Tour Mazatlan’s Centro Historico – the Plazuela Machado
September 26, 2011
This is the first in a series of posts showing you around Mazatlán’s Centro Historico. Today I am going to show you the Plazuela Machado – which is truly the heart of Centro Historico. At the top of this post is a picture of the Casa Machado (circa 1846) – currently it houses several restaurants and stores on the main level and the Museo Casa Machado upstairs. You’ll see the view from the second floor a little further down the page.
I want to give you an overview of Centro before we get started. An aerial view is below. The area outlined in red is the general Centro area, and the fuschia is Centro Historico. This area was named a historic monument in 2001 and is protected under the supervision of INAH. (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia) You can also see where the cruise ships and the shrimp and tuna fleet dock, Stone Island, the Baja Ferry, and some other landmarks.
The street map below shows the general Centro area with a circle around the Plazuela Machado.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour of Mazatlán’s most historic plaza. There’s lots more to show you, so watch this space! I am making a new Category named Centro Historico Tour for this and the upcoming posts.
DianneSeptember 26, 2011
GREAT series idea, Nancy! We sooooo need this kind of thing. Our city is gorgeous and rocks!
PaulSeptember 26, 2011
What a great post!
Laura in CancunSeptember 26, 2011
Beautiful!!! It’s so well-preserved. The old buildings still look new!
NancySeptember 26, 2011
Thanks guys! We love Centro! There will be a lot more coming, too!
ConnieSeptember 26, 2011
I have been to many places in Mexico, but never Mazatlan. Really enjoyed your tour and cannot wait to see more.
MartySeptember 26, 2011
Great story, Nancy! We’ve been to Plazuela Machada a few times-love it there! We will have to try El Tunel. The night we ate there we went to Pedro y Lola. It was fabulous, very classy, and the food was excellent. There was an awesome blues band playing in our corner. Music, good food, lovely people-makes for a great evening.
Very touching tale about Angela Peralta. Our tour guide said she stepped out on the balcony, sang “La Paloma” for her fans, went back into the hotel and died.
If I had my choice of where to live in Mazatlan it would be El Centro.
ChrisSeptember 26, 2011
Brings back memories…such a beautiful place. Always something interesting going on. Thanks!
judithSeptember 26, 2011
Thank you for posting these gorgeous photos of the plazuela, Nancy. We are so lucky to be able to walk there every day!
MichaelSeptember 27, 2011
Great pictures of Mazatlan….looks like a beautiful place to live! Really enjoy seeing photos of where you live in Mexico.
Trinidad GarciaSeptember 27, 2011
Great Post Nancy and couldn’t have come at a better time for me as I will be flying in on Sunday Oct. 2nd arriving at 1pm. I will be sure to stop by with the tour guides to get some much needed info on the area. Thanks again!
ContessaSeptember 27, 2011
Great tour & wonderful photos. Can you believe I did not know about the Museo Casa Machado. Somewhere between here and Olas Altas would be my choice of residence. Meanwhile I’ll just hang out on Stone Island aka Isla de la Piedra and often referred to by locals as the Isla.
Steve CottonSeptember 29, 2011
Nancy — This is a great article. I know how much time needs to go into an artickle like this. In my stops at Mazatlan, I have yet to spend much time in Centro. I need to do that one of these days.
NancySeptember 29, 2011
Thanks, Steve. Sometimes things come together quickly, and this was one of those ideas. Centro is wonderful, I’m sure you’d enjoy it!
Kim GSeptember 29, 2011
Reminds me of F’s and my vacation there during Semana Santa in 2011. We had a wonderful time. The only thing missing was meeting you all. Hope to do so next time.
Where we have some nice photos of Mazatlán’s centro too.
Craig ZabranskySeptember 30, 2011
Great photos, love old town in Mazatlan. Can’t wait to get back there.
stay adventurous, Craig
NancyOctober 1, 2011
Kim, Yes, next time please give me a shout, it would be great to meet.
Craig, Thanks, you know we love old town, too! See you soon I hope.
CaboOctober 18, 2011
Great pictures! The whole plaza looks wonderful. It looks like a really nice place to stay at a hotel and grab some food.
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