Cósala Sinaloa a Pueblo Mágico tradition of making sweets


Cosalá is located in the Sierra Madre Occidental, 160 kilometers from Culiacán. It is a reflection of ancient Mexico with symbolic attributes, legends, and stories. This town preserves its urban layout, the shape, width of its streets and sidewalks, as well as the height of the latter.

Another attraction of Cósala Pueblo Mágico is this artisan sweets industry.

Foto de Cosalá, Sinaloa: Nuestro pueblo Mágico Cosalá Sinaloa - Tripadvisor

With the sound of the old diesel engine, the milling of the cane begins very early in the morning.

Because of these traditions and much more, Cosala was the First Magical Town of Sinaloa. Its magic is perceived from the moment we cross the entrance arch of this wonderful place, which keeps in each of its mansions and buildings part of its rich history, its customs prevail such as that of the milling of sugar cane, which we will describe in this report:

Very early in the morning, the process begins to turn the cane into the elixir of Gods: mead, which is said to have great properties.

It should be noted that formerly mills, where the cane is ground, were moved with beasts. Several knowledgeable people of this ancient trade do this laborious work that lasts several hours.

Nothing is wasted and your bagasse is used for food for the cattle.

This is the Process:

After extracting the juice from the cane or mead, it goes through a long channel to fall into a kind of pile where it is strained to remove any impurities that it may have until it becomes a crystalline liquid. The juice has a delicious, sweet taste. The mead goes into huge pots where the honey will be cooked.

The pots are supported on deep burners, which are stoked, constantly feeding them with firewood, through large holes that are part of the ovens and that are in the lower part of the artisan factory.

The boiling reaches a special point, which is manually measured by the people in charge, the mixture made of mead continues with its boiling process until it reaches the boiling point to prepare the marshmallow.

A checking is already at its point mixing honey, prepared cuvettes cold water and then with huge buckets empty the honey, that contact with the water solidifies, making a kind of cassette.

This mixture in the form of a cajeta is taken out of the water and we enjoy it with bolillo, this is a delicious experience.

This mixture is separated for the preparation of the pottery, a mixture that is added to large pots that are placed over water to cool.

To make the piloncillos, the honey continues to boil until it is completely thick and burnt brown, then the mixture is added in small square molds to shape the sweet piloncillo, this whole process lasts several hours.

Do you want to live this experience and know the treasures that we have in Sinaloa?

Then to travel to Cosala, this process begins Saturday at 3 am until 4 pm, in season right now are grinding, and ends after Week Holy.

Cosalá was considered the most prosperous town in northwestern Mexico, with more than 50 mines.

This Magic Town was occupied by Tepehuanes, Acaxees and xiximies.

The beautiful vegetation that surrounds it lives up to its pre-Hispanic name Quetzalla or Cozatl, which means “place of beautiful surroundings”


  • Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
  • Ecological Reserve of Our Lady.
  • Santa Úrsula Parish.
  • Waterfalls and pools of Vado Hondo.


  1. FERIA DE SAN JUAN: Held from June 22 to 24 with horseback riding, palenque, and horse races.
  2. ANNIVERSARY OF PUEBLO MÁGICO: It takes place every October 6. At the celebration, there is a gastronomic exhibition, cultural presentations, and fireworks.
  3. SANTA ÚRSULA DAY: On October 21 the Day of Santa Úrsula, patron saint of the town, is celebrated, religious and recreational events are held.
  4. FESTIVAL OF THE VIRGIN OF GUADALUPE: From December 10 to 12 it is celebrated throughout the town, with thousands of candles lit in the streets, doors, and windows; there are also serenades and fireworks.

How to get to Cosala

It limits to the north with the municipality of Culiacán and the state of Durango, to the south with the municipalities of San Ignacio and Elota, to the east with the state of Durango and the municipality of San Ignacio, and to the west with the municipalities of Culiacán and Elota.

Source: gob.mx, mazatlaninteractivo.com.mx

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