Mazatlán is the kind of place that has many stories to tell. A way to tell those stories is through pictures, photographs of the city, the landscape and the people from Mazatlán: the native ones and those who have made Mazatlán their home but weren´t born in the city. The images can bring a bit of the experience for those who want to know about Mazatlán.
40 minutes out of town is the rural town of El Quelite which is known for its color houses and for it´s traditional feel and food. In El Quelite you can find a restaurant called El Mesón de los Laureanos with authentic regional delicious food, also a Charrería show. Charrería is the Mexican rodeo where “charros” which is called the mexican Cowboy performs a laso show with his dancing horse. Also, there is an ancient game called “Ulama” where a 7 pound rubber ball is passed along from a player without ever using your hands. The hit the ball with their hips. This site is an excellent one for photographers who like ethnic photo themes.
Another site is Las Labradas. Off the fisherman´s village of Barras de Piaxtla, about an hour or so from Mazatlán, is the beach of Las Labradas where the visitor can find petroglyphs carved along the coastal rocks of the beach. These carvings date as far as back pre-hispanic times to the Toltec Indian (800-1000 CE). It is a mystical, peaceful place. An archeological site preserved for exploration and observation, providing moments of reflection and serenity. In Las Labradas you can take excellent photographs and try to capture the mysticism of the place.
Old Mazatlán dates back to the 19th century. Many restaurant owners, shop owners and artists have invested in the area with encouragement and some of them with support from the local government. It has become a popular meeting destination for festivities, cultural events and social gatherings. It´s a wonderful area to walk through as old clashes with newness to support the history and culture of the city.
In the Centro Histórico you can capture the history of Mazatlán. The Spanish and other European, American and also Asian migrant past.
The Olas Altas (tall waves) beach, a favorite of surfing, is next to the historic center and the whole malecón: from the hill to Valentino´s point is one of the perfect spots to watch the sunset. Mazatlán sunsets are world famous.
The Three islands in front of the bay are great for photographs. Over there you can see Mazatlán form another point of view and take pictures from the ocean and also submarine pictures.
Another great spot is El Faro, one of the highest natural lighthouses of the world. From the top you can take outstanding photos of all Mazatlán.
If you want to come and experience the Mazatlán feel through your camera lens, you can find a house for sale in the malecón with an excellent ocean view. Also there are hotels and hostels of all kinds and prices all over town.
People, food, sunsets, old houses and buildings, the beach, the ocean, the colors, the history. Mazatlán has a lot to offer for the photographer. It is a paradise.