It is located in the southeast region of Jalisco. To the north it borders the municipalities of Villa Purificación and Tomatlán, to the south with Cihuatlán, to the east with Casimiro Castillo and with Cuautitlán, while to the west it borders the Pacific Ocean.
You can access La Huerta from Guadalajara following the Guadalajara - Barra de Navidad highway or, from Bahía de Banderas, Barra de Navidad - Puerto Vallarta.
Palm trees, timber trees such as cedar, mahogany, barcino, rosamorada, spring, parota, fig trees, guamúchiles, culebro and palo fierro.
White-tailed deer, wild boars, macaws, chachalacas (wild hens, very noisy), parrots, parakeets, badgers, raccoons, armadillos, green iguanas, black iguanas and tigrillos.
Agriculture is very important in La Huerta. The mango, coconut, tamarind, watermelon, citrus fruits, nopales, corn, sugarcane, myrtle and coffee are cultivated superbly.
Chiles such as jalapeño, serrano, habanero, tree "rat tail", cucumber and jicama. There are tilapia hatcheries. There is also a marble site where tombstones and all kinds of funerary monuments are made.
Wooden furniture and tiles are manufactured. The cattle are sheep, pigs, poultry and goats. Honey is produced and, of course, the most important economic entry comes from tourism.
On the 15th of August the Day of the Walkers is celebrated. It is very special because in the main garden a mass is celebrated at 10:30 in the morning in which most of the town meets (many mounted on horseback or in carts towed by tractors adorned with palapas and balloons).
After the Mass, a journey that lasts approximately four hours begins, through the communities of Plazola and Totole. Upon return a dance is held in the municipal seat. From November 29 to December 8, the Immaculate Conception is celebrated.
On the ninth of December, the celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe begins and ends on the 12th of the same month. The immediate weekend starts the Bullfighting Fair that lasts ten days, in which there is a palenque of roosters, bullfights and popular dances.
Huaraches, inlaid saddles, palm bags and hand embroidery.
The gastronomy of the municipalities of Costalegre, Jalisco, is outstanding. If you visit La Huerta you can not miss the tasting of jackals (river prawns) and shrimps with tamarind and jamaica, zarandeado fish, enchiladas and pork fritters, which are nothing more than chicharrones mixed with cucumber, bottle sauce and cueritos.The green Pozolillo (chile poblano, coriander and oregano) is very rich and is eaten with toast and fresh cheese. The parota (tender nugget that is cooked with egg) and which is seasonal, from late winter to early spring.
Tamarind sweets as well as carafe snow are particularly delicious. The typical drinks are the tepache and the tejuino that is prepared in a different way to Guadalajara because it does not get lemon snow but it is flavored with salt and lemon and also it ferments less.
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The current municipality of La Huerta has some petroglyphs, the ones that stand out are those of the hill Altitle located a few kilometers from the municipal seat.
Before the arrival of the Spaniards this was an area of great importance, the current municipality of La Huerta was part of the salt route.
The hill the Altitle or hill of marble and its engravings are a sample of the importance of the place. In nearby sites tombs and cemeteries have been found although little has been studied archaeologically.
This region was conquered by the Spanish captain Francisco Cortés de San Buenaventura in 1524. Before and during the first years of European colonization the town was known as Mazatán and it was an indigenous town.
Later a ranchería was formed in this place that bore the name of Jesús María. It belonged jurisdictionally to Villa Purificación in the Colonia.
In the place there were several haciendas and large plantations of cotton and indigo. Previously it was known as La huerta de Olmedo, referring to the owner of a fruit tree plantation.
La Huerta was erected in the Purification Police Station on March 31, 1883, in 1943 it was erected as a municipal delegation of the Casimiro Castillo municipality, where it belonged until November 11, 1946, when it was erected as a municipality.
During the revolution, one of the inhabitants of La Huerta, Juan Sánchez Gómez, rose up in arms, becoming the Villista chief. In 1919 the carrancistas to the control of Agustín Olachea sacked the town by retaliation to Juan Sanchez described like bloodthirsty.
