Stately Towns of Sinaloa: What are they and what can you find in them? 

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Sinaloa has 9 Stately Towns. here we tell you why they got this name.

MAZATLAN. – Sinaloa, apart from having Magical Towns, has an extensive list of Stately Towns, a distinctive that is awarded to beautiful communities that have a history and traditions to promote the area and attract national and international tourists, the consumption of regional handicrafts and the generation of employment.  

Below, we present a little information about each of the Stately Towns that our beautiful state has.  

Choix  

The municipality of Choix offers the possibility of getting lost in its quiet streets or in the greenery of its nature, dominated by the Sierra Madre Occidental. The city has its origins in an old Jesuit mission founded by Father Cristóbal de Villalta in 1605. In this stately town, palm weaving, basketry, ceramics and indigenous ceremonial crafts stand out. 

Choix has a wide variety of typical dishes such as Huacavaqui, machaca meat, capirotada, white and pinole atoles, among others.  

Activities: 

  • Aguas Calientes Baca and Juibaca: 

In the communities of Aguacaliente de Baca and Juibaca, there are thermal waters retained in dams so that the visitor can submerge and relax in them, since they have special therapeutic properties. 

  • Baymena: 

In this community are the ruins of an old Jesuit missionary church, whose walls keep an important part of the history of the region.  

Concordia  

Long before the Spanish, the region was occupied by indigenous groups, whose presence can be seen in the petroglyphs scattered throughout the territory on the banks of Arroyo del Zapotillo, Cero de los Monos or in La Petaca.

Due to its geographical location on the border with the State of Sinaloa and Durango, the territory is dominated by the foothills of the Sierra Madre Occidental resulting in the presence of forests, mountainous areas, ravines and ravines that give a special touch to the area. 

Gastronomy 

In Concordia you can find a wide variety of typical dishes such as casserole, tostadas, asado a la plaza, also we cannot stop savoring the famous shaved ice cream from Concordia, all delicious flavors but the must-have is burnt milk, according to the residents. .  
 
Activities:  

  • Bird watching and hiking: 

In the community of El Palmito, there is one of the most fragile and impressive ecosystems of the Sierra Madre Occidental “La Reserva de la Chara Pinta”. This place offers cabins to enjoy one of the best recreation alternatives with family and friends. 

  •  Mount Mojino: 

Ecological Reserve with 200,000 hectares of dry tropical forest, home to 37 communities and an extensive biodiversity of both flora and fauna. 

Copala 

Going to Copala is like visiting a paradise where time seems to have stopped between the cobbled and steep streets. Visit the Church of San José, a masterpiece of colonial baroque in the region. 

The mining origins of the region are revealed in a small Mining Museum, known as the Casa de la Piedra, where a wide variety of objects used in mining work are exhibited. This region is famous for preparing the best “banana pie in the world”.  

Imala  

Imala is a rural community that belongs to the municipality of Culiacán, it is located northeast of the city of Culiacán Rosales, in the state of Sinaloa, which is famous for its sulfurous hot springs.  

As we approach the town, we can appreciate the beautiful church that was built with reddish and ocher bricks, its towers stand out among the vegetation due to their red domes. Recently, in the middle of last year, the road that connects the city of Culiacán to the small and picturesque town of Imala was paved.

Elota 

The municipality has an extensive coastline of 45 km in length, with numerous beaches equipped with the best services to make your visit more pleasant. La Cruz has been the head of the Municipality of Elota since 1927. The predominant architecture in La Cruz de Elota is modern and pragmatic, with buildings built mainly during the 20th century. 

Activities  

  • Ceuta Beach:  

Visit the Tortuguero Camp in Playa Ceuta, learn about the life and development of the olive ridley turtle. The mission of this sanctuary is to collect the eggs and put them in safer areas within the camp, safe from any animal or human threat. Once the baby turtles are born, they are returned to the sea, participate in the release of hatchlings of this species during sunset. 

  • Bella Vista Petroglyphs: 

Place where some petroglyphs made by the ancient Tahues and Cahitas settlers are preserved, the investigation has been very little, but it is impressive to see these vestiges throughout the State. 

El Quelite  

El Quelite is distinguished by its exquisite gastronomy based on original products such as pork gorditas, fresh cheese and jocoque. In addition, it is a charro town that maintains many of its customs and of course the banda music.  

Ulama, a ball game from pre-Hispanic times, is still practiced in this old town through which the royal road passed during colonial times. 

San Ignacio  

Originally, San Ignacio was a Jesuit mission founded in the 16th century, today it is a beautiful place with magnificent architectural examples of European aesthetics defined by its marked colonial and historical flavor, its streets display some monuments dedicated to illustrious people of the past such as Don Benito Juárez or General Gabriel Leyva Velázquez. 

Activities:  

  • The Labradas: 

This archaeological zone of great wealth of petroglyphs on Las Labradas Beach, Barras de Piaxtla. They are unique geological formations of cliffs in Mexico, these petroglyphs are the living voice of an ancient legacy, of mythological translations, engraved on the rocks by the first settlers of the American current, being a symbol of their first artistic expressions.  

  • Piaxtla bars: 

Las Barras de Piaxtla, is a beautiful place due to its bay, it is perfect to spend a day with the family, where you can swim and practice water sports.  

Sinaloa de Leyva  

Sinaloa de Leyva is a Stately Town with great natural, cultural and historical wealth, in recent years it has been an important trigger for tourism, positioning itself year after year as one of the best tourist centers in the State of Sinaloa. 

The municipal seat of Sinaloa looks beautiful, you can take a tour at night and enjoy the illumination of the historic center, the lights highlight the great architecture of its main historical buildings. 

Villa de Ahomé  

In 2010 it was recognized as a Sinaloa Manor Town, since it has several attractions in its Historic Center. Among the most important are: the Church of San Antonio de Pádua, a 19th century building; Jesse Maxwell Park; the Entrance Arch; the Community Museum; the Sindicatura de la Villa de Ahome, which was a 19th century hacienda and which has a characteristic clock; the Casa Azul built in 1913 and which has housed a town hall store and currently a House of Culture.  

If you visit the Villa de Ahome, you cannot miss the Community Museum where archaeological pieces, cartography made by the Jesuits and various objects of daily use from different eras are exhibited.

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