Mazatlán cliff diver
Mazatlan was our original intended ferry destination from La Paz, and although it’s taken us another day we’ve made it here via a night in Los Mochis and a 7 hour bus trip (which was comfortable enough). Acapulco may be famous for cliff divers but Mazatlan has them too. Around lunch time when enough of a crowd has built up we see one guy do his dive. It’s not from a very high point but there’s no way you would catch me doing this – even if he makes a 1000 pesos in tips per dive.
Mazatlan is really not too bad a place. The prom is brash and noisy – it reminds me a lot of places in Spain. It caters for a Mexican, rather than foreign, crowd, but the beach is pretty good and the old town quite upmarket with restored brightly painted houses and a delightful plaza next to the theatre.
We choose to stay close to the bus station in a place that isn’t flash but has everything we need for what is basically an overnight stay. I’m already finding that I enjoy mainland Mexico more than Baja. We haven’t run into many gringos yet
Arc of a diver
– but I’m sure we will sooner or later – but the places we’re staying are more of the style (and price) I’m used to and, despite the poor reputation Mexico has for crime, we find everyone is really helpful and friendly.
From here we will take an overnight bus to Mexico City. I’m keen to move on south now quite quickly so we can maximise our time in Central America. I’m in two minds about Mexico City as I know that visiting such a huge city won’t be that easy, but the Teotihuacan pyramids are a sight I have wanted to visit for a very long time.
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