PUEBLOS MÁGICOS OF JALISCO & COLIMA, 7-18 MAR, 2022

PUEBLOS MÁGICOS OF JALISCO & COLIMA
7-18 MAR, 2022

(11 DAYS/11 NIGHTS)

with Jeremy Woodhouse

Introduction

The cultural, historical, architectural and gastronomic value of Mexico's destinations is as great as its country.

The Pueblo Mágico designation is awarded to those communities that over time have maintained their original architecture, traditions, history and culture, and that have been of great relevance to the history of the country.

The Magic Towns are defined as places with great symbolism and legend, they are towns whose historical importance has been fundamental for the development of history and that enhance national identity. These places have a special magic that connects the visitor with the roots and customs of Mexico. 

Currently, throughout Mexico, there are 132 Magic Towns whose attractions delight travellers from around the world.

These destinations will enchant you with the beauty of their natural settings, the incredible precision of their construction (many of them in the Baroque style), the perfect combination between their pre-Hispanic past and the mixture of ethnic and cultural groups throughout Mexican history. 

Discover Mexico and fall in love with its Magic Towns.


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Itinerary

Day 1: 7 March, 2022 – Arrive Guadalajara

O/N Hotel Fenix, Guadalahara

Day 2-3: 8-9 March, 2022 – Guadalahara/Tlaquepaque
San Pedro Tlaquepaque, which means “Sobre las Lomas de Barro” (“On the Muddy Hills”), is a Pueblo Mágico (Magic Town) located 15 minutes away from the city of Guadalajara. Its pottery tradition with clay and bronze sculptures has been the seedbed of great artisan masters. That is not all, it is also considered the mecca of the mariachi and a town of calm streets that invite you to spend more than one night in its boutique hotels and picturesque colonial houses.

It is easy to answer the question: what to do in Tlaquepaque? No one can resist the temptation to explore its cobblestone walkway Independencia: el color de las fachadas (the color of the facades), the smell of the orange trees and the rustic atmosphere, confirm that this is indeed a Pueblo Mágico.

More than 200 artisan workshops and art galleries are concentrated here. It is enough to enter a place to marvel at the techniques that the artists dominate; you can see them moulding clay, painting ceramics with a brush, carving wood or creating jars in wax.

To make intelligent purchases of crafts there are guided tours like those of GDL Tours, where you visit the gallery of Sergio Bustamante, who has distinguished himself by his sculptures with smiling and circular faces.

Tlaquepaque is distinguished for being an inclusive destination, since el Centro Cultural El Refugio (El Refugio Cultural Center) organises walks for blind or visually impaired people, so no one misses the opportunity to get to know this Pueblo Mágico.

On the same Independencia walkway you can reach el Museo Regional de la Cerámica de Tlaquepaque (Regional Museum of Ceramics of Tlaquepaque), inside a 17th century house with courtyards decorated with ash trees. A few steps away you can reach the Hidalgo Garden, the heart of Tlaquepaque and a good place to rest after a long walk.

After recovering your strength with a snow cone, you can continue to the Museo del Premio Nacional de la Cerámica Pantaléon Panduro (Panduro Pottery National Prize Museum) on Calle Prisciliano Sánchez. The name already says what its collection is about, since it exhibits seven categories of ceramics that have been awarded for more than 39 years: contemporary ceramics, lead-free glazed pottery, traditional ceramics, ceramic sculpture, miniature ceramics, Christmas ceramics and clay figures.

Whoever goes to Tlaquepaque and doesn't visit El Parián, on Calle Juárez, means they have lost one of the most emblematic sites of the place. It is an old construction with 19 restaurants-canteens for eating a good pozole, birria, mole or chiles en nogada, no matter if it is in season or not.

Finally, it is necessary to visit el santuario de Nuestra Señora de la Soledad (Our Lady de la Soledad Sanctuary) and la Parroquia de San Pedro (San Pedro Parish Church). Its facades are an amalgam of styles, from the Neoclassical, through the Byzantine and Roman, to the Baroque. With authorisation, you can walk on its roofs.

O/N La Villa del Ensueno Boutique Hotel, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco

Day 4-5: 10-11 March, 2022 – Tlaquepaque/Tequila
The Magic Town of Tequila is located in the state of Jalisco, one hour from Guadalajara. If you want to enjoy a good shot of tequila, one of the country's iconic drinks, this is the perfect place to do it. Mexico is worldwide recognised for this iconic drink and here in Tequila is where the best samples are made.

Visiting the main square is a must, it’s a peaceful place where you can relax while enjoying an ice-cream or a classic glass of tequila. It is surrounded by restaurants, canteens and shops that offer typical sweets. On weekends you can find a musical group brightening up the day. Don't forget to visit the Church of Santiago Apostol, a Baroque-style construction adorned with beautiful stained glass windows.

