Mazatlán, Sinaloa – Tropic of Cancer

It’s an HH climate: hot and humid. No wonder, we are in the tropics. After one and a half days drive we cross the Tropic of Cancer for the second time after Baja California in southern direction and reach Mazatlán, the second port that is reachable by ferry from Baja. Tourism rules the image with countless hotels, restaurants, bars, and a rich variety of campgrounds and shopping possibilities. We decide for the quiet and pretty San Fernando RV Park close to the beach. Full hook-up, clean swimming pool, internet and palm trees are due to a lack of clients 150 Peso instead of 24 to 27 US$ in high season.

But Mazatlán has more to offer: a long promenade where roaring Pacific waves roll up, and two plazas with 19th century architecture. The cathedral Immaculata Concepcion, neo-Gothic on the outside, baroque in the inside, and Italianate Teatro Ángela Peralta, named after the opera singer born in Mazatlán stand out. Since neither ice cream nor pool can cool us down we decide: We’ll go to the highlands tomorrow.

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