Feb 20, 2007, 5:05 AM
Post #12 of 12
We went and enjoyed the trip very much. You are right there is nothing to see if you are looking for tourist things. I spoke to several locals, some in Spanish and one who spoke excellent English. It was interesting the reaction when I asked if there was anything of interest to see for tourists. They actually looked embarrassed when telling me NO.
Nevertheless, we very much enjoyed the trip. We wandered around town, found a lot of interesting and prosperous businesses on the boulevard, which is the hiway in and out of town, a very pleasant plaza, where we people watched for an hour while we had a very nice lunch at the Restaurante Plaza. At least on this day, parking was not worse than most places. We had no trouble driving around the plaza area, found a parking lot (20 pesos for a couple of hours) right near the plaza, got a sort of guided tour of the cathedral, bought a pair of shoes big enough for my US size 12 gunboat feet, and generally had a nice visit.
Sahuayo seems to be quite prosperous and clean. I think that it is the regional center for the farming area around the southeast end of Lake Chapala and other nearby areas. We also saw lots of building material businesses, including a number with a wide variety of different colored roof tiles. We found many of the people in the plaza area to generally be well dressed and very helpful.
In one of the smaller towns that we drove through, I accidentally drove through the middle of the local tiangius. Some people were a little hostile to have to get out of my way, but most seemed to understand when I told them I was a loco gringo and didn't know any better. There really were no signs or barricades to let me know I was driving into a tiangius and once started, there was no turning back.
We then drove up to Mazamitla, wandered around the plaza and checked out the tiangius, which evidently is held on Mondays there.
The whole trip took about seven hours. The only bad part was passing a head-on collision that had just occurred near San Nicholas along the south shore of Chapala. The roads around the southeast part of the lake are being greatly upgraded, but some areas are still quite dangerous.