San Sebastián del Oeste, a charming town, is just over an hour fromVallarta Port. It is a town that coincidentally does not appear mentioned in many of the great travel guides, but that hides many possibilities ofActive turism and all the charms of a town that has barely suffered tourist hatching like many parts of Mexico.
San Sebastian del Oeste
What to see in San Sebastián del Oeste
San Sebastian del Oeste It is the first town on the #AllMexicoTrip route where we see theReal mexico, the most rural. Departing by taxi from Puerto Vallarta and bypassing a pleasant mountain road of subtropical vegetation, you reach this charming town of cobbled streets and colonial-looking arcades.
San Sebastian del Oeste
Upon arrival the first thing you visit is Mary's Fifth, where year after year more than 30 tons of coffee are collected from the mountains surrounding San Sebastian del Oeste. As in much of the rural world in Mexico, all grain collection is manual as well as the process of roasting the grain, a process that both the owner and his workers are delighted to tell the new tourists who arrive in this small corner from Mexico.
Leaving Mary's La Quinta behind, the first ones appear Cobbled streets and you reach the town square. In the square of San Sebastián del Oeste it is still possible to perceive the difference of classes where it was submerged Mexico at the beginning of the 20th century, times in which it reached its maximum splendor. In those times, because of the mines that surrounded the city, it was able to house more than 30,000 inhabitants, a figure that overshadows the 600 that currently exist.
The church of San Sebastián del Oeste
If we had to choose things we liked about San Sebastián del Oeste we would stay with:
- The artisanal elaboration of coffee in La Quinta de Mary
- The main square and its arcades
- The cigar shop, where Raúl shows tourists how they are made by hand
- The imposing church from town
- He Conchita Encarnación Museum, where Lupita tells the story of her family. I would say that this woman is like the Wikipedia of the people
- The old bank, a small fort with bullet holes in its facade by the attacks of the bandits of the time
- The elaboration of the Rootlet, an alcoholic beverage product of the wild lechuguilla agave distillate
And already around San Sebastián del Oeste:
- He village viewpoint, hidden on the side of the mountain and accessible by a steep dirt road
- The ascension to Cerro de la Bufa, with its 2,506m height
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