City Tour of Mazatlan
Trip Start Dec 22, 2006
97Trip End Feb 10, 2008
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The boat was actually a large catamaran that departed from the El Cid Marina and cruised past the entire city from the Golden Zone to Old Mazatlan before eventually landing at Deer Island. The first scenic view were rock caves along the coast of Bird Island. The views were great, however the catamaran did not slow down for us to take a detailed look. We then headed around the White Rocks where the brown pelicans hang out. The White Rocks are so called due to the amount of bird dung that has accumulated on them over the years, permanently staining the greyish brown rocks white. Gross, but interesting history. We then pulled up close to a small rock that was covered in sea lions. There was not much activity with the sea lions and we reasoned that they were tired from the long swim to their sun-tanning rock. Maybe not, be we are sticking with that story. We also passed the jumping off point for the local cliff divers. We passed by at the wrong time of the day and there were no divers to be found. Supposedly they jump everyday, so perhaps we will see them at another time.
The catamaran ride was getting long in the tooth and some of the passengers were feeling the affects of the choppy water. The trip included free alcohol, which was likely another factor in the sickness people were feeling. We were fine and continued to get our fill of vodka pineapple mixes as the catamaran cruised on. Once at Deer Island, a beach volleyball game was organized within minutes of hitting the sand. The net was only about 5 feet tall, removing any challenge from the game. Michael had no complaints as he did not have to jump to spike the ball or block shots. Geraldine skipped out on the game and with towel in hand found a nice secluded spot of beach to chill out in the sun. Lucky Duck!
The tour also offered banana boat rides, which was simply a long inflated toy that was dragged behind a small motor boat. The banana boat fit about 5 people and the rides were no longer than 5 to 10 minutes. The boat operator was nice enough to cut a hard turn right before returning to dump all the occupants in the shallow waters at shore. Nice guy, eh! We decided to go snorkelling instead. We swam hand in hand in the murky water along the shores of Deer Island. The water was a bit rough and it was next to impossible to get a clear view of the fish, but we chased a few around the rocks anyway. We heard that the snorkelling was better around the point, but the strong current deterred us from getting that far. The call for lunch was ringing out and we headed back for some free grub. The lunch spread was classic Mexican fare with rice, beans, tortillas and a beef mixture. There was fresh fruit for dessert which was by far the best part. After eating we crawled onto our towel to catch some rays. We must have actually fallen asleep as we missed the afternoon kayaking and the staff cleaning up the beach toys that were no longer all around us. Oh well, the nap was worth it. The boat ride home went by quickly as we did not make any more sightseeing stops. Once back on land we headed straight for 'Nilla as we were exhausted and looking forward to an early night.
We hung around the campsite for the majority of the next day. We really had nowhere to be or to go until late afternoon when our free city tour was scheduled. It was nice to do nothing for most of the day. The city tour started at 4:00pm and was scheduled to take 2 to 3 hours. The transportation was an old trolley bus with a guide that provided town history and comical commentary. The trip started at the El Cid Resort and passed along the boardwalk into what is called the "historic district", which is so named due to the European architecture, museums, and outdoor plazas. The early part of the tour was along the newer section of boardwalk that was filled with bronze statues commemorating things about Mazatlan,
The tour follows the boardwalk around to the old portion of town that has the original resort/hotels that were constructed in the 1920's through to the 1950's and 1960's. The old buildings are currently being renovated and the old town is being revived.
The bus stopped abruptly along the boardwalk in Olas Altas long enough for us to witness a cliff diver. The diver climbs to the top rocks and salutes the crowd before getting ready to demonstrate his skill with a 2-3 storey dive into the rocky surf below.
The final leg of the City Tour was through old downtown Mazatlan. Over the past week or so, we have been down here so often that there was not much that we had not seen or done.
The bus stopped adjacent to the town square and we decided to walk around and see the town at night. Maybe we are not looking for the abstract,
The tour bus operator was kind enough to drop us off around the corner from camp, thus saving us the 25 walk back from the original pick-up spot. When we walked through the entrance to La Posta, there was a Fiesta in full swing. This was a bit of thank-you party put on by the owners of La Posta since they are closing their doors at the end of March to allow Costco to plow down the place and build a massive new store. Thankfully, we got to experience living at La Posta before it becomes simply a legend. The Fiesta was nearly finished when we arrived, but there was just enough time for us to grab some free food and a few cocktails. There was a live band, as usual, and the dance floor was just starting to fill up. We could not control our laughter when the band cranked out "Achey Breakey Heart" in Spanish. What a treat! We did not stay long at the Fiesta as we were nearly 30 years younger than any of the guests still there.
For a look at our Kodak Gallery photo album....click the following link: http://www.kodakgallery.com/Slideshow.jsp?mode=fromshare&Uc=16xvaj2z.5f6mfdav&Uy=v7uq5i&Ux=0
Where I stayed
El Cid Resort