Centro Histórico, Mazatlan

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    • Day 5

      Mazatlan pt1

      May 12, 2023 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Wow Mazatlan!! Couldn’t of started any better with some amazing tacos and horchata across the road from the hotel. After the day in La Cruz and lots of swimming in the pool and spa we finally got to explore the city. Driving along the Malecon/Seaside promenade we arrived at the faro/lighthouse. After 336 long stairs we arrived at the top, sweating and dehydrated the beautiful view fixed us instantly. Afterwards we visited the observatory which was basically a museum, aviary, iguana sanctuary and distillery all in one. We saw some cool birds, fed them and made a new friend who hung around on my shoulder. We had a lovely lunch on the rooftop, beer in hand of course, specifically a Pacifico which famously comes from the city. A quick try of the local reposado tequila and we were on our way back to the hotel on a pulmonia/a Mexican tuk tuk basically, like a golf buggy. Later that night we met up with the cousins for dinner before I went out with a couple of them which in hindsight wasn’t the smartest idea the night before the wedding. The rooftop club we went to was awesome with incredibly loud music and some sort of fire/sparkler every 5 minutes, it was completely different to Sydney. We drank about 5 bottles of tequila mixed with sparkling water and a bit of lemon soda which is the customary way in Mazatlan. Got absolutely smashed on tequila before returning back to my cousins Airbnb at around 3 where we played uno and jammed out as they had a full dj setup. Only got home at about 5 am but was well worth it.Read more

    • Day 8


      May 3, 2023 in Mexico ⋅ ☁️ 81 °F

      We had a very unusual day in Mazatlan. The city was not what we expected. But we found a nice beach, enjoyed the warm water, eat good food and had fun with the 2 yo dauther of our uber driver. After a short visit in the local brewery, we learned so much about history at the neighbor table and saw people having fun at a silent party.Read more

    • Day 2

      ¿Hablas Español?

      December 14, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

      For 1305 consecutive days I have religiously completed at least one Spanish lesson on the Duolingo app. So, naturally, I was quite anxious to test out my finely honed language skills in a Spanish speaking country.

      We landed in Mazatlan at just after 5:00PM local time and, dropped off our luggage at our Airbnb at about 6:00. We couldn’t locate the wifi code in our apartment, which made getting a local SIM card for our phones our first order of business. We had researched the best plans for expats before we left Canada, so we knew exactly what we wanted and even where to get it. Or so we thought.

      We walked into the closest Oxxo convenience store (a Mexican 7/11) and I confidently asked for two Telcel SIM cards and the 200 peso telecom package. The clerk replied with what sounded to me like, “nonovendemostarjetasSIMaquí, tienesquecomprarloenotrolugaryluegoregresasaquíyte venderemoselpaquetequedeseas.”

      Have you ever noticed how the contestants on TV game shows seem to get stupider and tend to choke as the pressure mounts? That was exactly how I felt. In response to the clerk, I blinked a couple of times, picked my jaw off the floor and could only manage to blurt out,”Errr.......ok, gracias.”

      In the end, after visiting several stores, we were finally able to acquire what we needed and get our phones connected to the network we wanted.

      In the process I learned that 1305 consecutive days studying Spanish on Duolingo did not really prepare me for real world interaction in my third language. But I am a very stubborn old goat and I am intent on being comfortable conversing in Spanish by the time we leave Mexico in March.

      Hasta la vista, baby!
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    • Day 28


      January 9, 2020 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      When we arrived in Mazatlan we saw posters everywhere advertising a Beatles tribute concert at El Teatro Angela Peralta, a fully restored 19th century opera house. Given my love of the Fab Four and our desire to visit the opera house, we went to the box office and snapped up tickets for the January 9 show.

      The opera house is a beautiful piece of architecture with a facade graced by four Roman columns. The theater originally opened in 1874 and, while it operated continuously until 1964, poor maintenance caused it to fall into disrepair and, eventually, ruin. In 1975, it was flooded by Hurricane Olivia and was for a time used as a parking garage with a giant ficus tree growing at center stage. In 1985, the city had the building slated for demolition, but a group of concerned citizens staged the first Mazatlan Cultural Festival in the ruined and roofless structure, complete with a symphony orchestra performing in front of the dilapidated stage and under the ficus tree at it's center. The grand lady was saved!

      Through public and private funding, the building was restored to it's former glory and was declared a national historical site in 1990.

      Attending a concert there is a treat. The hall has only eight hundred forty one seats, and there's not a bad one in the house. Acoustics are outstanding and the restored cast iron balconies project the history of the venue.

      It's a must see for any visitor to this city.

      Now, about the show. Last year Brenda and I attended a "Beatles" concert in Vancouver that included orchestration provided by the VSO. Admittedly, we were a little spoiled by that one and I guess our expectations for last night's show were pretty high.

      As it turns out, the band on stage this night, Grupo Help!, was formed in Mexico City in 1985 by three Beatles-loving brothers. During the show, they covered three eras of the Fab Four's career, and did an admirable job with the music and hitting the right notes vocally. But there was no disguising their Spanish accents.

      She loves you, ja, ja, ja....

      Jesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away...

      They even managed to perform one of my favorites from 1967's Sargento Pimienta, A Day In The Life.

      And despite the Latin rather than Liverpudlian accents and a few annoying technical glitches, the show was very entertaining and well worth the 500 peso price of admission.

      I am the walrus, koo koo kachoo!
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    • Day 7


      October 21, 2022 in Mexico

      Mit dem Uber lassen wir uns für 10.- 30 Minuten in und durch die Strandhotel-Zone zum Strand vor der Altstadt fahren. Das Centro ist sehr authentisch d.h. mit bewohnten und sonst genutzten 2-stöckigen, farbigen Gebäuden. Touristenläden sind keine zu sehen ebensowenig Touristen (zumindest Gringos) selber. Nach 3 beschaulichen kleinen Plazas, dem grössten bei der Basilika der unbefleckten Empfängnis sind wir schon beim angepriesenen Highlight für die Stadttouristen: der Markthalle in der alles mögliche des täglichen Bedarfs und Lebensmittel angeboten werden. Zumindest um diese Tages- und Jahreszeit hat es erstaunlich wenige Touristen. Die Einheimischen kommen meist mit Bussen oder Sammeltaxis (Pickup mit Schattendach), für die Touristen gibt's Pulmonias, die teilweise optisch aufgemotzten weissen Golfwägelchen auf VW Käfer Basis die aber auch meist leer sind. Am gemütlichen Plazedo Machado für 4.50 noch einen Capuccino und frischen Saft dann nehmen wir ein Pulmonia zum frühen Sushi-Lunch anstelle Frühstück. An der heissen Sonne dann noch zu Fuss eine halbe Stunde ins Hotel und mit dem Auto tanken und einkaufen für's Wochenende, es soll ja in Puerto Vallarte ziemlich stürmisch sein in der ersten Nacht 🌧🌬Read more

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    Centro Histórico, Mazatlan, Centro Historico

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