The Mazatlán 1873 Observatory in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico is a new attraction that opened in 2021.
There is the original 1873 building that was an observatory. It has been furnished with items from the 1873 time period.
The building resides on the top of a large hill so there is a funicular train that takes you to the observatory.
Additionally, there is a tequila-making exhibit, tequila/mescal plant garden, tropical bird aviary.
There is a tour that includes a guided tour(spanish or english) of the Observatory house, then the tequila plant garden, then the aviary. Additionally, you can take a mezcal tour that gives you an overview of mezcal, which is a tequila-like alcoholic drink, and a tasting of a few types of mezcal.
To purchase tickets, there is a ticket room which includes a gift shop.
While waiting for your tour to start there are a few landings to take some great photos and some information about pirates! Additionally, there are stairs that you can take to walk up the hill. If you do walk up the hill, there is a monument to a saint that you can visit.
The tour starts with a short video introduction in an air-conditioned room. Note that there are washrooms near the video room.
After watching the video, you will take the funicular train up the hill. This is a ride in an open-air train car that goes up on the angle up to the observatory. As you are taking the train ride up, you will get to enjoy some fantastic views.
Once you reach the top of the hill, you will do the house tour. The house is furnished with authenic furniture from the late 1800s. There are a number of rooms: living room, bedroom, office, etc. There are lots of antique items and photos for you to look at.
After leaving the house tour, there is a tequila making room where the process to make tequila is exhibited. After this is a garden that has a variety of agave and other plants that are used to make tequila and mezcal.
There is a large aviary at the top of the hill. You enter via 2 doors so the birds do not escape. Walking around the the aviary you can see tucans, parrots, flamingos, and other species of birds. On the tour we were allowed to feed the birds and they landed on our hands and heads! This would be really fun for children.
The mezcal tasting tour takes place in the bar at the top of the observatory. It involves a description of how mezcal is made and how it is different than tequila. When we took this tour we were given 2 different types of mezcal to taste, followed by a mescal cocktail. Mezcal is a different taste then tequila and may not be for everyone.
There is a bar at the top of the observatory that has spectacular views. The bar has some fabulous cocktails and a few small food options. It is fantastic to watch the sunsets! There are a couple of outdoor areas that have firepits to keep you warm during the cooler nights in December through March.
After your tour, you can stay and enjoy a few drinks in the bar and/or walk around the large property and explore it!
We have taken the entire tour including the mezcal tasting and really enjoyed it. So, we highly recommend this attraction!
The prices as of November 2021 are: MX$450(Adults)/MX$200(Children 3-12) for observatory tour, MX$350(Adults)/MX$150 for locals, MX$800 for Mezcal tasting tour.
As of early 2022, it is open from 9am to 10pm daily.
We recommend allocating about 3-4 hours to visit this attraction. There is lots to see.
The phone number of the Mazatlán 1873 Observatory is: +52 669-260-9844. We recommend calling to book english-speaking tour times.
The address of the Mazatlán 1873 Observatory is Cerro del Vigia, 82000. You catch the funicular train to the Observatory on Paseo del Centenario.
The best time to visit the Mazatlán 1873 Observatory is anytime. The bar at the top of the observatory house is fabulous to watch the sunset.
The Observatory is not directly on a bus route. However, if you don't mind a little bit of an uphill walk, the Sabalo Centro bus stops at the road that leads to the El Faro Lighthouse. You could walk up Paseo Centenario street to the Observatory. The Sabalo Centro bus is the big green bus that runs through the Golden Zone through the downtown area then through the port area to the bottom of the El Faro Lighthouse.