Travel Mexico — By Ben on 22 November 2010
A Magical Town – Part 1

I didn’t know we were going to end up going there, but I’m sure glad we did. My parents had a convention to go to in Morelos, a really small state south of Mexico City. Since it was a long holiday because of Revolution Day, they invited me to meet them Saturday night so we could visit some attractions around the little town where they were staying.

For the first time in many years I rode a bus to travel outside the city and it brought back so many memories of my childhood and youth when I used to travel all around the country on them. Traveling in Mexico by bus is one of the best ways to get around, especially when you ride the first class (they are very cheap too, I must say). I arrived to Jojutla, Morelos when it was already dark and I immediately recognized the place. That’s the little town Jon and I arrived to when we went to Las estacas so many years ago, a beautiful “oasis” (like Jon called it) where we spent two days.

My dad picked me at the bus station and we went to the little downtown area to have dinner. I had the biggest tamal I’ve ever eaten and it was stuffed with… wait for it, wait for it… cow’s tongue. I also have some champiqueso (mushrooms with melted cheese) tacos and a cup of bean atole. . It was delicious!

Biggest tamal ever

Tongue tamal

Aguas frescas

Campiqueso

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The following day I spent the day walking around the little town and hanging by the pool while my parents enjoyed the last day of their convention. The weather was so nice and I rested so well that the following day I was ready to go anywhere my parents decided to take me. After some deliberation we decided to drive about 30 minutes to some ruins they’ve heard about, Xochicalco. The views were incredible!

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We didn’t stay very long there because when I found out that one of my favorite places in Mexico was no more than a couple of hours away I asked my dad if we could go there. It had been more than 7 years since last time we went there, Jon was with us then, and I really wanted to visit that magical place one more time. I’m talking about a magical place, Mexico’s silver capital and the place I like to refer as Mexico’s Minas Tirith (any Tolkien fans out there?), Taxco de Alárcon in the state of Guerrero. These are some of the pictures I took on the way there. Tomorrow I’ll post the rest of this beautiful trip with some information about the town, where to stay and what to do and how to get there.

Jicamas

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Chorizo stand

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¡Buen provecho!

Read the second part here

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(16) Readers Comments

  1. Thank you so much for sharing your adventure so far Ben. I don't know if you are celebrating Thanksgiving in your new home but there is definitely a lot to be thankful for.

  2. I love tamales and that was a tamalaso. Many moons ago when I was young, I worked for Miguel Aleman your former President in his New York Mexican Tourist Office. I had the opportunity to visit many places in Mexico and I will never forget the food, mescal, tequila and moles…But most of all the beauty of it's people.

    Thank you for the memories.

  3. It is magical seeing the place through your eyes.

  4. Mexico is amazing!!!! Your blog is awesome I think I said it before! Mexico has so many great things to offer it is great that you share them with us!

  5. Wow, that place looks fantastic on a lot of different counts – food, scenery, architecture … I'm pretty envious.

  6. I love the pictures! Beautiful post….I would love to visit Mexico and eat all that wonderful food!

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