Road Trip, Concepcion de Buenos Aires

Concepcion de Buenos Aires [CdBA] is a pueblo in Jalisco, Mexico, about a 45 minute drive from Joco.  It’s not large by almost anyone’s standards, supposedly 5,000 folks, although they may be counting all the people who are working in the US because it seems pretty deserted.  It’s high up in the Sierra Madre mountains….altitude maybe 7,500 feet.  What that means, of course, is that it’s substantially cooler than Joco, which is at about 5,200 feet.

This is an agricultural region and cows are everywhere in the pastures surrounding CdBA.  The lanes and byways are comparatively full of folks on horseback carrying large milk cans. 

Although CdBA is off the main road between Lake Chapala and Mazamitla [see my previous post about Mazamitla], it doesn’t get a lot of tourists.  Most folks just keep driving and ignore the little pueblo.  This means it can be eerily quiet for somebody like me who is used to all the noise and bustle of the pueblos on the north shore of Lake Chapala.  But even given the lack of tourists, the plaza and shops surrounding it are unlike any others that I’ve visited in Mexico.  Basically….there’s nobody there! 

But perhaps because there ARE so few people out and about in CdBA, it’s an extremely clean pueblo.  Let’s face it….people make messes.  And the more people you have wandering around your plaza, the messier it’s gonna be.  But CdBA’s plaza is spotless.  It’s as if the notoriously fastidious Germans or Mormons set up a little town in the Mexican highlands!

I mean, look at these pictures:


Where IS everyone?  Plazas in Mexico are normally teeming with people.  Did someone warn everyone that there were gringos in town and so they should hide themselves and their children?

But then I spied the church on the plaza and figured that that’s where all the people were.  Must be a funeral or something going on.  That’s why nobody is in the plaza! 

So I hurried over to peek inside, sure I would find the town’s citizenry packed inside.  But, no.

Not a living soul in the church. 

But lots and lots of statuary….some of the oddest [to me] varieties.  Like this one.  Why, oh, why don’t they look more Mexican, or at least more Hebraic?


Or how about this one?  Not that it isn’t cool, but it’s like a tie dyed Virgin of Guadalupe shirt. 

Or Saint Obi Wan Kenobe anyone?

And this, the oddest one of all.  Why is this baby in a claw machine, and why does he need a microphone?

There’s something “special” about CdBA. 

While it’s a lovely place, I still wonder why nobody was on the streets.  Even the ubiquitous cyber cafe was closed up tight.

And the lampposts are kind of scary.  I mean, what are these?  Flying fish?  Gargoyles? 

We drove from one end of the town to the other.  On each end we discovered some beautiful things in the roundabouts, but still no people.   On one end of the pueblo was this roundabout with the welcoming hands of Jesus. 

And on the other end, was this ornate altar to the Virgin de Guadalupe. 

It wasn’t until we returned to the portales around the plaza that I figured out why everyone disappeared when we showed up.  It was right there in plain sight all the time!  Obviously, CdBA is where “they” buried Jimmy Hoffa!!!  No wonder no one has found him!


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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9 Responses to Road Trip, Concepcion de Buenos Aires

  1. gayle says:

    LOVE your road trip posts! Keep ’em coming! Signed, still cold & soggy here in the ‘great’ Pacific Northwest…! April 26th! Gayle

  2. Mike "El Cojo de Jocotepec" says:

    Got to get up he hill to Buenos Aires and soon! With the afternoon heat of late that 7500ft altitude is sounding better each day.

    I had agreed with the author’s commet about them “over selling” Mazamitla aka “Switzerland of Mexico” and regretted having driven past that exit sign for Buenos Aires. Not again.

    Just one question?? Did you see any overnight lodging in the area? I could use some cool afternoons until the rainy season begins at 4AM on June 15th.

    As always, thanks for sharing your treks and observations.

    • Barbara says:

      Mike, i don’t remember seeing any lodging, but i’m planning on going up to CdBA again soon, so i’ll look and let you know!

  3. Gigi Taylor says:

    What a charming town! Maybe there was a great party in some neighboring burg. Clearly not a good day to have lunch on the plaza!

    • Barbara says:

      actually, gigi, we had a great desayuno at a spotlessly clean, very LARGE restaurant on the plaza. go figure!

  4. Sharon Sheppard says:

    Beautiful town – but it had to be a little eery with no people around. Figure it out, Miss Barb. Does Lucky mind when you go on these road trips?
    Love you and your stories!

    • Barbara says:

      shep, lukita reacts the same whether i am gone for five days, five hours, or five minutes. greets me at the door yowling as if voldemort had been in there abusing her!

  5. Wyotoad says:

    The baby in the claw machine is astounding. There must be a story there. Investigate and let us know.

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