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Visit The Gran Acuario Mazatlan, The Largest Aquarium in Latin America

May 15, 2023

As if there isn’t enough to explore in Mazatlán already, the city by the bay has delivered yet another must-see experience. We’re excited to announce that the Gran Acuario Mazatlán is now open. What does that mean for guests at our Mazatlán resorts? You’ll have the wonders of the water world right in your backyard, and we think you’re going to love it. And it gets better—the entrance fees are included in our resorts' all-inclusive plans! Click to see the gallery and video, and then read on to learn more about the backstory, what's inside, and complementary activities around the museum so you can make a day of it.

The Backstory
The Gran Acuario Mazatlán is the first public-private partnership project in Mexico’s tourism sector and is the work of three levels of government. Reportedly costing 1.8 billion pesos (US $99.3 million), 60% of the funding is coming from the Kingu Mexicana company, owned by Ernesto Coppel Kelly, founder and president of Pueblo Bonito Golf & Spa Resorts. According to media reports, other funds came from the national infrastructure fund (Fonadin), the national fund for tourism (Fonatur), the National Bank of Foreign Trade (Bancomext), the National Works and Public Services Bank (Banobras) and BanCoppel.

A Look Inside
Want a sneak peak into what’s inside? The aquarium’s floor plan is the largest in Latin America, with its sheer grandeur being one of the primary points of intrigue for tourists, 900,000 of which are expected to visit in the first year. It’s a big deal for the destination, and Tourism Minister Estrella Palacios Domínguez says that the new aquarium marks a “before and after” in the history of Mazatlán. Coppel Kelly said its opening will trigger the construction of even more hotel rooms and restaurants. Designed by female Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao, whose works often merge geometry with nature, the aquarium will eventually house some 260 marine species and have a 2.8-million-liter main exhibition tank with a window that is 13 meters tall by 7 meters wide. Overall, its exhibition tanks will hold some 4.7 million liters of water, plus 200 million liters in its large lake. Among the marine animals are 36 species of mammals, 31 cetaceans (including gray, humpback and blue whales), five of the seven global species of sea turtles, as well as sharks, jellyfish, and manta rays.

“This abundant marine fauna and the crystal-clear waters that bathe the coasts of the states of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sonora, and Sinaloa led Jacques Cousteau to call the Sea of Cortéz ‘the aquarium of the world,’” says Miguel Torruco Marqués, the Minister of Tourism.

In addition, the facility includes a botanical garden and interactive and educational exhibits that promote the region’s biodiversity and commitment to conservation. When completed, there will be 19 exhibition rooms, four inner courtyards, and a 240-person auditorium. The modern buildings have striking architecture, plus terraces and roofs covered with vegetation. Currently, 26,000 square meters of the project ware accessible, and the second stage will be finished in the fall of 2024, officials said. In the spirit of conservation, some of the aquarium’s revenue will go toward a research center to preserve biodiversity in the Sea of Cortéz.

Where to Go and How to Spend the Day
The Gran Acuario Mazatlán will open in the western part of Mazatlán in Parque Central. That puts it right next to Mazatlán’s malecón, the city’s seaside promenade lined with bars, restaurants, shops, and installations by internationally renowned artists. Considered to be one of the longest of its kind in the world at 13 miles, the commercial seawall runs the length of the main bay along the Avenida del Mar, around to Olas Altas, ending in Paseo Claussen. The promenade is wide enough to invite walkers, runners, and bikers at all hours of the day. And with lighted palm trees lining the way at night, you can stay out later to watch the sights and sounds sparkle after dark.

Along the Avenida del Mar portion of the malecón, you can see the Monument to Family, the Pacific Brewery monument, Pulmonia taxi monument, the Fisherman's Monument, and others. On the Paseo Claussen portion of the promenade, there’s a string of monuments including the Continuation of Life and the Monument to Women. In the afternoon, you can watch cliff divers go to work at a spot called El Clavadista. All along the way, make sure to look seaward, too, so you don’t miss the beautiful high cliffs lining the Pacific. If you happen to be in the Golden Zone near the beach in the evening, enjoy a fabulous night view of the malecón with the lights of the Avenida del Mar in one direction and the rotating light from the El Faro lighthouse across the bay. Taken all together with a day at the aquarium, these activities make for a “best ever” day by the bay, one perfect to enjoy with your partner or your whole family when you visit Mazatlán.

Don't miss your chance to visit the Gran Acuario Mazatlán! Book your stay at Pueblo Bonito Mazatlán today!