COBBLESTONES & CHURCHES
Located in the Sierra Madre mountains, the
400-year-old town of Copala offers a scenic
setting of cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, and churches. Tours often include
a stop in the colonial town of Concordia,
known for handmade furnishings and pottery.
FARM TO TABLE
DE CANOAS ▲
Mazatlan’s own version of the farm-to-ta-ble movement comes to life in the nearby
village of Puerta de Canoas. Once known
for canoe-making, the townsfolk now
welcome visitors interested in regional
cooking. Tours offer tortilla and salsa
making lessons, and samplings of fresh,
soft cheese and jamoncillo milk candies.
Half-day tours are often paired with visits
to La Vinata de Los Osuna, an 18th century tequila factory.
ONE OF A KIND
Previously only available for cruise ship passengers, King
David Tours is the only tour operator licensed to operate its
Jungle Tour, which traverses a wildlife preserve near Mazatlan. The tour starts with a cruise through the harbor to see
the largest shrimp fleet in Mexico, followed by a trip through
an estuary filled with mangroves and coconut trees, then a
stop at a private beach on Bird Island.
www.KingDavid.com.mx QWhat kinds of tours do you recom- mend for a first-time visitor?
A: For the first-timer, we always recommend a city tour so they can get acquainted
with the highlights: cliff divers, Old Mazatlan and downtown, including the Main
Market and Cathedral, and more. Another
favorite is one of the island tours, to either
of our nearby islands: Deer Island or Stone
learn how to roll their own tortillas
and then make their own meal from the
tortillas, plus visit a ranch where dancing
horses are trained.
TOUR OPERATOR Q&A
LETICIA OSUNA Operation Manager, Pronatours, Mazatlan
LAS LABRADAS p
Thirty-two miles north of Mazatlan, Las Labradas is marked by
a landscape of volcanic rocks
along the ocean. Carvings on
the rocks, some as old as 3,500
years, date back to the region’s
first inhabitants. Mexico's
National Institute of Anthropology and History has recognized
Las Labradas as a protected
archaeological monument zone.
Small group tours there are
Q: What about return visitors or
those who are staying for an extended vacation?
A: That’s a great opportunity to get out
into the countryside and get an upclose
look at traditional villages, places like the
old mining town Copala or Quelite. Plus,
for outdoor enthusiasts, there are nature
encounters, like in Teacapan; Las Labradas for petroglyphs; ziplining; and more.
Q: What should travel agents make
sure potential visitors to Mazatlan
A: We have one of the nicest beaches in
Mexico, but it’s not only the beach here.
There’s also colonial charm and history,
traditional villages nearby, and a wealth of
other outdoor activities. They should also
understand it’s quite safe here.
Q: Have you introduced any new tours
A: Last year we added a very successful
tour to Puerta de Canoas, where guests
Q: What advice do you have for travel
agents when it comes to selling tours?
A: They can easily book tours for their
clients from the United States. Our recommendation is to promote Mazatlan for
vacations of a minimum of seven nights,
due to the wide variety of excursions and
activities available. Pronatours offers a 15
percent commission to travel agents, with
the potential of incentives for ongoing