Friday, July 11, 2014



Peaceful and relaxing, great to retreat! This was great for Dan after having a procedure of stents placed near his heart. No worries up there at 8,000 feet up. Before I begin to express the beauty and pleasure we had, I would like to thank Tom and Jan for the use of their timesharing cabin.

The movie you are about to see, is between 10 and 15 minutes long with music, but it captures nature at its finest. I wanted to be true to the culture and climate of this town so as to entice your imagination with the eye of my view. You will see the area that we stayed at along with the animals, waterfall, flowers and trees that surrounded us.

We also decided to take a tour of the area and had a personal tour guide that grew up in the USA and is waiting for his papers to go back. We were lucky to enjoy both worlds, both the scenic view and the English translation about the Mexican land.

The tour bus got up to 9,000 feet and you could feel it getting colder. Per our tour guide, the houses are made out of brick and the roofs are tin, because it freezes in October. He states it never snows, so the growers that grow apples and other fruits have to can them for the winter. While we were in town almost all the stores have jarred fruit and vegetables for that reason. I also, found it interesting there is no gas for heat only plenty of wood for the heating fire to keep you warm.

The name of the town comes from the Nahuatl language and the meaning has been interpreted in different ways.

"Where deer are hunted with arrows"
"Where deer hunting arrows are made"
"Deer-hunting fletchers' place"

The town was founded by the Aztecs in 1165. It belonged to the manor of Tzapotlán and paid tribute to the chieftain of Tamazollan. In 1481 the area was invaded by P'urhépecha so that he could take the Laguna de Sayula. P'urhépecha held the area for only a few years until they were defeated at the end of the Salitre War in 1510.

The place was conquered by Cristóbal de Olid together with Juan Rodríguez Villafuerte early in 1522. Their party had been sent by Cortés to explore the region of western Mexico. Upon the conquest the people of Tzapotlán were awarded to Hernán Cortés who appointed Anton Salcedo as encomendero. Being named president of the Audiencia of Mexico, Nuño de Guzmán moved these parcels to Cortés.

It said that Miguel Hidalgo, when he was priest of this area, held mass in Palo Gordo. He used the trunk of an oak that is saved as a relic to serve as the altar for mass. In the slope of Zapatero clashed insurgents in 1812. Francisco Echeverria was their captain, who despite having emerged victorious was seriously injured, dying in Mazamitla. During the French intervention, the invaders burned files. After the French intervention the Mexican locals of Mazamitla captured a French officer named Jonny Fuentes who was hanged in the year 1815 in the town square.

Since 1825 the town had belonged to the 4th canton of Sayula until 1878, when it became a 9th canton of Ciudad Guzmán. On April 19, 1894 the place was declared a town by decree of the state congress.The population of Mazamitla has largely increased over the years after the battle of 1878. The chief operating officer Alexis Ceja demanded that the pueblo increase its tourism and created the idea of making cabins for future residents and guests of Mazamitla

Enjoy the nature and culture through my lens of the camera…

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