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El Faro Lighthouse free

Playa Sur
El Faro Lighthouse
  • Type: Sightseeing
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (3.9)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Here's a little trivia: El faro means "the lighthouse" in Spanish, so tourists are calling this Mazatlán site "the lighthouse lighthouse." Redundancy aside, this is one of the town's best-known attractions, and a jaw-dropping view awaits the brave soul that hikes the 30 to 45 strenuous minutes up roughly drawn trails to see it up close. 

Just make sure to pick the right time on a sunny day. Several TripAdvisor travelers say cloud cover could seriously dampen your experience. For the best views, make an early-morning trek or a late-afternoon journey that's just in time for the sunset. You'll need shoes with good treads and long pants (to ward off bug bites), and bringing a bottle of water is also a good idea. Nothing says "no fun" quite like a muggy, dehydrated hike uphill.

El Faro Lighthouse, located along Mazatlán's southernmost tip, is free to enjoy at any time of day. And you shouldn't fret if it seems too hard to climb: There are also some pretty good photo ops for this more than 130-year-old structure from afar. On some afternoons you might also catch local divers jumping from one of the high rocks near El Faro to the Pacific Ocean down below.

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