Las Labradas Petroglyph Tour
This 5-hour tour is a must-do for cultural enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike!
Gather your group and head up the Sinaloa coast to Meseta de Cacaxla, one of Sinaloa's biggest protected natural areas. With more than 50,000 hectares and several ecosystems this preserve is a rich mecca for birds and a wide variety of other wildlife. Visit Las Labradas beach and notice the hundreds of black and blue stones dotting the shoreline. This site was in continuous use by the ancients for more than 3,000 years and is the first working archaeological site in Sinaloa that is open to the public. Your expert tour guide will share fascinating facts about the origins and meaning behind some of the roughly 640 petroglyphs carved into the stones. These carvings were made by the ancestors of indigenous Indians in the area and the earliest of the petroglyphs are a remarkable 4,500 years old. Legend has it the carvings were made by priests during ceremonies to ask the gods for benefits such as a successful hunt or rain for their crops.
Once you've explored the site you can relax on a nearby beach or take a swim, then visit the Las Labradas Museum to learn more about the region's archaeological findings as well as its natural history. Stop for a delicious lunch of Barbacoa, Carne Asada, Carnitas or Quesadillas before your return to port (vegetarian meal available upon request).
Sign up today for a fascinating and inspiring art tour of the ancient world of Sinaloa.
Please Note: Your tour includes a knowledgeable tour guide, transportation, bottled water, soft drink and lunch. Collapsible wheelchair/walkers permitted; mobile-impaired guests must have a companion to assist.
Reviewer: Karen Tatge
Wasn't sure what we would actually see on this tour, but we were not disappointed! Our guide, Eduardo, was a native of Mazatlán and his love & pride for his city was evident from the beginning. He could tell us a lot of history and changes that have occurred through the years. The ride to Las Labradas is about 45 minutes, but worth every minute (even over the bumpy dirt roads!) The area is well preserved and there are about 950 petroglyphs in total. You are able to climb on the rocks and take pictures. Along the beach, there are displays of what you are seeing and what the carvings mean. My husband & son (who were totally disinterested when we started) were impressed with the carvings and walked ahead of me to point them all out. Afterwards, we were taken to a very nice restaurant on the beach and enjoyed a delicious lunch & margarita before heading back to the pier. If you have any interest in Native American Art or History, this is one excursion you should not miss!