Cosalá

Cosalá

Located 104 miles northeast of Mazatlán, Cosalá has been declared a Pueblo Mágico, or Magical Town, due to its natural allure, including its Historical Center, Vado Hondo, the Ecological Reserve, Grutas México caves and San José de las Rocas Thermal Waters, among other attractions. Outdoor activities include a zip-line with stunning views of the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Cosalá is one of the new found treasures of our area and was recently declared “Magic Town” by SECTUR (Secretary of Tourism.) Enjoy a unique experience and visit this fascinating town full of magic, which still maintains its true identity in the preservation of colonial architecture, charm and traditions dating to the 16th Century.
To visit Cosalá and walk its narrow streets and alleys is to travel back through time, reviving ancient history while communing with our ancestors.

Cosalá and its environs were once occupied by pre-Hispanic tribes that settled mainly by the river borders. These tribes were the Tepehuanes, the Acaxees and the Xiximies. Testimony to these civilizations can still be found in the form of rupestral paintings and petroglyphs, which can be seen today in several areas of this town.

Founded by the Spanish in August of 1531, the town was named Quetzalla or Cotzatl: “Place of beautiful surroundings” or “Place of macaws.” It was recognized as being rich with an abundance of minerals including silver.

Mining flourished in 17th century in Cosalá and increased its growth until the start of the 20th Century. By mid-20th Century, a mining company operating in “El Mineral de Nuestra Señora” reactivated the economy of the town until it was forced to close due to labor disputes. Mineral exploration and exploitation thereafter resumed and are currently being carried on, and stand out as the new era for the mining industry of Cosalá.

In Cosalá you will find an endless list of attractions, including fresh water fishing, cultural celebrations, historic sites, excellent cuisine, natural wonders and first-class accommodations to fit every budget. Cosalá is one of the new found treasures of our area and was recently declared “Magic Town” by SECTUR (Secretary of Tourism.) Enjoy a unique experience and visit this fascinating town full of magic, which still maintains its true identity in the preservation of colonial architecture, charm and traditions dating to the 16th Century. We truly hope you allow yourself the opportunity to visit this enchanting town.

Natural Attractions

  • “Vado Hondo”
    • 10 minutes West of Cosalá. Vado Hondo is a place of singular beauty surrounded by lush vegetation, mountains and waterfalls, with ideal walking trails, trekking, horse-back riding, flora and fauna, and swimming in the river streams.
  • Hot Springs
    • San Jose de Las Bocas, mining town located 30 minutes from Cosalá. The hot springs are considered sacred due to the mystique of their healing effects. This is place different combines unique elements of flora and fauna, photographic opportunities, trekking, horseback riding and healing power of the hot springs.
  • Guadalupe De Los Reyes
    • Mining town which reflects the mining splendor of the 18th and 19th centuries.
  • Ecologic Reserve of El Mineral de Nuestra Señora
    • Declared an ecologic reserve in 2002, this place is located only 10 minutes from Cosalá, and it’s the closest mining site. The natural conditions make it an exceptional place for trekking, observation of flora and fauna, petro glyphs and the bird reserve (don’t miss the green macaws), second largest of its kind in the country.

The Historic Center

Our cultural patrimony, The Historic Center, zone of monuments features buildings dating from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. You can either take a walking tour or ride in a horse drawn carriage.

  • The Plaza de Armas (Place of arms)
  • The Santa Ursula Temple
  • The Virgin of Guadalupe Chapel
  • The Jesuit Convent
  • The Franciscan Convent
  • The Federal Palace
  • La Quinta Minera
  • The Municipal Palace, site of the actual town´s council
  • The Museum of Mining and History
  • The San Juan Cemetery

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