I joined a group of locals along with myself and two other foreigners on a tour to the magical Puebla of Imala. Our tour began at 8:00 a.m. from the Wal-mart parking lot in Mazatlan. We traveled the toll road to Culiacan before turning towards Imala and entering the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains.
Our tour guides Francilla and Laura, also owners of the company Sinaloa Adventures provided for our comfort with an air conditioned bus, and narration to Imala.
The site of Imala was discovered in 1531 by Spanish conquistadors exploring the Tamzula river. At the time the site was occupied by an Indian village.
As we approach the municipal of Imala, which is under the administration of Culiacan, the steeples of the beautiful church can be seen magically in front of the Sierra Madres.
The Church built in 1837, is the center of the municipal directly across from the plaza. In addition, to the Church the municipal had one operating restaurant and one small store. Today some Imala homes still have circular bread overns located outside their home. The village is known for it's bread and chilorio (sausage similar to chorizo.
A restoration project on the Church took place after 2010.