Discover Las Labradas Petroglyphs and Explore a Protected Beach
Las Labradas petroglyphs are located on a beautiful sandy beach just outside of Mazatlan. Here, you’ll get the chance to see a unique mantle of volcanic rock that features over two hundred ancient nomadic drawings carved thousands of years ago.
Las Labradas beach is in one of Sinaloa’s biggest nature reserves, the Meseta de Cacaxtla. This area has more than 50,000 hectares of different ecosystems, especially dry tropical forest, and a wide variety of wildlife.
While visiting Las Labradas site, your guide will tell you interesting facts about the origins and the messages of the petroglyphs, which show animals, people, and other elements of nature. The symbols represent the visions, beliefs, and worldview of the native people from many centuries ago.
After walking around the site, you will be free to enjoy a beautiful isolated pristine beach, go for a swim, enjoy a long walk, or simply relax. You can also visit Las Labradas museum, with interesting archaeological and natural exhibits.
- See and learn about ancient rock carvings
- Visit one of the biggest natural protected ares of the region, Meseta de Cacaxtla
- Relax at a beautiful isolated beach
- Enjoy a delicious traditional lunch hosted by a local family
Duration: 5 hours
Start and end location: Mazatlan
- 8:00 am – Pick-up at your hotel (exact time will vary depending on your hotel location)
- 8:20 am – Ground transportation to site (approximately 45 minutes)
- 9:00 am – Arrive at the archaeological site. First, you will visit the museum, a project by INAH (Anthropology and History National Institute), where you will learn about the site’s natural and archaeological history.
- 9:30 am – Welcome by your local hosts and a group activity to learn about the natural protected area and conservation efforts taking place in the area.
- 10:00 am – Guided visit to Las Labradas petroglyphs.
- 11:30 am – Time to relax, swim, or take a walk along a pristine isolated beach.
- 12:30 pm – Traditional lunch with local family. A great space for cultural exchange!
- 13:30 pm – Back to Mazatlan.
- 14:15 pm – Drop off at your hotel.
- Round trip ground transportation to and from the site
- Bilingual guides
- Lesson on the site’s natural history and ancient petroglyphs
- Entrance fees to INAH Museum and Archaeological site and the Natural Protected Area: Meseta de Cacaxtla
- Bottled water, soft drinks, and fruit
- Traditional light lunch with a local family (hand made tortillas, “molcajete” fresh salsa, beans, and fresh goat cheese)
What’s Not Included
- Tips for captains, guides, and local hosts
What to Bring
- Camera and binoculars
- Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
- Comfortable, non-slip shoes
- Bathing suit and towel
- Cash for souvenirs or tips
- The tour operator requires a minimum of 4 adults to proceed with the tour. You may book with fewer than 4 and allow the remaining spots to be filled by other travelers. If no other travelers join the expedition and the minimum of 4 is not reached, you will receive a refund.
- Level of activity: Easy
- There is no minimum age for this ecotour. Children under 3 go for free. However, this ecotour might be more enjoyable to adults.
- The SUV seats 1-6 passengers and the van seats up to 10 passengers.
- Be aware that you will be walking a rocky shore beach and most rocks might be slippery. Take your precautions and wear adequate shoes (closed, non-slip sole).
Las Labradas, San Ignacio, Mexico