Tamazula de Gordiano

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    • Day 91

      Back in the mountains

      December 7, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      We left Colima without a rush as we only had a short day of cycling ahead of us. We said goodbye to Dave, who also went for a ride, and Marcia who took off for her morning run. Most of the day, we had to cycle along Highway 54D. Quite some traffic, but with a shoulder most of the time, as it's a cuota. As we had to climb again, we were going for the continuous climb rather than for a rolling climb today. Views were stunning though. We could see the volcano Nevado de Colima almost all day as well as a couple of impressive canyons. We arrived in Tecalitlan at about 2pm and found a small hotel. As it's a very Mexican town, there are - of course - festivities going on: A parade with colourful dresses, even a carriage protesting against the use of plastic and music. At night, they showed different traditional dances of all the Mexican states on the principal plaza. It was packed with people, happily watching, talking, eating - almost like a fair - just without the alcohol. And we were the only foreigners...Read more

    • Day 21

      Mexiko: Mazamitla

      October 18, 2022 in Mexico ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      Endlich wieder "daheim" bei meiner mexikanischen Familie! Nachdem meine Erstheimat Düsseldorf nun Geschichte ist, tut es gut Madrid und Aguascalientes als Rückzugsort zu wissen!

      Nach einem kleinen Drink-Dinner mit Freunden, ging es am Samstag direkt nach Mazamitla. Auf 2.200m findet man hier ein wunderschönes Bergdorf, das zu den magischen Städten Mexikos gehört, mit circa 9.000 Einwohnern. Die Architektur hier erinnert an Oberbayern mit vielen Fachwerkhäusern, zum Essen gibt es allerdings keine Haxen oder Schnitzel, sondern Tacos, Quesadillas und Chilaquiles.

      Ein nächtlicher Sturm hat unser Bett zum Wasserbett umfunktioniert, aber es war wie immer eine tolle Zeit mir der ganzen Moreno-Familie. ❤️
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    • Day 808

      Bergluft schnuppern in Mazamitla

      October 5, 2019 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Wieder vereint und nach ein paar Tagen in der 2 größten Stadt Mexikos, Guadalajara, wollen wir ein wenig mehr Stille und Natur. Also auf in die Berge von Mazamitla. Hier erfüllen wir wohl jedes Klischee und gönnen uns eine Cabaña mit Indoor Kamin und Jacuzzi.

      Nach der Vorfreude geht dann aber erstmal alles schief. Der Kamin räuchert die Bude zu, der Stöpsel des Jacuzzi schließt nicht und das Wasser wird nicht richtig heiß.

      Feuer in die hintere Ecke schieben, Plastiktüten als Verschluss in den Ausfluss quetschen und zusätzlich Wasser auf den Herd aufkochen. Nun passt alles und wir bekommen sogar 200 Pesos (ca. 10€) als Entschädigung vom Eigentümer zurück.

      Und so verleben wir eine romantisch entspannte Zeit hier. Essen in einem fantastischen Restaurant und besteigen den Cero del Tigre (zumindest bis zum Aussichtspunkt).
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    • Day 175

      Tastes of Mazamitla

      January 24, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      We spent our second day in Mazamitla similarly to the first - wandering and sampling. We started with a scenic drive to explore the surrounding valleys, then walked around this Pueblo Magico (Magic Village: a heritage designation). We decided we had to try some more of the local drinks after the girls ordered Michelada's (beer with clamato and other spices), so Holly tried a Vampiro (Vampire, made with tequila, sangrita and lemon soda) while Karl tried a creamy sweet drink. The drinks came with lids so that snacks could be placed on top - perfect for drinking and snacking your way around town... only in Mexico! After watching some cobblestone roadwork and wandering a few more streets, we loaded up and headed back toward Guadalajara with Michel, Janette and Carlos. This time we made a detour to Chapala so Karl and I could see Chapala Lake, and Michel and Janette treated us to a pizza dinner with the most spectacular view of the lake just as the sun was setting. We were so floored with the hospitality we received from these guys - Michel really went out of his way to make us feel welcome in Guadalajara and repay some of the hospitality he had received while on the road on his most recent bike trip. This is what we love about the Warmshowers and cycletouring community: everyone just keeps paying forward the hospitatlity they receive and it makes for a vibrant and giving community to be part of.Read more

    • Day 174

      Lunch in the Hills

      January 23, 2016 in Mexico ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      We arrived in Mazamitla around 11:30 pm, far past our bedtime (!), and met Jovanna and Carlos Eugene, Michel and Janette's friends who have been renting a place in the small mountain town. After a good rest we had a casual morning, with chilaquiles for breakfast made by Janette - this traditional breakfast dish is essentially tortilla chips or tostatas boiled in homemade salsa, and it's tasty! We wandered around town gathering food and booze for the day, then headed out to Carlos' relatives' avocado farm. We tried delicious pulque, a type of beer/sparkling wine made from fermented agave, the same plant used to make tequila, and ate chips, guacamole and potato salad (made by Karl). We got a good kick out of Michel's flavour addition to the potato salad - looks like a siracha explosion! We wandered around the avocado, lemon and orange trees, working off our lunch, before heading to another friend's cabin and trying more local liquors: rompope, a Bailey's type drink made from pine nuts, walnuts, pistachios or almonds, and punche, a sweet tequila based liquor, ours with the flavour from pasiflora, a relative of passionfruit. After a failed attempt at cards and a few too many dog farts in the cabin, we called it a night and headed home for bed.Read more

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