Mazatlan's Historical Center
Among all the beautiful places that we can enjoy in the port of Mazatlan, the Historical Center is the most sublime. Inhabited by poetry, literature, and free-living fun. Its narrow streets, homes and buildings are pages of history that open up to passersby, that speak of famous people that were born there, such as the poet Baltazar Izaguirre Rojo, a singer from Sinaloa; Ramon Rubin, writer that described the beauty of the indigenous world; Genaro Estrada, writer, Mexican diplomat and politician, and author of the Estrada Doctrine which is the basis of Mexican foreign policy; among many more who once lived there, such as revolutionary generals Juan Ramon Carrasco and F. Iturbe.
Mazatlan is now the second most important city in the state of Sinaloa, and undoubtedly the most cosmopolitan. It’s common to find Mazatlecos that speak English and French fluently, as well as other languages. Germans, French, English and Chinese people live alongside Mazatlecos, and this fact gives the port a culturally-universal atmosphere, where the best traditions of each community mingle into one.
The Historical Center is, par excellence, the very heart of all culturally-related life in Mazatlan; the ideal place for gathering with friends in a festive atmosphere where joy, tradition and culture are combined, bringing local families together. Here you’ll find the majestic Angela Peralta Theatre, one of the most beautiful in the country that has been inaugurated three times since 1874, and is witness to the intense cultural activity and is a breeding ground for artists, who along with the Municipal Arts Center, have helped this port flourish, giving the theater its charm that is so attractive to tourists, with time-worn signs of its glorious past.
Mazatlan is the only destination in the Mexican Pacific coast with an intense, clear and vibrant cultural life, which is promoted as an attraction through its Historical Center, and often has been a key factor for travelers from around the world in choosing this city to be their new home or retirement residence.
The charm of the Historical Center of Mazatlan comes from the architecture of its buildings, iron detailing on their doors, windows and balconies, the colors of their facades which emulate the tropical paintings of renowned Mazatleco artist Antonio Lopez Sanz, or the narrow and quiet streets where singer-songwriter Don José Ángel Espinoza "Ferrusquilla” is commonly seen walking with his cloth bag in hand.
Undoubtedly, the Historical Center of Mazatlán, recently declared a world heritage site, is a magical place of unexplainable sensations that are only experienced while strolling its streets covered by the blue sky and sea breeze that quietly caress its visitors, and while the singing of birds flying overhead blends over your journey as you reach the plaza Machado and Olas Altas oceanfront, to cool down with a traditional beer or sweet coconut water.