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Three of the Coolest Things to Do in Mazatlán
The Historic District
No trip to Mazatlán is complete without a day spent exploring the famed Historic District (or Centro Historico). History is literally layered in the gorgeous colonial architecture, which indicates distinct British, French, German, and Spanish influences. Shops don’t tend to open before 11 A.M., so you don’t have to rise with the sun. Major landmarks to check out in the Historic District include the Jose Maria Pino Suarez Market, the Cathedral Basilica de la Inmaculada Concepción, and Plaza Republicá. If possible, try to catch a show at the beautiful Angela Peralta Theatre, where celebrated local, regional, and international performers regularly appear in productions of opera, ballet, orchestral music, and dance. If you’re unable to fit a show into your schedule, the theatre is still a must-see for its two in-house art galleries.
These efficient little vehicles are unique to Mazatlán. Resembling open-air golf carts, Pulmonia taxis were first introduced to the city in 1965, and today, you’ll have no trouble finding one to hail. In addition to providing a fun way to see the city, Pulmonias are also very safe. All Pulmonia taxis and their drivers are regulated and licensed by municipal authorities, and all drivers belong to a Pulmonia driver’s union.
One of our region’s best-kept secrets, the charming Stone Island, or Isla de la Piedra, is a great day trip destination. To reach Stone Island from downtown Mazatlán, just hop aboard one of the inexpensive water taxis for a quick 7-minute trip. Once there, you could opt for a day of horseback riding or snorkeling, but the real appeal of Stone Island is Amaitlán Botanical Garden. Amaitlán includes a cactus garden, a tropical fruit garden, and a butterfly garden, among others. Stroll leisurely along the winding stone paths, marvel as majestic egrets take flight and reconnect with the splendor of the natural world.
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