Mazatlan Aquarium

Mazatlan Aquarium

Mazatlan Aquarium opened its doors in 1980 by initiative of the Sinaloa state government at that time was chaired by Mr. Alfonso G. Calderón with the main aim of giving people an educational and recreation on the environment and its wildlife.

Mazatlan Aquarium currently part of the “Forest City” a tourist complex comprising a playground, a lake for boating, outdoor theater, a planetarium and a botanical garden.

Among the attractions you can find at the Mazatlan Aquarium include:

Oceanic Fish Tank – Space dedicated to accommodate species harvested from the Gulf of California, which is considered a natural aquarium fish diversity that inhabit it. Some of the fish that can be admired through this tank are: Lemon Sharks, Giant Grouper Fish, Olive Ridley, Hawksbill Turtle, among others.

Aquariums – There are two types of tanks, 34 saltwater and 17 freshwater that contain a total of 300 species such as Sea Horses, Jellyfish, Lionfish, Red Tail Catfish, Pangasius, Tents and other. There is also a central pond which held three exhibitions of diving per day.

Maritime Museum – Area where you can admire through photographs, paintings, fossils and collections of shells and snails, the evolution of marine life.

Frog Pond – Currently there are over 4,000 species of amphibians, of which 363 are in Mexico. Mazatlan Aquarium opens this space to exhibit the typical species of this region which are mostly salamanders, frogs and toads.

Sea Lion Show – The “Lobario” Mazatlan Aquarium opened its doors in order to raise awareness among visitors about the care and respect for these animals. Currently the family of lions consists of: Bony, male 300 kg., Toby, Cili, Ely, Lili and Tito is the youngest of the artists. For care you have different salt ponds, veterinarians who care them for the physical, emotional and nutritional integrity.

Diving Exhibition – Through this activity you will experience a real approach to species that inhabit our seas, including: Shark species Gata, Carey, Striped Owl, Hawk and 50 fish of various species. To carry out first you will receive a brief explanation of the biology, physiology, reproduction and hunting habits of these animals, then you will be given a little tutorial on how to use the basic diving equipment, such as display, snorkel, fins and leads, to finally swim in the interior of the tank and have access to safe physical contact with these species.

Bird Theatre – Since 1991, the theater provides a wonderful birds show that tests the ability to learn from birds, which began with the acquisition of two Scarlet Macaws and two Moluccan Cockatoos.

Bird – Opened in 1992 with the aim to exhibit the typical species of the region include: Peacocks, Brown Pelican, Quail, Paloma Alablanca, endangered species as Frentinaranja Pericos, Macaw, Lilac-crowned Parrot, among others.

Enjoy all the activities offered by Mazatlan Aquarium and be an active promoter of the respect for the environment and his animals.

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Mazatlan Carnival

Mazatlan Carnival

mazatlancarnivalparadeThe origins of Mazatlan’s Carnival date back to the 19th century which dominated the grotesque over the graceful thing, because during the festivities were used perfumed flour and shells filled with tinsel for women; and flour, negrumos and pigments for men. It was until 1898 when a meeting of notable citizens headed by the Dr. Martiniano Carvajal organized a parade of carriages and bicycles on the main streets of Mazatlan, where the use of the confeti, leaving behind the festivities with flour.

historymazatlancarnivalBy 1900, the North American Wilfrida Farmer emerged as the first Queen of Mazatlan’s Carnival and paraded mounted in a beautiful black steed whose joy influenced to the presents. In the same space is held the first masked ball in front of the Plazuela Machado, which until today is one of the hearts of the carnival celebrations.

queensmazatlancarnivalNowadays Mazatlan’s Carnival is one of the most recognized and important celebrations in Mexico and is organized by the Municipal Institute of Culture, Tourism and Arts of Mazatlan, which principal aim is to spread and promote the artistic and cultural values of the port internationally. Inside these festivities you will be able to enjoy beautiful art shows and exhibitions where the culture and the party interlace, for example: the Evening of the Arts, Crown the King of Joy, the Queen of the Floral Games, the Queen of Carnival, the Queen Child, Burning of Humor, Naval Combat, Parade of allegoric cars, Election of the International Pacific Queen, among others.

Come to enjoy in one of the best beach hotels in Mexico the Mazatlan Carnival, an experience that you will never forget!

Mazatlan’s Cathedral

Mazatlan’s Cathedral

In ancient Mexico to represent the ecclesiastical power were built majestic“Cathedrals” which symbolized the economic and social power at that time served the Church in Mexican society.

