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Sierra Madre Villages Half-Day Cultural Tour
Ranked #26 of 103 things to do in Mazatlan
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Owner description: Quaint little village with cobblestone streets, colonial buildings and charming square.
Reviewed 14 October 2013

What a wonderful experience! This is a charming old gold mining town from the 1500s. Lunch in the restaurant was delicious, and the church is fascinating. The tour guide told a story about how the town suffered the black plague in the early years, and almost everyone died. The priest asked the community to hold hands and pray, circling the church. Prayer caused the image of Satan to rise out of the rock on the side of the church and exorcised him from the church. The plague was eradicated, and the town saved. We all threw rocks at the image, still protruding from the side of the church.

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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Copala is a happy surprise. My wife first took me here for my birthday a few years back. I have to imagine the Spanish explorers off searching for golden flakes in arroyos so very far from Mexico City in 1565 were of the obsessive-compulsive type. But they did find treasure in the Sierra Madre of long ago and the little mining village today is heavy laden with history of mining and more recently, tourism. Still, Copala is off the beaten track to some extent and worth a visit.

2  Thank pacific_gator
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Reviewed 30 June 2013

Very long drive up into the beautiful mountains but well worth it to see the 700-y-o church and the town's many buildings still standing as they were in the 1300's. Not a good tour if you have a hard time walking. The streets are old uneven cobblestones, and you have to walk a ways to get to the church.

2  Thank Charrie S
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Reviewed 2 April 2013

well here is an historic town... u can buy a lot of thing like mineral or silver... some kind of this things... the food is awesome n the banana pay is great... well the thing i dont like it was the road..

2  Thank JazminCorralCollan
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

We did this tour to Concordia and Copala 9 years ago and NOTHING about the tour has changed!... these tours all depend on visiting local shops and restaurants to get their business without much time to wander alone.
As we had done this tour before we had hoped to spend some time by ourselves to explore the areas .... this did not happen.
Victor was our guide and he kept a very rigid schedule - to say the least he was not at all friendly.
First stop was a roadside adobe brick factory.... really ....forget it... just looking for tips and a real waste of an hour of our tour.
Next stop was a roadside pottery and furniture market ... who can carry this pottery and furniture onto the plane?? The vendors couldn't care less... another waste of time...
Third stop was a really quaint village - we were walked through a home that had a bakery (yummy treats but at twice the price of Mega), and also a tile maker. I tried to ask Victor some questions - but he completely ignored me. Wish we had more time to explore the village - but we were supervised everywhere we went and only given a few minutes - bathroom stops were not available.
Fourth stop was the lovely colonial town of Concordia. My husband & I have been there twice before and did not want to follow the tour to the municipal hall and church - we just wanted to hang around the town square (so quaint) and visit some of the shops.... Victor was not at all happy about this and told us so. We met the bus well ahead of time before leaving for Copala. We have done these trips many times, but was really disappointed with the lack of documentary about the surrounding area, vegetation, industry etc., At Copala we were escorted to the beautiful church and had a good amount of time to look around, but then were taken to an artisan shop - to view, (and purchase) leather masks... they were lovely and I actually bought one. Lunch was pretty good - with a good view of the valley and village - but again no time to wander and explore. Trip back to Mazatlan was VERY FAST with no commentary... the driver going well over 120km per hour - passing unsafely and the tour guide actually fell asleep on the way back.
I feel these tours just try to get in as many tourist attractions and shops to buy things - without giving a real feel of the beautiful countryside. Done it twice - Never again.

4  Thank susiq101
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