08.01.2010 - 17.01.2010
Friends from work and I decided to start the new year right by flying to Mazatlan, Mexico. I've been wanting to soak in the sun and enjoy a warm weather so it was a perfect get-away. We stayed near the Zona Dorada area, which has many interesting shops. I found a 3-floor high miniature pyramid ruin and decided to climb it for fun. The steps are very narrow and I was scared but, it was just what I needed for some cheap thrills. I love the Sea Shell City store, which also has a small museum on the 2nd floor. They have many types of sea shells and dried water creatures that I've never seen before. I got a couple of seahorses and cross sections of sea shells, which I'll make into pendants. I really liked the restaurant, across the street from it and at the end of a line of shops. It has a nice outdoor ambience right on the waterfront.
We frequented our favorite Rico's cafe and Panama restaurant and bakery. They have really good food, at least much better and cheaper than at the hotel. There's also this really good and super cheap taco Pastor near front of Holiday Inn and they're just delicious! They're cooking them right on the street so it's easy to find. We had some tortilla soup, which was really good but a little salty for my taste. I also like the Michael's art gallery and all the handmade crafts they sell. They're very unique and colorful, a little pricey but well worth it.
On Sunday, we took the bus to downtown and visited the town's cathedral. We did our own walking tour and stopped by the mercado central, the plaza, the Catedral de la Purisma Concepcion, Teatro Angela Peralta, the diving cliff, and the beautiful historic downtown. I wasn't able to hike the Lighthouse, visit Valentino's castle (although we drove by it), or do some island hopping just so we can relax more at the resort. A lady gave us a boogie board as she was leaving but when we went out to swim, there were signs of jellyfish warning. We even found couple of small dead jellyfish washed out to the shore. It wasn't worth the risk so we just hang out at the hotel's endless pool, which is right on the beach. The beach is quite a scene. You see mariachi musicians walking with their guitars, vendors selling toys, food, and souvenirs, and tourists trying on water activities. In the morning, I saw divers snorkling and diving by the shore for some fresh lobsters. There's so much to do in Mazatlan that I wish we could have stayed longer.