From elegant outhouses to zip lines, frocks to ice cream, and hovels to mansions, a day hike in Mexico plays on all of your senses and then some. Without knowing what to expect, we headed out under sparkling skies and warm temperatures last Sunday to Zirahuen, a small town about 15k away, that sits on a spectacular lake. I will let the photos do most of the talking for this post, but first a word about transportation in a country in which most people do not have cars.
About two blocks from the house we are renting in the historic Michoacan town of Patzcuaro, we flagged down a little combi van. Scrawled on its windshield were the names of several locations including “Estacion,” or “bus station,” which was where we were heading. For 60 cents each, we were dropped at a spot where the shoulder on the side of the street was wide. This passes for the bus station in Patzcuaro. We’d expected to catch the bus to Zirahuen, but upon learning of our destination, a driver approached us. For about $2.50 each he would drive us along with two others to our destination. So we climbed into his “collectivo,” a shared taxi and off we drove. The car was clean, newish and our Mexican car mates were great. They were the ref and linesman for a soccer final taking place that afternoon in Zirahuen.
We’d visited Zirahuen previously and loved it so when I learned there was a small road that went all the way around the lake and that there was what sounded like a lovely restaurant and an “adventure park,” on the far side of the lake, we thought why not? We’ll head off and see how far we get. And that is exactly what we did.
Below are a series of photos that will give you a sense of what we experienced over the next seven hours or so.