December 12 - 29, 2010
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Mazatlan in December, 2010, and never tired of our trips into the city to go exploring. Marina Mazatlan, where we were berthed, is a few miles north of town, but the bus service was reliable and cheap; on a few occasions we took a taxi, to include a ride in a "pulmonia" - an open-air VW taxi uniquie to Mazatlan. Traffic and driving habits in the city were "scary" - so it was good to leave the driving to the "pros." Some of our favorite destinations included "Old Mazatlan," where we walked miles of "back streets" and marveled at the centuries old architecture and (for the most part) well maintained buildings and homes. We often stopped for lunch in the Plaza Machado, a quaint little square with open-air restaurants on the perimeter streets. We also enjoyed going to the Central Market - a large, bustling affair in a two story building that covered an entire city block - sort of like a Pike Place Market on steroids! On one occasion we hiked up to Faro de Mazatlan (Mazatlan lighthouse), high atop a large hill at the entrance to Mazatlan Harbor, with incredible views of the city and the ocean. We were seldom without a camera, so please enjoy some of our photographic souveniers of Mazatlan!
MERCADO CENTRO DE MAZATLAN
A GLIMPSE AT LIFE IN
It is difficult to capture the essence of life in a marina in just a few pictures, and then there are the pictures you wish you had taken that would have added so much more to the story. But with what pictures we have of our stay in Marina Mazatlan, here are some highlights, to include the annual Salvation Army Children's Home Christmas Performance at the Mazatlan Cruiser's Club. The older kids worked hard to put a great show of native dances, replete with costumes of their own making, and the younger kids also put on wonderful correographed dances with lively, entertaining songs. These shows, which they perform all over the Mazatlan area at Christmas time, are part of their fund raising efforts for their Salvation Army Home, where a great many of them live full-time from an early age until age 18. It was heart-warming event, even in the heat of a Mazatlan December day, and rightly deserves a fair share of the pictures here. We have also posted some short videos of these kids "in action" in Video Gallery.