Photos - Concordia and Copala, Mexico
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Where can we go for a day and experience a true bit of authentic Mexico?
We want a place we can explore from Mazatlan by bus with our good
friends Greg and Jill of s/v Guenevere. We are willing to get up early, don
our tennis shoes and take the risk of a late return back to the boats. We
scoured our maps and travel guides before settling on Concordia and Copala.
As with most bus services in Mexico, one way tickets are sold with
departures from one major "city" offering arrivals to another. Intermittent
stops along the way occur as a passenger directs the driver to "stop". With a
bit of luck there will be a return trip. Of course, the ticket sellers don't have
access to this info so you're basically left to your own wits and courage as
you board for your adventure.
So,on the morning of June 16th we set off on the road to discovery. Our first
stop was Concordia. After traveling for a couple of hours our stomachs were
telling us that the roadside taco stand was "good enough". We had a
satisfying taco breakfast complete with a Coke (coffee isn't readily available,
it seems)  We located a taxi for hire who gave us the grand tour of the local
area and then, at our request, drove us  to Copala.  The ride  took about 45
minutes along a 2 lane winding road through a lovely mountainous region.
What a surprise this village turned out to be! The red roofed houses, nestled
into the hillsides, were painted in vibrant colors. The roads were made of
cobblestone. The people were friendly and welcoming. A quaint place,
indeed! Our visit lasted a few hours allowing enough time for a wonderful
lunch at a restaurant overlooking the valley below. As promised, our taxi
driver arrived at the appointed time to take us back to Concordia, where we
(just in the nick of time) were able to catch the bus back to Mazatlan. We
were all in agreement that a future trip to Copala was in order and an
overnight stay was a must!
The road to Concordia is paved with artisan crafts
Greg, Jill and I discuss our small boat storage options
An open air furniture factory. One piece at a time!
The production line has stopped for lunch
Today's wandering pigs are tomorrow's pork roast!
A pottery graveyard
Wonder if this oven doubles as a pizza oven?
Church of St. Joseph in Copala
The Copala Butter Company Restaurant and
Hotel (cart below) provided  comfort for those
working the mines. It was open from 1894 to
1907. Notice the warning on the side of the
cart: "don't tie your burros here"
This church in Concordia is the oldest church in Sinaloa State at 350 years old.
The details, inside and out, are impressive!
Copala, an old mining town, has only about 600