Erongaricuaro HikeFebruary 7 in Mexico
Five members of the Wednesday hiking group met at the Basilica to go to Erongaricuaro, a town that lies just across Lake Pátzcuaro on the farthest left shore of the lake. It is about 17 km away but with its 35 topes (speed bumps, it feels like it is a lot further away!
This ancient town was one of the critical trade points for the Purhepecha empire. Friendly to outsiders, Eronga has hosted artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera along with the fathers of surrealism, Andre Breton and Leon Trotsky. Former president Lazaro Cardenas used it as his hideway across the lake from his home in Pátzcuaro, before a road was built to Eronga.
“Starting on the edge of town, the group headed west climbing the gradual slope the protective hills create, until we reached the abandoned railway tracks. There we progressed north, enjoying the lovely views of Erongaricuaro, the lake and the mountains beyond. We passed fenced-in fields where avocados and blueberries are being grown, commercially.
Walking on the trails beside the tracks, we crossed a few mini trestles, put in place to allow rainy season run off.
We enjoyed visiting the the old railway station, which is still structurally pretty sound. After a while we headed down a trail easterly back into town, where the decision was unanimous to enjoy a well-earned lunch, washed down with cold cervezas at Dona Mary’s restaurant on the plaza. Pollo con mole... mmmmmmm.
A short walk back to our cars, then off to Patzcuaro. Thanks for leading, Howie.Read more