Along the way to visiting some museums, I stopped by the Plazuela Machado In Centro Mazatlan. At night this area comes to life with beautiful lighting and lively restaurants. However, as I am walking through here it is only around 11 am so the plaza is quiet and peaceful.
I stop in at Brownie Mania which is along the plaza. Jeff has been wanting to go here for quite some time so in his honor, I decided it’s necessary for me to try a brownie here. It’s a very tiny shop but it has a really nice outdoor seating that allows you to see the entire plaza. The brownie I chose was pretty darn good. I’ll definitely be taking Jeff when he returns from Alaska. I, of course, had to send him a picture of where I was and what I was eating. His was a pouty response but happy that I was there.
I continued my journey down Constitution Ave turning on Belisario Dominguez and then turned up Sixto Osuna. The entire walk from the Plazuela Machado is just four short blocks. It was already pretty warm out so I was grateful I left early for this adventure.
The Archaeological Museum of Mazatlan is a 20th-century historic house that aims to expose the pre-Hispanic culture of Mazatlan, Sinaloa. Before Spain conquered Mexico it was a country filled with indigenous people. Some of the native tribes were Tahue, Chahita, Aztecs and many more. The exterior of this building is well renovated and inviting. This is a small museum that has three separate rooms displaying over 200 artifacts. When you first enter the polite security has you sign into a register and then charges you 45 pesos. After which he explains to please not lean on the glass cases.
The first is a room that has mostly the descriptions of the tribes showing maps and culture development. One of the more intriguing to me was the display of four or five small children’s figures.
The second room displays the day to day life of the varying tribe’s artifacts. The beautiful handmade items are amazing. The use of color and detail for such a primitive time is fantastic.
The third room displays weapons, tools, and information about the conquering of Mexico by Spain. Along with clay pipes and adornments that were worn in the era.
As I walked through each room I could feel apart of the history. Amazed at the ability of these primitive native tribes to create what they needed to survive in such harsh environments. I immensely enjoyed wandering the history from room to room. After about thirty minutes of imaging what it must have been like for these native cultures, I decided to move on.
Museo De Arte Sinaloa Institute of Culture
My next stop was at the Museo De Arte showing fine arts of the 20th and 21st century in Mexico. This is located directly across the cobblestone street from the Museo Arqueologico. Just walk alongside the small park and the entrance is on your left. The museum was built in 1898 by Mr. Pablo Hidalgo and has been many businesses. Currently, it is the Mazatlan Art Museum which was founded in November 1998 as Constitutional Governor of the State of Sinaloa by Lic. Juan S. Millán Lizárraga. As you enter there is a large courtyard on the right is a building displaying artworks. This building is well air-conditioned which I was extremely grateful for. There are two separate rooms in here.
The room off the right of the entrance is a display of plastics art. By a well-known plastic artist Sala Antonio López Sáenz. In this room are exhibited the most important works that constitute the collection of the institution, of Mexican artists of international recognition.
The main room which they call the temporary exhibition rotates artist at this time its mostly modern art. This room is filled with very important current creators, so here are exhibited works of guest artists from across the republic and of course the state of Sinaloa. All the pieces are well displayed neatly hanging with the information regarding each piece labeled to the right of it. I found the artists’ renditions to be very lively and creative.
In the back of the courtyard is a small simple gallery of photography. The artist is Rafael Villalba his photographs focus toward Delfos Contemporary Dance Works. The representation of passion, movement, light, and shadows allows him to initiate creative magic.
Inside the courtyard was a board filled with several children’s paintings. The future of Mexican artist continues…
By this time it was a little later in the day and the summer air here in Mazatlan was getting very warm around 93 degrees. Woo time to head for the beach. Keep in mind it is currently July here which is the Hottest time of the year lasting up till the end of August or so.
When I left the courtyard from the Museum of Art I headed straight up Sixto Osuna the street ends just across from the Olas Altas portion of the Malecon. This is such a unique beach as depending on the time of the year the beach transforms from one side to the other. This part of the city has been part of varies historical events. At one time it was even worked as a dock. Where they shipped and unloaded goods from around the world, to the hideaway of friendly and enemy troops.
The waves that come here are quite high so it is not a swimming beach. But it is excellent for Boogie boarding, body surfing etc If your not a strong swimmer I’d recommend staying close to the beach.
There are plenty of establishments to eat at around here. Anything from food carts to ocean view restaurants. We’ve eaten at Barracudas which was pretty good and has a nice small outdoor patio seating area that overlooks the ocean. It’s also a great place to people watch.
The hotels in this area are very historic and well maintained. The Freeman was the first “skyscraper” in this area, a well-known property and has an overlook roof patio that has a 360-degree view from city to the ocean.
Carpa Olivera swimming pool
Not too far down the Malecon on the northern end is a protected saltwater concrete pool area. It has a beautiful concrete spiral sculpture placed into the pool area so its pretty easy to find. Its the best of both worlds allowing you to enjoy the ocean without being subjected to the currents. For over 100 years, generations of locals and visitors alike have played comfortably in as the waves roll and splash over the sides of the pool.
In addition to the beach, Olas altos has important monuments for the Mazatlecos, such as the Venadito, the coat of arms of Mazatlán and Sinaloa, and the in honor of Pedro Infante and the composer Fernando Valadez.
All in all, this was a nice walk that took just over two hours. But I’d say a large portion of this time was spent wandering through the museums. So plan accordingly when you take this walk and wear comfortable shoes.
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