The 21st annual Semana Moto (Moto Week) in Mazatlan, Sinaloa Mexico. The event always follows the Semana Santa festivities and has been a staple in the city since 1996. 2017 was the first attempt to set the Guinness World Record of 22,000 motorcycles on a ride of 2k or longer. The program includes parties, bikini contests, live bands and ends with the parade of motorcycles on the Malecon.
The Malecon in Mazatlan, Sinaloa Mexico is considered one of the longest in the world at 21 km. It runs from Valentinos to Olas Altas between the Pacific Ocean and cliffs, hotels & businesses. Along the Malecon you will find a series of bronze statues that represent the culture and history of the town.
One of Mazatlan's nightly attractions is the Cliff Divers or Clavadistas in Spanish. They dive from a small park on the ocean near Olas Altas from over 50 feet up into a rough and shallow gap. The divers must time their launch perfectly (since the water recedes to a dangerously shallow depth) then paddle hard before the next rush of water comes in. The divers can be found most nights and always weekends around sunset until the crowds thin out. Mazatlan Today has a breif history of the Clavadistas along with directions.
A not so short tour of the 13 recognized beaches in Mazatlan, Mexico from Stone Island to El Verde Camacho. Seeing these beaches from the air for the first time will undoubtedly give you a different perspective of our gorgeous city. What you will see is a more diverse selection of beaches than any city in Mexico. For specific locations and some detailed descriptions of Mazatlans Beaches you can visit MazatlanToday where you will find the map below along with the updated descriptions of each beach featured in the video.
Deer Island (Isla de Venados) is visible from just about anywhere in Mazatlan. It's the larges of the three islands off of the shores of the Golden Zone and has a lot to offer for a half-day trip. After a 5-minute motor boat ride or a 20-minute paddle on a kayak you will find yourself swimming in Caribbean like clear blue water with a unique perspective of the city. There are no services on the island so load up if you go on your own or take one of many tours that include lunch and drinks. It is also not uncommon for locals and visitors to camp overnight on the island. Cell service from the mainland is within range with a strong signal for your peace of mind.
The Mazatlan Carnival has a long history with the first mention of the winter event as Carnival in 1848 and the official week long celebration being embraced in the late 1800's. It's one of the largest in the world and each year has a different theme for the parade down the malecon along the beach. This years theme was Alebrijes and Dragons (Alebrijes being a colorful Mexican mythical creature). There are two parades one from Olas Altas to Valentinos traditionally on Sunday and then the route in reverse on Tuesday to end the festivities.
Carnival Mazatlan each February is one of the biggest in the world. it's a week long celebration where the queen is crowned and celebrated with a huge party featuring local music and famous Mexican entertainers. Combate Naval is a spectacular fireworks display where fireworks are launched from a dozen locations in Olas Altas near centro and barges positioned about a kilometer off shore simulating a famous battle that occurred in 1862.
In May of 1862 the French corvette Bayonnaise arrived at Mazatlán and a few days later initiated the blockade of the port, that lasted until the 18 of June. In March of 1864 the Cordeliere captured in the waters of Nayarit a ship of Mexican flag that came from San Francisco , California , and that took letters directed to the president Benito Juárez .
This is just a quick 45-second remix of our most epic sunset footage encountered since this journey began. Wanted a short clip that could be shared in Instagram and some other locations with non copyrighted music. The clip is the ending of El Mirador from Sunset to Sunrise which was a pretty special day and the 4th trip out with the Phantom 4. This video was shot in 4k and rendered down to 1080 with no affects or color corrections. The Mazatlan sun did all of the work as it laid down to rest.
Head North from the Golden Zone and as you pass over the first bridge the view of Marina Mazatlan will be revealed. Located in the Nuevo Mazatlan (new Mazatlan) area you will find a marina surrounded by a boardwalk with popular restaurants and bars that tend to be a bit more quiet and off of the beaten path than in the center of town. The marina itself has 427 slips and all of the services you need if you are living the boat life. A 5-minute taxi ride will take you to the Plaza Galleria mall which is as modern as they come south of the boarder. The mall has an amazing bowling alley, food court and some pretty decent shopping. Across the road you have the newest Sam's Club and Wal Mart in town. Another great spot for a sunset stroll in Mazatlan.
Stone Island (Isla Piedra) is about a 40-minute drive from anywhere in Mazatlan or a dollar ferry ride across the water from the harbor. Although it's not really an island it is a nice afternoon adventure. When driving over we like to cross through the palms where the coconuts for Mazatlan are harvested and drive the beach to the town. If you prefer the beaten path there is a short .5km section of dirt road following 3 miles of nicely paved road into town. Endless Beaches with palapas offering a variety of seafood await your arrival.
Photo of the ferry (panga) dropping passengers off in town. There are two places to catch the ferry; the tourist ferry can be found near the lighthouse and has limited hours. This ferry drops you at the beach area. The other ferry near the marine college runs 24 hours and leaves you at the marina where most of the locals live on the island.
Aside from having some of most spectacular views in Mazatlan, Ice Box Hill has a colorful past. The bridge like structure you can see from the video is the old road to Centro and had tunnels for passing cars, one of which is now an extra bedroom for a home near the structure. The hill is home to limestone caves once used to store ice imported from San Francisco during the mid-1800s. Mazatlan families used this ice to preserve their seafood and other perishables before the days of household refrigerators. By the time of the revolution, the hill was used to store ammunition. Devil's Cave -- the red gate which you can see from side of the hill near the divers was at one time an escape route for soldiers guarding the ammunition. Mazatlan was the second city in the world to be bombed from the air and the biplane was sent to bomb the hill. It missed its target and dropped the package of dynamite and nails onto the city streets, killing two citizens. Today, Ice Box Hill (Cerro Neveria) holds only numerous radio and microwave towers.
The Mazatlan lighthouse was first built in 1879, and at the time was the highest in the world. Our lighthouse still holds onto second place today not because the structure itself is all that impressive but because of the 515 ft. hill it is perched on. The hike takes from 10-30 minutes depending on your fitness starting with a steep dirt road, then trail and finally 325 steps.
It's well worth the hike as you will find the best view in the city. The ideal time is sunrise or sunset and you find the trail scattered with both locals using the hill for their daily workout and a few tourist as well. The view is spectacular and the lighthouse is staffed with security around the clock offering water and soft drinks for sale when you reach the summit.
Use caution as the climb is fairly steep and there are some areas that could use railings near the top.
A short aerial video of tour of a famous landmark in Mazatlan, Mexico. Valentinos is a castle like structure that houses a group of bars and dance clubs and has been a nightlife destination for the region over the past few decades. It is a backdrop for the glorieta that seperates the Golden Zone and the famous Malecon that leads to Olas Altas and Centro.
Just a quick clip taken over the fair at night.
A favorite beach in Mazatlan, Mexico. A few miles from the center of the Golden Zone the road ends and you will find a beach that is peaceful during the week and colorful on the busy weekends. Regardless, it's worth the trip. Where the Cerritos Juarez bus ends you can go left to Playa Bruja or walk straight past the shops and restaurants then down the stairs to one of the best kept secrets in town. If you go at low tide and walk to the left from the bottom of the stairs you will find an amazing tide pool that makes for a relaxing day. Then when you are heading out there is plenty of fresh fish to be found. Try the Zarandeado (Sinaloa Style) with Red Snapper (Pargo in Spanish) and you will be pleasantly surprised.