Monday, December 21, 2009

Tonila Jalisco

Tonila is located on the old highway 54 just off the new carretera 54D and is only a few kilometers from the Colima border. It's a pretty little town, easy to get to and great views of the Colima volcano. Although most of the outflow of the volcano is coming off the other side of the mountain lately, Tonila often gets it's share of ash when the wind is right/wrong.

The old highway winds along the base of the mountain with a number of small towns between Tonila and Colima City. Heading into Jalisco from there you can take the slow but beautiful drive through the valley towards Tuxpan which is at the edge of the plateau.

Tonila Plaza

View of the volcano

Restaurant Pinar de Chayán just off the highway

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Charreada in Tlajomulco de Zuniga

The charreada is the original rodeo developed in Mexico based on the working practies of charros or working hands. The modern events were developed after the Mexican Revolution when charro traditions were slowly disappearing. A charreada consists of nine events for men and one for women. Jalisco is the home of the Charreada

A friend got some free tickets for last Sunday, the usual charreada day starting around noon. This was a smaller competition compared to the large arenas in large towns but these guys may well compete elsewhere. Tlajomulco de Zuniga is southeast of Guadalajara in a valley north of Lake Chapala.

Made a good afternoon but I think this is a once a year activity for me

Team lineup Team lineup

Horse got away Horse got away

Link to web page with more fotos

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Tapalpa Jalisco

Tapalpa is located in the Sierra de Tapalpa, which is part of the Sierra Madre, at around 6,700 feet. The nearest airport is Guadalajara, 1 1/2 hours to the north. Coming from Guadalajara one takes the toll-road to Colima toward the Pacific Coast and takes the Tapalpa exit. The Pacific Coast (Tecoman) is about 2 hours from Tapalpa.

Pine forests and large open valleys with pastures dominate the area. Main industries are lumber and agriculture and tourism that is mostly geared toward people from Guadalajara coming up to the mountains to escape the heat and pollution of the City.

Tapalpa has been chosen “Pueblo Magico” by a nationwide government program that promotes typical Mexican towns and helps with funding the upkeep of the town and with restoration projects.

Lots of people comment on how attractive Mazamitla is but Tapalpa is more roomy, still very Colonial and up in the pine forest. We weren't able to find the surrounding tourist sites so we headed south on a very nice road that soon turned to difficult dirt. Not wanting to back track we pushed on for 30 kilometers or so until we came into the agricultural town of San Gabriel (Venustiano Carranza).

Looking across town

Part of the town Plaza

If you like bricks

Las Piedrotas that we never found
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Jalisco is in west-central Mexico and its capital is Guadalajara. The Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range traverses the state, separating the Pacific coast from a high plateau region. The Sierra Madre region is largely volcanic, and earthquakes are frequent. The state's many lakes include Chapala, Mexico's largest.

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