Copala
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Quaint little village with cobblestone streets, colonial buildings and charming square.
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Sandra Luz
Watsonville, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Should anyone be interested in visiting the village of Copala without breaking your wallet go to the "Central Camionera" main bus depot in Mazatlan. Beware there are two entrances, one to all bus lines that go to the big cities or bigger towns. If you walk around the other side of the bus station (opposite side) you will find the "small towns" bus station.
It's a small station just have a seat. You don't purchase a ticket. You will pay once you get off the bus once you've reached your destination. There is the "green" and "red" buses that take you to Concordia. These buses leave approx. every 30 minutes to Concordia from the station. From Concordia you can ride an "aurriga" (small red truck with awning) that will take you to Copala for $50 pesos and/or take a taxi for $200 pesos. Make sure you get off on the main boulevard in Concordia, just down the street once you pass "Venegas" Supermarket. If you share the taxi going to the same destination you can split the cost.
Should you want to travel straight to Copala without transferring. There are two buses that will leave you in Copala. This bus leaves @ 12 pm & 3 pm. at the bust depot. Just let the bus driver know you want to get off Copala. This bus is called "la escoba" (the broom). The trip takes about 2-2 1/2 hours to get there. Your best bet is to leave early in the morning. There is a restaurant "Alejandros". The food is pretty good. You must try the famous banana/coconut pie.
Your total one way trip from Mazatlan to Copala should be around $110 pesos.
To return to Mazatlan you will catch an "aurriga" to Concordia. Take a "red" or "green" bus to Mazatlan Central Camionera. One more thing when you arrive at the Mazatlan bus station if you walk towards the beach it's only about 4 blocks away. You can take public bus that goes north/south of the "Malecon" beach boardwalk.
Written 17 May 2023
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Joseph C
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
One of the best things we did this time there was cruise to Copala and have lunch. Very peaceful and relaxing.
Written 19 March 2023
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PatriciaDiane
Minnesota171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
If one is looking for glitzy floor shows and blaring music, Copala is not for you. It is a lovely four century old colonial village with a fascinating history of gold and silver -- one can check out the stone house where gold was stored before brought in wagon loads to Mazatlan. Standing near the church, overlooking the jungle, the sound of song birds and rooster sooths even the most anxous soul. The church is a quiet but beautiful place to meditate and consider the good fortune that brought you to this place. If nothing else the Bougainvillea is a sight that will brighten one's spirits.The restaurant serves food that is fabulous! Don't miss the wonderful pie!
Written 21 February 2020
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advcards
Reno, NV3,658 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Lunch at Alejandra’s was good other than that older run down town with cobblestone streets. Not too much to see or even buy.
Written 6 November 2019
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bob
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
When we booked the tour lunch was included, however, our tour guide, Susana, made us pay $85.00. Ripoff!!
Written 27 July 2019
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Lars H
Bayfield15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
Been here twice before and took one of our adult kids and her family. Nice comfortable tour bus, driver very friendly and safe. Highly recommended.
Written 2 July 2019
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jc0uture
Mazatlan, Mexico25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
We visited Copala as part of a country tour when we were there in January 2019. It was very authentic and enjoyable.
Written 4 June 2019
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acoachcool
San Diego, CA540 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Business
Located in the Sierra Madre mountain range, is the village of San Jose de Copala., founded in the 16th century. The village was quiet and small until silver was discovered in one of the streams that flow through the region. The discovery brought about changes of increased population, a town plaza was built, a school, shops, a church (San Jose de Copala Catholic Church), and cobblestone streets. Today the village isn’t as vibrant. When the church was constructed the face of the devil was built into one of the brick walls. Legend has it that children would throw rocks at the devil as a show of defiance or hatred of the devil. This was done so often that today the face isn’t recognizable.
Written 16 May 2019
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roy v
Traralgon, Australia4,864 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
We visited Copala after spending time in Concordia where we had lunch
Walking the ancient cobblestone streets of Copala took you back to another world of long ago. Up in the mountains this town was founded in 1565, once a thriving silver mine town now only about 500 people reside here, it is very quiet, hardly saw any people out and about, I think they keep to themselves.
Tourism must be the main game in town now I think. There are a few places to eat & drink and places to stay.
There is a very old church called St. Joseph built in the early 18 Century, it is in need of major renovations but is still very impressive, lovely architecture.
The town square is nice and peaceful amongst the red tiled roofs of the Mexican style homes. We visited a lovely art gallery there called Factory Mask, Alex Rodriguez . They make unique masks from skins. They use pig,fish,lamb etc, they are colourful and extremely well made , very clever, they will sign and date them for you , nice folks.
Loved this town, sort of place it would be nice to stay a night or two and really take in the atmosphere and learn more of it’s history.
Written 11 May 2019
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Anne V
Trail, Canada11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
This was very enjoyable.Church is very old. Actually this was my 3rd trip. Went 10 years ago.Worth the price.
Written 18 March 2019
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