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“excellent place to get off the beach”
Review of Old Mazatlan

Old Mazatlan
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Mazatlan City Sightseeing Tour with Shopping Time and Lunch
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Mazatlan City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #4 of 101 things to do in Mazatlan
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

great food and plaza (plazuela machado) present a great distraction from the other half-interesting things to do in town, like the beach and shopping. the plaza is really the best thing about the town and shouldn't be missed.

Thank TimTran
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

You must visit here and see the original culture. We always go during the day to see thing better and helps us feel safe too. Slow down and look around, ride around, walk around, see the sites, mingle with the people.

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Reviewed January 4, 2013

There is just so much to see and appreciate in Old Mazatlan. Take your time and your camera, chat with the locals, they love to talk about their city. Some highlights, of course the Plaza Machado, the Cathedral, the Central Market (go early in the day, later, the aroma is less pleasant). We have especially enjoyed our visits to the fabric stores (Parisina). Fabric here is incredibly cheap by US standards. It is sold in meters which is just a touch more that a yard. My friend always brings an extra suitcase just to take her fabric home. Another fun spot is Gallery Etnika. Unusual and well made crafts. Don't miss having a drink at the top of the Posada Freeman hotel. Built in 1944, the 360 degree view from the very top (you will have to climb two flights of stairs) is spectacular. There are great restaurants all around the area. But just stroll around the area and enjoy the old architecture and the renewal efforts. Walk only a few blocks from Plaza Machado and you are at the waterfront. Old Mazatlan is well served by many buses and you can easily grab a taxi or pulmonia back to your hotel if you don't want to wait for a bus.

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Reviewed January 3, 2013

We drove street after street through the historical area soaking up the best of old Mazatlan. There are a lot of one-way streets and many are not marked very well so be on your toes.

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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We visited Old Mazatlan one early afternoon after a morning visit to the Central Market (Mercado) and navigating the hectic, noisy streets surrounding it. It was a couple of days before Christmas so it was busy everywhere. We walked a few blocks away from the lovely cathedral and found ourselves in a quiet neighbourhood with beautiful architecture. The central point of Old Mazatlan is the Plaza Machado and it was very sleepy, with a few sidewalk cafes opening up for lunch. We stopped at one and enjoyed a reasonably priced meal while we people-watched. We visited the Teatro Angela Peralta, which you may tour for just a few pesos. It has been restored to its original glory and is well-worth a visit.
Several days later we visited the Plaza Machado again, but in the evening. We were amazed by its transformation from a sleepy square into a lively, vibrant place to spend an evening. Many vendors were selling interesting wares and the restaurants had increased in number and transformed into more elegant eateries for a nice evening meal. We had a marvelous time taking in all of the sights and sounds of the square and enjoyed a lovely meal that was a bit of a departure from the usual restaurant fare. Old Mazatlan is a must-see part of any visit to this beautiful city.

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