The actual Papantla Flyers show and the performers seem honest and trying to put on a nice show. They are dressed colorfully and dance and climb a tall pole and slide down and play music. There was also a rodeo-type lariat act by a young man who was very good. The amphitheater they have built and the stage are clean and shaded. It looks like their business is mostly for the cruise ship passengers (which we were) and they just bring them in by the busload. One of our problems was the free drinks they offered, which included soft drinks with ice which gave us GI distress for 2 days afterward, so only accept bottled, sealed water there. They do have restrooms though. Also, the amphitheater is inside a shopping area and you are constantly badgered to buy things both inside and outside the arena. In fact, everytime we got off the tour bus in Mazatlan we were surrounded by people trying to sell us junk. Far more than in Cabo San Lucas on the waterfront, which was pretty bad. I cannot recommend this show or the Mazatlan city sites tour because there isn't much to see and they just want you to buy, buy, buy. The people are poor there and are pathetically trying to live off selling tourist stuff. The cruise ship tours also take you to their jewelry store associates and leave you there for long periods of time which is a waste of your vacation. If I went again I would just go lay on the beach instead or do a boat or snorkeling tour. There isn't much to the town except the historic church.
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