Explore the Mexican countryside with a visit to quiet and picturesque villages nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Madres. Soak up the storybook atmosphere in 419-year-old Copala, pop into the bakery in Malpica, and admire the traditional crafts and furniture in Concordia.
After being picked up from your hotel, ride inland to the village of Malpica. This tiny township is renowned for the breads, rolls, and pastries that come out of the wood-fired oven in its traditional panadería (bakery). After a snack, admire the handiwork of a local who paints tiles with elegant swirls of color and then continue on to Concordia.
Celebrated for its arts and crafts culture, Concodia is full of artisans carving handmade furniture, painting pottery in pre-Columbian motifs, and peddling jewelry in traditional Mexican styles. Admire the wares and then make your way toward the colonial mining village of Copala.
Settled by the Spanish in 1565, Copala is filled with postcard-worthy architecture and flanked by coconut, mango, and banana plantations. Stroll through its lively zócalo (square) and step into the nave of the 17th-century Mexican-Baroque Church of San Sebastian before sitting down to a delicious lunch of authentic, regional cuisine.