Fresh Fruits and Mazamitlan

Berries are grown by many farmers on the south side of Lake Chapala, much of it for Driscoll’s.  So we took a tour around that part of the lake to see what we could find and collect.

Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries

Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries cost us under $20.  I know we can do better, but still a heck of a lot better price than in Canada, and WAY tastier and fresher.

We also hit a great produce stand in the plaza at Soyulita where we got a HUGE cauliflower, heads of broccoli, about a dozen big tangerines and a bag of guayamos fruit for $4.60.

market @ Soyulita

market @ Soyulita

We had heard about a  community tucked up in the mountains south of Lake Chapala where it doesn’t look like you are in Mexico!  So we decided to go find Mazamitlan.  But before we left town we found this….

funeral procession

funeral procession

Founded in 1165 by the Aztec, Mazamitlan has traded hands many many times between indigenous people, the French & Spain.  In April 1894 the place was declared a town.  The population has largely increased over the years.  “The chief operating officer Alexis Ceja demanded that the pueblo increase its tourism and created the idea of making cabins for future residents and guests of Mazamitla.”

Neighbourhood

Neighbourhood

DSCF1013The name means “place where arrows to hunt deer are made”.  It is certainly a natural beauty place, pine forests cover the hills and we saw deer foraging.  Wood buildings spotted the hills.

Cathedral at the Plaza

Cathedral at the Plaza

Inside cathedral, quite the beautiful chandeliers.

Inside cathedral, quite the beautiful chandeliers.