New adventure park in the mountains opens
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
A circuit of seven funiculars, a suspended bridge and panoramic views of the city are some of the highlights of a newly opened adventure park outside the city. Parque de Aventura is located on the slope of the Tres Cruces volcano. Sergio Rodríguez, who is experienced in adventure tourism products, said that this project emerged two years ago, when he and his team offered a summer camp for the Milenio School; during this camp they discovered a 50-meter-deep canyon, home to many kinds of birds, including the red-tailed eagle, which they thought was an ideal area for installing funiculars.
Bautista and his team, including a group of Mexican immigrants in Minnesota who funded the park, prepared plans for the project and presented it to the local administration, which channeled them to the Migrant Attention department of the SEDESOL (Secretariat of Social Development). In that department, the eco-tourism project was supported through the program 3 × 1. In this program, the federal, state and local governments invest one peso for every peso that the developers put in.
For the first of two stages the investment was 1,300,000 pesos, which will fund the construction of tertiary roads and the installation of seven funiculars, the longest traveling 250 meters and the shortest 80 meters, for a total of 1.5 kilometers of cable. The adventure park also has an 80-meter-long suspension bridge. This new product has generated 12 new jobs for young sanmiguelenses who are experienced in the field of adventure.
The Adventure Park opened during Holy Week. It is open daily from 9am–7pm. The current fare for riding the funiculars is 780 pesos.
Sanmiguelenses with an IFE ID (voter registration card) can get a special rate of two-for-one and during May, children free. The team is ready to receive groups from 5 to 15 people. To reserve a tour, call 121-2291. The entrance to the park is located on the libramiento Manuel Zavala Zavala (El Caracol) by the entrance to Club Colonial. The gate is through Piedras del Sol, and the reception area is located in the castle with yellow flags.
Alejandra Ojeda from the SEDESOL was given a courtesy tour by Bautista. She was a very important part of this project, and she said that it was complicated because of the bureaucracy. They were about to abandon the project several times, but now they are happy because it has become a reality.
Bautista said that the second stage will include horseback riding tours as well as ATVs and bicycles. The picnic area will also be restored.