Day Trips to Concordia, Sinaloa (GPS N23°17'18" W106°04'03") from Mazatlan Top rated day trip excursions and popular self-guided tours of Rural Sinaloa Communities and Pueblo Magico in the Sierra Madre mountains near Mazatlan!
Concordia -- founded as Villa de San Sebastián -- is an extremely old community established in 1565 by Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Ibarra.
Concordia, Sinaloa, is located little more than a hour drive southeast of Mazatlan, and makes for a perfect day trip.
Mazatlan day trips to Concordia take you upward into the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains, past coconut, mango and banana plantations. As in most traditional Sinaloa towns included in our recommended Mazatlan day trips, social life for the population of nearly 9,000 present-day residents of Concordia revolves around the shady and peaceful town square and its ornate baroque church, San Sebastian.
This magnificent church, built in the 18th century on the orders of Don Francisco Javier Vizcarra, Marquis of Pánuco, has a beautiful intricately carved baroque facade, and elaborately decorated columns with fantastic gilded details.
Video about Concordia, Sinaloa, Mexico
Mining was the primary source of income for Concordia for centuries. As mining declined other industries flowed in, most notably the fine furniture that Concordia is famous for -- an oversized rocking chair, a tribute to the city's century-old furniture making industry, is in the main square!
Those on Mazatlan day trips to Concordia enjoy the quiet Sinaloan village atmosphere, and find ample opportinity to shop at Concordia's many artisan workshops that include not only furniture, but hand crafted pottery, jewelry, and much more.
Concordia is also well known locally for supposedly being the birthplace of the Raspado -- a delicious Mexican snow cone that, unlike snow cones at the convenience store or amusement park in the United States, is flavored with syrup made from real fruit. Imagine that.
One of Concordia's less visited treats are the Concordia hot springs.
The hot springs are before you enter Concordia off of Hwy 40, just a few minutes outside (south) of town. There is a dirt road turn off, past a brightly painted local school: turn left when you approach a slight incline. Straight ahead you will see a pavillion that shades Concordia's natural hot springs.
Hot springs are common around Concordia: three nearby towns -- Arrona, Garate, and Santa Fe -- also have hot springs -- which are not really tourist attractions because of their relatively small size.
Concordia Day Trip Directions
To begin your Mazatlan day trip to Concordia head 13.5 miles southeast of Mazatlan on Federal Highway 15 to Villa Union. Turn inland on Mexican Federal Highway 40, the road to Durango. This two lane "via libre" (Toll-free) road is a excellently paved and maintained, and passes through lovely countryside. You will enter Concordia in about another 12.5 miles.
Facts and figures about Concordia, Sinaloa, Mexico
• The town of Concordia was founded -- as Villa de San Sebastian -- by Spanish adventurer Francisco de Ibarra in 1565.
• The town of Concordia is located in the municipality (municipio) of Concordia, and is its capital.
• The town of Concordia sits at an elevation of about 450 feet above sea level.
• The population of the town of Concordia is about 8500.
• Most of the town of Concordia was burned to the ground on February 20, 1865, by the French Imperial Army during the French Intervention in Mexico.
• The telephone area code for all of the Municipality of Concordia is 694.
• The postal code for the town of Concordia is 82600.
• The municipality of Concordia covers an area of 835 square miles (2,163 square kilometers), which is about 3.75 percent of the surface area of Sinaloa State, making it the 15th largest of the states' municipalities.
• The average annual precipitation throughout the Municipality of Concordia is about 36 inches.
• Land in the Areas northern and eastern parts of the Municipality of Concordia are forested, primarily oak and pine. The rest of the municipality, with the exception of the agricultural areas, is covered by mixed deciduous forest.
• Municipality of Concordia is home to a wide range of species including iguana, duck, jaguar, wild boar, white-tailed deer and puma.
• Hunting season in the Mucipality of Concordia runs from from November 1st to February 28th.
• Mines and mine exploration remain active in the Municipality of Concordia, with five operations running at Chupaderos, Copala, el Coco and Pánuco, and with aluminum, copper, molybdenum, tin and zinc all considered exploitable mineral resources.