Cruise Ship Information

If you arive on a cruise ship, how do you find your way around? There are tour guides right as you exit the terminal. There are taxi's, Vans (For 6 to 10 people) and open air "Pulmonia's". You have a choice, depending on how many are in your party, how long you wish to tour, and what you would like to see. Ask the price for 'So many hours.' or What you would like to see. They will quote you a price (And as a rule, they are fairly close to each other) for the trip Not per person. Using a car, Pulmonia, or van is an excellent way to see a lot of Mazatlan in a short amount of time. *Tiping is not required, but if you were well entertained, feel free to show it.*

If you chose to walk to Old Mazatlan, (Yes, it is safe, no matter what you hear.) The city has made that very easy. It is about a 3/4 mile walk which can be done in around a half hour. The rout the city and Secratary of Tourism have come up with is the "Blue Line". It is the most direct, heavily patrilled, and enjoyable rout to Old Town. There is even a blue line painted in the street so you can't get lost. Plus we usually have a few volunteers (In blue shirts) along the way to answer questions. PLUS volunteers from the school of tourism at the college. PLUS special 'Tourist Police' patrolling the rout.

What does it look like? You will first be walking through a couple neighborhoods where the locals (And some of the 'Ex-Pat' community) live. Here is what you will see;

When you exit the gate of the cruise ship docks, you will see this arch in the middle of the street. This is where the 'Blue Line' starts.

 There will be a couple of our volunteers there to answer questions, provide you with maps, and help point you in the right dirrection.

 Two short blocks west you will come to the second arch. (Notice the 'Blue Line' in the street.) We usually have a dcouple volunteers there also.

 One more block west and you can see the 'Blue Line' turns north. This street is 'Carnaval' and in the next couple blocks you will find a couple small stores selling snacks, cold soft drinks and bottled water. There is usually a volunteer here also.

 In 9 short blocks you will come to "Plaza Machado" which is the heart of Old Mazatlan. There are many restaurants with inside and outside seating to sit and relax. Plus of course, the MTA "Blue Shirt" volunteers. The plaza dates back to the early 1800's.

The "Blue Line"

Next Meeting

Because we are a volunteers group, I try to keep meetings to a minium. (It can become a strain to volunteer and make meetings.) But 2 or 3 times a year we will get together just to share ideas and feedback. If you have any questions, just e-mail me at   roger@maz-homes.com   and put "Tourist Aides Info" in the subject line. I will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Our Supporters

A big thanks to Beachfront Web who donated their time and talents to create this website.

We want to thank Simon Lynds who paid the bulk of the cost for our first batch of T-Shirts. Thanks Si !! Since then, the Secretary of Tourism ( SECTUR ) has been supplying T-Shirts to all our volunteers. They also supply us with hundreds of maps that we give out free to tourists who can use them. This is a huge help.

We really appreciate Beachfront Host who donates the server space to host this website.

We receive a LOT of help from SECTUR which is the Sinaloa State Secretary of Tourism. They provide us with T-Shirts, maps, and ID badges so we are 'Official'! Our contacts with SECTUR are Pavel Jimenez and Ivan Pico. Their dedication and professionalism is a big reason why we are able to do what we do. It is also a nice fringe benefit that we get several 'extra's a year from SECTUR and from the support provided by the U.S. Consular Agent here in Mazatlan, Luis Ramirez. Between them we have had special trips, invitations to concerts, and sometimes special seating for concerts and shows. It is not ALL work!!