Around 710 thousand tourists will arrive at the port in July and August, according to Sectur projections
Mazatlán, Sinaloa.- This summer, Mazatlán will have a capacity of around 710 thousand tourists from different parts of the country, according to projections from the Federal Government’s Secretary of Tourism, which places it in third place in the table of destinations of sun and beach in Mexico most visited, preceded only by Cancun and Acapulco.
The federal agency estimates that this season the hotel occupancy of this port could reach 75%, the highest at the national level.
The forecast for this holiday period is that at the national level there will be an increase from 17 to 48% with respect to the capacity of tourists and visitors in 2020, with an economic spill of 56 thousand 675 million pesos to 44 thousand 298 million.
The Mexican destinations with the most tourists in sun and beach destinations would be Cancun with 1.5 million visits, Acapulco with 1 million 30 thousand people, and Mazatlán, with 710 thousand; in the case of large cities, there is Mexico City with a projection of 943 thousand tourists, Guadalajara with 590 thousand and Monterrey with 271 thousand.
The average accommodation in the country is 52.2% for this summer; However, in some destinations such as Mazatlán, 75% is expected, in Cancun 70.6% and Los Cabos 70.4%.
As in previous years, the most popular places for tourists in Mazatlán are the boardwalk and the beaches, followed by the Aquarium, El Faro, the Historic Center, the City Center, Plazuela Machado, and Isla de la Piedra, whose visitors The friendly and cheerful treatment of the people stands out, as well as its gastronomy rich in dishes based on seafood and fish.
Among the novelties that most attract the attention of visitors, this season is the recently inaugurated Aquarium Penguin where 17 specimens of Humboldt are exhibited, a species in a vulnerable state that lives in the Pacific Ocean, along the west coast from Southamerica; Other attractions are the glass viewpoint of the Lighthouse, due to its flown bridge, and the remodeling works of the Malecón and the Historic Center.
Year after year, the Aquarium has become the “thermometer” to measure the increase or decrease in the influx of tourists to this destination, since it keeps a record of entries and most visitors come to witness the exhibits on offer. in this recreational and educational venue.
Currently, it has a daily influx of 2,500 people during the week and 4,000 on weekends, with a tendency to increase, after the inauguration of the second stage of the Pingüinario, in whose work 25 million 851 thousand 819 pesos have been invested.
It should be clarified that in 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic, in the month of July, the Aquarium registered a daily income of around 3,000 people, higher than the summer season of 2017 and 2018, when the average number of visitors daily was 2,413 and 2,530, respectively. And everything seems to indicate that this summer the figures of the last five years could be exceeded.
DESTINATION WITH LAND TOURISM
Óscar Pérez Barros, Secretary of Tourism of Sinaloa, has recognized that 70% of tourists who arrive in Mazatlán, do so by road, while the other 30%, by plane.
Hence the importance of keeping the roads in good condition, so that tourists can travel throughout the state as safely as possible.
In the last two weeks, the Mazatlán Bus Station has registered a daily average of 160 to 170 runs, with 1,000 to 1,200 travelers, which represents a 70% recovery in passenger capacity, of which many of them arrive to this destination for a vacation.
The general manager of the Mazatlán Bus Station, Álvaro Peña Torres, reported that passengers are arriving from Mexico City, Monterrey, Durango, Culiacán, Aguascalientes, Torreón, Chihuahua, Tijuana and Ciudad Juárez.
For his part, the coordinator of Ángeles Verdes, Ricardo Picos Quintero, reported that during the month of July vehicular traffic on highways increased by up to 40%, mainly from units that come from the entities of Durango, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas and Zacatecas, destinations that belong to the Northern Economic Corridor, and that travel to Mazatlán on these dates.
WHAT TO DO IN MAZATLÁN?
Among the main activities that can be done this summer, Mazatlecos recommend tourists to travel the Malecón by pneumonia or by bicycle; climb the lighthouse cross country, at sunset or early in the morning, to avoid the hottest hours; go to Isla de la Piedra to spend a day at the beach and eat fresh seafood and fish, or visit the island of Enmedio, which involves traveling by boat or amphibian.
Other options are to walk the center, including the Plazuela República, the Cathedral, and the Pino Suárez market; Adjacent to that area is the Historic Center with its Plazuela Machado and the Angela Peralta Theater and the Museum of Archeology, in addition to the old mansions.
It is suggested to visit the Plazuela Machado and the Historic Center during the night, where there are restaurants that offer typical food of the region and outdoor cafes.
During the day, you can walk along the Malecón and the beaches, visit Olas Altas and the Paseo del Centenario, which surrounds the Cerro del Vigía, which has several pergolas where you can enjoy spectacular views.
Also, tourists can taste in many of the port restaurants, the typical dishes of the region, especially those based on shellfish and fish, such as ceviche, aguachile and zarandeado fish.
Visiting the beaches of the port, Isla Venados or de Enmedio and Isla de la Piedra, is part of the tours that individually, family or group make those who visit Mazatlan in the summer season, as well as eating in restaurants with ocean view in the Golden Zone, go to the Aquarium, rent bicycles to tour the Malecón or get on a pulmonia to walk along the entire Avenida Del Mar, Paseo Claussen, Olas Altas, and El Centenario.
These and many other activities can be carried out in this sun and beach destination that for many is fashionable for its beaches, sunsets, and ocean views, the main attractions of the port, according to surveys and surveys.