El Faro#8 in Best Things To Do in Mazatlan
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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. A jaw-dropping view awaits the brave soul that embarks on the strenuous 30- to 45-minute hike up roughly drawn trails to see the lighthouse up close. But if you can't or don't wish to climb, not to worry; there's plenty of great photo ops from afar.
Should you want to make the walk up to the lighthouse, pick the right time on a sunny day, according to recent visitors, or don't bother with the hike. For the best views (and nicest temperatures), 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). Bringing a bottle of water is also a good idea. If you need a break, you're in luck: Recent hikers said there's several spots along the trail to sit and relax.
El Faro, located along Mazatlán's southernmost tip (about 2 miles south of Playa Olas Altas), is free to enjoy at any time of day. 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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#1 Old Mazatlán
Some of Mazatlán's most beloved sights (such as the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception) are centered in Old Mazatlán. You won't need to make a special effort to enjoy this part of town, but you can rest assured that you'll spend plenty of time there. And if you only have one day in the area, this is where travelers suggest you come.
You should come hungry. You'll have plenty of food options from restaurants to a market where you can buy produce and tamales to taco stands. Walk off your meal with a tour of the Teatro Angela Peralta opera house or a stroll along the Malecón.