93. Mazatlan Mexico Ole’
South of Cabo San Lucas on the west coast of Mexico, we went ashore for a bus tour at Mazatlan. Mazatlan is a large resort community, which became of note when the mountains rising behind were the inspiration for the movie, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” which became a classic Humphrey Bogart movie.
Mazatlan is a famous place for sport fishermen, boasting year around fishing for marlin and sailfish.
Construction of the cathedral began in 1856, by order of the then bishop Pedro Loza. Construction was interrupted, and a parish priest Miguel Lacarra took over and concluded the cathedral in 1899. The church had amazing architecture with a facade of carved volcanic rock, and a breath taking interior sanctuary.
Our last stop was a folklore show at an outdoor theater. We saw the famous Mexican Hat Dance, and songs and dances from ancient and colonial Mexico. The performers were dressed in their colorful traditional costumes.
The high point of the show, (no pun intended) was the Papantlan Flyers, a ceremony passed down for generations. Five men who were the “flyers” climbed a very tall pole. Four of them tied ropes to their waist and ankles, and then descended upside down swinging in widening circles as the ropes unwound from the pole. The older man played a flute and danced on the small platform at the top of the pole. It was an impressive and daring ceremony from ancient Mexican traditions.