For thousands of years prior to the first Spanish arrival, the Native Americans Nahua Tribes migrated through this region they called "land of the deer" after the herds that once migrated along the beautiful countryside.

In the early 16th century, the Spaniards founded this port, which gained prominence due to the nearby gold and silver mines of Rosario, Copala and Panuco. Frequent pirate attacks stifled early development. The pirates disappeared by 1800, but legends of buried treasures in the caves along the coast still circulate today. In the 1840s, hordes of American settlers passed through Mazatlán on their way to the gold fields of California. By the end of the 19th century, Mazatlán was a thriving international seaport, leveraging its natural resources to trade with countries as far away as China and Japan.

In the 1940s, Hollywood discovered Mazatlán and visitors flocked to the Mexican Riviera. Mazatlán’s luxury accommodations and diverse vacation options continue to attract visitors from all over the world.

Past visitors will tell you that the best way to soak up its rich history is to stroll through Old Mazatlán’s winding streets and plazas, pass by its colonial mansions and visit its renowned landmarks and attractions.

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