Guanajuato - Zacatecas Mexico Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Arte, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. Arte

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    I decided to take a ride thru the Backyard area of the most known touristic places of these two cities.

    Started at Irapuato Gto, going to visit the Christ of the Mountain or best known as "The Cubilete Hill".
    Then from there, ride to Guanajuato by the back dirt road that the minning business uses to run the mines.
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  2. GB

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    I'd love to see pics of Guanajuato :thumb and the rest of your ride, of course :lurk
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    sachiwilson Been here awhile

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    My partner Claire and I have been to Zacatecas many times, as well as to towns and archeological sites around the area (Sombrerete, la Sierra Des Organos, Alta Vista, La Quemada). It's a truly lovely part of Mexico! I'll be looking forward to your pics!
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    What a coincidence! Last night I was researching the Cerro de Cubilete and the "Cristo del Rey." Sound like a nice side trip from Guanajuato. Hope to get down there in March. More pics please.
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    Thanks for posting!

    Isn't this where the "momias" (mummies) are? I recall that there's a museum where they're on display.

    Strange, but true . . .
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    I was born in Sombrerete! and of course I've been several times on these places.
    In Sombrerete is a tunnel that runs underground across the town, and was used in the times of the Guerra de los Cristeros (christians war) in the earlys 1900's. Also there is some hidden information regarding a tortureing chambers that seems were used way back by some inquisition activities. But no one knows exactly on which church is the entrance to the tunnels. Nor even if they are in good shape to be explored.

    Same thing at Zacatecas and Fresnillo.

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    Yes, there is a mummies museum. Actually is besides a cementery, and the mummies are originated from there. It happens that the soil at this cementery causes the mummification efect on the corpses. But most of the display mummies are very old and with no relatives that might claim to be removed from the museum.
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    Oh vey cool! I can see that I don't need to suggest places for you to go! :D

    I'm looking forward to more pics and tales - and so is Claire.
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    the road to the Cubilete is made of coblestone but in very good shape, same as the one going to Real de Catorce.
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    all over Central Mexico you can find Catholic churches everywere (you'll see many on these thread).
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    As you are climbing up to the top of the mountain, you will find all over the road many people (grown ups and many children) asking for a coin. Most of them uses the money for eat, they are not junkies or wanderers. they live right besides the road.
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    this picture was taken by one of the little guys asking for money. I showed him how to doit and did well. He and his brother are in fifth grade at elementary and one is 11 the other 12. I asked if they were doing goog at school and even asked some multiplication math. They did not wanted to mount on the bike for a pic. Their faces were all smiling after some coins.
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    almost getting there
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    looking behind you can see all the Bajio the Guanajuato.
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    the site was getting crowded and barely could find a place to park the bike!! (I did not wanted to walk on off road boots)
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    The church at the top is very well visited all over the year by several people from all Mexico. Many of them just come as part of touristic travel,
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    but several come as part of their faith and come to pay a received favor or even a miracle asked on their prayers, so they walk on their knees as part of their payback offer for the favor.
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    here is a size reference of the statue
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    tricepilot El Gran Payaso

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    Keep it coming Arte! :thumb

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  12. Arte

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    this is the dirt road map from el cubilete to Guanajuato. Is the thin line going up to the "Mineral de la Luz" then down to Gto. el Cubilete is right above of "Aguas Buenas".

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    Eso es divertirse, excelente recorrido y fotos fregonas, aqui te esperamos para enero, que envidia, de la buena claro, por que aqui:cry:cry, na'a de na'a.:lol3:lol3, diviertete.

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    I rode up to the top of that back a couple or 3 years ago. Ran out of change for the kids and started throwing them the last of my jellybeans.

    Do you have any pictures down towards Silao? The view of the GM plant down there is incredible. Chevy's for miles and miles, wonder if there's as many out there these days with their business on its knees.

    I'snt Christo Rey the geographical center of Mexico, or something like that?
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    Yes I did tried to capt a good (not too good) view of the thousands of vehicles waiting for its new owner....
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    I'm not sure about the geographical center, because there are other nearby towns that claims the same.
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    Gracias Amigo !!
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  17. Arte

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    So this is how it looks the road to Guanajuato..

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    This is the church at "Mineral de la Luz" Town. All the people of the towns along this road are 95% miners.
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    OK here we go
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    the mummy museum is cool:
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    And Guanajuato itself has some pretty stuff:
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    But overall we liked Zacatecas much more. Probably partially because of the hotel-owning HU rider we met there..
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    one last look to the road behind.
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    looking to the valley
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    a local cowboy doing his job
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    mines (gold, silver, zinc, copper, etc)
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    a graveyard in the middle of the emptyness of civilization, probably originally from the past gold and silver splendor
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    The church of "Mineral de la Luz" town.
    despite was around 2 pm, you can see on these pics that the main plaza is empty, almost no people, as it was also the most of the streets.
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    leaving the town.
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    spoted this astronomic observatory from the University of Guanajuato and tried to get in to see if there was a chance to see the interior.
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    but this was the closes I could get (was locked by a gate)
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    here one of the many dams on the area, that feeds the towns and the mines.
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    other view and some ruins of the past mines activities
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    one more dam and more ruins
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    a very antique church build just for this town. is still on service, since the town is populated by minimum people, whom works for the mines.
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    actually Two churches !!
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    a close look
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    ok, I see Guanajauto near
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    this is behind la Valenciana Mine, and was also part of the rich mines where they used to process the gold and silver. Few years ago this place was all full of trash and totally abandoned (despite of be a ruins), but now the local mayor decided to fix it and seems that will be a golf course in the area.
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    looks lile there is the club house
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    Interesting how in the old times was applied the engineering to kept in place the high walls
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    the tower (ideal to rescue a princess) ;-)
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    more to come..
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    Nice!

    Just consider that going to Cerro del Cubilete during the Holy Week (last wk of march and first of april more or less), can be very unpleasant due to the huge (thousands) amount of people visiting. No parking near even for a bike. and very hard to enjoy the installations, or buy some food, etc. By the way, the food up there is excellent, but more better when is less visited.

    Hope you enjoy the city and sourroundings.

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