The Land of the Deer
Mazatlan ('land of the deer') was originally settled by the Spaniards in 1531, and was a major port and village on the Pacific coast. Before the Spanish, it was settled by the native Indians, called the Totorames. They were hunters and fisherman, and adept at making clay vases and figures. The Spanish put an end to all of that. A Spaniard named Nuño de Guzmán, driven by an intense jealousy of Cortés, slaughtered the innocent natives of Mazatlan, for the greater glory of Spain. Next the conquistador Francisco de Ibarra discovered gold and sliver in the hills above Mazatlan. The city was incorporated in 1806, and a few years later, in the 1830s, the municipal government was established and Mazatlan began to grow as a seaport. A German immigration led to the growth of the port, and international trade blossomed. Even today there are many German names here in Mazatlan, and it is not uncommon to find Mazatlan residents whose second language is German. In 1847, during the Mexican - American war, the US army marched down the coast and closed the port. The French also bombarded the port in 1864, during their conquest. Since then it has become the home of one of the largest tuna and shrimp fishing fleets in the world. It is also a world class tourist resort, with beautiful beaches, nice hotels, and restaurants opening all the time.
The kids are so cute!
Most of the local kids are very well behaved & seem to enjoy themselves no matter what they are doing. They seem to enjoy when you pay attention to them & appear to enjoy getting their picture taken.
hard sided luggage is better. I've experiened having the softsided type slashed and items removed at the airport when leaving for home. Don't put anything valuable in checked luggage. comfortable shoes, sunblock, sunglassess, a sweater for the evenings. If you want to go to a nice restaurant take suitable dressy clothing. immodium, tylenol, telephoto lens, 400ASA film Take your own ground coffee as the coffee in Mazatlan does not taste the same as the coffee at home. Many hotels provide a coffee maker in the rooms. You can take milk in a tetrapack or buy it there because here canned milk is generally used for coffee. Coffee cream is not available.
If you're going to cook your own meals and think pasta may be in order, take it with you in non breakable containers (ie. purchase your sauce in a plastic container or can). Want bagels? take them with you and freeze them when there if you have a suite with a kitchen. You can buy cream cheese there but again its different than at home. Take prepackaged meals (not frozen) and any favourite treats, which may not be readily available here.
Wash your fruits and vegetables in bottled or filtered water as the water is often the source of Montezuma's revenge.
Cycling in Mazatlán
Mazatlán esta considerado como un paraíso de ciclistas, es por ellos que alo largo del año se llevan a cabo competencias de todo tipo de carácter nacional e internacional.: en la categoría de montaña incluso en el año 2000 se celebro aquí un mundial, contamos con excelentes pistas como la del bitachi y piedras blancas. Competencias de rutas como la santa rita que de 0 metros sobre el nivel del mar asciende a mas de 1,500, esta prueba incluye pruebas de ruta, montaña, contrarreloj y circuito, o la vuelta Mazatlán. Pero si eres de las persona que toma la vida más calmada, el ecoturismo también se practica en bicicleta y Mazatlán cuenta con montañas y valles amen de su malecón para su practica. En resumen en Mazatlán puede practicar el ciclismo como quiera. Suppose I had the best bike in town ... it was Jorge's ;-)
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The most exciting activity to do is snorkeling, with secluded beaches and crystal clear waters where you can swim with the sea lions and see tropical fish. There are beautiful beaches close to town but not always as much underwater wildlife.