Road Trip….Mazamitla

One of the most popular day trips around Lake Chapala is the drive to visit Mazamitla, Jalisco.  Frankly, I’ve never quite understood the fascination.  It’s so atypical of other villages and towns in Jalisco.  Well, now that I think about it, maybe that IS the reason for the fascination. 

The primary difference from the rest of the areas around Lake Chapala is that the buildings in Mazamitla have so much wood.  In my neck of Mexico [I was gonna say neck of the woods, but that would just confuse the issue more], we don’t have a lot of wood.  So most houses are built of adobe, and the bomberas [firemen] sit around a lot.  Mostly running out in the fire truck to take care of crop burnings gone wild and car crashes. 

People often refer to Mazamitla as “the Switzerland of Mexico.”  Okay, whatever.  That’s obviously based on the inordinate amount of wood in the architecture and the abundance of pine forests nearby.  It’s at about 7,200 feet in altitude so it’s pretty cool, weatherwise.  And they have buildings that look like this:

The town was founded by the Aztecs in the mid 1100s, but in our times, it has become a popular weekend destination for Tapatios, that is, middle class folks from Guadalajara.  So, in effect, it has become a tourist destination, and the stores around the plaza reflect that.  There are numerous upscale clothing stores, souvenir shops, tourist information kiosks, hotels and resturants, and bus tours are offered frequently.

Mazamitla is known for, among other things, its rompope, basically Mexican eggnog, and its cheeses.    Its coat of arms, in fact, includes the pine trees, the local fauna, and rompope and other dairy products: 

Coat of arms of Mazamitla

Image via Wikipedia

It reminds me somewhat of places like Ruidoso, New Mexico, and the area around Flagstaff, Arizona, where you can rent places that look like this: 

These places, coupled with the massive amount of wildflowers that bloom after the rainy season, make Mazamitla a popular destination site for those of us who live around Lake Chapala. 

There’s a lovely plaza and a great looking church right on the square, and one of the best restaurants in this part of Mexico, La Troje:


So, when you come to see me, we’ll be making the drive to Mazamitla…and we’ll definitely be having lunch at La Troje!! 

About Barbara

in april of 2008, i moved from the united states to mexico. during my working days, i held lots and lots of jobs....almost all chosen because they were fun or interesting instead of how much they paid. when i started thinking about retirement (in my 40s), i realized that i would never be able to retire to a country where english was the native language. and although i had traveled to every state in the US -- and lived in lots of them -- i had never been outside the country with the exception of canada and mexico. and since you now know that i could never afford to retire in canada (even to the french-speaking area), mexico won by default.
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2 Responses to Road Trip….Mazamitla

  1. Kathi says:

    Nice blog, Barb.
    Good pix and good story.
    Have been there several times and appreciated your account of the trip.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Yet another reason to visit!

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