So we took off after lunch. The road goes into the hills from the nearby town of Valle de Juarez, and at first it is paved, although with a few potholes. It isn't long before you start to get a nice view.
The town of Valle de Juarez.
Getting a little higher.
The road is still paved at this point, but that is about to change!
Now, we have a dirt road. With lots of rocks and potholes.
But we had some gorgeous views!
Just after the village of El Tigre, there is a plateau with green fields.
The town of Mazamitla is a popular tourist spot for people from Guadalajara, and it's a long weekend here in Mexico. In the town, they offer tours into the hills and there are several of these large 4 wheel drive open air vehicles that take groups on tours of these hills. We met one coming the other way...
The road was actually really bad at this point.
A farmer and his horse and his dog.
Another beautiful view of Valle de Juarez
Pretty slow going for the little blue car!
You can actually see Lake Chapala in the distance. If you know where to look!
This drive is actually fairly short, at about 27 kms (17 miles). But it took us an hour and a half to do it! We only really stopped to take the pictures along the way. Most of the time we were just crawling along in first gear!
A 27 km (17 mile) drive that takes an hour and a half!
When we got back, the little blue car needed a bath!