December 2012 – January 2013, August 2013

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Intro

There’s nothing like a quick trip to our beautiful southern neighbor to help get away from the stresses of everyday life.  Since it’s so accessible, this “Journey” is actually a combo of two of those trips south — one to the cool, colonial Central Highlands, and the other to Jalisco’s premier coastal destination, Puerto Vallarta.  

As usual, I packed in way too much to call it a ‘relaxing getaway’ — but I always say that the stresses of travel are better than the best days at work.  It’s a completely different, and totally exciting, kind of stress.  More of an andrenaline rush of non-stop stimulation.  And I love it.

The first leg of this two-trip journey took me to Jalisco’s northern town of Encarnación de Diaz to see its beautiful churches and World Heritage-listed cemetery, before beginning a road trip through the central states of Aguascalientes, Zacatecas, San Luis Potosí, and Guanajuato.  While the famous colonial star of the state of Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende, was a very memorable place, it was the lively and colorful city of Guanajuato that makes this state one of my favorites.  

The rest of the journey took me through León, Guanajuato’s commercial capital, and many of Jalisco’s gorgeous towns and cities on the way to its capital, Guadalajara, Mexico’s

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Aguascalientes, MexicoDecember 28, 2012December 28, 2012
    2Encarnación de Díaz, MexicoDecember 28, 2012December 28, 2012
    3Aguascalientes, MexicoDecember 28, 2012December 29, 2012
    4Guadalupe, MexicoDecember 29, 2012December 29, 2012
    5Zacatecas, MexicoDecember 29, 2012December 29, 2012
    6San Luis Potosi, MexicoDecember 29, 2012December 29, 2012
    7San Miguel de Allende, MexicoDecember 29, 2012December 30, 2012
    8Atotonilco, MexicoDecember 30, 2012December 30, 2012
    9Dolores Hidalgo, MexicoDecember 30, 2012December 30, 2012
    10Guanajuato, MexicoDecember 30, 2012December 30, 2012
    11Silao, MexicoDecember 30, 2012December 30, 2012
    12León, MexicoDecember 30, 2012December 31, 2012
    13Lagos de Moreno, MexicoDecember 31, 2012December 31, 2012
    14San Juan de Los Lagos, MexicoDecember 31, 2012December 31, 2012
    15Jalostotitlán, MexicoDecember 31, 2012December 31, 2012
    16Valle de Guadalupe, MexicoDecember 31, 2012December 31, 2012
    17Tepatitlán, MexicoDecember 31, 2012December 31, 2012
    18Guadalajara, MexicoDecember 31, 2012January 1, 2013
    19Tlaquepaque, MexicoJanuary 1, 2013January 1, 2013
    20Guadalajara, MexicoJanuary 1, 2013January 2, 2013
    21Puerto Vallarta, MexicoAugust 1, 2013August 3, 2013
    22Nuevo Vallarta, MexicoAugust 3, 2013August 3, 2013
    23Sayulita, MexicoAugust 3, 2013August 3, 2013
    24San Blas, MexicoAugust 3, 2013August 3, 2013
    25Tepic, MexicoAugust 3, 2013August 4, 2013
    26Jala, MexicoAugust 4, 2013August 4, 2013
    27Ixtlán del Rio, MexicoAugust 4, 2013August 4, 2013
    28Magdalena, MexicoAugust 4, 2013August 4, 2013
    29Tequila, MexicoAugust 4, 2013August 4, 2013
    30Amatitán, MexicoAugust 4, 2013August 4, 2013
    31Zapopan, MexicoAugust 4, 2013August 4, 2013
    32Guadalajara, MexicoAugust 4, 2013August 4, 2013

    Featured Image

    Tequila, Jalisco, México

    The drive from Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara passes through the beautiful World Heritage-listed “agave landscape”, an endless expanse of blue-hued agave fields which supply the world’s tequila. Also on the way is the charming town of Tequila itself, where a visit to the Cuervo distillery convinced me to shelve my aversion to the taste of tequila for an hour and down a few. I mean, come on, tequila in Tequila? I had to!

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