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A Detour to Mascota, Jalisco

If you love nature and ecotourism, this village surrounded by mountains, trees and beautiful landscapes is a place you simply have to visit. 


By Cesar Lerma

Edited by Haydé Escalante

Translated by Nyima Bieber


The unique name of this magical town was derived from Teco Amaxacotlán Mazacotla, which means place of deer and snakes. It is located in northeastern Jalisco, just 80 minutes from Puerto Vallarta. I recommend enjoying the road to get there- it’s a beautiful drive and you’ll feel yourself slowly disconnecting from the hustle and bustle of the city.


One typical Mascota product that you’ll find throughout the town is its sweets and biscuits made with fruits of the region.
Mascota also has various places to visit such as churches, its parish, the Archaeological Museum and House of Culture with three exhibits of the region and “El Pantano”; where an unknown culture of Jalisco and Western Mexico was discovered. It also has natural wonders to enjoy such as:
Presa Corrinchis: Just 20 minutes from Mascota you’ll find this dam, where you can camp, go rafting, kayak and ride horses.
Laguna de Juanacatlan: This beautiful lagoon surrounded by forest has an incredible setting. Here you can fish and practice other water sports.
Laguna de Yerbabuena: At this lagoon you can observe ducks and geese- they enjoy the presence of visitors.
Volcán “El Molcajete”: An inactive volcano covered with a grand variety of plants and foliage. If you reach the top you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view of the surrounding area.
“El Maipaís” petrified fields: These fields were petrified by the volcanic activity of the valley. They are a place of many legends.
Cascada el Rincón de Ixcatán: A beautiful waterfall fed by the Arroyo de La Plata, with a height of six meters.
Cañon el Ocotillo y La Mesa Colorada: In both the Ocotillo Canyon and the Mesa Colorada you can find petroglyphs.
If you have the chance to visit the marvellous town of Mascota and its natural wonders, don’t hesitate to go! You won’t be disappointed.
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