Had I been at home in Tucson this weekend I likely would have participated in some black Friday shopping (four store maximum, only one trip to the dressing room per store, and no department or electronics stores, those are my rules), hiking, lounging in yoga pants, and quality time on the couch. This weekend I went to Mazamitla, another “Pueblo Mágico” in Jalisco, and I was able to enjoy three out of those four things. The lodging in Mazamitla is mainly cabins, each with their own fireplace which adds to the cozy feel. We found our cabin (Villas Montedeen) on Groupon for a steal, and we were able to enjoy a relaxing weekend away from the city.
The bus ride up was much longer than expected since we stopped in every town to drop off and pick up people. At various tops, vendors boarded the bus and went up and down the aisles selling traditional candies, potato chips, drinks, and bread by the meter. After a 3 hour ride, we arrived in Mazamitla after dark, got some enchiladas to take back to the cabin and stayed in for the night.
This is the two story market near the center of Mazamitla. On the bottom floor you can buy traditional candies, produce, dairy products, and cuts of beef straight of a cow’s leg which is hung on the outside of the stall.
On the second floor you can buy tamales, tacos, bread, birria, enchiladas, pollo con mole, atole, café de olla, fresh juices, and chilaquiles. These are some chilquiles verdes with scrambled eggs and beans, accompanied by an orange and beet juice.
One of the main attractions of Mazamitla is a waterfall, which is accessible by horse or walking. The walk is 2 km, which is about a mile and a third, which has some steep inclines, but overall is not bad at all. As we (a group of 5 white women) made our way to the head of the trail, the men renting horses for the excursion tried to convince us to rent horses from them because “young ladies should not undertake such a strenuous walk.” We all completed it, and I think we can all still bear children.
The sign says, “This place receives you with joy, take care of it.” It is one of the first things you see as you enter the trail and I found it to be phrased in such a loving way. The natural world gives us so much happiness and energy, we must take care of it in return.
Poinsettias, or nochebuenas in Spanish, were growing naturally on the trail and all over Mazamitla.
“Hug the universe through this place”
We ended the night with some champurrado and then headed back Sunday morning. The bus took less time, and we learned from the other passengers and got off at a more convenient stop. This left me with a long Sunday afternoon to do more lounging and relaxing before the long week ahead (I run my first 10k next Sunday!).