16 de Septiembre is commemorated throughout Mexico with perhaps even greater fervor than the 4th of July in the USA. On this day in 1810, Father Miguel Hidalgo, the priest of a small town parish, declared Mexico’s independence from Spanish rule. This event generates huge celebrations throughout Mexico, perhaps even more so this year in that Mexicans are celebrating the bicentennial of their independence. Somewhat surprisingly, there has been almost no mention of this in the general American media. Perhaps [read more …]
To see more photos from my recent trip to Mexico, go to this gallery of photographs of Cosala. This historic mining town in Mexico’s Sierra Madre Mountains has been designated as a “Pueblo Magico” by the Mexican tourism authorities. It makes a nice side trip from Mazatlan, or a great destination in itself if you just want to kick back and enjoy a typical village in the state of Sinaloa. More impressions of Cosala are in a previous post below.
Most of my travel-writing friends studiously avoid calling a town “picturesque” because the term has become an over-used cliché, but it aptly describes Cosalá, a historic mining town in the Sierra Madre range northeast of Mazatlan. Founded in 1562, it’s a city of cobblestone streets, colonial style buildings and very friendly people. What it doesn’t have is junky souvenir stands, rowdy bars and timeshare salesmen. In fact, visitors are hard-pressed to find an authentic local momento, and if you want [read more …]
The last time I was in Mazatlan, Penelope and I camped right on the beach, and just across the road was a mosquito-infested wetland swamp. A big hotel was going up at that time, but other than that, there wasn’t much happening in Mazatlan, and the old central part of the city was rather rundown. Needless to say, there’ve been a few changes since that memory-laden trip in 1972. This time I stayed in that big hotel, the El Cid, [read more …]