Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Round trip airfare from Vancouver to Mazatlan
- 7 or 14 nights all-inclusive hotel at your choice below
- Round trip transfers from airport to hotel and hotel to airport
Air, 7 nights all-inclusive and transfers
Nov 1-29: $915 + $370 tax (Riu Emerald Bay; 5-star)
Air, 14 nights all-inclusive and transfers
Nov 1-29: $1245 + $370 tax (Riu Emerald Bay; 5-star)
Just south of the Tropic of Cancer, Mazatlán is the most important port on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. Full of contrasts, this city is one of the country’s oldest tourist resorts and the site of one of the world’s three major carnivals, comparable only to those in New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro.
Mazatlán always has surprises in store. Wandering through the city and its historic center, sunbathing on its magnificent beaches, traveling to the islands using every imaginable form of transport, gazing at the horizon from hills such as El Faro and El Cerro de la Nevería, enjoying one of the most elaborate regional seafood cuisines, participating in the carnival, and sailing or sport fishing are some of the things that have made Mazatlán famous the world over.
Mazatlan’s enviable weather pattern is warm and sunny, though it does rain occasionally, especially from July to September. Temperatures in summer range from 25° C to 33° C. In winter temperatures drop to a slightly cooler 19° C to 28° C.
The Plazuela Machado is the heart of Mazatlan. The old section of the city has many restored 19th century buildings and includes the city’s main square, Plaza Revolución, which is surrounded by palm trees and colonial-style buildings.
The newly-restored Angela Peralta Theater, a beautiful, neoclassic-style building erected in the 19th century and named after the beloved 19th-century opera diva who died after her only performance in Mazatlan, struck down by yellow fever. Today, the impressive building hosts Sinaloa State´s cultural festivals. Another interesting building is the Catedral Basílica de la Purísima Concepción, a neo Gothic, neoclassic, 19th century construction.
The Archaeological museum, set in a 19th century building, has a collection of archaeological pieces from the cultures that flourished in the region as well as information on its most important geographical aspects.
The Aquarium and Botanical Gardens exhibits over 50 fresh and saltwater tanks with sharks, eels, seahorses, lobsters, and over 250 exotic species from around the world.
The islands facing the wide bay and Crestón Island, the site of the world’s highest lighthouse (157 m above sea level) are two of Mazatlán’s distinctive symbols, together with its spectacular sunsets. Three islands can be visited by boat as well: Isla de Pájaros, Isla de Venados, and Isla de los Lobos.
The currency is the Mexican peso (MXN/MXV). Automated banking machine services are available throughout the country. Canadian debit and credit cards are widely accepted; however, Canadian currency and traveller’s cheques are not.
There is a limit to the amount of U.S. dollars that both residents and foreigners can exchange in Mexico, depending on your immigration status in Mexico. Although the rule does not apply to Canadian dollars, some financial institutions, hotels, and currency exchange bureaus are not making the distinction.
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