The Loro de Oro

Article & Photos by Jed Vaughn

Throughout Old Mazatlan, brightly colored buildings and residences painted yellow, orange, purple, and red line the narrow streets. Flowering trees, plants and wrought iron blend in the Spanish colonial style construction throughout the bustling neighborhood.


While strolling through the historical Centro, founded in the early 1500’s, don’t blink as you walk past the entrance to the Loro de Oro Inn found on Constitution Avenue in Old Mazatlán. You can walk right past if you’re not looking for it. An authentically restored traditional Mexican boutique hotel sits behind a black wrought iron gate, obscured from view on the sidewalk. This is the Loro De Oro (The Golden Parrot), where you’ll be immersed in traditional local Mazatlán lifestyle and accommodations.

After passing through the black gate and down a small corridor, a fantastic courtyard yard complete with pool, jacuzzi, barbecue, dining area, and magnificent décor opens before your eyes. The feel of a peaceful tropical respite unfolds and you immediately take a relaxing breath, and know you’re in an awesome place to spend a few days, a week, a month, or more.

The century old residence, now converted into boutique condos, has 4 studio apartments and 2 suites. All of which have full kitchens, cable television, wi-fi, and are newly furnished. Tony and Lucy are the onsite owners. They have been greeting guests there for the last 15 years, many of which are annual returnees to the destination. All the accommodations are non-smoking and super clean with modernized amenities.

Relax under the rooftop ramada, soak in the jacuzzi, or just chill pool-side with a cool beverage and a terrific view, from whatever vantage point you’re enjoying. This small condo hotel is smack dab in the middle of an amazing cultural experience, one people from all around the globe come to explore and enjoy.

Much of the allure is the location and environment surrounding the place. Turn left out the gate. Just a half block away is the Plazuela Machado, a town plaza that features a traditionally covered center stage, restaurants, vendors with local offerings, and live music at night. There you’ll be steeped in the culture of a centuries old traditional lifestyle emanating throughout the entire experience. Turn right out of the gate and walk 3 blocks to the Central Market. Everything imaginable for fresh local fruit, vegetables, pork, chicken, beef, fish, dairy, bread, snacks, authentic cooked tamales, tacos, enchiladas… and an ongoing list that can only be appreciated in person.

Centro Market

Art shops galore featuring local, national, and international artists are peppered around the area. Within just minutes of the Loro De Oro, you’ll find a dozen of them including Nidart, Café Etica, and Look galleries. Explore an authentic 1800’s theatre and art depictions of a rich history of the Angela Paralta theatre which is just around the corner.

The Mazatlán Museum of Art and Museum of Archeology are also just several blocks away. Take a stroll down the Oceanside boardwalk, again, 5 minutes from the Inn. Once a haven for Hollywood’s elites, this stretch was one of John Wayne’s favorite places to relax and get away to. At the Loro De Oro, you can be in the touristy environment and the beach front in minutes, yet you’re totally immersed in the traditional cultural scene that is the magic of Old Mazatlán.

Studio’s start at $75 USD per night and the suite’s start at $115. 10% discount by the week, and 40% discount by the month.

Things to do and see in Mazatlán

There are dozens of things to do and see in Old Mazatlán. Take your time, relax and enjoy yourself while you visit. Most of these activities will be here when you return on your next visit.

• Hiking to El Faro Lighthouse – A 30 to 40 minute hike takes you 500 feet above sea level where you can view the entire city and the Port of Mazatlán.

• Mazatlán art walk – This is a first Friday event but all the galleries are available for viewing during business hours.

• Island tours of Deer Island – Cruise out into the bay to Deer Island on a day trip.

• Island tours of Isla de la Piedra – Close to the Historic District, catch a tour of the small isla/ peninsula from the water. Tours go out of the nearby Playa-Sur embarcadero.

• Mazatlán Aquarium – North of Centro District, just a short bus ride away.

• Shop till you drop at Centro Market place- Walk three blocks to the marketplace for everything under the sun. Food, souvenirs, and much mor.

• Charter Fishing – Search for Marlin, Dorado, Tuna, bottom fish, they are all here. Charter fishing for bill-fish and bottom fish are readily available throughout the area.

• Snorkel and scuba dive – Head north up to the golden zone for scuba diving excursions. Snorkeling is found along the beach and is also included in some of the Deer Island tours. Rental equipment is readily available.

• Kayak, parasailing, catamaran – Head north to the resort beaches in the golden zone. Kayaking is also available on nearby Stone Island. (Isla de la Piedra).

• Golf – Both Estrella Del Mar and El Cid Resorts are available to you. Estrella Del Mar is an ocean side 18-hole course, just south of Old Mazatlán. El Cid golfing is available through any of their three resort  ocations in the golden zone. El Cid has 27 holes.

• Stroll or Bicycle Mazatlán’s Malecon – Bike rentals are just a few blocks away at the Malecon just west of the Loro De Oro. Peddle on the 6 mile long stretch of the boardwalk along the ocean, or cruise around the streets of Old Mazatlán.

• Day trips – Copala, Concordia, and El Quilite are easy trips from Loro de Oro. Visit quaint traditional towns and experience Spanish colonial and indigenous history in the area.

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Best Restaurants in Old Mazatlán:

What would a trip to Mazatlán be without sampling some of the finest Mexican cuisine in the world? . Take your time, relax and enjoy yourself while you visit. Most of these activities will be here when you return on your next visit.

• Topolo’s- Across the street from Loro De Oro • Pedro & Lola’s- Located in Plazuela Machado, ½ block away.
• El Presidio- 3 blocks west from Loro De Oro
• Gaic- Also located at Plazuela Machado
• Famosa- Also located at Plazuela Machado
• Allegra- Two blocks west of Loro De Oro
• El Chalida- Five blocks west, at the Malecon
• Puerta Viejo- Six blocks away, also at the Malecon
• Beach Burger- Also at Plazuela Machado
• Shrimp Bucket- Six blocks away, also on the Malecon

As always, check the online reviews to get the current visitor opinions on these establishments.


Jed Vaughn is a freelance travel writer, photographer, and copywriter who lives in Spokane Washington. While traveling and focusing on stories in the Pacific Northwest in the summer, he spends his winters in Mexico. With a wide variety of interests, he has published articles in Northwest Travel and Life Magazine, Lighthouse Digest Magazine, Travel Dreams Magazine, Lost Treasure Magazine, and others. Jed is also a regular contributor for a coffee blog and does aerial photography via drone. You can see more of his work on his site



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