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The Malecon:  Mazatlan's Boardwalk is Over 190 Years Old

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The Malecon: Mazatlan's Boardwalk is Over 190 Years Old

Sophia Boccard

The malecon in Mazatlan is the longest boardwalk in Latin America, stretching approximately 8 kilometers long. It officially starts at the end of Paseo Olas Altas where the bronze statue of the famous 1940’s era Mexican actor, singer Pedro Infante is located across the street from Casa Lucila Hotel Boutique. The boardwalk provides a guaranteed view of the beaches and sunsets, making it the most picturesque site in all of Mazatlan. It is important to note that while it provides countless Instagramable views, it didn’t start off as a unifying space for all to enjoy.

Donación de El Gran Orgullo de ser de Mazatlán.

Donación de El Gran Orgullo de ser de Mazatlán.

Mazatlan itself was founded in 1531 by a small group of Spanish conquistadors under the directive of Nuño de Guzman, Hernan Cortes’ counterpart, who slaughtered and butchered his way through the Pacific Coast under the pretense that the fabled city of Cibola, The Seven Cities of Gold, was in the area. Even though it was founded over 450 years ago, the city itself did not get a steady influx of permanent settlers until the early 1800’s.

Donación de El Gran Orgullo de ser de Mazatlán.

Donación de El Gran Orgullo de ser de Mazatlán.

While the city was thriving in the area that is today known as Historic Center, Olas Altas bay provided a beautiful view of the ocean as well as steady rain damages during each rainy season. It wasn’t until around the 1820’s that a dike was created along the Olas Altas bay to prevent flooding in the area. The natural embankment acted as a protective port to help residents fight off any pirates and foreign invaders that made their way to the city.  The most notable of combats was the 1864 Battle at Mazatlan with the French failing to conquer the city at the bay of Olas Altas.  

Donación de El Gran Orgullo de ser de Mazatlán.

Donación de El Gran Orgullo de ser de Mazatlán.

By 1832, the Olas Altas stretch of the boardwalk was completed with a continued interest to expand the boardwalk. However, low funds and little support for the project continued on for many decades. By 1890, in an effort to resurrect the project, engineer Natividad Gonzalez began gaining support for an expansion and was successful at allocating resources in the boardwalk’s construction. It all came to a quick halt in 1895 when heavy rain and severe storms destroyed many parts of the boardwalk. All of the city’s resources originally slated for the expansion were reallocated to restore the damages. It wasn’t until 1910 when the city decided to restart the project that began with the Paseo Claussen section as an homage to the Centennial of Mexico’s Independence. The boardwalk will always be a work in progress as there’s constant maintenance required.

Donación de El Gran Orgullo de ser de Mazatlán.

Donación de El Gran Orgullo de ser de Mazatlán.

Today the boardwalk is the centerpiece for Mazatlan’s biggest celebration, Carnival, where 500,000+ people attend each year to catch the parades and see the famous reenactment 1864 Battle at Mazatlan with fireworks exploding over the city from the bay of Olas Altas. World renowned marathons, triathlons, and cycling races trail through the city by way of the boardwalk. Mazatlan’s boardwalk will continue to serve as an incredible unifying space for all locals and visitors to enjoy.