Mazatlan, Mexico, promises to be a celestial paradise for avid astronomers and wanderlust seekers in April 2024 as it plays host to the Great Mexican American Total Solar Eclipse of April 2024. This breathtaking natural phenomenon is a once-in-a-lifetime event that should be on every traveler's bucket list. (Next opportunity in the USA is 2044) Mazatlan's unique location on the Pacific coast offers an ideal vantage point (and Mexico's largest city with 100% totality) for witnessing this celestial spectacle. As the moon completely obscures the sun around 11 AM on April 8 2024, casting the area into eerie darkness, travelers will be treated to an awe-inspiring visual display, making it an irresistible destination for those looking to combine adventure with astronomical wonder.
One compelling reason to visit Mazatlan for the total solar eclipse is its stunning natural beauty. Nestled between the Sierra Madre mountains and the glistening Pacific Ocean, Mazatlan boasts a picturesque backdrop that enhances the eclipse experience. The city's pristine beaches provide the perfect setting for eclipse-watchers to relax and soak up the sun's warmth before the main event. Moreover, Mazatlan's pleasant climate in April ensures clear skies, increasing the chances of an unobstructed view of the eclipse, making it an attractive choice for travelers seeking both celestial wonder and coastal charm.
Additionally, Mazatlan offers a vibrant cultural scene that adds a unique dimension to the eclipse journey. The city is known for its rich history, stunning architecture, and lively festivals. Travelers can explore the historic Old Town, visit local markets, and savor authentic Mexican cuisine. Immersing oneself in the local culture while awaiting the eclipse adds a memorable cultural experience to an already extraordinary adventure. Mazatlan's warm and welcoming locals make visitors feel like part of the community, ensuring that the eclipse is not just a celestial event but also a cultural celebration.
In conclusion, Mazatlan, Mexico, is an ideal destination to witness the total solar eclipse in April 2024. Its breathtaking natural beauty, clear skies, and vibrant cultural scene create a perfect backdrop for this rare celestial event. Travelers can indulge in the excitement of astronomy while immersing themselves in the local culture, making their eclipse journey an unforgettable and enriching experience. Mazatlan promises a unique blend of adventure, wonder, and culture that makes it an unbeatable choice for eclipse enthusiasts and travelers alike.
Our Tour to Mazatlan, Mexico
We will meet our bus in Puerto Vallarta (location advised with receipt of reservation) at 9 am on Sunday April 7th. We will then spend the next 6 -7 hours or so traveling to Mazatlan. We will stop at a popular roadside restaurant area for lunch and to stretch our legs. The bus will certainly have a restroom in the back and AC for comfort.
We will arrive to our hotel around 4-5 PM. Our guides will then lead us on an easy walk at around 6. Although we will pay for our own dinners we have a favorite street taco stand that has plenty of seating hopefully for us all. The meat is traditional Sinaloense flavored meats and is considered (by many) the best meat in all Mexico. After dinner we shall walk a few blocks to the Malecon and walk south along the scenic shore for a 1/2 mile to mile.
April will be very comfortable - bring a sweater for the evenings
On Monday morning we have a special Eclipse breakfast buffet (included) at the hotel from 9 am to 12 pm. The Eclipse starts about 9 am. The critical window of "totality" begins at 10:51 am and lasts for about 15 minutes until the few minutes of "totality." Then the process will reverse and the day light will slowly return. You will be free to choose to eat anytime during the eclipse.
The rest of the afternoon is yours to lounge by the pool or on the beach across the street. Or even explore in the city.
At 5 pm we have a group led walk into the historic center of Mazatlan. We will explore and then find a Sinaloa grilled meat restaurant (Sinaloa is famous for their meats.) You may join the guides or choose a restaurant more to your liking.
On Tuesday we will meet at 9:15 am for a 10 block or so walk North on the Malecon to the Bay Aquarium. Your included tickets will give you access to the aquarium all day long and we will have no more group activities this final day.
On Wednesday morning we will meet our bus at 9 am for the return trip to Puerto Vallarta. We will have a 2 hour stop in Tepic (The capital of the state of Nayarit) where we will walk the El Centro area with a local Tepic guide and then have an hour for shopping and lunch.
We will arrive back to Puerto Vallarta about 6 pm on Wednesday April 10th.
We were very lucky to be able to put together a reasonable priced tour for this special event at such a late date. We contracted rooms at the last major sized hotel that was still offering "affordable" room rates for a group. For comparison, here are links to other specialty tours traveling to Mazatlan for the Eclipse. Rooms are limited so reserve early. Discount available before November 23, 2023
Walking Difficulty: Easy (Easy strolls along Malecon and downtown Mazatlan and Tepic)
Meet at 9:00AM in Puerto Vallarta (exact location and directions will be in your email confirmation after reserving.
Bring Pesos for shopping - many of the smaller merchants in Mazatlan do not accept cards.
Price is $599 per person base upon double occupancy. Single supplement is $200. Additional person charge in same room is $200. An early discount price for reserving before Thanksgiving 2023 is $499 or $175 single or additional supplement.
For those wishing to meet us in Mazatlan, you are very welcome to do so. After reserving, use the email address in your confirmation to provide us with your travel itinerary so in case of delays we can check on you and perhaps assist were possible.
Our Hotel in Mazatlan is called Hotel Hacienda and is a 3 star, Mexican family focused 9 story, 120 room hotel. It has some mixed reviews but rated "Very Good" with 8.1 in Booking.com and almost 7 in Expedia. The hotel has in room Wifi, AC, Restaurant, bar and pooltable, Swimming Pool and located directly across the main road and malecon from the beach. There are 2 elevators that are not slow. The stairway is also easily accessible for us walkers.
Inclusions: Luxury air-conditioned bus with restroom from Puerto Vallarta to Mazatlan and return. 3 star Mexican tourist hotel with 2 "Matrimonial" beds. Special Eclipse morning buffet breakfast. Full day entrance to The Gran Sea of Cortez Aquarium. 3 several hour guided walks in Mazatlan and hour guided walking tour in Tepic. Special eclipse vision glasses.
Cancel Policy: To avoid excessive charges and losses inherent in refunds all tours are not refundable but we will happily transfer the tour to whomever you designate. You may sell it or give it to your children. We are flexible. Even the day before departure.
Not included are the remainder of your meals and gratuities for the overall trip guides, aquarium guide, and city guide in Tepic.
(*If not enough participation in tour we reserve the right to downgrade to a sprinter type of van)
Mazatlan Sinaloa Great April 2024 Total Solar Eclipse Links