Copala is one of those places that really does make you feel like you have just stepped back in time. For years Copala was a virtual ghost town. This village has been slowly restored and is once again thriving, now it is tourism that is bringing people to this charming foothill setting. The impressive church was built in 1740. This small ex-mining town, just 40 miles from Mazatlan, is well worth a visit if you want a little taste of what life was like in the past. Spend a little time exploring the town and enjoy a gourmet lunch in one of the Mexican restaurants. Copala is an easy 40 minute from Mazatlan on the main highway to Durango. There are numerous companies that offer guided tours to Copala.