The Cathedral is a temple of singular beauty where presiding Bishop to lead his Christian flock. One of the first names which were known is ecclesia mater which emphasizes the role of mother to the rest of the diocese (Christian district where a prelate exercising ecclesiastical jurisdiction).

The construction of the Cathedral in Mazatlan began in 1856 under the leadership of Bishop Pedro Loza and Pardavé and designed and built by Mr. Estanislao León, to be completed in 1899. Its foundation was made possible by large financial contributions that gave the most important merchants and industrialists Catholic of the city.

Located in the heart of Mazatlan, where the government building, the Republic Square and one of the most popular shopping areas of the port, the Cathedral of Mazatlan was solemnly consecrated and dedicated to the Immaculate Conception in 1938.

It was not until May 7, 1899 when officially opened the doors of this temple to bless and consecrate their inner altars through a religious ceremony which was attended by the most respectable families of the port.

With a Gothic influence on the outside, framed by two monumental towers, the Cathedral of Mazatlan has within three altars decorated with a sublime mix of Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassical architecture with beautiful statues of Italian manufacturing. Its atrium houses three magnificent monuments lattice which represents Christ as King and the Indian Juan Diego showing his “ayate” with the miraculous appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Bishop Fray Juan de Zumárraga.

Mazatlan’s Cathedral has four side altars where one of them are the remains of the first bishop who was the diocese in Mazatlan, His Excellency Don Miguel García Franco (RIP) and the Fathers Lacarra and José Ruiz (the latter was the one who finished construction).

In the back of the main altar is under a dome of marble, a delicate sculpture of the Immaculate Conception and a beautiful mural depicting the Holy Trinity surrounded by angels and other heavenly creatures. During the tour inside the temple, you can admire the frescoes of religious scenes dating back to 1942.

In spite of the whole beauty that it wraps to Mazatlan’s Cathedral, his real jewel is a majestic organ constructed in Paris by the manufacturer Aristide Cavaillie that though it is not known the exact date in which it was acquired, journalistic information of the epoch they indicate that On May 17, 1899 it was touched by the first time to delight to the catholic company of the port.

Permanently there are carried out carefully works of remodeling and architectural and ornamental recovery, recently it was achieved to install a spectacular lighting that every night adorns Mazatlan’s center.

When you visit Mazatlan do not miss this monumental temple, an architectural beauty of the city!

Location: Avenida Juárez and March 21 s/n Col. Centro.
Phone: 981-33-52
Time Service: 6:30 to 13:00 hrs. and 16:00 to 19:00 hrs.
Mazatlan’s Diver

Mazatlan’s Diver

Mazatlan, one of the best beach resorts in Mexico located on the Pacific coast and famous for its climate, cuisine and people; has many natural and tourist attractions that have turned it into one of the Jewels of the Mexican Pacific.

One of the main attractions of the port and you can not stop enjoying is the spectacle that by day and by night offering the locals in the “Rodolfo Sánchez Taboada” Square, better known as “The Diver”, and this is where young people give simple of courage and skill to jump off the highest point of a staircase towards the entry of the sea crashing against the rocks of the seawall.

This impressive exhibition you will be able to appreciate on the “Paseo Claussen”, called this in honor to the German Jorge Claussen, visionary businessman who lived in the port for many years and designed the viewpoints and part of this walk where you can admire the beauty of the history of our port.

Visit Mazatlan and discover why it is known as the “Pearl of the Pacific”.

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Mazatlan’s Lighthouse

Mazatlan’s Lighthouse

Considered one of the biggest natural lighthouse of the world, Mazatlan’s Lighthouse is located in the top of the hill of Creston, to the south end of the city close to the crafts of sports fishing.

With a length of 641 meters and an altitude of 157 meters above sea level, Mazatlan’s Lighthouse was built in the era of Porfirio Díaz in the Creston’s Island, which stopped being on having joined to the port for the wide and most beautiful breakwater.

For being established on a magnificent natural formation and for having a geographical and luminous significant scope for the maritime crafts, Mazatlan’s Lighthouse is one of the more important ecological and tourist places of the port. With a pyramidal form and slopes, the lighthouse possesses deep caverns on the seaward side which emerge legends of treasures, but are considered extremely dangerous because of its currents.

This attractive place is visited every day by hundreds of tourists and local visitors who use a natural rough way and rustic stairs spoilt to come up to the top, where the effort impregnated in the ascent is rewarded by spectacular panoramic view over Mazatlan’s city.

Fall in love with Mazatlan through its natural attractions.

An adventure to enjoy!