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From Mazatlán: ATV Tour into Sierra Madre with Lunch

1. From Mazatlán: ATV Tour into Sierra Madre with Lunch

Combine adventurous ATV riding with a delicious traditional meal and a bit of sightseeing on this 5-hour tour from Mazatlán. Your day begins with pickup by van at your hotel. Enjoy a refreshing water, juice, or coffee on the 40-minute drive to Veranos Village, approximately 40 minutes from the golden zone of Mazatlán.   Once you arrive, you’ll be given the necessary instructions on how to safely use the ATVs. Your guide will then take you through the gaps on the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range and the municipalities of Mazatlán and Concordia. Cross a wooden bridge and the Presidio River to reach other surrounding small towns.   After your ride, savor a regional meal of tequila, cheese, machaca burritos, beans, salsa, handmade tortillas, and your choice of beverage. Finally, finish your day with a bit of sightseeing: explore Mazatlán to see its Museum of History, cathedral, and tequila factory. Here, enjoy a free tasting of the town’s best tequila.

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Mazatlan: All-Inclusive Party Boat/Deer Island Tour

2. Mazatlan: All-Inclusive Party Boat/Deer Island Tour

Board your boat 15 minutes before the tour departure time at Marina Mazatlan. As soon as you step onboard, savor a freshly-made drink by a super-skilled bartender or a cold beer from the open bar. Then, cruise through the marina, the Golden Zone and its hotels, and take in great views of Valentinos and the Malecon. Afterward, head to Deer Island where, after putting a life jacket on, you will disembark to perform as many water activities as you like from the ones offered. Once you've had your fun in the water, get ready to enjoy a variety of local dishes served by one of the crew members. On the way back to the marina, dance on the upper deck or simply relax lying down on the lounge sofas.

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Mazatlán: Whale Watching Tour

3. Mazatlán: Whale Watching Tour

In winter, it's possible to view the gentlest giants of the ocean, humpback whales. On this tour, you'll enjoy a fun ride along the bay in which you may also find dolphins, turtles, sea lions, manta rays, and other forms of sea life. This adventure is sure to be the highlight of your holidays. Guided by passionate sea experts on board a high-speed, semi-rigid boat, the experience is perfect for the whole family and allows you to experience these majestic creatures in comfort and safety. The local partner's team is unique in the region and the boats are internationally certified.  Don't forget your camera, so you can relive all the special moments in the years to come.

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Mazatlan: City Aquarium Premium Access and Sightseeing Tour

4. Mazatlan: City Aquarium Premium Access and Sightseeing Tour

Make the most of your day with a brief sightseeing city tour and a Premium Access pass to Mazatlan Aquarium including the Humboldt Penguin Exhibit, interactive tank areas. See educational exhibits such as shark diving, sea lions, tropical and predators birds, and more. Start this exciting marine life adventure on a traditional open-air vehicle ride from your accommodation to the city aquarium. Skip the ticket office line for a quick and full-access visit to the Aquarium and Humboldt Penguin exhibit. The Humboldt Penguin exhibit is home to 14 of these amazing creatures that live in temperate areas of South America and never see ice or snow. Get up close with them, both above and below the water in the Humboldt Penguin Habitat. Explore the indoor saltwater fish tanks and the biggest jellyfish tank in Mexico. Stick your fingers into the doctor fish tank. Enjoy the fantastic experience of exfoliating dead cells from your skin. Admire the museum of the sea, which displays a wide variety of snails, marine mammal bones, and a miniature display of the arts and fishing methods used around the world. Discover the outdoor areas. Interact with wonderful creatures such as stingrays and electric rays, love birds, and Tilapia fish. Or simply walk along and meet a variety of birds, reptiles, and mammals, Get your snacks and camera ready for educational exhibits of tropical birds, predatory birds, and sea lions where Toby, Ely, Tito, and the superstar Bony will perform fantastic numbers in the water and air. Enjoy a brief sightseeing tour on the open-air vehicle through the boardwalk and Historic District before returning back to your accommodation.

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Mazatlán: Tequila Factory and Country Sightseeing

5. Mazatlán: Tequila Factory and Country Sightseeing

Depart from Mazatlan and head to the amazing Mexican countryside to La Noria Town, where you will discover the process of blue agave tequila, and of course, you can taste it while touring an authentic Mexican farm. Head to the town of La Noria where you will meet with artisan families, do not miss the opportunity to try its delicious traditional local candies and local lunch. Let yourself merge with its customs and traditions that keep Mexican culture alive. Enjoy an authentic Mexican lunch made from scratch in a unique and special environment to take photos. Afterward, visit a local distillery of artisanal liquors and spirits where its main star is Mango, blue agave Mezcal and Tequila. Without a doubt, you will take not only the flavors but a unique experience in life.

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Mazatlan: City Tour in a Traditional "Pulmonia" Open-Air Car

6. Mazatlan: City Tour in a Traditional "Pulmonia" Open-Air Car

Hop onboard the Pulmonia, and savor all the sights of the city. Tour through all the key spots in a fun way. Take in charming narrow streets, the seafront, and fantastic hilltop views. Enjoy cruising through authentic Mazatlan. Make a stop at Playa Norte and experience feeding birds whilst they fly. Watch cliff divers make a live jump. Ride through the charming narrow streets of the historic district, and take in the picturesque seafront boulevard. Marvel at beautifully restored architecture, including the Plazuela Machado, the Angela Peralta Theater, and the double-towered, spectacular Cathedral. Enjoy some free time at the main market, and immerse yourself in local culture among the small shops, food vendors, and juice bars. Your last stop will be atop El Vigia Hill. Enjoy the view, before feeling the breeze as you are driven back down to town.

