While I’m not a huge fan of graffiti, the street art in Mazatlan, Mexico is nothing short of amazing. It’s colourful, it’s cheery, and it adds a splash of vibrancy to an already picturesque old town centre.
If you want to take art appreciation to the next level and visit some art galleries, the first Friday of every month in Mazatlan is your best bet. From November to May, local artists have banded together to offer the free Art Walk Mazatlan (http://www.artwalkmazatlan.com/).
Here’s what their website has to say:
Old Mazatlan, also known as Centro Historico, is gaining a reputation as a destination both for artists and art enthusiasts. Painters, sculptors, printmakers, photographers, fabric artists and more have set up their studios throughout the old quarter of Mazatlan.
The tour is self-guided and free. It’s held on the First Friday of each month from November through May, 3 to 8 p.m.
You’ll find some really fantastic art plus refreshments, fun, music — and you’ll meet some wonderful people, both the artists themselves, and other art aficionados like you.
There’s even a detailed map on their site to guide you.
Even if you don’t make it for the First Friday festivities, the map is a great tool to get your bearings not only for art gallery locations, but much of Mazatlan’s street art can be found in the area as well.
Note: I was a guest of the Mazatlan Hotel Association during my stay, but all views are my own.