A Great Day in Mazatlan, October 22, 2019

I never get tired of saying we awoke to a wonderfully sunny day. We docked early and the ship was cleared before 8am. JoAnn and I have been to Mazatlan on more than one occasion but the last was about eleven years ago. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was happily surprised.

We left the ship around 10:30 and, after negotiating a bit with the taxi drivers, we hopped a taxi to the old city. We decided to start at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, also known as the Mazatlan Cathedral.

The cathedral is truly beautiful. We had been here before but I did not recall how outstanding the building is. I could have stayed here appreciating the interior for a time but was limited in how long I could stay. What follows are a number of photos that I hope do the cathedral justice.

Here are a couple of photos of the square in front of the cathedral. This square is an busy place with lots going on.

I thought the lamppost In the square was interesting.

Compare this dragon lamppost in front of the cathedral to the one in the square. Great town in which to be a lamppost.

From the square we walked over to the local market. It was busy and you could buy pretty much anything you wanted. Have a look.

Looking for a tamale; look no further.

We then decided to go in search of the Anglea Peralta Theatre, which is named for the “Mexican Nightgale,” who was from Mazatlan. She died of yellow fever in 1883 and never had the chance to perform in the theatre. I took a number of photos on the way. Unfortunately, the theater was closed to visitors. Once off the main thoroughfare we found the side streets very quaint and interesting.

When we found the theater a group of students from the associated arts school were performing and I managed one meager photo of them standing and singing on a set of stairs.

There is a lot more than singing and acting going on. I was able to glimpse some artists at work.

And, I was able to capture some of their finished work. Looks like they are preparing for “La Dia del Muerte“ (the day of the dead).

We stopped for a cold one at this little cafe in the square opposite the school.

I thought a photo of this sleepy little fellow, looked over by Albert Einstein, would be interesting.

Time to start heading back. We bumped into an American in Mazatlan, an author who is living in this seaside city, who walked with us to the Malacon. As we walked, I took a couple of photos along the way.

I liked this little bit of street art. Great way to decorate a door.

I always find bikes interesting.

The view of the coast, once we arrived, was exhilarating.

As we were sailing for Puerto Vallarta, I snapped this shot of Mazatlan.

I enjoyed Mazatlan much more than I expected to. Once we left the hustle and bustle of the Cathedral Square, and began our walk to the theater, I found our surroundings charming. The city is interesting as are the people.

One last shot as we were leaving the harbor. Goodbye Mazatlan.


  1. Kathleen Naughton

    Hi. Fruits and 🌽 very appealing as is the meat market! The old area is especially interesting. We’ve been to Porta Vallarta Which we liked but it’s not as interesting I’ll look forward to your shots there!kn.

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  2. Gail Kessler

    Beautiful photos as usual. I remember visiting the Mazatlan Cathedral some years ago. I remember the stained glass window with the Star of David in it. Is it still there? Maybe you know this already but the Jewish community helped to fund the completion of the church when they ran out of money. They put the Star of David in the stained glass window to honor the Jewish Community for helping them.

  3. Gail Kessler

    Upon closer inspection I can see the Jewish Stars in the stained glass windows. I didn’t look closely enough before.

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