During the religious conflict known as La Cristiada, troops under his command sacrificed Father Martín Díaz in the village on June 27, 1927. On December 11 of the following year he left in the same town 27 soldiers under the command of Gregorio Gaviño.
General Ibarra, commanding a handful of cristeros, besieged the population and annihilated them. The authorities blamed Sánchez Gómez for this incident and expelled him from the country. In 1931 he returned and two years later, on May 3, 1933, he was assassinated by federal forces.
Gran bahía de Tenacatita
This bay in the form of m includes several towns and tourist centers. It is divided by a small peninsula that remains virgin.
The beaches of the bay are surrounded towards the continent by mangroves, estuaries and arms of water, and in the southern tip, by high hills. At sea, several islets remain alert to tidal changes and are natural visual landmarks.
The great bay begins with the town of La Manzanilla, with a peninsula that divides Boca de Iguanas, followed by the cliffs that separate the large hotels of the small fishing village, which is called Tenacatita.
Crafts of the region
In almost all the beaches of the Costalegre will be visited by street vendors, among them, those that offer to make afro braids.
This is one of the best manual skills for women in the region, and whether it's the pleasure of having a scalp massage or the fun of taking a picture once the hairstyle is finished, it's worth to enjoy , even once in a lifetime, this coastal seal.
The entrance to La Manzanilla is the first after crossing an immense valley of palm trees, at kilometer 10 of the Melaque-Puerto Vallarta highway. The town is located on the southern tip of the bay, almost without overlooking the sea, and much of the town is built in the small valley, or in the hills that surround it.
Although it was very affected by the tsunami of '95, the town was completely renovated, giving rise to immense constructions of foreigners' houses, which has forced the town to slowly enter the hillsides.
The view from the beach is very pleasant, simple constructions dominate with palapa roofs and to the north, the typical eaters still offer service to tourists who prefer fish and seafood dishes sitting on plastic chairs on the sand.
In spite of not having paved the streets of the town, this one has much charm, thanks to small details, like a garden in blade marking the entrance to the center, or that some facades are carefully painted in ocher colors, or due to the discreet signs of businesses.
On the top of the hill that rises above the sea, the first house built in La Manzanilla del Mar by a cacique has been brought in by workers from the surrounding area to work on their coconut oil palm plantations, a species now practically disappeared in the zone.
When the day laborers saw the virtues of this corner of the sea, they began to demand ownership of their own land, the boss sent for a few thugs, made the women and children go down the mountain road to Cihuatlán, and ordered an absolute massacre.
The main battle took place in what is now the village cemetery, and of the totality of inhabitants only six men were left alive. The foreman fled and it was the survivors who founded the town.
On the main street you will find a commemorative plaque.
The disappearance of the red mangrove
This species is responsible for absorbing salt from seawater, transforming it into the necessary brackish water for the ecosystem of the estuary to survive, also preventing the erosion and sedimentation of corals.
Without the functions of the red mangrove, every sea inlet becomes a desert wasteland because the salt prevents the various species of plants that give food to the birds and other endemic animals from growing.
The red mangrove has an added charm for the human; It is good construction material. Thus, in La Manzanilla the territory of this species has been reduced and in its place the white mangrove has grown, although it looks physically, it does not absorb salt.
Currently, reforestation and conservation efforts are being carried out in the area.
Situation with the land
The most private of the developments on the coast is El Tamarindo, which is now part of an exclusive club for which you need to pay millionaire fees if you want to be a member.
They are currently looking to buy the nearby hill to La Manzanilla, which looks directly at the town. Even though it is an ejido land, the temptation is great. With the money offered to each ejidatario, they, with their current lifestyle, as well as their children and grandchildren, would have everything necessary to survive.
What is not expected is that, when selling the land, the lifestyle is also transformed. Destined to be then gardeners, maids and caretakers of luxury resorts, the fisherman leaves his sea, the lady forgets her life of conversations under the shade of a tree, and they join the international tourism system.
Some in the town do not agree, but maybe in a few years, when you visit La Manzanilla, they will say, here once there was a town.
