There is a dirt road that winds it's way through the back of the mountains up to the mirador. There's also a hiking trail from the back of the town. But Bonnie said the trail is a bit confusing because it branches off at several spots. We decided to walk up on the road, and back down on the trail.
Ruins of an old mine site along the way. Etzatlan used to be a mining town, with a lot of silver and copper produced in the early 1900's.
The road actually goes back into the mountains before doubling back closer to the town.
Our hike from town to the mirador. It was 4.1 kms (2.5 miles) one way along the road from the edge of town. Isn't Google maps cool??!!
Panorama shot of the town and valley. Beautiful!
View looking west of town.
Kevin, on the trail coming back down the mountain.
There were these huge grasshoppers living on this side of the mountain. They were at least the size of my thumb! Never seen grasshoppers this big.
We got back into town and walked over to the central square. Sat and had a snack and watched the world go by. Then we wandered over to the carneceria (butcher) and bought two ribeye steaks for dinner for 50 pesos ($3.90). Then to the fruit and veggie store where we spent 27 pesos ($2.10). Then 16 cans of beer for 130 pesos ($10.14) and a bottle of rum for 98 pesos ($7.64). We would have walked back home, but now we had too much to carry so we took a taxi for 30 pesos. ($2.34).
I know we go on about prices a lot, but between the prices and the weather I have to wonder why anybody would retire in Canada. Can't for the life of me figure it out.
We relaxed for the rest of the day and did some reading and played with the dogs. Then we cooked up our steaks. They were delicious and we will go back to that butcher and buy more before we leave here! Speaking of which, we like it here and we're going to stay on until next Monday. Bonnie has volunteered the use of her car so that we can drive to a ruins site not far from here.