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Mazatlán: Double-Decker Bus, Cliff Diving & Walking Tour

7. Mazatlán: Double-Decker Bus, Cliff Diving & Walking Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel, hop on the open-top bus, and enjoy the surrounding views of Mazatlán. Benefit from a convenient mode of transportation to discover the city and its surrounding areas. Visit Playa Norte and feed the local birds from the open top of the bus. Stop at the Glorieta Germania lookout point and witness brave individuals jumping from the towering perches and cliffs into a tiny dot of water. Then, explore the center of Mazatlán on a guided walking tour through the Historic District and discover narrow streets and colorful buildings designed in a variety of 19th-century European architectural styles. Admire The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the primary religious landmark of the city, built in a Baroque style. Hop back on the bus and ride along the Malecón (boardwalk), which is one of the longest in the world at 8.5 kilometers. Admire the views of the coast, high cliffs, monuments, historic buildings, and the elegance of Zona Dorada (Hotel Area) before returning to your hotel.

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Mazatlan: Deer Island Eco Tour with Snorkeling and Hiking

8. Mazatlan: Deer Island Eco Tour with Snorkeling and Hiking

Your ecological adventure begins with pickup from your hotel then heads towards the 3 islands of Mazatlan. Perhaps the most iconic symbols of Mazatlan, the islands are named after the main species that inhabit or once inhabited them. The destination of today’s tour, Deer Island, is nestled between Bird and Wolf Island, and is the largest and most popular island of the 3. There’s plenty to see and do on Deer Island, thanks to its natural attributes and terrain which provide a fantastic recreational space. Spend the day snorkeling in the warm waters in search of colorful marine life, relaxing on the white sandy beaches, and kayaking around the shoreline to soak up incredible views of both Mazatlan and Deer Island itself. You can also follow your expert guide on an ecological hike around the island, to see and learn about native flora and fauna that grow and live here in abundance. At the end of a fun, adventurous, and educational day, head back on board the boat for the return journey to Mazatlan, and then drop-off to your hotel.

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Mazatlán: Zipline Adventure, Sightseeing & Tequila Tasting

9. Mazatlán: Zipline Adventure, Sightseeing & Tequila Tasting

Follow a ziplining adventure with a traditional meal and a short tour of Mazatlán’s best spots. Your day begins with pickup from your hotel in a comfortable van. Enjoy a refreshing drink of water, juice, or coffee on the 40-minute drive to the zipline location.   Upon arrival, you’ll be set up in the required safety equipment (pulley, harness, helmet, and gloves). Your security is your hosts’ priority at all times, so you can enjoy the amazing ride. Experience a fun scenic ride among 12 ziplines at different heights and lengths. While flying over the surroundings, you’ll get a unique view of the old-growth forests and the town in the distance.   After ziplining, enjoy a regional meal before your ride back. Enjoy tequila, cheese, machaca burritos, beans, salsa, tortillas, and your choice of beverages. Finally, head back to town to visit the Museum of History and cathedral. You’ll also have time to visit the hot springs and the town’s tequila factory, where you’ll visit the best tequila you’ve ever had.

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Mazatlan: Hot Springs with Lunch and Transportation

10. Mazatlan: Hot Springs with Lunch and Transportation

Begin your tour with pickup at your hotel in Mazatlan, then drive toward the hot springs village. Enjoy water, coffee, or juice to keep you refreshed during the drive. Upon arrival, right in the middle of the village, head to the first set of hot springs pools. Bathe in water that is rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium, sulfur, and carbon. Soak in the water's healing properties, which are said to increase blood circulation and oxygenation, remove toxins from the body, increase metabolism, relax the mind, prevent aging, relieve skin diseases (psoriasis, fungi, and dermatitis), heal wounds, and fights rheumatism and arthritis. After visiting both hot springs, relish a regional meal of tequila cheese, machaca burritos, beans, salsa, tortillas, and your choice of drink. Also, enjoy time to explore the village where you can visit the museum of history, the beautiful church, and a tequila factory to taste the best tequila in town.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 32 reviews

From pick up to drop off, we had a great time. Shuttle was on time and took us to the meeting point. Driver, Raul pointed out things along the way that he thought was of interest. His English was not great, but he tried his best. When we arrived, Carlos took over, thought us the "rules of the road" and we off we went. We had rough road, up and down hills, smooth road (a bit of speed) and open fields to "play" in. When we returned we had lunch with flaming cheese followed by Antonio's tequila and some leather goods shopping. The service was superb, and most exhilarating experience. Note that if you do not eat meat, say so in your booking so there is something prepared for you.

the trip to the spa was worth the price - little towns nestled in a scenic drive in view of the Sierra Madres and a beautiful lake. The spa was wonderful a hot and a cooler dip, lunch was great tasty, and the Tequila factory was fun . Our guide was great spoke good English and very informative

We really enjoyed the trip out and back! Aurora and Sam were excellent guides and informed us of the whales habits and other animals in the area we may encounter! It was a very informative and enjoyable morning! We can’t wait to take more tours!

Enjoyed the experience, lots of food and comfortable travel back and forth. Driver spoke ennglish and commented about each area as we drove by. Be prepared for the heat. Best to do it with at least one other person.

Great experience. Great guides. Would highly recommend