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Mazatlán: Mazatlán 1873 Observatory Guided Tour

1. Mazatlán: Mazatlán 1873 Observatory Guided Tour

Visit the Mazatlán 1873 Observatory to see a wide range of attractions. Discover how this ancient building went from a military outpost to a meteorological building. Enjoy exploring the observatory to see birds, cacti, iguanas, and more.   Start the day by riding up the 80-meter slope on a funicular. Admire the views of the ocean as you ride this unique method of transportation.  Watch a short film to learn the history of Mazatlán and the observatory. Take a look around the museum styled to look like a house from the 1800s.   Next, go to the distillery where mezcal is made using agave plants and stop at the bird sanctuary. Get to see more than 70 species of birds, including macaws, parrots, parakeets, flamingos, and toucans, all of which have been rescued.   Head into the former dungeon turned cellar where wine, mezcal, and sake are kept. Then walk around the gardens to see the different types of cacti and agave growing there.   Go to the reptilian land where more than 200 iguanas live and you can interact with them. At the end of the day, you can enter the sky bar if you want to have a drink while enjoying the views. 

Mazatlan: Pino Suarez Market Walking Tour with Tastings

2. Mazatlan: Pino Suarez Market Walking Tour with Tastings

Explore the buzzing Pino Suarez Market, where Maztlan locals go to get their groceries and fresh produce, and its surroundings with a local guide. Steeped in culture, learn all about this amazing neighborhood and its beginnings (there was once a bullfight ring) as you sample some tasty local delicacies. Your local guide loves to share their own Mazatlan stories, while you eat, drink and meet new local friends. This guided walking tour is all about getting to know the neighborhood and its local people through food. Visit the market's fruit, vegetables and dried chile stands. Try some typical delicacies on the way – smoked marlin and a variety of Mexican cheeses. Discover the other side of Mazatlan’s market and find out how Mexican families cure their ailments. Taste Mazatlan’s typical tostadas, at a family-run diner that has been in business for three decades and enjoy an authentic ‘torta’ (grilled sandwich roll), washed down with a local soda. Finish the tour enjoying a variety of traditional Mexican ice creams.

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When you come to Mazatlan, visiting the observatorio is a must. You start with mini history movie, then a bird sanctuary, then a tour of the observatory and end on the rooftop bar...which has the best sunset views in the city. I recommend booking your tour between 4-5pm to get that sunset! Also the tour is worth it because if you come to the rooftop bar without the tour, you have to pay 500 pesos to enter (although 300 of that goes to your drinks). I'd still rather pay for the tour and then buy a drink on my own when I reach the top. Definitely worth it.

Andrea was an excellent tour guide. We learned a lot about the birds and cacti. Very interesting. The Observatory was beautiful. We just wish we had more time and knew how often the funicular ran because we would have had the Cacao ceremony if we thought we had time. Also we had to find our own way back to the funicular in low light.

Observatorio 1873 is an amazing experience! The beautiful grounds, the aviary (glad I took my earrings off!), the history of Mazatlan video, the cactus garden, sunset in the bar and the funicular ride...a truly must-see destination! Our tour guide, Carla, was terrific, too!

We signed for a tour. Carla was our English speaking guide. She was excellent. Excellent Mazatlan history video and other history artifacts to see. Great views from the top. We will encourage our friends to go next year.

Intelligent, knowledgeable, friendly and well connected with the community. I am hoping to take her cooking session when I get back to Mazatlan.