Kelly's 2012 Mexico Tequila Tour

March 04 - Pre-Hispanic ruins, Hacienda, Arandas

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Taking a tip from Dave Yan, I left the Hilton in favor of having breakfast at Las Hermanas Corgis restaurant around the corner. He said it was 100% authentic Mexican food, and he was right. There was only ONE person in there who spoke ANY English at all, and that was me. The translation utility on my phone was hard to get going, but they were patient and eventually I managed to get a menu. Breakfast was Chicharones (sauteed fried pig's ears), lengua (beef tongue), gorditas (INSANELY hard bread that was too hard on my teeth, and WAY too hot for the longest time), tortillas, and two glasses of orange juice.

Upon being picked up by Juan bernardo, we went to some areas with pre-hispanic ruins. First was a beautiful area with "synthetic" islands in the river. These islands basically rafts made of timber, with soil on top. Crops were then grown there. Think of it as sort of an ancient hydroponics, or a self-irrigating farm. Ingenious!

After that, we we to Guachimontones, the site of a pre-hispanic city. It had ruins of many buildings, pyramids, sacrificial sites. You'll see photos below where "games" were played. These "games" were long, and to the death. They became sacrifices. Despite the macabre aspects, this was a beautiful area. We were behind the Tequila Volcano, and saw it from the back side.

On the way back, we had nice lunch at Monte Carlo, a wonderful open air restaurant with trees inside and overhead, on a lake. Beautiful, serene, and excellent food- I had camarones de tequila (shrimp in tequila cream sauce).

Our last was at a magnificent hacienda- It was HUGE. We'd call it a mansion here, and it had horse grounds, a bull fighting ring, a chapel, and so on.

Juan Bernardo dropped me at the hotel with just enough time to grab a shower at the spa (having already checked out earlier). All the hiking around in the heat had made me sticky, and the sunblock didn't help. The Blue Agave Tour was meeting at this hotel (the reason I stayed here in the first place), and was pulling out at 4:00 pm sharp. After meeting most of the group, we set out in our colossal tour bus for our first hotel in Tepatitlan. Once we were checked in we wandered around the square, had sushi (go figure) with a Mexican flair, then wandered across the street to a bar. Both places were on the upper floor, outside, giving a wonderful view of the town square. Naturally my camera was in my room. I'll have to dig through the photos I took with my phone.




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A Pre-Hispanic
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Synthetic
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Synthetic
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Guachimontones
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Sacrificial
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Pyramid
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Amazing view
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Amazing view
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Tequila Volcano
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Obsidian
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Monte Carlo
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Great food
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Agave fronds
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Volcano
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Hacienda
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Tepatitlan, Jalisco
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Costumed locals

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