Cozumel, Mexico with Chanel the Bear

Today I, Zeb the Duck, want you to see these photos of Cozumel, Mexico from my friend, Chanel the Bear.

Big boots for a small bear

Big boots for a small bear

Aren’t these the biggest boots you have ever seen with an adorable bear?   Looks like a place to have a lot of fun.   Cozumel is a small island of Mexico.   A great tourist area with fantastic beaches, scuba diving and snorkeling.  These horse drawn carriages looks great and just announce that you are a happy tourist.

Horse drawn carriages in Cozumel, Mexico

Horse drawn carriages in Cozumel, Mexico

I love to see them, Chanel.   Wow!   Look at the size of your cruise ship.

That cruise ship is huge

That cruise ship is huge

These ships really are floating cities, aren’t they?  Thanks for these great photos, Chanel.

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Memories of Mazatlan with Zeb and Eider Duck

It is time to leave Mazatlan and return to Colorado.   As the humans are packing, Zeb and Eider remember some of the great experiences in Mazatlan.   This is the view from our room at Torres Mazatlan.

From our patio at Torres Mazatlan

From our patio at Torres Mazatlan

We are so close to the pool, hot tub, restaurant and beach.     We loved the mariachis at our welcome party.

Mariachis to welcome us to Mazatlan

Mariachis to welcome us to Mazatlan

Some times we just relaxed by the pool, lounging, swimming and more lounging.

Lounging at the pool.

Lounging at the pool.

We were amazed by the variety of items in the market in Mazatlan.   Everything from fresh meat

This is really fresh meat.

This is really fresh meat.

to colorful souvenirs is available.

Can we take it all home???

Can we take it all home???

The cathedrals were all beautiful, but this cathedral in Mazatlan is so close to the market.

Main cathedral in Mazatlan, Mexico

Main cathedral in Mazatlan, Mexico

We enjoyed walking around downtown Mazatlan.   We loved all the beaches.

A relaxing beach day.

A relaxing beach day.

This one is on Stone Island.   That was a great day. The tropical plants were a nice change for us.   This sculptured tree was fun to sit on.

Great for humans and ducks

Great for humans and ducks

The flowering cactus was so pretty, also.

Flowers on the cactus

Flowers on the cactus

One day when we returned to our resort, this bride and groom were posing for wedding pictures.

Weddings are wonderful

Weddings are wonderful

We did enjoy our vacation, but the time has come for the sun to set on our time in Mazatlan.

Hasta luego, Mazatlan

Hasta luego, Mazatlan

We hope you visit Mazatlan soon.

Zeb and Eider Duck on the beaches of Mazatlan, Mexico

Zeb and Eider Duck really loved the beaches of Mazatlan.   Early in the morning we would walk on the beach with mom.   One morning we met this brown bird.

Does he own the beach?   Maybe he does

Does he own the beach? Maybe he does

Then we saw this black and white bird with a bright red beak.

Might be a type of sandpiper??

Might be a type of sandpiper??

Isn’t he so attractive?   During the day, the beach venders were always ready to bring us some refreshments.

Not yet señor

Not yet señor

There were many opportunities for fun and rides at the beach.   This banana boat is ready to take humans for a ride.

Remember the banana ride at Stone Island?

Remember the banana ride at Stone Island?

Another daring choice is parasailing.

Waiting for a customer

Waiting for a customer

The human wears the vest and the boat pulls the human while the parachute lifts him over the ocean.   Too bad ducks can’t ride these. This person is finishing his ride.

Parasailing is fun for humans

Parasailing is fun for humans

The landing on the beach usually requires some assistance.

Ready to land on the beach

Ready to land on the beach

Mom’s favorite beach venders have so much silver jewelry.

Our friend and mom's friend

Our friend and mom’s friend

She usually buys something from them.   Usually more than one day of silver shopping.   Of course, as the day ends and the sun sets, the sky turns brilliant orange and yellow.   This display of colors was the result of clouds in the sky as the sun sets.

Loving these colors.   View from front of our hotel

Loving these colors. View from front of our hotel

Wow!   This is beautiful.

Senor Frog Stores in Mazatlan with Zeb and Eider Duck

Zeb and Eider Duck, took a bus from our resort to town for dinner. We decided to dine at the crazy Senor Frog Restaurant.  Boy, were we surprised—it was closed, but would open the next day.   But we saw these frogs nearby.   There are several official Senor Frog stores in Mazatlan.

One of several Senor Frog stores in Mazatlan

One of several Senor Frog stores in Mazatlan

We loved the frog statues.

This frog is so welcoming.

This frog is so welcoming.

The stuff inside was great also.   Mom bought some pens and a souvenir license plate, but the outside frogs were so special.

Ms Frog is a surfer.   We are going surfing too

Ms Frog is a surfer.  We are going surfing with her

If you have been to Mazatlan, or anywhere that has Senor Frog restaurants, you probably remember these frogs.   If you have not been there yet, this is what you will see when you do go.

High waves.   Ms Frog is holding us now

High waves.  Ms Frog is holding us now

We ducks just loved the frogs and wanted you to see them also.   They should make you smile today.   They make us smile.   However, you really should go into the stores to see all the super stuff they have.

Don't even think about not going into the store

Don’t even think about not going into the store

Dining in Mazatlan with Zeb and Eider Duck

There are so options for dining in Mazatlan.   Zeb and Eider Duck just want to mention a few of our favorites.   For breakfast our humans usually ate in the resort restaurant.