To get to know Mexico's Magic Towns in depth, you have to walk through them and get lost in their streets. Tequila in Jalisco is no exception. Take a walk through the Historical Center and enter its tequila-themed premises. Take advantage of your visit and check the Temple of La Purísima and the Capilla del Calvario.

Take a walk at the Municipal Palace, there you will find paintings by local artists that describe the birth and traditions around the tequila. We recommend visiting the National Museum of Tequila, to fully immerse yourself in the production of this drink.

O/N Hotel Casa Dulce Maria

Day 6: 12 March, 2022 – Tequila/Tapalpa
The Pueblo Mágico (Magic Town) of Tapalpa in Jalisco, is located in the southern part of the state, only two hours away from Guadalajara, in a region known as Lagoon Region. It is rapidly becoming popular, in large part because of the various ecotourism activities available, its peaceful streets, its wooded areas, and the mysteries that the Valle de los Enigmas (Enigma Valley) conceals.

It doesn't really matter if you're a passionate adventurer or not. This destination's charm will no doubt captivate you. You'll find a number of food stall in the town square after sundown. Vendors sell fare that ranges from cottage-cheese desserts to the traditional chard tamales, topped with cheese and sour cream.

Village beauty
We can assure you that its streets are remarkable, which you will no doubt be able to confirm with every step you take. White houses with red gable roofs give the town a sense of harmony rarely found elsewhere. It's small, “highland” town ambiance, as suggested by its Náhuatl name, will wrap you up in clouds and fog, creating the illusion that the sun has set, only to have it appear in the sky once more.

Tapalpa has quite a few hotels that welcome all budgets. There are boutique hotels that charge affordable rates. Take a stroll through its town square in order to explore the variety of lodging options. Many of these hotels offer the comforts of home, with first-rate service. Remember that you'll need a good night's sleep in order to explore everything that the Pueblo Mágico of Tapalpa has to offer.

O/N Hotel Tapalpa de Mis Amores

Day 7-8: 13-14 March – Tapalpa/Comala & Colima
The Pueblo Mágico de Comala is just 30 minutes away from Colima, the capital of the state. Comala stands out for its warm weather, lush vegetation, tranquility and peaceful atmosphere. Here it is still possible walking at the sound of your footsteps.

Comala has been a source of inspiration for artists of all currents, highlighting among them Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo, one of the masterpieces of Mexican literary magic realism.

In the Plaza de Armas, next to a bandstand brought from Germany, stands the Parroquía de San Miguel Arcángel. Few meters ahead, the figure of Rulfo who popularised the destination among his readers lies on a bench under palm trees shade.

Between its cobbled streets and its lantern-decorated simple white houses, you can see at first in the morning the locals routine—leisurely and unhurried go to their labour, getting lost at the distance among the papaya trees.

Unique gastronomy
A bread smell fills Pueblo Mágico afternoons. That’s how visitors are called to one of Comala musts: taste their Picones, delicious and sweet large breads similar to conchas, which you can enjoy with café de olla (clay-pot coffee), either for breakfast or dinner.

Another delicacy, perhaps a little treacherous, is Ponche, which you can drink in its refreshing presentation with pomegranate, tamarind or cranberry, or in its creamy version with walnut, coffee, almond or pistachio. All, accompanied by tusca, a derivative of alcohol produced in the fertile lands of the state for giving Ponche a spark.

Colima
This place has gained such popularity that surprise friends and strangers: online travel agency Expedia placed it in the list “TRENDS IN TRAVEL” for this year.

In Colima, news like this have raised great interest among travellers who look for places away from the noisy resorts, with attractive spots that invite them to walk in the streets with their family , partners or even for lone travellers. The ambiance allows to take amazing pictures. Try its traditional delicacies like the “pozole seco” or a refreshing “tuba” to forget about the warm weather.

Even though it’s not a coast city, Colima's wheather is warm and it suggest you're close to the beach, with Manzanillo only 90 minutes away by car, you'll have the chance to try delicious seafood like “Ceviche Colimense” with ground sailfish meat, the irresistible “Pescado Zarandeado” or the traditional Sopa de Mariscos,(seafood soup) which is prepared with a mix of shrimp, fish, crab and octopus.

A Magic Town that is part of literary history
Before we go deep in this fascinating destination, allow us to tell you that the Magic Town of Comala is very close, don't forget to pay a visit to it and learn about the places described by the writer Juan Rulfo in his book Pedro Paramo.

Its main square with beautiful gardens, museums and temples is walked quickly, but to really get to know it, you need the availability to browse and learn about the treasures guarded by its streets. The cathedral Basilica Menor de Colima is one of those places that contrast the Neoclassic style in its facade and the Baroque style in its interior. In fact this is the first temple dedicated to the Virgen de Guadalupe in all Latin America.

