Tourists bring life to the shops of Mazatlan’s historic center


Every weekend, the streets of the first square of the city are visited by hundreds of tourists who come to shop

Mazatlán, Sinaloa.- Walking around the Pino Suárez market, on the corner of Leandro Valle and Benito Juárez, you will find Don Roberto selling glasses of fruit in his cart; of jicama, watermelon, pineapple or combined, with lemon and chili powder at 25 pesos. With great patience he ‘chops’ the fruit and protects it from the bees in a display case.

“They are little hands,” he says while continuing to split a pineapple; Suddenly a customer arrived, then another, and another like that until in less than two minutes there were already about six people lining up to buy a glass. Don Roberto liked the harvest very well as he comments that he has been very “lousy” lately due to the pandemic.

Little by little, the streets of the Historic Center begin to come to life with the arrival of tourists who visit the craft stalls in search of a souvenir or souvenir.

Pulmonias turn again and again around the market in search of passengers; It is the time when the suppliers arrive to supply the merchandise to the tenants and with the continuous stops of urban transport, the traffic becomes slow and dense.

People go in and out of the supply center, some loaded with grocery bags and others wearing their new shirt with the name of Mazatlán in bright colors.

To enjoy the typical gastronomy of the port, there is no way to taste a dish in the carts. There is no room for one other person at Dona Rosa’s stall, but as long as they can savor her birria tacos, diners don’t mind standing up.

The seafood from the cart, they say, is the freshest that can be found and Gilberto prepares a cocktail for a couple of tourists in the cart that his father inherited.

But if it is about typical sweets, Don Raúl Partida, better known as “el kilo”, delivers nanchis, cocadas and alfajores to his clients. Or doña María, who on a wooden bag, stacks bags of the traditional and famous soft drinks.

It is the weekend and for merchants, it represents an increase in their sales; from Friday to Sunday the harvest picks up to 70%, which compensates for the tranquility, loneliness, and low sales that they suffer during the week.

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