Category: Articles

Introducing, Casa Lulu Boutique Hotel

By Sheila Madsen, October 2019 Casa Lulu is a boutique hotel that quietly opened in December 2018. Quietly is the key word here as it’s truly an oasis in Mazatlan. It certainly ticks all the boxes that define a boutique hotel. It’s petit with nine rooms [all with gorgeous spacious ensuite bathrooms]; it’s intimate with…

Mazatlan’s hidden art – The paper florist.

By Maaike Hoekstra, October 2019. [Maaike is the founder and owner of Mazaltan’s only street food tour, Flavor Teller.] [The following is a true story steeped in ancient traditions – about women who are dedicated to their art, and possess an abundance of patience and love. If you visit a cemetery in Mazatlan during Dia…

Mazatlan’s Bilingual Guidebook

Mazatlán – A Travel and Historical Guidebook By Sheila Madsen, April 2019 This beautifully designed bilingual guidebook is unique, there’s not a single book like it. Two words come to mind: Finally. Consolidated. The book marries the past with the present and the stunning photography -black and white and colour – compliment the text just…

Flavor Teller Food Notes

How the Flavor Teller experiences the spirit of the Pino Suarez market. By Maaike Hoekstra, April 16 2020. [Maaike is the owner and founder of Mazatlan’s original street food tour, Flavor Teller.] The calendar marks one month since my last Flavor Teller group, cutting short the traveler high season by about six weeks. It has…

Mazatlan becomes part of
UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network

[Updated July 2019: Mazatlan’s initial application was reviewed by UNESCO and they recommended that the team strengthen certain areas in the gastronomy section – therefore, the formal application for 2020 was not formally submitted. Mazatlan’s hard-working UNESCO team will revisit the “weak areas” and try again for 2021. SM] [Updated by Maaike Hoekstra, a team…

What Is A Posada?

Tis the season, but what is a posada? By Maaike Hoekstra, November 2017. [Maaike is the owner and founder of Mazatlan’s only street food tour, Flavor Teller] It might seem far away, but Santa Claus is coming to town. The sunny beaches and palm trees might not inspire much of a Christmas spirit, but do…

Day Of The Dead

Dia de Muertos – helping the spirits find their way home. By Maaike Hoekstra [September 2017]  Mexico’s most characteristic and perhaps oldest fiesta, Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), has its origins in the belief of the pre-Hispanic Tarasco people from Michoacan that the dead could return to their homes on one day each…

Flavor Teller – Mazatlan Street Food Tours

 Flavor Teller – the original street food tour – has now launched The Mexican Kitchen Experience. By Sheila Madsen [January 30, 2017] This just in from Travel Age West: featuring Maaike Hoekstra’s Flavor Teller tour as part of the article “5 Ways to Experience Mazatlan’s Food Scene.” [April 2019]. If you have always wanted to…