Stuff that you surely did not know about Paseo Olas Altas Mazatlán


The beautiful orange and purple sunsets are the perfect complements to take a walk and stop to contemplate the splendor of the Pacific Ocean from Olas Altas.

MAZATLAN. – When talking about Mazatlan it is impossible not to think about the Paseo de Olas Altas, one of the most bohemian and emblematic tourist sites in the port, which despite the passing of the years, still preserves much of the history of Mazatlan.

Its beautiful view of the bay of Mazatlan, the beautiful orange and purple sunsets are the perfect complement to take a walk and stop to contemplate the splendor of the Pacific Ocean. 

 And yes, surely you have walked through Olas Altas thousands of times and more if you are local, but do you know its history behind its construction and what is around it?  

In Mazatlan, there are few streets that today retain their original names: one is Carnaval Street and the other is Olas Altas, whose name is due, on the one hand; to the big waves that are generated in the bay. 

Photo: Courtesy José Luis Echeagaray

According to the official chronicler of Mazatlan, Enrique Vega Ayala, the first thing that is known about Paseo Olas Altas is the construction of a dam, in the 1830s, to avoid floods, which were so strong that they filled the sand with sand. Plaza Machado.  

When and why was it built? It was precisely derived from a flood in 1856 that its construction was ordered, but it was not until 1876 that it began. And it was called that because it was an area that the Mazatlecos frequented for walks and because there are very good waves in the place, a reason that also makes them frequented by surfers.

Your hotels  

An icon of this corridor and, in particular, of Olas Altas is: the Hotel Belmar, this hotel known as the hotel of the stars had a great boom between the 30’s and 70’s. It was built in 1922 by the Englishman Louis Bradbury, who was a wealthy mining businessman who exploited the Minas del Tajo in El Rosario, Sinaloa, now a Magical Town. 

In Olas Altas there is another hotel that is equally iconic in history: Hotel Freeman, built in 1949 by its owner, the German-born architect, Guillermo Freeman, which at the time was the tallest building in northwestern Mexico, with 14 floors, and its modernity came to contrast with the historic buildings of the time. This had an elevator, it is still preserved.  

Their monuments  

The Paseo de Olas Altas has a length of 550 meters and as you go you will be able to observe many monuments such as El Venadito, which is located between the promenade or roundabout called Paseo Olas Altas and the Malecón de Mazatlán. It is very important for the city as it represents Mazatlan and the Indians who inhabited these lands in times past. Even the name of the city is related to this beautiful sculpture, since in the Nahuatl indigenous language, Mazatl means deer, place or land of deer.  

Further on we can find the coats of arms of Sinaloa and Mazatlán, and to complete the tour with a flourish, the bronze sculptured image of the Mexican singer and actor Pedro Infante riding a motorcycle.  

Photo: Courtesy INAH

His school and his time with the Revolution 

The Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez elementary school building, one of the most emblematic in Mazatlán, was the cradle of the Mexican Revolution in Sinaloa. Why? José Ferrel’s campaign as a candidate for state governorship was conceived there in 1909 when Francisco Cañedo, who had been the owner of the land, died.  

The campaign left a very important mark because it was the beginning of the groups that in 1910 would support the anti-reelection candidacy of Francisco I. Madero.  

Amado Nervo’s house

The Mazatlan historical archive indicates that the poet Amado Nervo lived in a wooden house in Olas Altas in 1901.


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