This is the third oldest city in Mexico and it experiences lovely warm weather all year long.

O/N Hotel Concierge Plaza, Colima

Day 9: 15 March, 2022 – Colima/Mazamitla
Have you ever heard of the “Mexican Switzerland”? It's nothing less than the Pueblo Mágico (Magic Town) of Mazamitla, Jalisco, nestled between the cold forests and majestic waterfalls of the Sierra del Tigre.

What makes Mazamitla stand out are its cozy cabins distributed along the forest hills. Some are chalet-style, a favorite among couples looking for a romantic weekend getaway. However, there are also traditional cabins, with a maximum occupancy of 20 guests. Most of the hotels and cabins in Mazamitla are located a few kilometers from the downtown area, although there are also cheap inns located in the town square.

A walk through downtown Mazamitla means discovering small cobblestone streets surrounded by whitewashed adobe houses, tiled gable roofs, and balconies filled with flowers. They surround the San Cristóbal Parish, which boasts an eclectic style and Chinese influence. There are also portales (stone arches), where you can sit down for a taste of the typical Mazamitlan dish, el barco, which is a broth prepared with beef, chicken, and pork that you can accompany with fruit preserves for dessert.

A block and a half away from the church is a local cuisine and crafts market. Take advantage of the opportunity to buy burnt milk sweets, textiles, and souvenirs woven out of dried pine branches. There is an archaeological museum within this market that exhibits pottery and carved stone made by the first settlers of this mountain region.

If you’re wondering what else to do in Mazamitla, in addition to walking around downtown, this Pueblo Mágico is characterized by its natural wonders, open to the public, such as the El Salto Waterfall or El Jardín Encantado (The Enchanted Garden). You can get there by mountain bike, on horseback, or through an excursion offered by a hotel, some of which include cheese-making and fruit preserve classes.

Guadalajara is the closest city to the Pueblo Mágico of Mazamitla. If you travel by car, drive along the old road to Colima until you reach the junction to Morelia, and take the detour to the capital of Michoacán. This road will take you to the exit that leads to Mazamitla. The journey from Guadalajara to Mazamitla takes approximately two and a half hours.Have you ever heard of the “Mexican Switzerland”? It's nothing less than the Pueblo Mágico (Magic Town) of Mazamitla, Jalisco, nestled between the cold forests and majestic waterfalls of the Sierra del Tigre.

What makes Mazamitla stand out are its cozy cabins distributed along the forest hills. Some are chalet-style, a favourite among couples looking for a romantic weekend getaway. However, there are also traditional cabins, with a maximum occupancy of 20 guests. Most of the hotels and cabins in Mazamitla are located a few kilometers from the downtown area, although there are also cheap inns located in the town square.

A walk through downtown Mazamitla means discovering small cobblestone streets surrounded by whitewashed adobe houses, tiled gable roofs, and balconies filled with flowers. They surround the San Cristóbal Parish, which boasts an eclectic style and Chinese influence. There are also portales (stone arches), where you can sit down for a taste of the typical Mazamitlan dish, el barco, which is a broth prepared with beef, chicken, and pork that you can accompany with fruit preserves for dessert.

A block and a half away from the church is a local cuisine and crafts market. Take advantage of the opportunity to buy burnt milk sweets, textiles, and souvenirs woven out of dried pine branches. There is an archaeological museum within this market that exhibits pottery and carved stone made by the first settlers of this mountain region.

If you’re wondering what else to do in Mazamitla, in addition to walking around downtown, this Pueblo Mágico is characterized by its natural wonders, open to the public, such as the El Salto Waterfall or El Jardín Encantado (The Enchanted Garden). You can get there by mountain bike, on horseback, or through an excursion offered by a hotel, some of which include cheese-making and fruit preserve classes.

O/N Hotel Plaza Mazamitla

Day 10: 16 March, 2022 – Mazamitla/Ribera de Chapala
The Ribera de Chapala is located 40 minutes away from the city of Guadalajara, in the state of Jalisco. It is famous for having the largest lake in the country and an enviable semi-tropical climate most of the year, which has been appointed “one of the best climates in the world”. If you wonder what to do in Chapala, we can tell you that it is the ideal place to forget about the routine, with options for all tastes. Walk along the boardwalk, admire the colonial style of its streets and historic center, while savouring a traditional “nieve de garrafa” (sherbert/ice cream made in a wooden bucket). Practice fishing and water sports, relax in hot springs and of course enjoy delicious meals. An unforgettable trip awaits you in this natural paradise.

