Martin Koester

I live in a condo near Centro Historico in Balconies de Loma Linda.  My wife and I purchase our condo in 2010.  I grew up in the Chicago area and when discharged from the Navy in 1970 in San Francisco, decided to stay where the weather was better!  My wife and I have been married for 31 years and upon both of us retiring from residential real estate, we both sold new homes, we decided we wanted to sell our 2.5 acres in CA and try condo living in Mexico.  Unfortunately, given the real estate market in CA since our retirement, we are currently hanging onto our CA home with the hopes of selling it in the not to distant future.  Until then we will live 6 months in CA and 6 months in Mazatlan.  We both love Mazatlan and its wonderful people.

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   and put "Tourist Aides Info" in the subject line. I will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Our Supporters

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!!

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.