Copala is an enchanting town that portrays the old authentic Mexico, a place where time seems to have stopped. Its appearance in fact is essentially identical to its 16th Century counterpart, and Its cobblestone streets, old houses and well-preserved architecture give this town an unparalleled beauty and atmosphere which are clearly from another age.
The culture and historical beauty of Copala is evident on every cobblestone street, its natural surroundings imbued with a richly scenic landscape that fascinates all who visit this charming ex-mining town. Deep-set in the Sierra Madre Mountains, Copala is only 44 miles east of Mazatlán. A visit to the old church facing the main public square is a must, as well as a leisurely stroll along its narrow cobblestone streets. Copala is famous for its banana cream pie, a local culinary treat.
Copala is located only 40 minutes southeast of Mazatlan, in the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental. This beautiful colonial town enjoys delightful weather year round. With less than 400 inhabitants, Copala is an essential part of the tourist resources of Sinaloa. Because of its natural beauty and historic value, Copala has become one of the old favorites of most perennial Mazatlan visitors. Copala is an enchanting town that portrays the old authentic Mexico, a place where time seems to have stopped. Its appearance in fact is essentially identical to its 16th Century counterpart, and Its cobblestone streets, old houses and well-preserved architecture give this town an unparalleled beauty and atmosphere which are clearly from another age. Its old church of San Jose is true evidence of the historic and cultural wealth of this town, a post card picture-perfect representation of Mexico.
Copala boasts decent accommodations and a great restaurant with excellent traditional cuisine, should you decide to spend a day in peace and tranquility, enjoying the natural wonders of this magical place. You'll have the opportunity to admire attractions such as its church with baroque style architecture and neoclassic gold-plated altar, as well as ancient paintings from the epoch. Tour the old mine, the ruins of the church in the Hacienda Guadalupe, or simply take in its cobble stone streets and admire the architecture and facades of its old houses. You can also enjoy the local arts and crafts and perhaps take back with you a souvenir of this beautiful mining town.
Before the arrival of Spanish troops, Copala was populated by indigenous people through the year of 1564, when it was discovered and founded by the Spanish Captain, Francisco De Ibarra, a very important figure in our history due to his discovery and exploitation of gold and silver. Captain Ibarra conquered this town and named it “Copala” after a mythical city of gold, also called “Cibola” or “Quivira,” for which De Ibarra had unsuccessfully searched in Northern Mexico. In 1616 Copala was destroyed in an uprising of the indigenous people, the “Tepehuanes” but was rebuilt after peace was achieved the following year.