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El Faro Lighthouse

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Address: Mazatlan, Mexico
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This lighthouse sits atop Cerro Creston, Mazatlan's highest hill.

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great view

Nice view of the city from this height. Didn't actually climb the hill (no car access) but even from the base the views were great. We lucked out and had a great tour guide with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice view of the city from this height. Didn't actually climb the hill (no car access) but even from the base the views were great. We lucked out and had a great tour guide with us with the van we hired for the day for our group of 11.

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Forster, NSW Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good walk from El Centro, but you can take a bus. A good climb, and on a clear day wonderful views. Water generally for sale at the top. Sit a while and enjoy.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Take the opportunity to tell your family back home that you went to the top of the tallest natural lighthouse in the world. It is a pretty cool little fact about this place that will make you feel kind of proud even though it only takes about 30 minutes to make it to the top. It's a good hike that... More 

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Thank Elena P
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

I have visited the lighthouse (known in Spanish as El Faro) on five occasions. This landmark offers great views Mazatlan and surrounding areas. There is a plaque which provides details about its history right above the entrance which is written in Spanish. Also, refreshments are sold so there is no need to bring them with you. It is appreciated by... More 

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Victoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016

We rented a house in Centro Historico and walked to the top of the lighthouse from there. We went early in the morning and I was still really sweating since most of the hike was in direct sun so I'd suggest bringing a hat and maybe wearing sunscreen. The view was absolutely amazing and there was a shady bench at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

A lovely hike to the lighthouse and view of the city! Our tour guide was local and did a great job explaining the history of the town. He hikes this trail every Sunday.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

It took our family of four about an hour to go up and back. We went in the late afternoon so the trail was in the shade at many points. However, it was very sunny and hot at the top. We were glad we had our water bottles. The views are incredible and worth the hike. No bathrooms though so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

Although there are a lot of steps and cutbacks, it is well worth the hike up to the lighthouse. The views are simply spectacular. Unfortunately, you cannot actually go in the lighthouse and while there is a place to get water and soda, there are no restrooms (at least that is what we were told).

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Drayton Valley, Alberta, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This hike is about 30 minutes straight up. The view from the lighthouse is absolutely amazing. Best time to do the hike is early in the morning.

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

About a 20 minute pulmonia ride from our hotel. The driver will take you to the farthest ocean pointe in old Mazatlan, where it is a good 30-40 min walk to the top. It was a moderately warm day and I still was sweating pretty good. I saw people trek in sandals, but I'd recommend shoes. You will be dirty... More 

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