The Mexican coastal city of Mazatlan is a bustling beach paradise rich in history and culture. On a 3-day stay, you can enjoy a range of activities in the city, then venture outside and spend a day exploring the Sierra Madre mountains and visiting colonial towns. Here's how.
Estero Del Yugo Nature Preserve
Established by Sandra Guido in 1997, Estero del Yugo Nature Preserve is a haven for birdwatchers in Mazatlán with a focus on conservation. Look out for species such as herons, egrets, rosate spoonbills, ibis, kingfishers, and more, as well as other animals such as turtles, white-tailed deer, and foxes. As well as walking nature trails, visitors can mountain bike, take a boat ride through the estuary, and climb the 12-meter observation tower either independently or in the company of a local guide.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Estero del Yugo is a must visit for nature lovers, especially birdwatchers.
- Wear sturdy shoes and pack bug repellent for your visit to Estero del Yugo.
- There’s an admission fee to enter the Estero del Yugo Nature Reserve. You can also buy weekly and monthly access passes.
- There’s an onsite souvenir shop—ask the staff members to open it for you.
- Guided tours of the Estero del Yugo are available—make a reservation in advance.
- Estero del Yugo is not fully wheelchair and stroller accessible.
How to Get There
Estero del Yugo is located opposite the Hotel Riu Emerald on Avenida Sábalo Cerritos. It’s just a 30-minute drive north from the center of Mazatlán and most visitors find it easiest to arrive by private vehicle.
When to Get There
Estero del Yugo Nature Reserve is open year-round, although each season offers different flora and fauna opportunities. Visit during the July to October rainy season to see the forest and other flora in full bloom but remember that walkways will be muddier. Outside of the wet season, the Estero del Yugo is less verdant but equally pleasant.
Nature Lover’s Guide to Mazatlán Estero del Yugo is one of the best places in Mexico to try birdwatching, but it’s not the only destination for nature lover’s in Mazatlán. Travelers with kids won’t want to miss the Mazatlán Aquarium, which has impressive jellyfish exhibits, live animal shows, and over 50 fish tanks. Mazatlán is also a humpback whale-watching hotspot; between the months of December and March, excursions run daily. Book early to guarantee a spot.