After the hour and a half ride we sat at the restaurant and had the best guacamole and drinks while waiting for the cab. We met a nice couple who rode with us, who was also on our cruise ship, and I admired her fancy lenses for her camera :) I also talked with the lady who was in charge of the horseback riding for about 30 minutes. She was so nice and had nothing but great things to say about living in Mazatlan. She moved there from the US about 7 years ago.
The cab drive took a different route back to the ship and we got to see some more of the city. We saw brand new condo's around a beautiful marina, neighborhoods with homes that would be millions of dollars here in LA, and then really poor areas with shacks along a river, as well as the "projects" where people just used ply wood and tarps to make their homes. It was all very interesting to see. Overall, we liked Mazatlan as it seemed to have some really nice/new areas yet some great authentic Mexican areas with good shopping and food.
Views of the city from the top deck of the ship: