Sunday, October 31, 2021

Eating our Vegetarian/Vegan way around Guadalajara

Having revved up our metabolism in Ajijic, we were ready to make our rounds to the vegetarian restaurants in Guadalajara.  There were not enough days to try just all the ones nearby.  We were so busy sampling them, didn't get a chance to return to any of them.

On Saturday and Sunday evenings, in Parque Expiatorio, there are various food vendors, many are very vegetarian friendly, Tia Ofe Pozole Vegano is strictly vegan.

Alta Fibra 370-B - 2 Lunch Plates

Lunch At Alta Fibra (370-B) Vegetarian Restaurant - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico 


Jia Xiang Tofu - Lunch Plates with Baozi, Peppers, Noodles OR Rice, Potatoes, and Broccoli Lunch Plates with  Baozi, Peppers, Noodles OR Rice, Potatoes, and Broccoli -  Jia Xiang Tofu Vegan Restaurant - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

La Flaca - Vegan Torta AhogadoVegetarian Torta Ahogado - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico


Chicozapote Cocina Vegana - Tacos and a Vegan Torta Ahogado
Chicozapote Cocina Vegana - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico


El Jardin Buffet Vegetariano
Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico


Comalli Cooperativa - Vegan Birrias (Stew) Vegan Birria - Comalli Cooperativa - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Garbanzo de a Libra - Vegan Bean Bowl Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Choclo y Maiz - Tacos Choclo y Maize Veg Resto - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

El Vegano Urbano - Tacos Tacos - EL Vegano Urbano - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Dalias - Burrito and Huarache Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Street Food and Vendors at Expiatorio Parque. Street Food - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Tamales at Tia Ofe Vegetarian Tamales - Plaza Expiatorio - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Tamales - Tia Ofe Vegetarian - Plaza Expiatorio - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Thursday, October 28, 2021

The Canyon of Guadalajara

There is a canyon to the east of Guadalajara, something like five miles from the Cathedral.  I had to see it!  In my research, I came across three options:
  1. Mirador Independencia Park: viewpoint only, no trail
  2. Barranca de Huentitán: steep trail goes down 600m to the river
  3. Barranca de Oblatos: paved trail (5km RT) goes part way (100m+) down
Feeling lazy, we picked a leisure outing to the third option. Since Hurricane Rick seemed to be heading towards Guadalajara, we had the added bonus of shade, even misting rain, part of the time. It was amazing to see such an interesting geological feature, so close, practically in a city!

From  the 1922 edition of Terry's Guide to Mexico: The Barranca de Oblatos, a deep gorge on the Oblatos Hacienda, 5 M. (to the S.-W.) from Guadalajara, is connected with the city by a highway and a tram-line. It can be reached on horseback in about 1 hr. from the hotel. The ride is a very pleasant one and on the outward and return journey a fine view of the surrounding country can be had. Horses for the round trip $2. Apply to the hotel. If you want the animal at 6 a. m. order it for sharp five...The view into the canon is magnificent; recalling, in a way, the Grand cañon of the Colorado (U. S. A.) at Bright Angel Trail.


  Barranca de Oblatos - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico


Barranca de Oblatos - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico



Barranca de Oblatos - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico



Barranca de Oblatos - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico



Barranca de Oblatos - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico



Barranca de Oblatos - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico



Barranca de Oblatos - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico



Barranca de Oblatos - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Sunday in Guadalajara (with a trip to Tlaquepaque)

As with the rest of the modern world, every Sunday Guadalajara closes miles and miles of streets to cars and buses to let bicyclists and pedestrians enjoy the city's roads (more info).  Our plans for participating were thwarted by the finicky bike share system - it did not like our credit card.  Worse yet, it didn't approve the Mexican credit card the lady ahead of us was using, and all her friends had their bikes and were just waiting for her to get her bike!  We have to try again next time we come to Guadalajara.

Reworking our program in real time, we got on Mi Tren (the metro) to go to the artisan city of Tlaquepaque.  Being a Sunday there are lots of people enjoying strolling about.  It dawned on us that we love Mexican cities so much because they are lively but chill at the same time. 

In the evening we went over to the neighborhood Plaza Expiatorio for the weekend evening fair, which takes place Saturday and Sunday evenings.  Sunday evening seemed even busier than Saturday, as if it's the weekend finale.  How come not all neighborhoods are like this?!


Cyclists enjoying the "open" Avenida Juarez in Centro Guadalajara.
Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico 

 Independencia Station - Mi Tren, La Linea 3. Independencia Station - Mi Tren, La Linea 3 - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico 

 The Band Stand in Tlaquepaque Plaza. Band Stand - Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico 


We spot a Day of the Dead Altar. Dia de los Muertos is Nov 2 in Mexico, just a few days from now.

Day of the Dead Altar - Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico 

 
The City Sign. Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico 

The work of a local indigenous artist. Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico 


Dancers in front of the Templo. Short Video - Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico 
 

Sunday Night Fair in Plaza Expiatorio. Couples Line Dancing. Sunday Night Couples Line Dancing - Plaza Expiatorio - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico


Vegetariano Food Stand.
Tia Ofe Pozole Vegetariano - Food Vendor - Plaza Expiatorio - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico 

 
Rock and Roll Band. Plaza Expiatorio - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico 


Plaza Panorama.Plaza Expiatorio - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Monday, October 25, 2021

Bicycling along Lake Chapala

From Ajijic, west to Jocotepec, east to Chapala, there exists a 28km bicycle path (ciclopista).  The section from Ajijic to Chapala is known to be recently refurbished.  There are plans for the other parts.  We found two shops that rent bikes for $10US a day.  Cycling plan ready to be executed!

