El Faro Lighthouse

#5 in Best Things To Do in Mazatlan
El Faro Lighthouse picture
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Key Info

Ángel Flóres s/n, Centro

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Sightseeing, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.9scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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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#1 Old Mazatlán

Some of Mazatlán's most beloved sites are centered in the Centro Histórico, or Old Mazatlán (sites like the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception). So 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. 

And you should come hungry. Recent TripAdvisor travelers litter their endorsements with food recommendations; you'll have the option for taco de cabeza (tacos prepared from the head of a cow) or papas locos (giant baked potatoes) from a street side vendor, or delicious shrimp tacos at a Plaza Machado café. Walk off your meal with a tour of the Teatro Angela Peralta opera house or a stroll along the Malecón.

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