More and more tourists visit downtown Mazatlan during the weekend


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; 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.

“This fruit is delicious,” he says as he continues to split a pineapple; Suddenly a customer arrived, then another, and another one just like that… and in less than two minutes, there were already about six people lining up to buy fruit. Don Roberto loves to see people in line, as he comments that business has been “lousy” lately due to the pandemic.

Photo: Carla González │El Sol de Mazatlán

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 two.

Pulmonias drive 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.

Photo: Carla González │El Sol de Mazatlán

To enjoy the typical gastronomy of the port, you need to try some street food. There is no room for one more person at Doña Rosa’s stall, but as long as they can enjoy her birria tacos, diners don’t mind standing up.

The seafood at Mazatlan´s street carts and stalls, is the freshest that can be found in town, and Gilberto prepares a cocktail for a couple of tourists in the cart that he inherited from his father.

But when it comes to regional candy, Don Raúl Partida, better known as “el kilo”, delivers nanches, cocadas and alfajores to his clients. Or doña María, who on a wooden bag, stacks bags of the traditional and famous soft drinks (aguas frescas).

The weekend represents for merchants an increase in their sales; from Friday to Sunday, the sales pick up to 70%, which compensates for the low sales that they have to go through during the week.

Source: OEM

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