Rising majestically behind the city of Mazatlan is the Sierra Madre range of mountains, which separates the coastal area of Mexico from the interior. Rich in mineral wealth and extremely rugged, these mountains have become the subject of spectacular legends. A major highway has been laboriously constructed to link Mazatlan with the state of Durango and it is over a portion of this highway that your day's exploration will carry you.
Setting off from the pier, you will travel approximately 50-minutes to your first stop, the little village of Malpica. During your visit to this rustic village, you will visit a floor-tile (made by hand) factory and a traditional wood-fired bakery. Take the opportunity to sample a little piece of sweet bread made at the bakery, while you enjoy a cup of local coffee. From here, it's a short drive to the town of Concordia, where you will visit the over 200-year old church and enjoy a complimentary refreshing drink in a typical little restaurant.
Leaving Concordia behind, you will continue on into the mountains to the village of Copala, once a thriving Spanish gold mining town founded in 1565. Here, a leisurely walk takes you through the village's cobblestone streets, where you will see colonial houses, the jail and the spectacular San Jose church that dates back to the time of the Spanish Conquest. A typical Mexican lunch is served in either Concordia or Copala before making the scenic 90-minute drive back to Mazatlan.
Upon your arrival back in Mazatlan, a short stop will be made for browsing or shopping at the "Golden Zone", the area of the city known for its wealth of shops, eateries and modern resorts. Following your free time, you will rejoin you coach and return to the ship via Mazatlan's picturesque waterfront drive. Your guide will point out some of the highlights of the city, as well as provide a commentary on its colorful history during your 25-minute transfer to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of walking plus any additional walking at the guest's discretion during free time. It is not available to wheelchair guests and not recommended for those guests with mobility concerns. Light weight clothing; comfortable, flat walking shoes; sun caps; sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.
Adventure lovers won't want to miss this canopy tour that will have the adrenaline pulsing through your veins!
Boarding your transportation at the pier, you'll set-off on a 1-hour scenic drive to the sprawling La Vinata Los Osuna Plantation. Nestled at the base of the Sierra Madre Mountains, the Plantation is not only where blue agave is grown and processed into tequila, it is also home to this exhilarating canopy tour.
Arriving at the Plantation, you begin your day of fun with the rush of an off-road experience in a classic Swiss Army Pinzgauer 6x6 vehicle, which delivers you from the valley floor into the foothills of the surrounding mountain range. It is at this point that the action really begins to take off! The highly trained staff will brief you on all of the techniques and safety measures used during the canopy adventure and outfit you in safety equipment of the highest quality before you are allowed to start your zip-line experience. Consisting of a series 12 platforms with 9 zip-lines, and a flex-walk bridge, this amazing nature trek provides extraordinary views of the Plantation's diverse flora and fauna as you soar above the valley floor. A rappel from the final platform that is situated in an ancient Huanacaxtle tree will bring you safely back to earth among the vast rows of blue agave.
Re-joining your transportation, you will return to the city via Mazatlan's magnificent oceanfront boulevard with a pass-by being made of the "Golden Zone" before ending back at the pier.
Please note: This is a high adrenaline tour and the Swiss Army Pinzgauer vehicle travels over rough and bumpy trails to reach the canopy site. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, heart problems, balance issues, asthma, epilepsy, recent back or neck injuries, or pregnant women. Participants should be in good physical condition. The minimum height to participate is 4 ft.-1 inch, and the minimum age to participate is 9-years old. Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The maximum allowable weight is 250 lbs. Closed-toe shoes are required; sun caps; sunglasses; sunscreen and insect repellent are suggested. For safety reasons, cameras are not permitted on the zip line, but lockers are provided at the base camp. Participants may be asked to sign a release form before being allowed to take part in the tour. Tequila tasting is not available to participants under 21 years of age.
Enjoy an exhilarating ATV adventure on this high energy tour that takes you off the beaten track.
Travel first from the pier to the South Beach Wharf, and then on from there to the ATV starting point. Your exciting excursion begins with a safety briefing and once everyone is ready to go, you will take off on a trek through the tropical plantations that surround Mazatlan. Ride through a landscape that includes coconut palm trees, banana trees, peanut trees and the many other varieties of flora and fauna that can be found in this hidden paradise. Your off-road route will also take you through sparkling lagoons, estuaries and other fabulous scenic spots that offer up some great photo opportunities.
After approximately 1 hour of exploring Mazatlan's marvelous natural environment, you will find yourself back at the starting point of your adventure, where you will leave your ATV behind and enjoy a refreshing bottle of water or soda before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes minimal walking; however, the tour travels over rough and bumpy trails. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests, those with mobility concerns, heart problems, asthma, epilepsy, recent back or neck injuries, or pregnant women. No one under the influence of alcohol or drugs may participate. The maximum weight is 250 lbs. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and provide a valid driver's license (Each guest will operate their own ATV). All vehicles must remain with the group throughout the tour. Long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes are mandatory. Sun caps, sunscreen and insect repellant are suggested. Tour participants may be asked to sign a release form before being allowed to take part in the tour.
Leaving the pier, it's a short transfer to the Continuity of Life monument where you will meet your guide and set off to explore Mazatlan on foot.
First up is a brief stop to admire the daring cliff divers who make breath-taking dives from the cliffs for your enjoyment (and tips!). Mazatlan's beautiful shoreline offers up wonderful views of the offshore islands, Ice Box Hill and monuments such as La Mazateca, El Vanadito and the City's Shield, heart of Mazatlan's famous annual Mardi Gras.
Making your way on foot, you will next navigate your way through the city's historical center, passing such notable sights as the Military Hospital and Bank of Mexico, along with charming traditional homes. You will also have a look at the town's oldest bakery and stop at the House of Music and Museum. Along the way, a short break for some complimentary refreshments is taken before proceeding to the wonderful Angela Peralta Opera House, built in honor of the world famous singer.
Continuing on, you will walk to the civic center where some of the sights you will see include the charming Main Square, City Hall, the imposing Inmaculada Concepcion Cathedral and open market. After approximately 3 1/2 hours, you will meet your transportation and travel back to the pier where your tour comes to an end.
Please note: This tour includes a significant amount of walking, at times over uneven surfaces and there are steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those guests with mobility concerns. Light weight clothing; comfortable, flat walking shoes; sun caps; sunglasses and sunscreen are suggested. The order of the sites visited or viewed may vary.