El Quelite: One of Mazatlans main tourist destinations


A beautiful and clean village welcomes us after crossing the entrance arch, which will lead us to live delicious experiences

Upon arriving at El Quelite, one can observe the houses with their tile roofs, their extensive corridors and Mexican vernacular porticoes, which date before the Revolution, but above all, we perceive that country lifestyle that the Quelitenses have never abandoned, You can see the cultivation of flowers and ornamental plants in their yards and backyards, as well as the breeding of chickens, ducks, pigs, cattle and bovine, but without missing their beasts of burden, donkeys and horses that help them in their field work.

It should be noted that in this Pueblo Señorial of El Quelite, the majority of dairy products are produced in the North-South region of Sinaloa, and currently provides organic products to the Port of Mazatlan.

Among other things; This town keeps stories that make it even more attractive, such as: villagers dispute that the true birthplace of the Mexican Revolutionary Doroteo Arango, “Pancho Villa” is El Quelite.Well, following the trail of their parents and family members, they find that Pancho Villa before converting to the revolutionary cause drove livestock from the El Quelite settlement to the state of Durango, but this historical issue is still under discussion.

Also, in this town there were some encounters between the military and rebel groups at the time of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, as is the case of “Los Lauréanos” which was a revolutionary group that assaulted the gold and silver-laden diligences of the rich and landowners who moved from the mines of the mountains to the port of Mazatlan.

Here in these lands of El Quelite, in pre-Hispanic times, indigenous ethnic groups such as the Xiximes, Acaxees and Pacaxees, who at that time practiced cannibalism, but also practiced the game of Ulama, sport that until now, is the game Traditional El Quelite and to this day are still making tournaments of this sport that is one of the oldest in Mesoamerica in its different variants. It is good to say that in this area it is presumed that the players of Ulama Sinaloenses are those who present the shows in the Riviera Maya.

However, one of the attractions for which many local and foreign people visit El Quelite is, without doubt, its rich cuisine, which in truth is one of the healthiest and most tasty in the region, because it is made in a large percentage with Organic products, fresh, from the countryside, which the villagers themselves produce.

To taste this gastronomy campirana, very Sinaloan and tropical, for just over 20 years Dr. Marcos Osuna, quelitense distinguished, had faith in two projects, one was to reconvert his native population in an alternative tourist center of Mazatlan and the another to open his Restaurant “El Mesón de los Lauréanos”, which involves all the inhabitants, since most of the products offered in the restaurant are from local producers, besides it employs many people from El Quelite and promotes many works community, for this reason we can say that this Restaurant is a pioneer in the local and ecological food system, where consumers, the farmer and local producers are involved.

This restaurant synthesizes all the gastronomic traditions of rural Sinaloa, especially the southern region of Sinaloa and El Quelite itself, and is designed as if it were a great Casona, like those that abound in this colorful town, and its interior is decorated with rural, traditional motifs, has a historical photo gallery of characters of the Revolution, a family tree of the family of Dr. Marcos Osuna and many pre-Hispanic and rural objects.

The Quelite or Rancho El Quelital, named in 1564 by its founder Captain Francisco de Ibarra, who arrives at the village of Amole, also gives the name to the river that runs along the edge of the town, at that time it was only inhabited by some indigenous Totorames who left much of their pottery and works of art buried in these lands.

So famous is El Quelite, that song was composed by singer-songwriter Miguel Sabido, although the urban legends tell us that the melody of El Quelite is an anthem of the state of Guerrero, the truth is that this melody has been interpreted by many performers of the traditional Mexican music and still singing as if it were a hymn of these lands of Sinaloa.

The Quelite is an example of rural tourism, to preserve its inhabitants the way of life of its inhabitants, their traditions, their ancestral customs, to give great value to the cuisine of the people

Dr. Marcos Osuna

Source: mexico desconocido, mazatlan interactivo

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