We first rode west towards Jocotepec.  A few kilometers out of Ajijic, the ciclopista turned into ciclopista-under-construction.  We just went over and bicycled on the road.  All the drivers are super courteous.  The road/path was relatively flat with very gradual inclines.  The only uncomfortable thing was parts of the road were dusty.  Along the way we saw a dozen teams working on the bike path at various spots.  On the way back from Jocotepec, I realized that I was riding on parts of the path that were just completed that day!  

We were charmed by Jocotepec's beautiful square and its traditional, chill, tranquilo air.  Chapala is larger, popular with visitors.  When we rode by the Telcel store, we popped in and picked up a new SIM with 26 days of unlimited calls/texts (including US) + 2GB of data for $7.5US.  Slim's monopoly rates are still much better than Oligopoly rates in the US.

Conclusion: I cannot really tell that I'm at altitude when bicycling on flat roads, but I can tell that I don't sleep well at altitude.

Sun-Ling and our rented bikes on the newly refurbished section of the ciclopista:  https://www.accesslakechapala.com/2020/10/19/lake-chapala-ciclopista-newly-built-in-2020/ Cycling to Jocotepec and Chapala from Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico 

Jocotepec sign in the plaza. Cycling to Jocotepec and Chapala from Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico 

John with bike in the Jocotepec Plaza. Jocotepec Plaza - Cycling to Jocotepec and Chapala from Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico 
 
The Mercado in Jocotepec. That's SL in right foreground checking out possible snacks. We ended up getting a chile relleno plate to go (see below) from the Comidas section of the Mercado. Jocotepec Mercado Cycling to Jocotepec and Chapala from Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico


Chile Relleno - Cycling to Jocotepec and Chapala from Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico

The Jocotepec Malecón (waterfront esplanade) at the western end of Lake Chapala. Lago de Chapala - Cycling to Jocotepec and Chapala from Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico 

After cycling 25 kms into the wind from Jocotepec to Ajijic to Chapala, we headed straight for lunch before heading to the famous Chapala Malecón. Lunch in Chapala - Cycling to Jocotepec and Chapala from Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico 

The Chapala Malecón. Lago de Chapala - Cycling to Jocotepec and Chapala from Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico


Lago de Chapala - Cycling to Jocotepec and Chapala from Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Hiking above Lake Chapala - El Tepalo to Las Tres Cruces

There are a mess of trails in the hills above Ajijic. They start right where streets end at ~1550 meters elevation. We picked to go up the El Tepalo trail by the waterfall, dry as expected, to the ridge, then along the ridge trail to Las Tres Cruces at ~2350 meters. Total elevation gain with all the ups and downs will be about 1000 meters.   

We were relieved to find out that after the almost-two-year hiatus, we could still do such a hike, however slow.  The trail was well maintained and traveled, at least half of it was in the shade, the tropic sun is unrelenting.  I'm not sure if I could have made it if the kind clouds didn't shield me part of the way.  

I love views high above bodies of water.  The views along the trail, at viewpoints, were every bit spectacular as I had expected.  There were several dozens of wildflowers blooming all along the trail.  

The trails were well blazed, with signposts at junctions.  There were more trails than marked on our offline map (openstreetmap), but the Strava heat map helped us pick a different route down, from the signposts.  They all seemed to have steep parts.  It was an exhilarating day of hiking!

This sign shows the route elevation of our walk. Las Tres Cruces (The Three Crosses) is basically the same as El Chapinaya.
 Sendero El Tepalo to Chupinaya + Las Tres Cruces - Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico

The scene from the first viewpoint above the waterfall.
Sendero El Tepalo to Chupinaya + Las Tres Cruces - Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico 

Steadily making our way up through the wild flowers. Sendero El Tepalo to Chupinaya + Las Tres Cruces - Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico


Sendero El Tepalo to Chupinaya + Las Tres Cruces - Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico 

At one point we were in the clouds. Sendero El Tepalo to Chupinaya + Las Tres Cruces - Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico


Sendero El Tepalo to Chupinaya + Las Tres Cruces - Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico 

 Moving along the ridge at 2300 meters. Sendero El Tepalo to Chupinaya + Las Tres Cruces - Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico

Sendero El Tepalo to Chupinaya + Las Tres Cruces - Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico


Sendero El Tepalo to Chupinaya + Las Tres Cruces - Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico 

The sun finally burns off the clouds and mist and we have a clear view of Lago Chapala below and the far shoreline. Sendero El Tepalo to Chupinaya + Las Tres Cruces - Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico 

We take a break at Las Tres Cruces with Ajijic way down below. Sendero El Tepalo to Chupinaya + Las Tres Cruces - Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico 

 The descending trail was steep and narrow in places, but well marked. Sendero El Tepalo to Chupinaya + Las Tres Cruces - Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico


Sendero El Tepalo to Chupinaya + Las Tres Cruces - Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico 

Almost back to town we pass a shrine to San Miguel Arcángel. Sendero El Tepalo to Chupinaya + Las Tres Cruces - Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico 

And our reward is vegan pizza and a cold Corona at Old Town Vegan restaurant. Pizza at Old Town Vegan Restaurant -  Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico

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