Just a day trip this time, and only a little bit up the highway.
A few years back I took a tour of the town of El Quelite. Saw the fighting cock farm, the bakery, walked through the town, and then had lunch at Restaurante El Meson De Los Laureanos. El Mesón de los Laureanos has a very nice lengua en salsa roja, so when Christian Mazatlan said he was organizing a trip, I hopped aboard.
El Quelite is a quaint little Méxican town, which has become a little more touristy in the years since I was last there – but still a great way to spend a morning or an afternoon. Yes, you can see a panadaria in a typical Mazatlán neighborhood, but they probably won’t let you in the kitchen to watch them work. If you have a drone you *might* be able to find a few fighting cocks in a rooftop coop here and there around Mazatlán, but it certainly won’t be hundreds of them (do NOT suggest that to my neighbor! His two mysteriously disappeared one night and I don’t need him to rekindle his passions)! And yes, you can get typical Méxican food many places in Mazatlán, but both the service and the food at El Mesón de los Laureanos are always getting rave reviews.
To get to El Quelite, you can take a local bus, hire a taxi/pulmonia driver, or take one of many tours. The cost of a tour is reasonable, and that’s what I would suggest if you haven’t been there before. If you’re just hungry for something at El Mesón de los Laureanos, find your way to the bus station and hop on board the next bus to El Quelite. I’m not quite sure how many buses go back and forth each day, but at last mention one leaves Mazatlán at 11 am, costs 45 pesos, and returns at 4:30 pm. Takes about 70 minutes each way.
If you would like more information about El Quelite, there’s a nice video branded by the Pueblo Bonito people here:https://youtu.be/tHX5EseGs1I . A few of my photos from my trip today are also available here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/adventuresinmazatlan/photos/?tab=album&album_id=264310344237381.