Sometimes, when you’re planning your holidays, you have to make a decision: sun and sand or culture and history? Mazatlan has the distinction of offering the best of both worlds: in the newer Zona Dorada (Golden Zone), developed in the 1960s, you’ll find most of the major hotels, shops, bars and restaurants scattered along the idyllic beaches; meanwhile, in Old Mazatlan or the Centro Historico (Historic Center), life carries on as it did before tourists arrived in the markets, cafes, churches and shady plazas throughout the traditional neighborhoods.

Mazatlan Aquarium

Acuario de Mazatlán

With over three decades of history, the Mazatlan Aquarium continues to be one of the most complete of its kind in Latin America. Due to its facilities and shows, it has become a perfect and not to be missed place to spend an afternoon with the family and in contact with the marine wonders living in its shores. In this aquarium you will find a variety of approximately 200 species from various parts of the world. Visit the hexagonal central tank with a capacity for 123,000 liters of salt water, with 66 millimeter thick glass.

Enchanting Cosala


Venture just 30 km (19 miles) from Culiacan, the capital city of Sinaloa, and you’ll discover Cosala, one of Mexico’s designated Magic Towns. More than two thousand years ago, pre- hispanic tribes settled here as evidenced by their petroglyphs which can be seen in several areas. Later, Spanish conquerors discovered mines here and Cosala’s mineral bounty fed colonial ambition with gold and silver for centuries. Today you can enter and relive the days of colonial splendor in the biggest mine in western Mexico, Mina Guadalupe de los Reyes.

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