Calls to create a underwater museum in Mazatlan


The impulse and creation of the Underwater Museum at Isla de la Piedra have as pillars the antecedents and strengths mentioned about Mazatlan, as well as being a high impact component within the ECOTURISTIC CORRIDOR of Mazatlan.

You can find successful international examples where sculptures have been submerged, ships sunk and structures placed that favor the rescue of the marine ecosystem and also become strong tourist attractions.
The idea is to create an UNDERWATER MUSEUM by producing 12 sculptures that represent the Identity and Nature of Mazatlan, both marine motifs and related to ancestral traditions. Submerged sculptures that become an attractive motif and tourist seal of Mazatlan. The rescue of the ecosystem and the creation of an integrated space where ecotourism activities can be carried out and also enjoy traditional gastronomy.
Some examples that could be reproduced to create the marine sculptures are the following:
The Mazatleca woman, The monument to Life, The Mermaid Woman, The Fisherman, Monument to the family, Dolphins, Whale, as well as the Ulama Player sculpture, Spirals, replicas of petroglyphs, the theme of the Carnival and even same pulmonias.

Suggested materials that have already been used successfully in other sites are emptying the mold to concrete which does not alter the pH of the water and allows life to be generated on the sculpture and thus the development of marine ecosystems.
It will be sought that specialists in sculpture are those who perform the pieces with the intervention and volunteering of the children and young people of the schools of the Isla de la Piedra who participate in the creation of the Underwater Museum and make theirs the site living the creative exercise of the representation of the elements of Identity and also feel part of the development and detonation of a space where the promotion of tourism and the economy of the community will be encouraged.

The suggested space for the UNDERWATER MUSEUM in front of the beach that is located at the foot of the Cerro de los Chivos at a sufficient distance in which the depth is sufficient to perform water activities such as snorkeling and thus appreciate this underwater gallery.

Creating this UNDERWATER MUSEUM as soon as it will come to add a great attraction to the destination and to the same Mazatleco citizen as well as to national and international visitors, also taking into account that cruise ships are constantly looking for new tourist attractions.


It will be very important to socialize the Project and get to know ideas, opinions and suggestions from specialists in these topics as well as the civil society and the community of Isla de la Piedra interested in the development of new attractions. Likewise, the involvement of segments such as the Ministry of Tourism, the City of Mazatlan and tourism service providers will be important.
The final project will be presented to the federal authorities who are in charge of these authorizations for the use of natural resources, such as SEMARNAT and CONAMP, since they will give official validity to projects of this nature.


Finally, it is very important to mention that one of the objectives sought is to raise awareness about the care, respect, rescue, and protection of the environment and the life improvements of society by becoming involved and becoming part of the solution.

Rescue our natural environments and creatively add solutions that transform and give a new life to Mazatlan, making it even more attractive and sustainable.

The CORREDOR ECOTURÍSTICO seeks to synchronize, identify, disseminate and promote each and every one of the sports and adventure activities that can be experienced in Mazatlan and its surroundings.
Through our digital platform: and other means of dissemination we will publicize this corridor through the experimentation of each of the activities, its photographic and video record as well as the integration of general and detailed information on how, where and when to make them.
Ecotourism in Mazatlan is made up of a very broad spectrum of biodiversity that runs from its waters in the Gulf of California and enters the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental. Ecotourism is a way to know and experience the true contact with nature.
Its islands and islets are part of the Gulf of California and are included and categorized by UNESCO as a Natural Heritage of Humanity, as well as various protected natural areas and virgin landscapes. It also consists of an important area of mangroves, low deciduous forest, huanacaxtle groves, blackberry, amapa, seibas, etc. Which are part of the habitat of important species of birds, mammals and insects.
Among its most representative species we can find from the sea the gray whale, the humpback whale, various species of dolphins, turtles, molluscs, shrimp, octopus, starfish, tuna, etc. as well as mammals such as the iconic jaguar, puma, ocelot , wildcat, cochi boar, armadillo, white-tailed deer, rattlesnake, etc. A very large number of species make up this impressive ecosystem of Mexico and can be found here.
There are many eco-tourism activities that can be done, including:

Hiking, walking, running on beaches and boardwalk, mountain biking, horseback riding, kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, surfing, bird watching, photographic safaris, observation of ecosystems, whale watching, swimming with dolphins, appreciation of flora and fauna, observation geological, sidereal observation, camping, interpretive hiking, flora and fauna rescue programs, environmental clean-up programs, biological research projects and the development of rock climbing, rappel, speleism, and canyoneering.

As well as: Etnotourism, agro-tourism, gastronomic workshops, mystical experiences, eco-archeology, tours in archaeological zones, preparation and use of traditional medicines, craft workshops and nature and rural photography.

Salvador Herrera
General Director of Alas & Raíces de México Council of Wings & Roots of Mexico
Nature Culture, Tourism & Environment Impulse for the Underwater Museum
Erik Neumaier
Advisor to the Ecotourism Corridor and Underwater Museum