The Mexican people value the family above all else. They may have lunch breaks in the middle of the day, and often close their shops early so that they can spend more time at home with their families. Because of this you will find many small family restaurants throughout the city. When people meet, it is proper for men to greet other men with a handshake. It is also proper for a man to greet a woman with a handshake, unless she is a friend or acquaintance, than a kiss on the cheek is customary. If you are a woman, again a handshake is the proper way to greet someone for the first time. With friends and acquaintances, however, it is customary for a woman to greet a man or woman with a handshake and a kiss on the cheek. Should you be lucky enough to be invited to visit a Mexican home for dinner, drinks, or just to visit, it is customary to bring a small gift such as a bottle of wine or flowers for your host. Do not discuss business or money in these private settings unless your host begins this type of conversation. It is better to discuss family, friends, or how lovely their city is. As in most places you visit, if you treat the people with interest and respect you will usually be treated in a friendly manner in return.
I enjoyed taking the time to talk to the vendors on the beach... Some may think it is a chore but I liked that aspect of my trip. I tried to get to know as many of them by name as I could.. They loved the fact that you remembered their name. This would also stop the harrassment of them trying to sell you something... They began stopping by just to visit. I look at it as the chance to learn about another way of life and meet new friends along the way.
Hills and the distant Sierra Madre create scenic interest, but Mazatlan is celebrated above all for its 'malecon' – 13 mile long sea boulevard, lining the bay. Relics from the Spanish era can be found in the old downtown, which revolves around the Plaza Municipal with its Moorish-style cathedral and (2 blocks south) the 1860s Teatro Angela Peralta. Do not miss small but interesting Museo de Arquelogia. Colorful Mercado Central (Central Marked), brimming with food stands and crafts, is just few steps from downtown. I short hike to the end of the peninsula takes you to El Faro – second highest lighthouse in the world (after Gibraltar’s).
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