Visiting the Old Colonial Mining Town of Cosala
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Spending another Winter in wonderful Mexico
Follow along with our adventures in Jennie the RV and Willie the Jeep
Things we've done and places we've been on this trip - Mexico 2009
Cosalá itself is a nice little town. It was founded by the Spaniards in the mid 1500s as a mining town. It is now a Pueblo Magico. It has many old restored buildings and very few Norte Americano tourists.
There is a nice central plaza with a lot wide walking and sitting areas across surrounding it. In these areas were several small eating places and lots of iron benches to sit on. The older men of the town occupied most of the benches.
Lots of picturesque cobblestone streets lined with colorful buildings. The sidewalks are high off the streets. At one time the rain must have really been a problem here. Some places there are as many as five steps up from the street to the sidewalk. Some of the steps have been worn down from years of feet.
Across the street from the plaza are a couple of the old buildings from the 1600s. One has been painted but appears to be vacant. Next door
to it is the Municipal Palace with its two stories and center courtyard. Towns people were coming and going taking care of daily business.
We stopped at a really nice restaurant about a block from the plaza for lunch. El Pueblito - very pretty inside and good food. And there was a little green parrot who was talking and talking. Sounded like he was having a conversation with attitude.
Several of the streets off the plaza are now walking only streets. Lined with brightly painted buildings housing little stores and businesses. Even ciber cafes. Up the street a ways we came across a vendor selling marlin from the back of his maroon pickup. Kept the fish in a cooler and had a scale to weigh out the purchases. We went into one store that led to the central market place. You can buy everything there from children's clothes and toys to fresh meat hanging on a hook on the wall.
As we continued walking we passed a hardware store with a big display of paint cans and a large piece of cardboard showing the colors. Next to this building was a very pretty hotel and a dentist office.
The church on one side of the plaza was named for the Patrona de Cosalá, Santa Ursula. It was first built in 1604 and added to in the 1800s. It is very stately with its one bell tower and copula in the rear. Inside it was very pretty with glass chandeliers, black and white tiles floor and a beautiful blue ceiling in the copula.
Seemed like every vehicle that passed us had their radio on loud and on different stations. A variety of music available depending on the age of the driver.
While driving the very narrow streets we even found a Chinese restaurant. You have to be careful driving as some of the streets are one way and the marking is not too good. And some are very, very narrow. We had to back up once to make a corner.
On the way back to Mazatlan as we passed back through the little towns we found children selling bread at the topes. Didnít buy any but it looked good.
We couldn't spend too much time there as we wanted to return to Mazatlan before it got dark. Maybe we didn't give the town enough of our time but both of us were disappointed in it.
Then we took a ride inland to Cosalá. When we left Las Glorias we thought about going there in our RV. Now Iím glad we didnít. From Mazatlan we drove east to the Libre (free road MX15). Then north on it for around 60 miles. It was a very good road. Two lane but with some shoulder and pretty smooth. The only problem was if you got stuck behind a slow moving truck. In the Jeep it was no problem, it has enough power to pass in a short distance. In the RV towing the Jeep I think (just my thoughts not The Drivers) that it would be very difficult to pass. Got to the Cosalá turn off and the road was fine for about ten miles, then we ran into construction - turned into one lane dirt.
Again okay in the Jeep - in the RV??? After the construction the road was partly pavement and partly pot hole - seemed like a lot more pot hole than asphalt. And some really gnarly topes in a couple of towns. In fact the topes were so bad you practically had to stop before going over one. There are no RV parks there.
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