There are a lot of things to do in Mazatlan, like going to the beach. You can check my article Mazatlan Attractions, here I enlist some of the most famous places in Mazatlan, but if are willing to explore a little you can find some nice towns around Mazatlan like Villa Union and Concordia.
These towns are south from Mazatlan, so let’s start from the nearest one.
Villa Union was founded in 1576. It has around 17,000 people living here. It is located 24 km from Mazatlan.
So, why come here? You can feel the country look of this town, the people are very friendly, and here is one of the most famous seafood restaurants of Mazatlan: El Cuchupetas.
Many people from Mazatlan make the trip to this town only to eat the tasty dishes that they serve here. A lot of famous people have come here to eat, even Presidents of Mexico, famous artists and a lot of important people. You can find pictures of the owner with these especial customers all over the restaurant.
Why the people of Mazatlan like this restaurant?
It has fresh seafood. They serve a dish made from river shrimps call Cauques, they are bigger than the normal shrimps and smaller than lobsters. The Cauques are very tasty.
Some of my favorites dishes here are a crab in garlic sauce, the Cuchupetas oysters and the fried fish with garlic on top. (pictures).
This restaurant is almost always full, you may have to wait a few minutes to get a table, but it usually doesn´t take long before the waitress calls your name and give you a table.
I recommend having some beers with your seafood. There is a local factory in Mazatlan where the Pacifico beer is made. It is a Pilsner type beer and it is a great companion to seafood.
After you finish your meal you can buy some typical cookies and candies like coricos, cocadas (a sort of candy made from coconut), and empanadas that can contain pineapple marmalade or cajeta.
I have an advice to you, if you ever come to this restaurant in the company of four people or more, ask for the dishes to be put at the center of your table, so you can share the dishes among all people and this way everybody gets to eat a little bit of several dishes. An example of this will be an order of ceviche de camaron (shrimp), pulpo (octopus) para picar, a dozen of cuchupetas oysters and a 1.5 kg fried fish. Believe me, you will end fully. And don´t forget to ask them for the salsa molcajeteada (molcajete sauce), since it is the perfect companion to the fried fish. You can make some tacos from the fried fish (the tortillas are homemade). Another great dish for making tacos is the crab in garlic sauce.
For more information on seafood restaurants, read my article Where to eat the best seafood in Mazatlan
You will love this restaurant as the locals already do.
Concordia is 46 km south from Mazatlan
It was founded in the year of 1565, it has approximately 10,000 habitants. There were a lot of mines around this town. Today it´s economic is based in agriculture.
When traveling from Mazatlan to Concordia, it is better if you take the freeway to Durango instead of the new paid highway. It is a short travel and you will find some things along the way.
As I said, Concordia economic is based on agriculture, and it is one of the top producers of Mango and Plum of the state of Sinaloa. Along the path to Concordia, you will find several vendors of Mango and Plum. You can get 5 Kg of Mango as cheap as 1.5 US USD.
Another important economic activity is the creation of furniture. Here you can find very good carpenters that make some of the best colony style furniture. The most important think about this furniture is that they are made from good quality wood, as mahogany wood, rosewood, and cedar.
This furniture can last a lifetime, not as the modern furniture made from chipboard that are less expensive than real wood furniture and if it gets wet it will puff up and will crumble.
As you can see in the pictures, these are beautiful furniture. These have a cost around 1,100.00 US dlls each (complete sets). The rocking chairs are also great and very lasting. IF you want a furniture with a special design they can make it.
This furniture shops are located just at the outskirts of Concordia.
Just as you enter the town, continue for a few more blocks until you see an entrance arch. Here turn towards the town and continue a few more blocks until you reach a park and the town´s church. Park your car and walk to the park.
In one of the corners of the park you will see a little shop called “Refresqueria Teresita”. This place is very famous in Mazatlan because here are made the best “raspados” (ice scrapped). You can ask any Mazatlan´s citizens about the “raspados de Concordia” and they will tell you about them. They combine the scraped ice with a special homemade syrup. I haven´t taste anything like this anywhere else. Of course you can find this kind of iced drink with street vendors in Mazatlan but the quality of the syrup has no comparison with the one they sell here. You can order a “raspado” of milk, my favorite (it is made from whole milk), or a fruit syrup like pineapple or plum, or a combination of the two (milk and fruit).
Here is a picture showing how the scrapped ice is made.
As you can see in the pictures they were delicious, me and my family really enjoyed them and I am sure you will have the same opinion if you ever try one of these.
In the park you can find a BIG rocking chair and a mine car, paying tribute to the Concordia´s carpenters and the mining history this town has. Also, you can find the Catholic Temple Iglesia de San Sebastian. It is an old church (1785) with beautiful interiors. The Government Palace is also in front of this park.
You can buy some souvenirs that are handmade from a type of wood that the craftsman say that you can even put these souvenirs inside a fishbowl and they don´t degrade over time.
One last thought:
Around Mazatlan you can find some amazing towns with their unique characteristics, in the south of Mazatlan you can find Villa Union with the Cuchupetas restaurant (one of the best in Mazatlan, Villa Union is part of Mazatlan municipality), Concordia with the Mangos, Plum, the tasty “raspados” and their great carpenters, and in the north of Mazatlan you can find the magic town of El Quelite, and I will be doing a post of this town too.
Once you have finished exploring around Mazatlan, don´t forget the Mazatlan beaches, and if you don´t like seafood, then you can visit Best Mazatlan restaurants. And don´t forget to listen to the local banda music, because Mazatlan is the land of banda music
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