Sea Shell City.
Mazatlán's lighthouse (El Faro) began to shine by mid-1879. The lamp had been handcrafted in Paris, containing a big oil lamp with mirrors and a Fresnel lens to enhance the light. Since the light was static, in the distance it was often mistaken as a star. By 1905 this lamp was converted to a revolving lamp. Today, the 1000 watt bulb can be seen for 30 nautical miles (60 km).The third highest lighthouse in the world (after that of Gibraltar and Funfria, Spain) is located here in Mazatlan. It sits high on a hill, more than 150 meters above sea level. You can hike to the top in about 25 minutes, but your calves will never be the same. Be sure to attempt the hike only during the daytime as, as there is some pretty rugged terrain between you and the lighthouse, and, of course, it is not lit at night.
Acapulco isn't the only place famous for it's cliff divers. Here in Mazatlan, these brave fellows jump twice a day from the rocky cliffs into the waters of the Olas Altas, or high waves. Timing is everything, as the water is only six feet deep at times. Co-incidentally, the timing is also in perfect syncronicity with the arrival of the city tour tourist bus. Gratuities are gratefully accepted.
A young gaucho entertaining near the cruise ship entrance.
A last margarita before getting back on board the Golden Princess to head for Cabo.