Friday, February 20, 2009

Copala & Concordia

Lynn’s much younger nephew Gerry(only 2 or 3 years younger) has come down to check out Trailer parks, with a Friend. After spending a few days in Mazatlan they were ready do to some touring. So we decided to head to the towns of Copala and Concordia. To reach there we had to head towards the Sierra Madre Mountains. The trip was advertized as $55.00US per person we bargained it down to $55.00 Canadian. We stopped at 3 additional stops. First one was a handmade brick factory. Here they had clay, dirt, cow dung and water mix it all up real well and then place it in the frames where they let them set up for 7 days then they pile them all up, leaving a space in the middle and then light a fire in the space .This process is very labour intense. There are only 11 of these factories left in the area; most bricks are now made in factories.

Then it was off to the small town of Malpica where the homes are all brightly painted they use the paint color as house numbers. Here there are a couple of handmade tile makers.

In Mazatlan there are numerous shops that sell woven blankets, clothing, pottery, colonial wood furniture and red stained carving; most of these are manufactured in the outlying areas from Mazatlan. These skills keep the people in the region employed.

From there we stopped in the industrial area where they build red-stained furniture, carvings, sewing, paintings and clay pottery items. This area is a good 40 miles outside of Mazatlan there are numerous work buildings along the road. It is amazing that the finish on the items they build do not have any dust on them.

We have now made it to the town of Concordia where they have a Petroglyph in the municipal hall court yard.

The Church there is the oldest in the area. The building was started in the early 1500’s.

The tour group also arranged for us to visit a local bakery in town. Here we were treated to ½ of a sweet bread freshly made and still warm. The bakery is run out of a small home with a wood burning oven to cook the pastries. It was just the thing to hold us over till we reached Copala

Copala is a town with very narrow cobble stone roads and numerous old silver mines.

The mines are all now closed so the town relays on us the tourist for it's income. The tour included a Mexican lunch and 2 free beer for each of us plus water or pop. We all had a great day.