I’m leaving the Sierra Gorda and cycling the Huesteca region. I didn’t want to leave Jalpan. In my previous life I had rare days when I didn’t want to go to work. I know I’m not the only one. We all have them from time to time. Today I didn’t want to get on the bicycle. I just wanted to lay on the bed in my hotel room and watch crappy movies.

It was late when I set off from Jalpan. It was cold. It was overcast and rain threatened. Only about 11km from town was a small Archaeological site called Tancama. I made the short detour even though I really didn’t feel like it. The site was small but well maintained. But what struck me the most about the site was the flora. I spent more time looking at the plants than the ruins. Things were changing. My initial lethargy and boredom with getting in the bike let go to exploring the little things in the world.

Another hour on the road and I stopped to have a look at the small town of Landa. It is home to one of the 4 famous churches in this part of Mexico. The first one I visited in Jalpan. I only stopped long enough for a photo and some lunch. I had a long climb ahead. My camp for the night was the top of a hill.

It was a fast downhill ride into the town of Xilitla. Accommodation was reasonably cheap so I checked into a hotel, secured the bike and set off for an afternoon walk to the nearby gardens. Loz Pozas was created by some Hollywood dude who blended concrete structures and a tropical garden. The result is a strange mix, I’ll let the photos do the talking. I am certainly entering a more jungle like landscape.

 

Jalpan Cathedral

The Cathedral in Jalpan

Jalpan Cathedral

Jalpan Cathedral

Bombax Trees

Looks like a Bombax Tree with the Tancama ruins in the background

Flowers at Tancama Ruins

Flowers growing out of the Tancama ruins

Tancama Ruins

Tancama Ruins

Parasitic plants

Parasitic Plants

Parasitic Plants

More Parasitic Plants

Yellow Cactus Flowers

Yellow Cactus Flowers

Cycling Jalpan to Xiltla

Mision de Santa Maria in the small town of Landa

Landa

Landa

Las pozas

The well photographed waterfalls of Las Pozas

Las Pozas

More waterfalls

Las Pozas

The hands of Las Pozas

Las Pozas

Tropical plants of Las Pozas

Las Pozas

A lot work to make this aquatic feature

Las Pozas

About 50 people just left this area when I took this photo

Las Pozas

Typical tropical walking path

Las Pozas

Not sure what this is about

Las Pozas

Walking path

Las Pozas

Same strange structure

Las Pozas

Military tour of the area, I think I’m safe here

 

4 Responses

  1. Donna Catterick

    Is it possible that the plants are epiphytic? The Googled definition is a plant that derives moisture and nutrients from the air and rain; usually grows on another plant but not parasitic on it. I think staghorns are not parasitic.
    Love these photos.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Hi Donna, I think you are correct. Thanks for pointing that out.

  2. Margaret Buckles

    Hey there, I was sure you were one who could take a day off any day. I thought you were carefree and allowed yourself to slow down or giddy up.

    • BikeHikeSafari

      Yes, very true but I also have a budget that only goes so far and hotels are by far my biggest expense. Lucky Mexico is one great big campground.

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