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Old 03-03-2012, 10:36 AM   #151
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Hey Johnnydarock
Thanks so much for the info. I'm wanting more and more to head down that way. My main concern is I just don't want to short myself on time further north and, I don't want to interupt my new found lazy, relaxing, short mileage days style.
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:45 PM   #152
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Days 31- 35 - Feb17-20 Part 7

Took a trip out to the ruins of Mitla and the Tule tree

It is believed Mitla was populated by the Zapotec from around 100AD and became the political/religious center of the region around 900AD. It ceased to be the hub when the Spanish showed up around 1520.

Some of the walls. Notice the design of the friezes




Everything was cut exactly – no mortar used. If there is any visible now, it was introduced during restoration


These columns that supported a roof and the large lintels above the door frames were quarried in the mountains and transported here



Tombs – 2 tombs are in this loacation. Of course, they were used to stick the bodies of presumably important people. Apparently, when the next important person died, they just shoved the previous guys (and their belongings aside) to make room for the new guy. Given they were buried with important stuff, I’m guessing gold and silver, this is the sort of place the Spanish looted.

If you are claustrophobic, don’t go down there - it's about 2 or 3 giant steps down


This poor girl became the unsuspecting model for my demonstration of how low the entry into the tombs is


Each tomb had three chambers like this radiating from the main entrance way


Looking back at the entrance. Below this girl, you can see the entrance you have to crawl through


Of course, with the Spanish came the Catholic Church. In the 17th century, a new church was built right on top of one of the Zapotec structures and the large stone lintils continue to support the large church structure.




Building materials for the church were scavenged from the palaces and other structures so a lot of the original buildings are gone or largely destroyed


There are a lot of small to mid-sized Mescal distilleries in the area. As we were leaving Mitla, noticed this one small outfit crushing agave piñas the old fashioned way


So, what’s the difference between Mescal and Tequila? Here is the short explanation. Tequila is a type of Mescal. Mescals are distilled from the fermented juice of many varieties of the Agave, which incidentally is not a cactus but related to the lily.

To be a Tequila, it must be made in a small region of Jalisco State from Blue Agave and the Agave piñas are steamed before crushing. The other Mescals can be made anywhere in Mexico from a number of types of Agave and the piñas are baked before crushing (giving Mescal more of a smokey flavor).

The Agave plant takes 8-10 years to mature and then is dug up, the leaves chopped off and the central piña, which can weigh 30 to 100 pounds, is crushed for its juice . . . which they then turn into a magic nectar.

Field of Blue Agave


Agave piñas being delivered to a distillery


The Tule tree is estimated to be over 2000 years old, in the courtyard of the local church and appears to be quite healthy. It is truly magnificent. Difficult to get a pic of it and give the viewer a sense of its immensity.


2000 years old
A bit less than 50’in diameter
About 140’tall
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Old 03-03-2012, 03:52 PM   #153
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:39 PM   #154
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Great RR! I am on page 7 and catching up. I am in Mexico as well.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:49 PM   #155
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Great RR! I am on page 7 and catching up. I am in Mexico as well.
Thanks for tagging along Donnie.

I've been following your RR as well. You look like you are making pretty good time. Are you planning on staying on the coast all the way down?
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:04 AM   #156
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I'M FINALLY CAUGHT UP!!!! i've enjoyed it all...what is a 'mole'. how much does tequilla cost in mexico? love all the pics and your story about them.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:09 AM   #157
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sweet trip.
had some killer mole the other day.
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Old 03-06-2012, 10:10 AM   #158
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I'M FINALLY CAUGHT UP!!!! i've enjoyed it all...what is a 'mole'. how much does tequilla cost in mexico? love all the pics and your story about them.
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Old 03-06-2012, 02:32 PM   #159
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Thanks for tagging along Donnie.

I've been following your RR as well. You look like you are making pretty good time. Are you planning on staying on the coast all the way down?

I am making a detour to Guadalajara and then will head back to the coast.
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Old 03-06-2012, 03:32 PM   #160
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I'M FINALLY CAUGHT UP!!!! i've enjoyed it all...what is a 'mole'. how much does tequilla cost in mexico? love all the pics and your story about them.
Mole . . . pronounced moe-lay . . . what Eakins said. The "sauce" in the dish. Very complex flavors and when you get a good one, you may start crying it is so good. Seriously!

Tequila - I think I've seen it for as cheap as $5 a bottle - probably get some homemade stuff cheaper. Like anything else, you get what you pay for. Tequila is spectacular as a sipping drink, I like it with a little ice . . . hmmmm.
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sweet trip.
had some killer mole the other day.
Thanks Eakins, appreciate it.
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Days 31- 35 - Feb17-20 Part 8

Many of the buildings you see around Mexico have amazing colors. Oaxaca is no different - great variety of colors and textures. You've seen a few in my previous posts. Here are a few more:



























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Old 03-06-2012, 04:48 PM   #163
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Felicitaciones !!!!! Por tu viaje pasando por Tlapa de Comonfort en el estado de Guerrero, es una ruta poco transitada y muy interesante para mi, ojala tengas oportunidad posteriormente de ilustrarnos con tu ruta y con mas fotos de esa region , ya que no muchos viajeros se animan a pasar po ahi !!!!! espero un dia de estos pasar por ahi asi como tu lo has hecho y comentartelo, por lo pronto te felicito en especial por esa parte de tu viaje que te repito : NO CUALQUIERA PASA POR AHI !!!!!!!!
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Old 03-08-2012, 01:22 PM   #164
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Congratulations !!!!

Felicitaciones !!!!! Por tu viaje pasando por Tlapa de Comonfort en el estado de Guerrero, es una ruta poco transitada y muy interesante para mi, ojala tengas oportunidad posteriormente de ilustrarnos con tu ruta y con mas fotos de esa region , ya que no muchos viajeros se animan a pasar po ahi !!!!! espero un dia de estos pasar por ahi asi como tu lo has hecho y comentartelo, por lo pronto te felicito en especial por esa parte de tu viaje que te repito : NO CUALQUIERA PASA POR AHI !!!!!!!!
Emiliano gracias por los amables comentarios.

La ruta via Tlapa de Comonfort fui eligió solo porque fue diferente. Sería fácil para usted con tú DR650 o XR650. Es muy bonito pais. Lo siento es no mas fotos - me estaba divirtiendo mucho. Perdí mi GPS trac pero puedo hago una mapa de Google si quieres. Envias mi a PM.

Por favor, perdone mí mal español.
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Gracias por tu español !!!!!!

Tengo ganas de pasar por donde tu pasaste ese dia, y tu recorrido me esta inspirando a hacerlo, gracias y seguire pendiente de tu RR !!!!!!!
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