Surrounded by nature and neighbouring picturesque towns full of culture, Chapala has always been a very popular tourist destination. For example, at the end of the 19th century, ancestral families built their summer farms to enjoy the climate and the beauty of the riverbank. It is said that even “Porfirio Díaz” (former Mexican President from those times) spent her weekends here. During your trip, we invite you to visit the current Municipal Building, whose building was an old hotel built in 1898. We also recommend you visit the surrounding municipalities such as Jocotepec, Ocotlán, Jamay, La Barca, Tuxcueca, Tizapán el Alto, Poncitlán, Zapotlán del Rey and Ixtlahuacán de los Membrillos.

O/N Villa 1927 Arthotel Boutique

Day 11: 17 March, 2022 – Chapala/Guadalahara
“Guadalajara on a flat, Mexico in a lagoon” says a popular song from the Mexican singer Jorge Negrete. That is because this rocky city, located in the center of Mexico in the State of Jalisco, was part of the Mesa del Central, a high plateau from the Sierra Madre Occidental that crosses the States of Jalisco, Durango and Zacatecas.

This city which name means “Stone Valley” is picturesque wherever you see it. The streets reflect a Mexico full of mariachi, tequila and traditions. Its downtown hosts beautiful temples, monuments and plazas where you can comfortably go for a walk.

The Perla de Occidente (West Pearl) possess exceptional beauty. Just visit Plaza de Armas and you will see. This space has a beautiful kiosk representing the four seasons of the year and its architecture will remind you of the Art Noveau style. If you are lucky, you will find the traditional mariachi playing Mexican music there.

The City Hall is a Colonial style building built with quarry and which opened in 1952. When entering this place, you will be able to admire a mural painted by Gabriel Flores that represents the establishment of Guadalajara.

Another emblematic place you should visit is the Degollado Theater, a sumptuous Neoclassical-style forum where concerts, performing arts and exhibitions takes place. This building dates from the nineteenth century and it echoes the Italian theaters as it has a marvelous vault showing paintings made by Gerardo Suárez and Jacobo Galvez. Do not forget to take lots of pictures!

O/N Hotel Fenix, Guadalahara

Day 12: 18 March, 2022 – Guadalajara Airport

END OF TOUR

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Arrival, Departure

​Arrival & Meeting Place 
15 Jan, 2021 – Arrive San Jose los Cabos. Make your own way to O/N Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Los Cabos

​Departure 
27 Jan, 2021 – drop off at the airport at San Jose del Cabo for your afternoon flight back home


Weather

Average Weather During January in Baja California Sur, Mexico

  • The start of the Baja’s best weather, with low rainfall and pleasant daily temperatures.
  • Air temperatures in the 70s.
  • On average January has the coolest water temperatures of the year; in the high 60s to low 70s.
  • Cooler ocean currents bring oxygen and nutrient-rich water to the surface where they mix with abundant sunlight resulting in a bloom of food for marine animals.

6 SPOTS OPEN
TOUR FEE: $TBA

11 DAYS/11 NIGHTS
GROUND TRANSPORT INCLUDED

DEPOSIT: $1,000

SINGLE: $450
GROUP SIZE: ONLY 6


Tour Price Includes

  • Ground Transportation during the trip
  • Transfer to the airport at Guadalajara at the end of the tour on 18 March, 2022
  • Lodging
  • In-Field Photography Instruction

Tour Price Excludes

  • Flights to and from Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Meals and snacks (where not mentioned)
  • Beverages

    Lodging

    All lodging has been booked and a room will be assigned to you on registration. 


    Paying by check

    If you would like to pay your deposit and/or balance with a check, please make the check payable to: Pixelchrome, Inc and mail it to:

    Nicole Woodhouse
    Pixelchrome
    605 Rouen Drive, 
    McKinney TX 75072

    Paying by Wire Transfer

    If you would like to pay by Wire Transfer please contact nicole@pixelchrome.com for bank account details.


    Dress for the Weather

      Personal Gear List

      • Sunscreen, sunglasses, sun hat
      • Layers for cooler mornings
      • Waterproof Shell in case of rain
      • Sturdy hiking shoes

      Photo Equipment Checklist

      • Sturdy tripod and ballhead
      • Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body
      • Underwater housing for your camera or iPhone
      • Wide angle lens in the 16-35mm range
      • Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm
      • Long telephoto lenses in the 100-600mm range.  You will want a lens that is longer than 200mm for some of the locations we visit! A 100-400mm
      • Circular polarizer filters and ND filters for your lenses.  If you like shooting with grads, bring them along.  A 6 or 10-stop ND filter will be useful for creating very long exposures.
      • Backpack to carry your gear
      • Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies
      • Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.

        Covid-19 Precautions

        • Instructors will wear masks while teaching at close range
        • Clients are encouraged to wear masks whenever they are at close range
        • Where possible, we will practice social distancing. Tripods 6ft apart.
        • You are encouraged to wash hands frequently and use hand sanitiser.