27 November 2014
Day of the Dead fell on the weekend this year, so some friends and I went to Chignahuapan to see the yearly show/play that they put on. We also spent some time in Piedras Encimadas, a park about 45 minutes away. It was freezing cold, foggy, and drizzling the whole time, but I’d still recommend going!
Chignahuapan and Zacatlán are both famous for their “pan de queso,” or sweetbread stuffed with cheese. It sounds strange, but it’s delicious! My friend Adriana took this picture of these cheese-filled alligators.
An enormous ofrenda, or Day of the Dead altar, inside a church in Chignahuapan.
Chignahuapan is known for its handmade “esferas,” or glass Christmas decorations. They were included in this altar.
Piedras Encimadas is a little ways outside Zacatlán. It’s a huge park with strange stone formations (hence the name). Unfortunately we couldn’t see the formations very well due to all the fog!
We took a tour on a horse-drawn cart. We originally wanted to walk, but the path was so slippery with mud that we were falling down all over the place!
After Piedras Encimadas, we went back to Chignahuapan to see the show. It takes place on a platform in the middle of the town’s lake!
25 November 2014
A few weeks ago a friend and I wanted to spend our Sunday swimming, so we went on a little adventure. First we stopped at Aqua Paraíso, just outside Atlixco and about 45 minutes from Puebla (by car). There were water slides, several pools, and a camping area, all bordered by a beautiful tree-lined river (which was not for swimming). We admired the view for a while, but ultimately didn’t stay because the water in the pools was quite cold, as was the morning air!
The road back to the highway, and Popo letting out a puff of smoke in the background.
After we left Aqua Paraíso, we headed to Izúcar de Matamoros and to the San Carlos water park, which was about another 45 minutes away. Izúcar is warmer than Puebla and the springs at San Carlos are pretty toasty as well. There are multiple pools, camping and picnic areas, and water slides. I don’t have any photos because we were busy swimming!
Heading back from San Carlos. Notice how dry everything looks— there are even cactuses (or cacti) all around the water park!