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Guide to Mazatlan Outdoors

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When in Mazatlan, there are plenty of places to go and explore. Don't miss the gorgeous art walks around town while admiring the characteristic architecture of the city square, churches, and old residences. Or try one of the many hiking trails and enjoy the great scenic views of the city.

Good for
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Beach Goer
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

10 Places

5 City Tips

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10 Places

Baluarte Bridge

Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks

El Mirador

Lookouts

Cerro de la Neveria

Lookouts

Acuario Mazatlan

Aquariums

Stone Island (Isla de las Piedras)

Islands, Beaches

Cerro Creston

Mountains

Playa Sabalo

Beaches

Plaza Machado

Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Huana Coa Canopy Adventure

Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks

Malecon

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Enrique A's City Tips

  • It is a good idea to have cash with you as some shops don't accept cards..
  • When traveling by bus you can choose the regular service or the green deluxe system, which costs a bit more.
  • When using the taxi system, you can choose from the regular type, Pulmonias, or the economical Eco Taxis, which are quite good, and even cheaper!
  • Be sure to pack your bathing suit, snorkel, comfortable shoes for hiking and walking, and also a raincoat.
  • Remember that June to August is the rainy season in Mazatlan.
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    Baluarte Bridge
    Bridges, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Enrique A Says:

    Baluarte Bridge is on a really impressive road which offers breathtaking views along the way. Be sure to have your camera with you and admire each and every little detail of the Sierra Madre mountain range, while crossing one of the highest bridges in the world.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be aware that there's a toll to be paid between Durango and Mazatlan.
    • The highway is quite narrow, so drive carefully.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 109 things to do in Mazatlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth the drive, once. 27/08/2018
    • breath taking view 18/06/2018
    • Baluarte Bridge
    Address:
    Highway 40 to Durango
    Mazatlan
    Mexico
    Other:
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    El Mirador
    Lookouts
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    Enrique A Says:

    A great place with a gorgeous view of the sea is the El Mirador lookout. Enjoy fish, shrimp taco or the amazing ceviche at the restaurant here while taking in the sunset.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The price and quality of the food plus the amazing view will make the trip to El Mirador worth it!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 109 things to do in Mazatlan
    • Cliff Diver 20/02/2018
    • Beautiful View!! 15/12/2017
    • El Mirador
    Address:
    Camino Al Observatorio #11 Cerro Del Vigia Colonia Centro
    Mazatlan 82110
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 669 982 1250
    Other:
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    Cerro de la Neveria
    Lookouts
    Enrique A Says:

    For photographers, Cerro de la Neveria is a must if you want to get a good look at the city from above. Watch the nightlights or observe how the city slowly becomes illuminated when morning comes. It is a really beautiful show of nature.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes for the hike and don't forget water, snacks, and your camera!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #64 of 109 things to do in Mazatlan
    • A 3rd way to call the Lighthouse 06/05/2018
    • One of the best view 01/03/2017
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    Acuario Mazatlan
    Aquariums
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    Enrique A Says:

    The Mazatlan Aquarium is a great place for kids and adults alike to admire the variety of wildlife on display in the aquarium, the zoo, and the botanical garden. It is a blast to be part of a show here, and for the little ones to be able to play and learn at the same time. The exhibits are quite interactive and super fun!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • For adventurers, try swimming with the stingrays or even with the sharks!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 109 things to do in Mazatlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good nature walk. 21/07/2018
    • Sad 20/07/2018
    • Acuario Mazatlan
    Address:
    Avenida de los Deportes Y/O Universidad 111
    Mazatlan 82017
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 669 981 7815
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 - 17:30
    Other:
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    Stone Island (Isla de las Piedras)
    Islands, Beaches
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    Enrique A Says:

    Stone Island is a lovely tranquil place to visit by yourself, or with friends or family, and it is also really easy to get to. On the island you can go for a swim, rent a kayak, go horseback riding, or even take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Take a water taxi to the island, the ride only takes five minutes.
    • You can grab a snack or a drink on the island in one of the many restaurants.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 109 things to do in Mazatlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stone Island Hotel, Carmelil’s Beach Day 28/08/2018
    • A "do-it-yourself" fancy resort. 09/08/2018
    • Stone Island (Isla de las Piedras)
    Address:
    Stone Island
    Mazatlan
    Mexico
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    Cerro Creston
    Mountains
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    Enrique A Says:

    Another must-see for nature lovers, hikers, and photographers is the Cerro Creston hill. At the top you can visit El Faro, one of the highest lighthouses in the world, and take in a truly unique view of the city and the sea.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Be sure to take beverages and snacks with you as you can only buy supplies at the top, not on the way up!
    • Wear your most comfortable shoes and enjoy the hike to the top.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 109 things to do in Mazatlan
    • Another name for Faro 06/05/2018
    • Views! 20/01/2017
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    Playa Sabalo
    Beaches
    Enrique A Says:

    Playa Sabalo is a quiet beach away from the noise of the hectic city. Here you'll have a nice time soaking under the sun and taking a swim - just be sure to check the flags before going into the sea.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Take some snacks and beverages with you to enjoy a little picnic on the beach.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 109 things to do in Mazatlan
    • Beautiful wide beach 24/01/2018
    • A nice afternoon visit. 25/01/2017
    • Playa Sabalo
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    Plaza Machado
    Historic Walking Areas, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Enrique A Says:

    The city square is a great place for a walk, and don't miss the weekly art walk in which local artists display their wares. You'll have the chance to buy some beautiful local art or just take a break and stop at a nice cafe or restaurant. The square is at the heart of the Mazatlan historical district, and is lined by beautiful old buildings.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The art walk is held on the first Friday of every month, between November and May.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 109 things to do in Mazatlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Looking around 16/09/2018
    • Beautiful! 13/09/2018
    • Plaza Machado
    Address:
    Calle Constitucion
    Mazatlan
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 669 913 2222
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    Huana Coa Canopy Adventure
    Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
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    Enrique A Says:

    At the Huana Coa Canopy Adventure there is something for everyone to do, from zip lining and horseback riding to canoeing and ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) tours. The staff at the park are incredibly hard working and will make sure you have the best of times.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes for the activities, you are really going to need them.
    • Listen carefully to the instructions given by the staff, safety first!
    • Check the website for monthly deals when booking your visit.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 57 Outdoor Activities in Mazatlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great experience with great guidance 12/09/2018
    • Best Zip Line Ever! 08/09/2018
    • Huana Coa Canopy Adventure
    Address:
    Av. Del Mar
    Local 10 Hotel Don Pelayo
    Mazatlan 82110
    Mexico
    Phone:
    +52 669 990 1100
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 12:30
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    Malecon
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Enrique A Says:

    A great choice for all is to take a walk along the Malecon boardwalk, admiring the beach or enjoying a parade (if it is the season.) Be prepared to walk a lot!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Take your camera, you might capture some really good moments at sunset.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 109 things to do in Mazatlan
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • This a must 13/09/2018
    • Zona Dorada Mazatlan Malecon 29/08/2018
    • Malecon
    Phone:
    +52 871 167 8601
    Other:
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