So we made it to the Guadalajara area and decided to stay in
Villa Corona at Chimulco Trailer Park as it is the closest RV park to the city
unless you stay in the city and those parks are not as nice.
"Villa Corona is known for its beautiful Parque Acuatico
Chimulco and itís Hot Springs! There are three naturally hot pools and instead
of pumping and filtering the water they simply empty the pools every night and
refill them in the morning from the abundant underground hot springs. One of the
side benefits for the people lucky enough to live in Villa Corona is that they
get free heating and hot water! The water from the hot springs is piped
throughout the town and into every home and business.
The aquatic park is open to the public during the day and is
crowded with happy, laughing Mexican children and their watchful parents. Many
of these visitors drive or bus down from Guadalajara for the day. They bring
huge lunches that they eat at the many barbeque equipped picnic tables
throughout the park. At night while the three main pools are being emptied and
cleaned, another smaller pool is filled with hot water for the exclusive use of
the residents of the RV Park. It is open from 7:00 to 10:00 at night.
There is a small lake beside the park which is a birding area and a nesting site
for water foul."
to : Villa
Corona, Jalisco, Mex. From jct Hwy 54 & Hwy 80: Go 9 mi W on Hwy 80 toward
Barra de Navidad. After Gas station turn left, go 1 block, turn right & go
1/2 mi. Entrance on left.
There is more park behind us where people can pitch tents and
walk along the lakeshore
Laundry room and clubhouse
Grocery store and restaurants in the park
Pool area - one of them
Restaurant, First Aid station and free WiFi ( power bars to
plug-in at each table)
You can rent private hot tubs filled from the hot springs
Picnic and BBQ area for visitors
Church in Villa Corona
to the famous blown glass art. Here you will find a giant street market with
numerous vendors of ceramics, pottery, glass objects and all kinds of
handcrafted items and novelties.
hired a professional tour guide for the day:
ended up being a 7 hour day as Ricardo toured us through Tonala and Guadalajara. We
stopped for lunch at one of Ricardo's favorite restaurants in downtown
Guadalajara and now mine.
was an excellent guide. He speaks English and Spanish and is extremely
knowledgeable of the history of the area and Mexico in general. He has a variety
of different size vehicles to accommodate both large or small groups. He is also
licensed to drive or move any size RV should you require somebody to deliver or
move your RV anywhere in Mexico.
is definitely worth the money so that you have a driver and a guide for the day
without the worry of wondering where to park, how to get there and the parking
fees involved. Highly recommended.
started with a tour of Tonala. Always go on Thursday
or Sunday to
this city as that is when the giant market is open. It was amazing. the
following pictures show you a small amount of the goods for sale and the food
you may purchase from the restaurants inter-dispersed among the other vendors.
It is very crowded, but a lot of fun. Some of the best deals in Mexico.
Candles and Plaques
More ceramics and glassware
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Black Pottery of Oaxaca
Oaxaca, as in other cities and towns in Mexico, pottery is familiar as
decoration and is widely used for practical purposes. But the pottery best known
in Oaxaca, a colonial-style city about 325 miles south of Mexico City, is
unusual in that it is black.
black pottery of Oaxaca has a satiny sheen, sometimes with a silvery luster. It
was developed by accident in 1953 from the traditional drab gray ware of the
area. That was when Rosa Real de Nieto, a potter from a family of potters of
Zapotec Indian ancestry, tried burnishing a simple clay pot with a piece of
quartz before firing it. The pot that emerged from her kiln in San Bartolo
Coyotepec, an adobe village about nine miles south of Oaxaca, had an attractive
patina. Further experimentation led Mrs. Nieto, who died in 1978, to discover
that the shorter the firing time the blacker the pot. Instead of the pale taupe
that resulted from the usual firing time, the pottery could be made a handsome
is this stunning black pottery shaped into tiny pots, animal figurines and beads
as well as larger jugs, bowls, candelabra and jars that fill the shelves of
craft shops and sections of the three vast indoor and outdoor public markets in
Oaxaca. One of the best selections of the finely finished pottery is available
at Mrs. Nieto's airy workshop in San Bartolo Coyotepec. It is now being run by
her son, Valente, Nieto.
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I do not know where the best prices are for this pottery, but
there was plenty of it here in Tonala
Lamps and things
More ceramics of a different kind
Wooden picture frames
Silver frames and tea-sets, etc....
Glass balls - hand blown
Tequila or liquor sets
I purchased some wineglasses here and some tumblers in
Mazatlan. A reasonable price is about 40 pesos/ea for the higher end glassware.
John and I found out you can get the price lower if you buy more than one item.
The more you buy the cheaper it gets.
A gentlemen decided to use his car to market his merchandise
City square with a pretty church in front. too many people to
get a good picture. We only had two hours or so to shop if we wanted to see the
best of Guadalajara. The dog limits our day trips to max 8 hours.
Churros - fried dough rolled in sugar, sort of like a Canadian
Beavertail on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa minus the cinnamon and icing
sugar and the shape
OK not the same, but delicious!!!!
On to Guadalajara next for a history lesson!
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