Mexico 2018 part IV - Central Mexico


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December 28th 2018
Published: April 7th 2019
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A Tour of Central Mexico After we visited the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve we made a little tour of central Mexico. There are literally hundreds of places worth going to in Mexico. For obvious reasons we could only squeeze in a handful of those at best. Here comes a quick summary of where we went and what we saw there. Santiago de Queretaro - Santiago de Queretaro is a city which wa... Read Full Entry



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Rincon de Parangueo Rincon de Parangueo
Rincon de Parangueo

Rincon de Parangueo is a crater, probably an old extinct volcano.
The crater is all whiteThe crater is all white
The crater is all white

When you come out of the tunnel you are inside the crater and you are met by a landscape that looks like something from another planet. The crater is all white
Lake in the craterLake in the crater
Lake in the crater

In the centre of the crater there is a small shallow lake.
San Miguel de AllendeSan Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is one of many historical colonial cities in Mexico.
San Miguel de AllendeSan Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de Allende

Just like you might expect San Miguel de Allende has a well preserved historical city centre with beautiful buildings.
PorticoPortico
Portico

A portico in San Miguel de Allende
San Miguel de ArchangelSan Miguel de Archangel
San Miguel de Archangel

The church San Miguel de Archangel in Ixmiquilpan
Fresco in San Miguel de ArchangelFresco in San Miguel de Archangel
Fresco in San Miguel de Archangel

The frescoes are in pretty bad condition but they are interesting nevertheless
Fresco in San Miguel de ArchangelFresco in San Miguel de Archangel
Fresco in San Miguel de Archangel

What makes them fascinating is that they do not contain any biblical scenes. Instead they show scenes from Aztec religion and other pre-Hispanic beliefs. From what I understand this is very unusual and it might even be totally unique.
IxmiquilpanIxmiquilpan
Ixmiquilpan

Ixmiquilpan city centre
PorticoPortico
Portico

Portico in Ixmiquilpan
Grutas TolantongoGrutas Tolantongo
Grutas Tolantongo

The river is effectively a well over half a kilometre long spa pool with lukewarm water. To sit in the running water and just relax is so good that it can not be described.
Grutas TolantongoGrutas Tolantongo
Grutas Tolantongo

Grutas Tolantongo is best described as a spa resort.
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Grutas Tolantongo

Waterfall in Grutas Tolantongo
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Grutas Tolantongo

In one cave warm water flows from the cave's ceiling and walls. To be inside that cave is just like standing in a warm shower.
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Grutas Tolantongo

One of the caves is a large cavern where a jet stream of water flows from the cave ceiling.
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Grutas Tolantongo

There are also traditional spa pools in Grutas Tolantongo. Mum is enjoying one of them
16th century church16th century church
16th century church

16th century church in Ciudad Hidalgo
Ciudad Hidalgo Ciudad Hidalgo
Ciudad Hidalgo

A former monastery in central Ciudad Hidalgo
Building in central Ciudad Hidalgo Building in central Ciudad Hidalgo
Building in central Ciudad Hidalgo

A pretty building in central Ciudad Hidalgo
Bull fighting arenaBull fighting arena
Bull fighting arena

The bull fighting arena in Ciudad Hidalgo



7th April 2019

composition of white crater
According to a pdf article, "Active sinking at the bottom of the Rincón de Parangueo Maar...", the white layer is not common salt, but a mixture of different compounds, among them (as of what I understand) chalk.
8th April 2019

Probably chalk then
Well researched Daniel. So my guess was right then. Some of it is chalk apparently. Thank you for helping me to clear that out. /Ake
8th April 2019
Mansion

Mexico
Beautiful architecture
8th April 2019
Mansion

Photos don't do it justice
It was even better in real life. But yes, it looks pretty good on the photo as well. /Ake
8th April 2019

Colonial Mexico...
We stayed in Guanajuato and San Miguel de Allende for a total of 5 months and had visited there once before. It is our favorite part of Mexico. I'm glad you had a chance to see so much of it.
8th April 2019

My mother was very happy
My mother was happy that I brought her with me to see all these places. Afterwards she was surprised over how much we actually managed to see in such a short time. /Ake
8th April 2019
16th century church

Central Mexico
An interesting collection of architecture that included many surprises. The aqueduct and in particular this 16th C church that while not appearing to be lavish has survived the centuries. I wonder why.
9th April 2019
16th century church

Possibly the adjacent monastery has helped
I can't answer that but a wild guess is that the monastery, which is just next door, can have been a helping factor. Whatever the reason is it is good that we today can still visit it. /Ake
9th April 2019

Very fascinating!
There is so much to see and experience in Mexico, I really want to go there soon. Your series of blogs will be a great source of inspiration for when I finally make it there. :)
12th April 2019

Nice rundown of each place in Mexico you visited. The building architecture and ruins fascinating, especially the aqueduct.
13th April 2019

Thank you
Thank you. It feels especially good to hear those words from you since you have been traveling a lot in the region yourself./Ake

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