El Faro de Maz (Mazatlan Lighthouse) is currently the highest operating lighthouse in the world at 523 feet above sea level. It’s a steep gravel path and then 355 steps to the top.
The first time I climbed to the top was with my family and grandparents in 1999, when we were here on Synchronicity (I’m in purple, crawling up the stairs). I don’t remember how long it took, but I do remember that it seemed like a big hike.
The second time I climbed El Faro was in 2009, when I dragged my beloved sister to the top (thankfully they’d done a little work on the stairs!). We were on a Mexican Riviera cruise, and were only in Mazatlan for one day. Since we’d done it before, we thought we’d give it a try again. It took us 3 hours to make it to the top (stopping every 3rd or 4th step for a break!), and about 45 minutes to come down.
Today, I climbed to the top for the 3rd time.
It took us 20 minutes… with a little huffing and puffing 🙂