This is one of the few coastal towns from whose square the sea can be seen.
The kiosk, destroyed in the 95 earthquake, was recently rebuilt with donations in kind and the efforts of all the villagers.
With a fun design created by a foreign resident, it has relief images of various marine species such as dolphins and turtles.
The facade of the church is very simple and has huge windows, which makes it fresh and bright. The main patio, or garden, is very well cared for with pots full of plants with colorful flowers.
The main gallery, located on Playa Pérula street, is an excellent place to get to know the work of local, regional and international artists, both those who visit the area temporarily, or those who have adopted it as their permanent residence.
In this pleasant space there is an interesting mix of works, from sculpture, jewelry and various plastic manifestations. During the high season, during the winter, there are activities such as meetings to talk with the artists, as well as various celebrations and talks about art. Learn more about their exhibitions and programs at www.artinmexico.com. 315. 3517099.
In 2003 the La Manzanilla Cultural Center was inaugurated, a modern building designed by Robert Kimsey donated to the population by the foreign community. It has multipurpose rooms and was created to promote creativity and culture, especially among the children of the town.
With wide outdoor spaces, kilns and lathes for ceramic production, and various materials for painting and other activities, the center offers fun summer courses for children with the support of specialists from different areas, such as photography, dance, theater and creation of alebrijes.
During the year, the courses are offered on Saturdays and are open to all visitors to La Manzanilla. In this Center courses of papier mache, English and care for the environment are also offered.
At the northern tip of the village, at the mouth of the mangrove, there lives an immense population of alligators. Do not worry, the area closest to the town is fenced, and from the street you can awe at these fabulous creatures.
Although the water is rather dark, and the immense branches of the mangrove obstruct the view, be patient, and pay attention to the slightest movement. Soon you will see a pair of little eyes peeking through the water, or a long dorsal column sliding slowly. With an opaque color, the water camouflages these animals of the American Crocodile species.
Ecotourism in La Manzanilla has gained strength. Tour companies offer kayak rides, snorkeling, bird watching walks, mangrove walks and cultural tours, as well as environmental studies courses.
At the top of the village there is a white cross at the top of the hill. To climb you have to take Calle Pérula and ascend amid huge houses until you reach a dirt road that makes an abrupt turn before reaching the top.
From there you can see in immense mangrove valley and the bay in its entirety. At sunset, the views are impressive, but you have to be prepared for the attack of the mosquitoes.
Boca de Iguanas
To get there you have to take the deviation from the road at kilometer 16 and walk for 3 kilometers (1.8 miles). It is recommended to make the journey slowly and take the stops with care.
This white sand beach at the northern tip of the bay is known for those who travel in mobile homes or those who like camping. In high season it offers horse rentals, boats for sailing and sport fishing.
Because of its remote position and immense palm groves that surround it, it is a beach naturally protected from strong winds or long hours of sun, but in the summer, it is not very visited due to the incessant storms and the mosquitoes that accompany them.
Located on the top of a cliff, this exclusive adult only resort and holistic center offers something special; you can, or can not, say goodbye to your swimsuit.
The gardens surrounding the exclusive villas are spectacular. Activities for guests include yoga classes, temazcales, and access to two stunning hot tubs located at the tip of the cliff on which the hotel rises.
In addition, you can visit both the Bahía de los Ángeles Locos, as well as a small sea entrance with private access, with crystal clear waters of calm waves and soft sand, where by the way, there is a small heliport.
It is an ideal environment for those who seek to withdraw from the crowds, and prefer privacy.
El Estero or Arm of the River Purification
Surrounded by mangroves, this arm of water joins the bay of Tenacatita in its two points. Various boat rides are offered, including bird watching, description of the flora and, above all, an interesting tour through the waters of the estuary which, due to their coloration, are often surrounded by mystery.
Mainly pelicans, water snakes and various birds and iguanas, but with a bit of luck, you could see see an alligator. At the mouth near Los Angeles Locos you can see a shrimp prey. The cost per boat ride is negotiable per per hour, in a panga (boat), in which 1 to 10 people can fit.
