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.
Reviewer: Stephanie McGinty
What an amazing tour! We saw 2 historic churches, wood furniture making, pottery making with an outdoor kiln, a phenomenal bakery inside someone's home where we were able to buy DELICIOUS baked goods, had a lovely lunch, also in someone's home, and met & saw & purchased beautiful hand crafted, artistic leather goods from an amazing artisan! What a day! We're doing the same cruise again in September, and taking this tour again! Hoping for the same great guide! WONDERFUL!!!!
Perfect "off the beaten path" tour - really enjoyed it and would recommend to anyone. We were 2 "older" couples and this was great to see the countryside and meet local artisans and quaint towns.
Reviewer: Jackie Powell
This tour was such a good way to see Mexico. We got away from the big city and went into the small villages, experiencing the culture and actually prices that you would expect for Mexico. Although the trip was not what I expected from some aspects it was better than expected from others. After getting back to the ship and hearing about the different excursions that were taken that day we were so happy that we made the choice that we did. If you're looking to get away from the port and the commercialism And really experience Mexico this is the trip to take.
Reviewer: Rita Walker
We got a little late start but once we got started the day was good. The tour guide was very informative and the other tour personnel were very helpful and friendly. Above all it was a great day, beautiful tour and good food. Would recommend.
Reviewer: Jim & Cheryl
Great small group experience with lots of local stops included between the 3 main towns.