This tour excels because the guides are unique and the city is lovely.
This company was just what we were looking for--special trips in comfortable, air-conditioned vans with drivers united in the common goal of showing the best of their hometown.
The "heart and soul" of Mazatlan is its Old City. It was an important city in the early 17th century because of the nearby gold and silver mines. It took quite awhile and some enterprising German businessmen to develop the port in the mid-1800s.
Twenty years later, during the French intervention, Mazatlan was the stronghold of Mexican independence troops. By the end of the 19th century, this city had become the center of a large fishing industry and a thriving port involved in international trade, which included China and Japan. It still retains the title "capital of the shrimping business."
The upper-class life of the mid-19th century is apparent as you tour the Old City. The main plaza is the centerpiece of a 20-block historic area that is in the midst of total resurgence and is lovely in its genuine representation of days gone by. Its most prized architectural jewel, the Angela Peralta Theater, sits near a square full of gardens and charming cafes. Several museums and notable cathedrals are located here as well. Your van will stop and your guide will take you on short walks to see some of these highlights.
From the historic district, you will take an amazing ride on a panoramic road along the ocean. This ride is spectacular and you will be able to stop at meaningful monuments, as well as the site of the Cliffdivers, to take perfect souvenir photographs. You will not believe the main avenue that runs along the beach, dotted with monuments recognizing notable events.
Of course, your tour will take you to the Golden Area, the newer, commercial section of Mazatlan. You will travel to the beautiful new marina and a lovely residential area before completing your tour.
Your guide will give you the option of returning to the cruise ship pier or lunching in town at your expense before your return.
If you select the optional lunch you will choose between: Breaded Shrimp, Grilled Shrimp, Garlic Shrimp or The "Mazatlan Fish Filet" (a fish filet stuffed with shrimp and cream cheese topped with a chipotle sauce). One beverage (soft drink, margarita, national beer, or juice) is included.
- We suggest that you bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and your camera.
- A cooler with bottled water and beer will be provided.
- Please note that in Mazatlan there is some confusion about ship time vs. local time. Please see the purser on your ship to clarify whether your ship changes its time to local time so you do not miss your excursion. As each ship is ruled by its captain, it is your responsibility to confirm this while you are sailing.
- Vehicles for this tour can accommodate collapsible wheelchairs. Please contact ShoreTrips ahead of time so that the proper arrangements can be made.
Days offered: 7 days a week