So, we are still alive and kicking here in Guadalajara. After time away for training in D.C. and home leave back in Houston (during Harvey!) we’ve now been back in Guadalajara for about a month, now officially on tour number 3.
We had such a good time last year when we went over to Tlaquepaque and saw the Day of the Dead decorations and altars setting up in full swing that we decided to run back out there again on Sunday. I’m not sure what was different about last year, but this time around, there wasn’t much going on. We still enjoyed ourselves and ended up with lots of photos of the kids in front of the giant calaveras.
Just about another 15 minutes down the highway from Guachimontones is the Hacienda El Carmen Hotel and Spa. We had heard how beautiful the place was, so we had planned to go have lunch there after we finished at Guachimontones. I could have spent all day wandering the property and taking pictures. A return visit for an overnight stay, sans kiddos, is definitely needed.
About an hour outside of Guadalajara is the archaeological site of Guachimontones, of the Teuchitlan tradition, which features the only circular pyramids in Mesoamerica. The society that existed here began perhaps as far back as 300 B.C. It makes for a perfect day trip, especially when one is looking to keep the kids occupied. It is a fairly small site, nothing like the other Mayan ruins in Mexico, but it makes for a nice break from the city.