This ecological reserve invites you to dive, swim or fish, or enjoy the typical beach cuisine in a bower. At kilometer 27 take the deviation and drive on a small road that announces the destination, since there are constantly signs that read: "do not make your house a garbage dump", "take care of the environment".
At the northern tip of the bay rise diverse and varied rock formations, making it a fascinating sight with what looks like a small rock city, under which inhabit endless species of colorful fish, making it an ideal point to dive or snorkel.
The beach is white and soft sand, attractive for long walks at sunset. Various arbors offer food, shade and entertainment for visitors.
This incredible beach, whose deviation is located at kilometer 32, was an important tourist center, but with the exception of three houses, everything lies in complete abandonment and oblivion.
Thus, despite the beauty of the beach, palm groves and the freshwater lagoon, El Tecuán is an inhospitable place, and those who visit it the most are the surfers who appreciate its immense waves.
Another beach to surf is Arroyo Seco, which is reached by a dirt road a few kilometers away, and because it is open sea, it is not recommended to swim there.
Chamela-Cuixmala Biosphere Reserve
This private ecological development extends mainly towards the interior territory, but it has an outlet to the sea in the bay of the Cuixmala River.
The coast, which can only be accessed by sea, is made up of incredible beaches, impressive rock formations, cliffs and sea inlets.
There they protect, among other species, 22 types of parrots, 19 of which are classified in some risk category.
They also participate in the preservation work of the Bird Islands in Chamela. In your visit you can walk an interpretative path and a Site Museum.
This tourist development that stands out for its color, modernity and glamor was born as the dream of an Italian who searched all over the world for the ideal conditions to develop a unique and exclusive resort, and found it in Careyes thanks to the recondite and magnificent of its beaches. Fashion is lived in cocktails and glamor nights, so it is recommended to go dressed ad hoc.
For visitors to Careyes one of the biggest attractions is that it has one of the few Polo fields in the country. Located about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) south of the development, the season to practice this sport goes from November to April. Different games are scheduled 4 times per week, and private games can be requested, or participate even if you do not stay in the area.
There are three beaches in Careyes: Playa Blanca, Playa Rosa and Playa Careyes, where the exclusive resort with the same name is located, where in addition to its unbelievable white sand beach, you can visit the designer shops and exclusive boutiques, or eat in one of its restaurants.
Playa Blanca is currently under renovation. Playa Rosa is a small and intimate cove surrounded by rocks and islets. With brown sand and crystal clear waters, the beach rests under the shade of palmares, from where you can see the rocking of the various boats, boats, yachts, sailboats. There is the restaurant Playa Rosa, an elegant palapa on the beach that offers international cuisine with Mexican touches. Try carpaccios of octopus and shrimp.
Between the hills covered by organs, palm trees and tabachines, the terraces of the impressive houses of the Pacific are distinguished from the beach due to the intensity and variety of the colors that decorate them.
The villages on the road
In general, the small towns located on Route 200 are small groups of houses, with few services, a couple of tendajones, and that during the day they have a strange feeling of abandonment.
Maybe it's because most of the people who live there work in the big resorts, and spend most of the day away from home, or because children still have to travel long distances to receive their education due to the scarcity of schools of the area, or because the climate invites people to stay in the inner courtyards, where it is cooler.
What is certain is that for the eyes of the tourist who is quickly passing, they look like ghost towns.
Bahía de Chamela
This immense bay offers direct passage to walks to nearby islands inhabited by various species of seabirds. The fauna in the area includes mammals (badger, opossum, deer, armadillo, tigrillo, coyote, fox and raccoon), reptiles (snakes and iguanas), birds (herons, pelicans and gulls) and marine (mojarra, shrimp, octopus, red snapper, mullet, snapper, saw, horse mackerel, cook, striped and colmillón).
One of the activities that can be practiced in Bahía de Chamela is sport fishing, highlighting species such as red snapper, sierra, mullet, horse mackerel and cook.
Due to the tranquility that prevails in this water, it is easier to practice diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, swimming, motor boating, skiing, rowing and sailing.
