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Beyond the Ravines

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By Jesús Aguado

One might think that beyond the border of the road to Guanajuato there exists nothing. Or perhaps one might ask, “What lays beyond the left exit to la Cañada de la Virgen”?

The answer to this is corn and bean fields, flowers, ravines, horses, and places with people willing to share their daily lives with up for a tour in the campo. El Xotolar is one such place.

El Xotolar is a family property on over 150 hectares. Here they harvest the rainwater in ponds, plant organic corn, and raise chickens, pigs, and cows. The cows are milked to make cheese, and the horses are there to offer horseback riding.

The Morín family has lived in El Xotolar for over 60 years, spanning three generations. Here they happily share their delicious traditional rural food (red rice, cheese, salsa from the molcajete, beans and nopalitos) with visitors, whether those visitors speak Spanish or not.

After a delicious breakfast or lunch (that can also be accompanied by a shot of tequila), visitors are taken on a stroll throughout the site, which is surrounded by ravines, oak trees,  garden cosmos (in October ), cornfields, and—if someone is lucky—deer. The experience is then often crowned with some roasted corn on the cob for everyone.

For more information contact Juanjo Mendoza 415-1193-285 and  415-1035-497

 

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