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

1. 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.

Mazatlán: Beach & Jungle ATV Tour w/ Lunch & Tequila Tasting

2. Mazatlán: Beach & Jungle ATV Tour w/ Lunch & Tequila Tasting

We pick you up wherever you are staying, we take our drive to Mr Lionso Ranch. When we arrive to Mr Lionso Ranch that is located approximately 10 minutes from the golden zone, your tour guides will provide you the equipment (helmet and goggles) and given the instructions on how to use the ATVs. In one hour you will ride by the beach, agave field and cross streams. You will receive a traditional meal before returning to your resort (tequila cheese, machaca burritos, beans, guacamole , salsa, nopal salad, tortillas and a drink) Ask for you Mezcal tasting for free, we have different flavours

Mazatlan: Deer Island Eco Tour with Snorkeling and Hiking

3. 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.

Mazatlan: Ten Islands Boating Expedition

4. Mazatlan: Ten Islands Boating Expedition

The insular areas (islands, islets, and rocks) of the Gulf of California represent approximately 50% of the insular territory of Mexico. On this route, you will get to know the most important islets of Sinaloa, which are in front of the port of Mazatlan. On board a high-speed, semi-rigid boat, you'll cross the bay whilst discovering different islands, islets, rocks, and beaches. This will give you the opportunity to take photos while your guides share the history, geology, and life of each of these landmarks. During your tour, you'll be surrounded by diverse types of birds, such as gulls, frigates, and ducks, among many animals such as dolphins, turtles, and with a bit of luck, stingrays. On the morning tour, snorkel and spend some free time on the famous Deer Island. On the afternoon tour, enjoy a beautiful sunset show.

Mazatlan: River Kayaking with Lunch & Tequila Tasting

5. Mazatlan: River Kayaking with Lunch & Tequila Tasting

Take a relaxing journey down the Presidio River by kayak. Afterward, enjoy a local lunch and a tequila tasting tour. Your experience starts with pickup at your hotel in Mazatlan. From there, travel approximately 40 minutes to the quaint village of Veranos. Upon arrival, you will be provided with all the required equipment for your kayaking experience. Float down the Presidio River to see beautiful surroundings and notable landmarks such as the Picachos Dam. The ride lasts approximately 90 minutes and crosses 12 kilometers. Afterward, enjoy a regional meal before your ride back to Mazatlan. Your lunch includes tequila, cheese, machaca burritos, beans, salsa, tortillas, and a beverage of your choice. Following lunch, you will be taken to a tequila tasting. Taste different types and flavors of tequila and learn about the tequila production process.

Mazatlan: Grand Aquarium Ticket and City Sightseeing Tour

6. Mazatlan: Grand Aquarium Ticket and City Sightseeing Tour

Make the most of your day with a city tour and a Premium Access pass to Mazatlan Aquarium including the Humboldt Penguin Exhibit, and interactive tank areas. See educational exhibits such as shark diving, sea lions, tropical and predators birds, and more. From your hotel, Cruise ship terminal, or Airbnb, you will board a traditional local open-air vehicle, adding an authentic, unique, and quaint touch to your experience. Once you arrive at the Gran Acuario Mazatlán, you will enjoy an exclusive benefit: you will skip the long lines and save precious time! Enter this impressive building and get ready to explore a wide variety of more than 200 species that represent the richness of this region of Mexico. From captivating land creatures to fascinating inhabitants of the coast and sea, The Mar de Cortés Aquarium, an essential part of this experience, is home to more than 4,000 marine individuals. Immerse yourself in a vibrant underwater world and marvel at the diversity and majesty of these fascinating creatures. Have you ever dreamed of feeding manta rays? On this tour, you will have the opportunity to do so, a unique experience that will connect you directly with marine life. And if you are looking for an extra dose of excitement, for an additional cost you can swim with sharks. Feel the adrenaline rush as you immerse yourself in the habitat of these amazing predators and discover their majesty up close. This experience is truly unforgettable and perfect for thrill seekers. In addition to these exciting activities, the aquarium offers interactive exhibits, educational shows, and learning opportunities about marine conservation. You will learn about the importance of preserving and protecting these wonderful ecosystems and their inhabitants. After marveling at the aquatic wonders, our certified guide will take you aboard the traditional open-air vehicle for a brief exploration of the city sharing with you interesting stories and facts about the city, its culture, and heritage, providing you with a unique and enriching perspective of Mazatlán as the wind caresses your face and you immerse yourself in the authenticity and vibrant energy of the city. After exploring the city, we'll take you back to your hotel, leaving you with unforgettable memories of this aquatic and urban experience in Mazatlán.

Mazatlan: Hot Springs with Lunch and Transportation

7. 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.

Mazatlan: El Faro Lighthouse Tour with Free Digital Photos

8. Mazatlan: El Faro Lighthouse Tour with Free Digital Photos

Visit one of the highest natural lighthouses in the world, the Mazatlan Lighthouse, with an expert guide. Find out about the history of this important landmark, and hike to the top to enjoy panoramic views from the Cristal de Mirador lookout point. What we know today as the Mazatlan Lighthouse is settled in what once was an island. The Island of Crestón was used for maritime signaling for the port of Mazatlan from 1828 until 1930 when the necessary work was done to unite this body of land with the mainland port. With a length of 641 meters (701 yards), a width of 321 meters (351 yards), and an altitude of 157 meters (515 feet), the Mazatlan Lighthouse offers the ideal place to enjoy 360-degree views of the bay landscapes. Delight in the perfect place to take photos of the nearby islands and the city of Mazatlan, and receive digital photos of your trip after you return.

Mazatlán: Zipline Adventure, Sightseeing & Mezcal Tasting

9. Mazatlán: Zipline Adventure, Sightseeing & Mezcal 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 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 mezcal factory, where you’ll taste some of the best mezcal you’ve ever had.

Mazatlán: Whale Watching Tour

10. 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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4.7
(161 reviews)

The ocean ride was very nice. I enjoyed the boobies (birds) the most. We inly saw one whale briefly, but it was 3/30/24 and the last day of expeditions due to the migration of the whales. I was surprised we were not returned to our hotel and had to find our own way home. It was written in the trip details, however. So I should have been prepared.

We love the observatorio. When we have visitors, we always take them. Friendly staff, wonderful views. The aviary is cool and the Sky Bar a great place to relax. We think it is a bit expensive, but no more so than other Mazatlan attractions like the Aquario. We did not have a guide, and we skip the movie after seeing it three times.

So great , saw so many whales , dolphins sea lion and a marlin. Very educational just an amazing experience!

Enjoyed this tour. The top deck provided terrific views of the sights.

Excellent, was not expecting such a great day and awesome lunch