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El Faro Lighthouse

Mazatlan, Mexico
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Ranked #11 of 54 attractions in Mazatlan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses
Description: This lighthouse sits atop Cerro Creston, Mazatlan's highest hill.
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Philadelphia, PA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We hiked up to the lighthouse (El Faro) in Mazatlan twice during our visit (yes, we liked the views that much). The first third of the path is on a dirt road, followed by 300+ steps to the top. The lighthouse is 500+ feet (almost 200m) above the sea, so the climb will be difficult if you're physically unfit. You... More

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Bow, Washington
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Went to visit the lighthouse with little knowledge of what we were actually getting into! It was about a 45 minute hike and it was 95 degrees wearing flip flops and a sundress! haha, it was worth it once we got to the top and had Gatorade and saw the view!

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Houston, Texas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Definitely wear tennis shoes, comfortable clothes and bring water with you. The hike up is considerable. About half of it is a trail and the other half is steps. Not for the out of shape person and my calves were sore for several days afterwards. The view was great and I'm glad we went up there. You can take a... More

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Mazatlan, Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

This is the 3rd time up for me, it is a great view. If you are older and easy winded, not to worry, there are little places stop and catch your breath and not be in anyones way, like others have said go early while its still cool out, you wait for the afternoon, yes you will be in the... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I had a friend who is a resident of Mazatlan take me to the faro, and I am not sure I would have known how to get there otherwise. Good to note, you could NOT walk there from the Golden Zone. We took a sabalo centro bus from downtown to the end of it's line (near where the cruise ships... More

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Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We are in pretty good shape and made it to the top in 19 minutes. We stopped briefly to take an extra breath a couple times. The first half is a traverse over a dirt road and the second half is up concrete stairs. The views at the top were awesome. It was worth the effort! We did sweat a... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The walk up to the light house is a series of switchback paths and stairs. It is steep. Take 45 minutes to go up and 15 minutes down!! But it is so well worth the climb. I recommend early morning with a flashlight to watch sunrise from the top, or mid afternoon when you can climb in the shade. The... More

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Surrey, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
32 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Well all I can say is that I got to the top. If you like hiking then this is for you. It is a winding trail and steps to the top to the lighthouse but very much worth the effort. I am out of shape and was sure I would only last half way but I took the advise of... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

Great way to burn away that lunch time ceviche. Take your camera and some water as it can be a sweaty experience if your out of shape like me. Went in the middle of the afternoon as that way you are in the shade for most of the walk.

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Augusta, Kansas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

My husband more than I wanted to go to the lighthouse but view was amazing. The climb is a test, and the smell from the treatment plant next to it is strong for the first 1/3 of the climb. Go early or mid afternoon when the trail has more shade. We're both 50 & in average shape. Wouldn't recommend if... More

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