Despite its fame, Chamela is actually the name of the bay, because there is no large town that bears its name. You will know that you have arrived, because after crossing the bridge you will see Restaurant La Viuda, which is an excellent option to stop, since in addition to its delicious homemade food, it is full of macaws and parrots.
Under the Chamela Auxiliary Bridge you will recognize some pretty little houses made of wooden planks and surrounded by colorful bougainvillea.
Continue on the other side of the cobblestone until you come to a fork where you can choose to visit several beaches. This is the starting point for pangas, both for diving and for walks around the different islands.
To visit the Islands it is necessary to rent boats or hire tourist tours, and the main ones to visit are the Pajarera Island and Cocinas.
The Pajarera Island has an immense number of birds, but mainly the bobo and the earwig. Considered a zone of protection of the fauna, its access is restricted and when descending it is asked to be cautious because the nests can be anywhere, besides that it is essential not to leave trash in its path.
Cocinas Island was a place where shark products were usually processed, and now due to its exploitation, it no longer has such a strong presence. On this island there are two beaches, one of them with ground shell sand, which gives it its name of Caleta Perla. In the distance you can distinguish the Mamut islet, which is considered the icon of the area, where mainly pelicans live.
Located on the side of Chamela beach, this is a beautiful cove of calm and crystal clear waters, with a small restaurant where you can protect yourself from the sun. Its greatest charm is the view of the San Andres and Negra Islands, which are so close that it makes the bay look like another islet.
Slightly smaller than Los Negritos, and located right next to it, this cove offers views of the islands of San Pedro and San Agustín. There are more bows and there are also many boats, making it a less peaceful place, but more practical in case you are looking to embark.
Chamela and its estuary
The southern tip of Chamela converges with the large estuary, with an extension of 1 km (0.62 mi) long and 70 meters (229 feet) wide, and which with high tide or rain is touched by the sea.
The brackish water, the birds that fly and the dense vegetation, gives a very special touch to the bath in these waters, also due to the natural shape of the curvature of the bay, offering a calmer water.
In addition you have a view in the foreground of the islands, as well as the immense beach of 10 km (6.2 miles). The estuary inhabits a very varied fauna such as smooth, cilia, snapper, guabina, heron, water divers and coots. Its flora consists of mangrove, guamúchil, organs, mainly.
The sunsets are spectacular. From the islands you can hear the flutter of the hundreds of birds, and bats. The skies of pink, purple, orange colors are intense and unique. In cloudy afternoons they enjoy themselves more, finding the refuge in color and forms.
Located in the northeast corner of the bay, this is where the largest offer of accommodation for tourists is located. It has incredible views of the islands, and at the end of the whole, ends another estuary, the Leones. That is an ideal point also to hire boat rides, or eat in the typical enramadas.
Do not forget to agree on the price of your trip before setting sail. Here you can also buy groceries if you have a kitchenette.
Here the access to the beaches is hindered by the state of the gaps that have to be traveled to get there, or because the beaches have been closed to enjoy the exclusive resorts. In any case, visiting the sea in this area is not a walk, but a destination. Here it is recommended to bring a plan, reservations and provisions.
There are a series of private beaches that the mega resorts make access to them impossible or difficult.
One of the most beautiful is the Alamandas, an ecological-tourist development, where you can enter to spend the day, even without being hosted, paying $ 50 dollars per day.
Upon entering you also arrive at Punta Soledad, a series of very interesting rock formations. Another private development, 5 kilometers (3 miles) away, is Bahía de Mezcales, and has limited access.
San Nicolás River
This is the official end of Costalegre, which is marked by the crossing of the immense and impressive San Nicolás River, and where an extensive stretch of open sea begins, known as the Gran Playón de Tomatlán, which extends for 70 kilometers (43 miles) to the north.
In Punta Quemaro there are some very interesting rock formations, this point is more striking for its landscapes because the waves are heavy since they are waters of the open sea.
You can take the dirt road of more than 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) at kilometer 84. If you decide to just admire the river, we recommend you take the bridge at low speed to enjoy the valley that falls off under your feet.