We left Lake Chapala area October 31st, with the intention of heading toward Patzcuaro to celebrate Dia de los Muertos on November 2nd.

Ajijic and Chapala were very enjoyable, but it felt really good to be back on the road. We love the freedom from additional responsibilities that being in a house requires (even as temporary guests), and the excitement of discovering new (and unexpected) things all the time.

Heading East, our first unplanned stops included Jamay, where we bought some delicious apples and small bananas , and gazed at their unique, red-stone cathedral (most Mexican cities and towns have a plaza with a cathedral on it. It's fascinating to investigate and compare them.)

Inside we marveled at the dome shaped ceiling, stain glass and chandelier. Of most interest to my children though, was the little Mexican woman who was kneeling and praying aloud.




Continuing on our way, we passed through several cities and towns (one of which had a blockade on the road, including an old truck and piles of refuse - used to slow down traffic? It was kind of strange).

We stopped again at the 'guitar making capital of Mexico' - Paracho. It was dinner time by now, so we went in search of food, and found lots of fascination as well.

This guy was fascinated with Kyah and wanted to take her picture.



We finally found dinner!

This soup was only $10 pesos (about US$0.79)

This plate of food was $15 pesos

This guy wanted a picture with Kyah too (and her friend Ella).

Greg was tempted by this beautiful all-wood ukulele (only $400 pesos - about US$32)

Have you been to Paracho or Jamay?



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  1. Alisa

    My favorite photo is the one of the guitar workshop table, and of Greg playing…love them! Glad we stopped here…it was such a treat!!

  2. Natalia

    Hi! I was born a few kilometers from the town that you call “Jamay” but I know the town as Tlazazalca. I asked my dad because he was raised there but he’s not sure where the name Jamay came from. He added that the name Tlazazalca was given to the town because of the srings nearby where water ran clear and blue… “Agua Zarca” 🙂
    Thank you for sharing the pictures! I was baptized and had my first communion in that church. The memories brought tears to my eyes, since I haven’t been back to visit since the summer of 2006.
    I also have to add that it’s nice to such a positive view of my country, especially now that the media only shows violence. Thank you!

    • Rachel

      That’s interesting about the difference in names. I may have it totally wrong 🙂 I sometimes forget where we’ve been…

      Thank you for your comment!


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