Today I'll start my story about our excursion to Mascota and Talpa, small towns in the hills outside of Puerto Vallarta. For the next few days, enjoy my stories about the trip.
Today we took a trip to Talpa and Mascota. These are beautiful little towns that are nestled in the fertile valleys of the Sierra Madre Mountains. Be prepared for a a windy drive.
As we were driving up the mountain we stopped at the Hacienda San Sebastian Distillery. It was not too early for a sample of their Almond Tequila. Tequila comes in all flavors including chocolate, coffee, and Recces Pieces. While in Mexico, we visited three different distilleries. The dessert tequilas were my favorite.
Mascota is known as the land of deer and snakes. It is located between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. We visited the town square and market where you can enjoy the tasty treats and local products. They have a 100 year old church called Nuestra Senora de Los Dolores. The construction started in 1905 and remains incomplete to this day as a result of the Mexican Revolution. The square right outside the church is beautiful with flowers, gazebo, and benches. We stopped at the Navidad restaurant that I highly recommend. Fresh food with authentic Mexican spices made me think I was in heaven. I had the grilled beefsteak. It came with beans, salad, vegetables, taco chips, salsa, and guacamole for $5. It is a small quaint city, that brings back memories of old Mexico. One town wall was painted with a lovely mural of the history of the area. There is also a volcano 3 miles Northeast of the city.
We also visited a monastery that was never completed. The grounds are beautiful and the history behind the monastery interesting. There was a tunnel built so that people could escape underground, but it lead to a hacienda where the bad guys were waiting for them. They were all executed when they arrived.
I recommend this trip if you want to learn more about the culture of Mexico and if you want to make the pilgrimage to the Basilica in Talpa.