Mazatlan Surroundings and Vicinities

Hacienda Las Moras

Just 30 minutes northeast of Mazatlán, a deserted agave ranch-house and tequila distillery has been transformed into a tasteful, tranquil guest ranch. The 3,000-acre ranch is a refuge for both humans and animals, from miniature horses to exotic pure-white peacocks. A small white chapel sits atop a slight ridge overlooking the property, with the Sierra Madres rising in the background. The original stables, hacienda, and tequila-factory buildings have been completely renovated with attention to detail. The ranch is a peaceful, completely secluded hideaway with accommodations that make you feel like you’re staying in a luxurious private home. The chef prepares superb regional Mexican cuisine with breads baked daily in a wood-burning beehive oven. Guests are welcome to ride the horses up the mountain. There’s a pool and tennis courts, and plenty of space to roam in complete solitude.

Teacapan

Just two hours south of Mazatlán (82 miles) is the fishing village of Teacapán. Here you can enjoy natural places like mangrove lagoons, palm and mango groves, and bird-watching you can see herons, flamingos, Canadian ducks, and countless other species of birds. Inland, the sparsely populated land is a haven for deer, ocelot, and wild boars. There’s talk of making the entire peninsula into an ecological preserve, and thus far, residents have resisted attempts by developers to turn the area into a large-scale resort.

Concordia

The colonial town of Concordia, a short distance off of the Durango highway (Mexico 40), is a side trip on the Copala tour route. Concordia is a town of furniture makers which sell their wares in small stands on the way into town.

Concordia also offers an abundance of locally made pottery in the pre-Columbian motif. There is an old style town square, built in front of the church, which is a great place for photos of the family. The church, is over 350 years old making it the oldest in the state of Sinaloa. This area produces a lot of mangoes which are for sale everywhere along the road, and they are delicious. If you are on a tour you will probably be taken to the nearby mineral springs where the local women do their laundry, just as they have been doing for many generations.

El Rosario

El Rosario, a small town about 50 miles south of Mazatlán, is famous for the altar in the town church which is said to be worth over a million dollars. The alter alone makes a visit to El Rosario worth the drive. El Rosario was once the richest town in Northwest Mexico because of the local mining operations. This small town was the home of the famous Mexican singer, Lola Beltrán. They have built a small museum in her honor although the museum is open only sporadically. You might want to do a little shopping for pottery, furniture or leather products, all of which are produced locally.

La Noria

The little mountain village of La Noria is just 40 minutes northeast of Mazatlán – and well worth a visit. Nestled into its own little corner of the world, “La Noria,” which means “The Well,” is named for the shape it takes; entering the town means descending into a bowl-shaped area, giving the appearance of a town set in a well. Highlights include an old jail, which is still in use, the church of San Antonio, and a variety of locally-made leather goods.

El Quelite

Thirty-three kilometers northeast of Mazatlan, visitors leave behind the sun and sand attractions of one of Mexico’s most popular destinations to step into a fine example of rural or agricultural tourism. Such vacation experiences are increasingly in demand around the world by travelers who want to learn how others work and live.

Las Labradas (Barras de Piaxtla)

One of Mazatlan’s most interesting archeological sites is just 45 minutes north, near the fishing village of Barras de Piaxtla. A wonderful group of petroglyphs called Las Labradas is on a beach near the village, in San Ignacio municipality. The petroglyphs or rock paintings are the voices of ancient testimonies, of hundreds of years of mythological traditions made by the ancient peoples of the American continent. They are beautiful abstract and symbolic expressions for the continent’s new inhabitants.

These petroglyphs of Tolteca origin are the remains of the most ancient artistic expressions of Mexico´s northwestern territory. Some archeologists state that these may have been created 1,000 or 1,500 years ago.

Posted July 14, 2013 by fisheriestn