Visiting a Pueblo Mágico – Cosalá

May 23, 2015

Last week we took an overnight trip with friends to explore the town of Cosalá. Cosalá is a mining town about two and a half hours from Mazatlán, and it is one of Mexico’s 83 Pueblos Mágicos. We had a wonderful time there – we stayed at a Hotel Quinta Minerva. The hotel has beautiful gardens, two pools, and is a perfect tranquil mid-week retreat. (They get very busy on the weekends and school holidays but mid week is usually quiet)

We enjoyed walking around town, admiring the architecture and attractive colors. We explored the shops, the church (where they were pulling on ropes to ring the bells), the main square and visited the mining museum. Everywhere we went the people were friendly and helpful. Our second day we went for a drive out to the Nature Reserve and had additional fun taking a wrong turn and exploring a bit more that we had wanted to on our way back! We left the waterfalls – Vado Hondo – to check out on our next visit.

We took the libre (free road) out of Mazatlán. The scenery once you left the highway was absolutely gorgeous, truly worth the trip in itself. It is the very end of the dry season now so a lot of the vegetation is brown, but it won’t be for long! So far every Pueblo Mágico that I have visited* has been a very special place so I know we’ll seek them out in our future travels.


* One or both of us have been to Copala, Colima – El Rosario, Sinaloa – Tepotzlán, Morelos – Pátzcuaro, Michoacan – Cholula, Puebla – Tequila, Jalisco and now Cosalá, Sinaloa. How many have you visited? What are your favorites?

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I'm Nancy, a US expat living in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Jalisco after 11 years in Mazatlán, México.

    1. Hola Nancy!!!

      Looks interesting. I haven’t been to Cosalá, though when F and I were in Mazatlán in 2010, we made a side trip to see Concordia, where they had a procession for Semana Santa, and Copala, which was *very* quiet, though beautiful.

      Mexico’s Pueblos Mágicos are in general well worth visiting. I’ve been to quite a few including: Cholula, PUE; Jerez, ZAC; Papantla, VER; Pátzcuaro, MCH; San Cristóbal de las Casas, CHIS; Taxco, GUE; Tepotzotlán, EDOMEX; Tepoztlán, MOR; Tzintzuntzán, MCH; and Valladolid, YUC. I enjoyed them all.

      As I read through the list, I’m wondering why I didn’t try to see more of these during my big Mexican road trip last year. It makes me want to plan another trip and try to see them all.

      It’s hard to pick a favorite; they are all wonderful. But San Cristóbal has to be close to the top of the list as it has both an amazing city and amazing people too.


      Kim G
      Boston, MA
      Where we done a trip in what seems like one of the longest gaps ever.

    1. P.S. It seems there are quite a few in Zacatecas, and I’m now disappointed that I only saw Jerez. Oh well…I love Zacatecas, so I guess I have yet another reason to return.

    1. Thank you for the post! Sounds like you had a wonderful time.I have been living in San Miguel de Allende and have visited Dolores Hidalgo many times. Want to see many more magical towns!

    1. P.S. I just see in another list that San Miguel was removed from the list of magical towns when it became a world heritage site.

    1. I’ve been to more Pueblos magicos than I thought.

      Valladolid Yucatán
      Todos Santos Baja California Sur
      San Cristóbal de las Casas Chiapas
      Loreto Baja California Sur
      El Rosario Sinaloa
      Creel Chihuahua

      Next year I want to visit more. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. One of the photos kinda looks like the street mural you have on one of your walls…
      We will have to add this pueblo to out list of places to see.

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