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Old Mazatlan

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Old Mazatlán . . . History, Beauty & Majesty

The soul of downtown Old Mazatlán is a charming historic district lined with colorful colonial-style architecture, plazas, courtyards, churches, monuments, museums, art galleries, cafes and markets. Take a walking tour through Old Mazatlán and discover the charm of narrow streets and squares lined with 19th-century architecture and historic landmarks, including Machado Plaza, Mazatlán Art Museum, The Cathedral and Archaeological Museum displaying Mazatlán's pre-Hispanic roots. Explore through El Mercado, Machado Park and the majestic Angela Peralta Theater, the oldest theater in Mazatlán. Stop at outdoor cafes, shops and restaurants. Framing Machado Plaza, Canobbio Arcade is a 19th-century estate that is a symbol of the architecture of Old Mazatlán. See colorful homes with beautiful ironwork in the Old Mazatlán's quaint colonial section.

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Old Mazatlán Attractions

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Mercado Central. The vibrant Mercado Central is an indoor/outdoor marketplace with one square block of colorful stalls selling clothing, arts and crafts, jewelry, produce and meats. A popular shopping spot for locals, the market is a fun place to bargain with vendors. Surrounding the Old Mazatlán market, the cobbled streets are lined with shops and cafes.

Archaeological Museum. Located in the Mazatlán Historical District, this museum houses over 180 relics and pieces that preserve Mazatlán's pre-Hispanic roots. The museum is an educational center that pays tribute to Mazatlán's heritage, including the epochs of the Cahitas, Totorames, Tahues, Xiximes, Acaxes and Tepehuanes tribes through the colonization period to contemporary times. The museum's façade and interior combines Gothic with Neoclassical and Baroque architecture.

Plaza de la Revolución. Located in the heart of Old Mazatlán, Plaza de la Revolución is a small landscaped park with a gazebo in the center. The plaza is surrounded by merchant stalls offering handicrafts, food, clothes, soaps, jewelry and leather goods. Relax on a bench in front of the two large fountains.

Catedral de la Purisma Concepción. Facing the Plaza de la Revolución is Mazatlán's beautiful Catedral de la Purisma Concepcion (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception). Built in 1899 in neo-Gothic and neo-classical styles, this Moorish-style church has twin blue and gold spires and ogival arches. The interior is decorated in an eclectic style with an ornate neo-Gothic triple altar.

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Plaza Machado. Named for Juan Nepomuceno Machado, this small park in Old Mazatlán surround a gazebo. The plaza's beautiful plants and flowers set off the surrounding colonial buildings, which are now home to many flavorful cafes.

Teatro Angela Peralta. A beautiful building in the center of Mazatlán, the majestic Angela Peralta Theater is the oldest theater in Mazatlán and home of the cultural festivals of Sinaloa. Named in honor of the legendary diva, the famous European-style theater - completed in 1890 and restored to its 19th-century neoclassical style - presents opera, symphony and folk dance performances.

Canobbio Arcade. An essential symbol of the landscape architecture of Old Mazatlán, Canobbio Arcade is a 19th-century estate that frames Machado Plaza and forms part of the block owned by the Italian Luis Canobbio.

National Institute of Anthropology and History. See early Mexican pottery, sports equipment, figurines and arrowheads at National Institute of Anthropology and History. View fascinating human remains, including three skulls that illustrate the flattened foreheads that were fashionable centuries ago. Stroll through a small courtyard in the back to a metal sculpture garden.

Ben Franklin Library at Hidalgo Square. Named for the father of Mexican independence, Miguel Hidalgo, Hidalgo Square was the original site of Mazatlán's market. Located in the small plaza, Ben Franklin Library houses an extensive collection of Spanish texts and study tables as well as a children's area.