Copala Colonial Tour
Copala Colonial Tour
Here's an exceptional excursion to the colonial villages of Malpica, Concordia, and Copala, located at the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Each of these Mexican villages has its own appeal.
While in Malpica, you'll see locals making colorful floor tiles by hand, and you'll get to see bread being made in a rustic kiln. Concordia offers a great opportunity to see how local artisans hand-craft beautiful furniture, pottery, and roof tiles. Concordia is home to the French-style City hall and the San Sebastian temple, built in 1608 with beautiful arches.
The highlight of the Colonial Tour is Copala, an ancient old mining town with a rich history dating back to its founding in 1565. Copala is a colorful town filled with bougainvillea, and roofs with traditional red tiles. Stroll down cobblestone streets and get to know some of Copala's 600 friendly residents. You will also be treated to a typical Mexican lunch with your choice of chicken or beef fajitas or Asado a la Plaza, which is a traditional dish, and consists of pre-cooked beef and potatoes cooked over oil, topped with shredded lettuce, carrot, and bathed in a warm tomato sauce.
Afterwards, you will have an opportunity to see one of the main attractions in Copala, which is the San Jose church. The original San Jose church dates back to the 1700s and is Set high on a hill at the center of town facing the central plaza, it is a great example of an early colonial Mexican Catholic church, and reflects the wealth of mid-1700s Copala.
Visit the colonial towns of Malpica, Concordia, and Copala on this exciting tour from Mazatlan.
What a awesome way to see the real people and towns and get away from the tourist bubble. Would definitely recommend this.
We learned a lot on our tour to 3 different colonial towns, and our guide was very knowledgable. The historical part was certainly worth it! The start was incredibly slow since they brought us to a Tequila factory where tourists from hotels and other ships were brought together and re-sorted into the respective tours. Since we went back to the harbor a couple of times to pick up stragglers (not our fault that they were late!), we didn't get any chance to look at the factory and/or gift shop. While that didn't bother us too much, we also lost about an hour of a long tour. We left the last mining town (65 km away from our ship) about 45 minutes before all-aboard time (which we had shared again and again), and made it back to the ship 15 minutes after all-aboard time (15 min. before departure time!). Needless to say, we were very concerned that we would not make it back before the ship left and were not able to truly enjoy the last hour in Copala.
The Capala Colonial Tour was excellent. Our tour guide was very informative with many historical, ecological, cultural facts that made the coach ride very interesting. Malpica, Concordia and Copala are rich with history, cobbled stone streets, an early colonial Mexican church with relics of the 1700s, delightful townspeople who are very talented and welcoming. Very nice lunch. Excellent driver who maneuvered his way through the winding roads and tight curves. A full day of fun. We returned back to the ship in time to shower, have dinner and evening activities.
My husband and I took our 4 boys (15-21 years old) and one girlfriend on a cruise and I booked this tour through Vista Tours. Our tour guides, Susana and David, were fantastic! Susana was very knowledgeable and David was a very safe driver. The three towns we visited were small and had a lot of character. All of the kids enjoyed what they learned. It was one of their favorite excursions.
Reviewer: Donald Carper
We had a good time. Saw the countryside. Nice stops and good meal. Enthusiastic guide. Worth doing.