El Sabino in La Huerta
By Jade Arroyo, photos by Jade Arroyo and Ángel Miquel
A well-kept local secret is the spectacular sabino located in the nearby community of La Huerta, only 20 minutes from the city.
The sabino, a bald cypress, has been standing with dignity in this quiet town for more than 450 years, surrounded by fruit trees and a spring that has nurtured its growth.
The sabino is considered the national tree of Mexico. Sabino is the Spanish word; in Nahuatl, it is ahuehuete, meaning ancient water tree. It is an impressive tree, one of the oldest in the country. Its circumference is equivalent to 20 adults embracing it around the middle.
Although there’s no precise data, oral tradition and some documents claim it dates back to the first wars of conquest in the 16th century. The chronicles tell that after a bloody battle in Puerto Calderon in 1531, the Indians made peace and decided to establish a chapel dedicated to Christ of the Conquest. There, at the foot of the spring, they planted a small sabino brought from Acámbaro as a symbol of peace and reconciliation.
The community of La Huerta is located in the shadow of the Presa Allende. To get there, you can take a tour on horseback, ATV, or bike. You go through a large tunnel and, following a trail, finally reach the spot where this great grandfather stands tall. There’s also a colonial chapel and stands selling beautiful baskets, a craft for which the locals are recognized.
If what you like is adventure and connecting with nature, visit this beautiful place with its sweeping panoramic view.