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    weekend trip

    Last weekend
    I went along with 2 other families to an old town called Mascota, 3 hr drive west of Guadalajara , a couple of the guys grew up there, or lived there for a while so they knew their way around

    Here is the main plaza in Mascota


    On the first day we went to a smaller town called Navidad , it used to be a mine some 400 yrs ago,
    today there is only old people, they do manage to have really good icecream

    Church at Navidad


    After some icecream we drove near a town called Juanacatlan famous for their cheese, and we went up a hill to eat dinner and enjoy the view

    from the top of the hill



    while we wanted to see the sunset, the clouds moved in and we decided to leave

    Still arrived to the hotel near 11 pm the day had started at 7 AM

    2nd day
    Started being invited to breakfast to the place of the Aunt of one of the guys

    Entrance to the house, this part is quite old, has had its share of earthquakes it has to be demolished and rebuilt


    The kitchen, new part of the house


    Before the main drive, we stopped by a local farm to buy cheese, I took a few photos


    Hope this does not stink to much


    this spear was found near the farm, it is said that this place was part of the way of the predecessor of the Aztecs, who left Aztlan ,
    looking for the promised land, which later turned out to be Tenochtiltlan or what today is Mexico city.


    We drove to a town called San Sebastian del Oeste, 90 mins from Puerto Vallarta, still up in the mountains, also an
    old mining town, today dedicated to tourism

    Here is the main plaza


    Church interior


    We went to the top of the hill, which hosted and old mine "Real Alto" today just a couple of houses and an old church


    A laminated gold altar, notice a missing picture in the top, there has been some vandalism and there are no people to take care of this place,
    nor anybody is charging any money to the occasional tourist, the local families do sell typical candy, and cheese


    All the way to the top of the mountain, about 2600m above sea level, having started from about 1000m before turning to San Sebastian


    We were on top of this


    On the third day we went to have lunch at the edge of a river
    captured a few photos from the river and a damselfly



    Thanks for reading

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    Re: weekend trip

    I like photo travelogues! These are fairly unusual, certainly the spear and the one hill. It, the hill, looks similar to several of those mini-volcanoes (there's a technical name for them I'm sure) that dot the Central and South American landscape. Do you know if it is one?

    That one church with the double spire Andalusian influence reminds me a lot of a movie backdrop. Was there a film shot there in the 50's or 60's? The particular movie won't come to mind, but I really think that this may have been used. The hills in the background are almost the final clue but I can't remember what film!!

    Thanks for sharing this slice of your trip!
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    Re: weekend trip

    drg,

    I was told it is indeed a volcano, there are actually two of them
    they can be seen in googlearth
    2033'28.34"N
    10446'18.53"W

    I do not know if a film was shot in that location

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    Re: weekend trip

    Wonderful photos, beautiful colors, makes me want to go!

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    Re: weekend trip

    If those old walls could talk, what stories they could tell! There has to be a lot of history in those villages, and the landscapes are not at all what I had thought would be found in that region. It looks like a beautiful area of the country. Thanks for sharing your weekend journey.
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    Re: weekend trip

    Excellent photos Armando. The spear looks really cool.
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    Re: weekend trip

    Thanks for the comments!

    Getting here from the USA, is probably easier if flying into Puerto Vallarta, and take a day to visit San Sebastian, 1.5 hr drive, maybe 2 hrs, an alternative is to take a flight on a small plane, like a Cessna, there is a landing strip outside town.But, flying over this mountains I think can be quite a ride

    Driving during rainy season (June to Oct) might mean a closed road, as there can be rock or mud slides that will be cleaned in a day or so.

    A bit of an adventure is always fun

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    Re: weekend trip

    looks like a great place. some of those are just begging for a little hdring.
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    Re: weekend trip

    Terrific travelogue, looks like a great place to visit.

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    Re: weekend trip

    Thanks again

    Quote Originally Posted by thecounsel
    looks like a great place. some of those are just begging for a little hdring.
    I guess you mean the ones from inside the churches ?

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    Re: weekend trip

    Really nice, Armando.
    I really prefer trips to places that aren't on the usual tourist brochures.
    Spectacular scenery with lots of interest for those willing to delve a little.

    That spear is not like any I've seen in any of the ancient man type things I've read.
    Looks a bit large and heavy for throwing.
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    Re: weekend trip

    Frog,
    I do not believe it is really a spear, but I did not know what else to call it, the other extreme looks like an ax

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    Re: weekend trip

    Nice job Armando. Love the tour and the scenic image were great.
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    Re: weekend trip

    Lots of great shots. The colors in some of them are amazing.

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