It is important for any state or country to show its roots, even the mayority of the world`s countries would envy the diversity of roots in Mexico. Sinaloa is not the exception, particularly rural Sinaloa, for that reason municipal, state, federal authorities and specially the dwellers El Quelite have committed themselves to keep, preserve and enrich the legacy of rural Sinaloa.
El Quelite is the vivid image of the Rural Sinaloa of the past, of old houses with wide facades fill with beautiful and aromatic flowers, paved streets and alleys, its church, traditions as the charreria (rodeo activities), cocodrile fighting, religious traditions, celebrations, the river, hills and mountains, flora and fauna and specially its people, with honest, welcoming and kind manners. El Quelite is the best sample to introduce Sinaloa`s roots
Additionally, at El Quelite rich rural cuisine from Sinaloa can be tasted, Restaurant Los Laureanos offers you exquisite dishes of the cuisine from Sinaloa and the warmth that only El Quelite habitants can give to their guests.
Come to El Quelite and have the opportunity to know these days, the lifestyle of the families of Sinaloa of the late 1900 until mid XX century.
“ When I leave and come back, if you want to love me, if you have not found a loved one, we will try again”
El Quelite, Mazatlan Mexico
by Tour by Mexico
E l Quelite is located 33 kilometers nor th of Mazatlan just across the Tropic of Cancer between the Sierra Madre Occidente mountains and the Pacific Ocean on Highway No. 15 on the right of the El Quelite river. These natural elements create a diverse and interesting flora and fauna.3
The economy in this area is based on cattle raising, agriculture, fruit growing and dairy products. This area is a "living" museum of the architecture that existed here in the past. In its temple you can admire oil paintings from the late 17th Century. A stroll through the town square, filled with tropical palm trees, is like taking a walk up the hill called Cerro de la Cruz, admire a beautiful sunset, ride a horse, visit the biggest game cocodrile farm in the Northwest of Mexico and also watch a charreria, (a Mexican rodeo) or a Ulama game (a game that is like soccer and has been played since ancient times in this area). The sound of band music playing El Quelite, a famous folk song composed by Francisco Terriquez, can always be heard around town.
Enjoy the fine cuisine, such as the local dishes called machaca, asado and chilorio. These will satisfy even the most discerning palate
El Quelite Mazatlan: Rural Tourism
by Alison Gardner
Thirty-three kilometers northeast of Mazatlan, visitors leave behind the sun and sand attractions of one of Mexico's most popular destinations to step into a fine example of rural or agricultural tourism. Such vacation experiences are increasingly in demand around the world by travelers who want to learn how others work and live.
Turn right off Pacific Ocean Highway 15 and discover El Quelite, a tidy little community of 2,000 - a pueblito - traditionally based on cattle raising, agriculture, fruit growing and dairy products. Its streets and town square, invitingly strollable and litter-free, are mostly cobbled and graced with subtropical trees, shrubs and colorful flowers spilling over the sidewalks. Buildings are scrubbed, painted and repaired and the entire community is ready to welcome visitors by becoming a model of rural tourism in Mexico.
Framed by the Pacific Ocean, the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains and the El Quelite River, the town has the qualities of a living museum of historic architecture and a lifestyle not so far removed from its Spanish colonial past. It is a walk through the history of the state of Sinaloa in miniature. Park your rented car or mini-bus and enjoy the rest of your stay on foot. You won't have far to go!
As in most small towns there are only one or two or a few of everything - the open door of a store-front bakery invites visitors to follow delicious smells into the tiny family-run shop. Take four giant steps to the back wall and you will enter the working area where a large dome-shaped brick oven cooks buns, breads, cakes and cookies to perfection every day.
Just down the street is one of three tortilla making shops where you may watch this staple of the Mexican diet being expertly prepared for pickup or delivery to people's homes. For 60 cents, you may buy a kilo, that's 25 to 30 tortillas fresh off the griddle. Several cafés offer delicious cuisine, including local variations of machaca, asado and chilorio .
The church is a jewel of mid-nineteenth century architecture, and the community cemetery is a well cared for piece of history. It offers a glimpse of how a different culture remembers its loved ones. One of the traditional country-style homes, owned by a local cattle rancher, dates from 1865. Called Mesón de Doña Mercedes , it offers gracious bed and breakfast accommodation with rooms set around a flowered courtyard.
The driving force behind the town's rural tourism initiative is El Quelite's medical doctor, Marcos Osuna Tirado, whose ties to the area have been lifelong. He is a man of energy and innovative ideas who believes it is important to diversify the local economy away from relying solely on agricultural income. At this time, few people in El Quelite speak good English, but Dr. Osuna is encouraging the young people to become motivated to train as qualified guides, earn a little income, and practice the English that some are learning in the local school of 250 children.
Dr. Osuna also manages to find time to practice what he preaches. He has renovated his own family's historic Mesón de los Laureanos to include bed and breakfast accommodation and a cantina-style restaurant which serves meals, snacks and the always-welcome cool cerveza (Mexican beer) amidst the flowering shrubs of his walled-in courtyard. Each room and bathroom has been distinctively designed and colorfully furnished.
This is truly a man on a mission. To symbolize his passion for the community and his connection through several generations, Dr. Osuna proudly declares, "My umbilical cord is buried here!" The good doctor is not kidding. It doesn't get more connected than that!
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