Rarely do we give ourselves the opportunity to travel alone, to meet our mind and body; Although many travelers do it as a couple or with friends, there is another percentage who prefer to go without luggage, without worries and for them, there are destinations that offer unforgettable moments in contact with adrenaline and nature.
By Jafet Gallardo.
Jalisco It is a state that amazed me, not only for having a great fighting spirit and for getting ahead. Its people do not put down the towel and continue to see how to get out of a pandemic, in general, that is how Mexicans are.
Before discovering Tapalpa, I made a stop to drink a delicious tequila and taste the culinary delights of Guadalajara, its capital and metropolitan area. I have to tell you what to visit Tlaquepaque, Guadalajara and Zapopan In a single day it is possible, so it is not a pretext to take a break on line 3 of the metro that connects the three municipalities of Jalisco.
Tapalpa of my loves
There are magical places, full of emotions, that’s right Tapalpa, an incredible Magic Town which is 2 hours from Guadalajara. The route alone already offers you spectacular views surrounded by nature, an indescribable tranquility and the desire to want to arrive.
Its historic center is like a time capsule, with its Temple of Our Lady of Guadalupe and a central esplanade where you can sit down to eat a delicious nine, in front of it, the handicraft market, typical sweets, preserves, several restaurants that keep that traditional flavor, as if it had been made in the house of one of the inhabitants of the village. A true delight.
A plate of pozole, roast beef, enmoladas and carnitas tacos in the center of the table; a whole banquet for the first travelers who arrive at the place after a long time forced to stay after a pandemic that has not ended yet. People with face masks and used to taking their temperature every time they come and go, something that has become a routine.
What did I like the most about your food? In short, corn bread from Los Encinos, one of the most visited restaurants, where its specialty is also grilled lamb, accompanied with comal tortillas, beans, guacamole and cheese.
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It is difficult to get used to a new change, to see lonely streets and even walk in fear, exploring its Historic Center for fear of catching coronavirus, but its people, little by little that fear was fading; That desire to fight, to get ahead, to respect protocols and that particular spark that Mexicans have, is the same that gives us that security and invites us to continue traveling.
In Tapalpa You can also take an ATV tour through its streets and trails, climb the mountains that contain a treasure that is probably from another planet and that has a lot to do with the mysteries of nature. Feel the air, the adrenaline in the body and walk through its forest between streams to have a great reward at the top of La Piedra Bola, well known and which has become a mandatory visit to admire the mountains and the El Nogal dam.
Another option in contact with nature is to visit Tapalpa Ecopark, where you can not only camp there, you can also feel the wind in its 8 zip lines and almost fly at distances of up to 300 meters. Can you imagine walking among the trees over 20 meters high? In this place it is possible on its suspension bridges, but also face painting battles on the Gotcha, hiking and rappelling in trees, an endless number of extreme activities that await you with open arms.
Sunset arrived, just to get to see the reflection of the last rays of the sun fall in the skies of Tapalpa while they welcomed us with a pomegranate cocktail at El Remanso, a warm hotel where they can fish, practice kayaking and be in contact with the nature; Try lamb al pastor and other dishes in its well-known 5-star restaurant.
The Valley of the Enigmas
Nothing like overcoming our fears and facing challenges that make us grow and feel invincible, well, for someone with a fear of heights, practicing extreme sports is an extremely difficult task but not impossible.
The Valley of the Enigmas is full of mysteries and theories related to its creation; Some say that it was made of stones brought from other planets, others say that millions of years ago the entire area was covered by water and that when it dried, it revealed the huge rocks that continue to this day. What is a fact is that it is a place with an exceptional energy load, one feels the vibration and majesty of its rock formations.
Here you can go horseback riding, for those looking for something calmer, but if they prefer adventure, climbing these huge formations, climbing them, crossing a suspension bridge and abseiling will be the option in this valley. At the end they will be able to eat in their traditional stalls and have a delicious and refreshing Tejuino, a fermented drink based on corn and some, even their tequila shot.
Access to this place is free and you only have to give a small fee for maintenance, cleaning and conservation.
After several days of activities, there is nothing more comfortable than having an excellent rest in a hotel with a cabin, fireplace and a beautiful view of the mountains and the Nogal dam at Tapalpa Country Club. This place of peace and tranquility takes us away from all city stress, all with care and protocols that allow us to be more calm.
At night, a bonfire embraces the most horrifying stories and tales, the warm flames protect us from fear and cold. Roasted chocolates bring us closer to new friends and coffee warms our adventurous hearts. Thanks Tapalpa, see you in the next adventure to contemplate your starry sky again.