Eggs, toast, homemade sausage and artistically cut tomatoes

Eggs, toast, homemade sausage and artistically cut tomatoes

The food is always good at our resorts, and we usually have an ocean view.

We just could not wait

We just could not wait

Walking down the streets of Mazatlan, you will encounter many restaurants.   Many have outside dining available and some even have grills where you can watch the ribs and other items being prepared.   One evening we went to Carlos and Lucia’s for dinner.  Whenever our humans are in Mazatlan, they eat here.   This was the first trip to Mazatlan for Zeb and Eider Duck.   Carlos and Lucia are married.   He is from Mexico and she is from Cuba.   They both live in Mazatlan and run this restaurant.

Carlos & Lucia's is a favorite restaurant

Carlos & Lucia’s is a favorite restaurant

They are both very friendly and treat everyone like family.   The night we were there, they were having a large reception for their son.  He was married that day.   Lots of their friends and family were arriving.   When we arrived Carlos greeted us at the entrance.   All the food is excellent, but our humans always have Ropa Vieja, a Cuban dish.  Some times it is shredded and perfectly seasoned beef and sometime it is pork.   Tonight it was pork and delicious.   Another favorite restaurant is La Casa Country.

We like this restaurant, too

We like this restaurant, too

Again, our humans always eat here during their time in Mazatlan.   One visit Eider’s dad had steak and Zeb’s mom had fish.   They said it was great.   Next time both humans had ribs.  Boy did they smell good.   Humans said they were perfect!   And ice cream for dessert.   The last night the restaurant was expecting a large group to come soon.   While we were eating, some of the waiters danced.

They take our orders, bring food, and entertain.

They take our orders, bring food, and entertain.

This restaurant advertises that the Old West influenced it.   These waiters would have been great cowboys.

Our waiter is one of the dancers.

Our waiter is one of the dancers.

Most of the restaurants are in the Golden Zone tourist area of Mazatlan.   Our resorts were north of town in a newer area.   To get to the restaurants, we could take a taxi, but usually we just took the city bus.   The bus stops in front of our resort and lets us off anywhere in the tourist area.   Also, we can and did, take it to the market and cathedral area.   If someone is not sure where to get off, if a polite request is made to the driver, he will usually tell you when you arrive at your stop.   The bus is fun and you can ride for 10 pesos.

We take the bus for Sabalo Central in Mazatlan

We take the bus for Sabalo Central in Mazatlan

That is about 80 cents.   We like Mazatlan and we like the bus.  The driver and other passengers are always very nice to us.

 

Copala, Mexico with Zeb and Eider Duck

Zeb and Eider are in Copala, Mexico.   This small mountain village has 650 full time residents.   Copala also has one of the prettiest churches of any Mexican village.   This church was begun in 1748 and completed in 1775.

Church in Copala, Mexico

Church in Copala, Mexico

Let’s go inside.

This church is about 350 years old.

This church is about 350 years old.

We really like this church.   Jesus on the cross is a vivid reminder of the Christian religion.

Jesus died for us

Jesus died for us

This depiction of Jesus with a crown of thorns is also an emotional reminder.

Wearing a crown of thorns

Wearing a crown of thorns

Outside the church, we liked this waterless fountain with the white goose.

Pretty

Pretty

Copala was founded in 1565 when the Spanish discovered silver.   That was 450 years ago!   The economy of Copala is based on tourism, mining and agriculture.   Copala is also a National Historic Landmark in Mexico.   Across from the church in the main plaza, we saw this pretty gazebo.

We ducks like gazebos

We ducks like gazebos

Of course, we ducks liked these chickens.

Ducks and chickens

Ducks and chickens

Today we saw these kids playing.

Riding a horse

Riding a horse

Sadly, silver shop was closed today.

Mom always buys something in silver shops

Mom always buys something in silver shops

We thought the mural on this building was very pretty.

We like this mural

We like this mural

Copala is about 50 kilometers from the beaches of Mazatlan.   We liked this little town and we think you would like it also.   When you are in Mazatlan, why not visit Copala?

Onilikan in Mazatlan with Zeb and Eider Duck

Zeb and Eider visit a tequila factory in Mazatlan.   We went to Onilikan today.

Let's go inside Onilikan

Let’s go inside Onilikan

This factory and show room has so much stuff.

Making spirits

Making spirits

The agave is from the cactus plant and is the base for tequila.   Onilikan uses this agave syrup with mangos to make a delicious beverage.

Tasty, but too potent for small ducks

Tasty, but too potent for small ducks

This Mazatlan Cocktail display caught our attention.

Mazatlan cocktail?

Mazatlan cocktail?

These bartenders were really friendly.

These guys are our new friends

These guys are our new friends

If you purchase some beverages, you may want some mole, salts and spices to enhance the drinks.

They have everything here.

They have everything here.

If you cannot decide which you prefer, perhaps you would like a souvenir bag with a variety of flavors.

Purchase one of these and sample a variety of flavors

Purchase one of these and sample a variety of flavors

You have a huge selection for your souvenirs, or perhaps to sample during your stay in Mazatlan.

Mini bottles for humans

Mini bottles for humans

Onilikan is in Mazatlan near the Playa Mazatlan hotel.   This is a very convenient location in the tourist area of Mazatlan.    For more information visit www.onilikan.com   and also visit www.agavespirits.com   You will be amazed at the variety of products.

Something for every human

Something for every human

However, we Colorado Traveling Ducks are not too sure about this flavorful combination.

We did not try these.  Maybe we should?

We did not try these. Maybe we should?

What do you think about this one?   You will enjoy a visit to Onilikan in Mazatlan.