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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: Whale Watching Adventure

2. Mazatlan: Whale Watching Adventure

Join a team of marine biologists, ecologists, and naturalists who will guide your whale watching adventure. Listen to outstanding commentary about the local environment. Gain real-time insight into the whales’ ecology and behavior while collecting scientific data for ongoing research and conservation projects. During your encounters, observe whales spouting while cruising along, or powerfully breaching and tail slapping while playing or fighting. It is breeding season in the Mexican Pacific so there is a lot going on! If you're lucky enough, you may find females nursing their calves, or maybe listen to the intriguing songs performed by males as part of their courtship ritual. By taking part in this expedition, you are contributing directly to marine research and monitoring activities led by Onca Explorations and its partners for the conservation of whales and dolphins in this important region of the Mexican Pacific and the Gulf of California.

Mazatlan: All-Inclusive Party Boat/Deer Island Tour

3. Mazatlan: All-Inclusive Party Boat/Deer Island Tour

Board your boat 15 minutes before the tour departure time at Marina Mazatlan. As soon as you step onboard, savor a freshly-made drink by a super-skilled bartender or a cold beer from the open bar. Then, cruise through the marina, the Golden Zone and its hotels, and take in great views of Valentinos and the Malecon. Afterward, head to Deer Island where, after putting a life jacket on, you will disembark to perform as many water activities as you like from the ones offered. Once you've had your fun in the water, get ready to enjoy a variety of local dishes served by one of the crew members. On the way back to the marina, dance on the upper deck or simply relax lying down on the lounge sofas.

From Mazatlan: Zipline & ATV Adventure with Tequila Tasting

4. From Mazatlan: Zipline & ATV Adventure with Tequila Tasting

Get your adrenaline pumping with a thrilling ATV ride and zipline adventure. Meet your guide at your hotel and hop in the ATV that will take you to the zipline park, passing through the Sierra Occidental Mountain Range along the way. Enjoy a drink of your choice during the ride and take in scenic views. Upon arrival at the park, get kitted out before taking to the sky. Zip through the skies as you make your way through 12 different ziplines with different heights and lengths. Enjoy unique aerial views of the old-growth forest and town below you. Afterward, hop in the ATV and travel through the mountains to your lunch spot. Sit down to a delicious meal with tequila cheese, machaca burritos, beans, salsa, tortillas, and your choice of drink. Finish your tour with a visit to a tequila factory where you can sample some delicious local tequila.

Mazatlan: Tufted Jay Bird Watching and Hiking Tour

5. Mazatlan: Tufted Jay Bird Watching and Hiking Tour

•Visit the Tufted Jay Preserve, among beautiful pine and oak forests in the heart of the Sierra Madre Mountains. •Explore home for the Tufted Jay or “Chara Pinta” and over 100 other species of resident and migratory birds. •Learn about the habitats and migration patterns of some of the most beautiful birds in Mexico. Tufted Jay or "Chara Pinta" is an endemic species, which means these mountains are the only place in the world where they inhabit. Don Santos, our local guide, knows where they have been in the past days before our trip. Explore different trails, enjoy incredible views and reconnect with nature!

Mazatlan: City Aquarium Premium Access and Sightseeing Tour

6. Mazatlan: City Aquarium Premium Access and Sightseeing Tour

Make the most of your day with a brief sightseeing city tour and a Premium Access pass to Mazatlan Aquarium including the Humboldt Penguin Exhibit, interactive tank areas. See educational exhibits such as shark diving, sea lions, tropical and predators birds, and more. Start this exciting marine life adventure on a traditional open-air vehicle ride from your accommodation to the city aquarium. Skip the ticket office line for a quick and full-access visit to the Aquarium and Humboldt Penguin exhibit. The Humboldt Penguin exhibit is home to 14 of these amazing creatures that live in temperate areas of South America and never see ice or snow. Get up close with them, both above and below the water in the Humboldt Penguin Habitat. Explore the indoor saltwater fish tanks and the biggest jellyfish tank in Mexico. Stick your fingers into the doctor fish tank. Enjoy the fantastic experience of exfoliating dead cells from your skin. Admire the museum of the sea, which displays a wide variety of snails, marine mammal bones, and a miniature display of the arts and fishing methods used around the world. Discover the outdoor areas. Interact with wonderful creatures such as stingrays and electric rays, love birds, and Tilapia fish. Or simply walk along and meet a variety of birds, reptiles, and mammals, Get your snacks and camera ready for educational exhibits of tropical birds, predatory birds, and sea lions where Toby, Ely, Tito, and the superstar Bony will perform fantastic numbers in the water and air. Enjoy a brief sightseeing tour on the open-air vehicle through the boardwalk and Historic District before returning back to your accommodation.

