Located on the west coast of Mexico, the city of Mazatlan, in the state of Sinaloa, was a glitzy hotspot for celebrities in the 1970s. Today the beach town is experiencing a resurgence, thanks to its historical and cultural attractions. Here are a few ways to make the most of a day in Mazatlan.
Mazatlan Lighthouse (El Faro)
Cerro Creston, Mazatlan
Situated on the peak of Cerro Crestón—Mazatlán’s highest hill that was formerly an island—El Faro is visible from 30 nautical miles away. While day-trip boats to Stone Island often pass beneath Mazatlán Lighthouse, the real appeal lies in seeing this landmark up close. Hike the moderately challenging 300+ steps to the top independently or visit the lighthouse during a half-day city tour—both walking and biking options are available. When there, look out for the recently added glass-floored viewing platform.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The 30-minute hike to the top is moderately steep but the path is well maintained.
- Hiking boots aren’t necessary, but wearing sandals isn’t recommended.
- Vendors sometimes sell refreshments at the peak but take water just in case.
- There are no bathrooms at the lighthouse.
- There’s a small fee to access the glass lookout at El Faro.
- El Faro is not wheelchair or stroller accessible.
How to Get There
El Faro can be reached on foot in around 30-minutes when walking at a leisurely pace. Independent visitors should follow signs from the base of Crestón Hill, close to the La Paz Ferry Terminal. The road turns from concrete, to a dirt path, and eventually becomes stairs. Most travelers without mobility issues will find the walk moderate but manageable.
When to Get There
The path to El Faro is open from 6:30am to 8pm daily and the glass lookout is open from 7:30am to 7:30pm. Given the 30-minute hike needed to reach the peak, head out in the early morning to avoid the worst of the sun and beat the crowds. Alternatively, visiting at sunset can make for a romantic evening, but you’ll need to bring a torch to light the path on the way back down.
Other Attractions in Mazatlán El Faro is one of the top Mazatlán attractions, but it’s not the only one. Back at sea level, stroll through the historic center and look for the 19th century cathedral, before walking along the Malecón (boardwalk). Don’t forget to stop in at one of the many seafood restaurants of this port city—trying the ceviche is a must. Finally, when you want to escape the city, take a trip to Stone Island.