Mazatlán: Zipline Adventure, Sightseeing & Mezcal Tasting

7. Mazatlán: Zipline Adventure, Sightseeing & Mezcal Tasting

Follow a ziplining adventure with a traditional meal and a short tour of Mazatlán’s best spots. Your day begins with pickup from your hotel in a comfortable van. Enjoy a refreshing drink of water, juice, or coffee on the 40-minute drive to the zipline location.   Upon arrival, you’ll be set up in the required safety equipment (pulley, harness, helmet, and gloves). Your security is your hosts’ priority at all times, so you can enjoy the amazing ride. Experience a fun scenic ride among 12 ziplines at different heights and lengths. While flying over the surroundings, you’ll get a unique view of the old-growth forests and the town in the distance.   After ziplining, enjoy a regional meal before your ride back. Enjoy cheese, machaca burritos, beans, salsa, tortillas, and your choice of beverages. Finally, head back to town to visit the Museum of History and cathedral. You’ll also have time to visit the hot springs and the town’s mezcal factory, where you’ll taste some of the best mezcal you’ve ever had.

Mazatlán: Double-Decker Bus, Cliff Diving & Walking Tour

8. Mazatlán: Double-Decker Bus, Cliff Diving & Walking Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel, hop on the open-top bus, and enjoy the surrounding views of Mazatlán. Benefit from a convenient mode of transportation to discover the city and its surrounding areas. Visit Playa Norte and feed the local birds from the open top of the bus. Stop at the Glorieta Germania lookout point and witness brave individuals jumping from the towering perches and cliffs into a tiny dot of water. Then, explore the center of Mazatlán on a guided walking tour through the Historic District and discover narrow streets and colorful buildings designed in a variety of 19th-century European architectural styles. Admire The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the primary religious landmark of the city, built in a Baroque style. Hop back on the bus and ride along the Malecón (boardwalk), which is one of the longest in the world at 8.5 kilometers. Admire the views of the coast, high cliffs, monuments, historic buildings, and the elegance of Zona Dorada (Hotel Area) before returning to your hotel.

Mazatlán: Whale Watching Tour

9. Mazatlán: Whale Watching Tour

In winter, it's possible to view the gentlest giants of the ocean, humpback whales. On this tour, you'll enjoy a fun ride along the bay in which you may also find dolphins, turtles, sea lions, manta rays, and other forms of sea life. This adventure is sure to be the highlight of your holidays. Guided by passionate sea experts on board a high-speed, semi-rigid boat, the experience is perfect for the whole family and allows you to experience these majestic creatures in comfort and safety. The local partner's team is unique in the region and the boats are internationally certified.  Don't forget your camera, so you can relive all the special moments in the years to come.

Mazatlan: Deer Island Eco Tour with Snorkeling and Hiking

10. Mazatlan: Deer Island Eco Tour with Snorkeling and Hiking

Your ecological adventure begins with pickup from your hotel then heads towards the 3 islands of Mazatlan. Perhaps the most iconic symbols of Mazatlan, the islands are named after the main species that inhabit or once inhabited them. The destination of today’s tour, Deer Island, is nestled between Bird and Wolf Island, and is the largest and most popular island of the 3. There’s plenty to see and do on Deer Island, thanks to its natural attributes and terrain which provide a fantastic recreational space. Spend the day snorkeling in the warm waters in search of colorful marine life, relaxing on the white sandy beaches, and kayaking around the shoreline to soak up incredible views of both Mazatlan and Deer Island itself. You can also follow your expert guide on an ecological hike around the island, to see and learn about native flora and fauna that grow and live here in abundance. At the end of a fun, adventurous, and educational day, head back on board the boat for the return journey to Mazatlan, and then drop-off to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Mazatlan

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 127 reviews

We had a great time! Loved learning more about Mazatlan. We also enjoyed connecting with other people and sharing this experience with other travelers. And our tour guide was amazing - she was funny, engaging and knew a lot about the history of Mazatlan. Highly recommend!

We had such a wonderful time - loved everything!! Deer Island is beautiful! Our guide was sweet, supportive, funny and knew a lot about the island and history of the area. Would highly recommend!

Such a fun tour..you get to see and experience so much all in a day. You learn so much about the city and know what else you want to go back to see more of after tour. Definitely recommend!

The guides & the river experience was fantastic! The whole experience was great! Oh! And, the food at the end was unbelievable!!! Highly recommend this trip!

well organized, everything prepared, nothing missing. highly recommended.