A full day away from our resort on an excursion into the Sierra Madre Mountains to the ancient town of San Sebastian. Our guide stopped at a roadside vendor to buy some fruit for the 12 of us to nibble on as she gave us a wealth of history and culture along the way. Along the way we stopped at a Mexican cemetery with decorated houses for the dead, passed pasture with Brahman cows, fields of corn, agava and coffee plants.
San Sebastian de Oesta was colonized as a mining town in 1605 by the Spaniards who made it prosperous with it's riches of silver and gold in the surrounding mountains. Once a town of about 20 000 it now is home for about 600 people who maintain it for tourism.
|Mid morning we stopped for tacos and beverages at an authentic roadside cafe.|
|Resting outside the cafe before our walk across the El Progresso Bridge|
which spans the 400 foot deep San Sebastian river gorge
|Across the bridge was a brand new Tequila Distillery and tasting room.|
|Mexicans are famous for their Tequila and we were offered a variety of flavours, |
some of which were quite tasty and others worse than "Buckleys" !!
Back on the road with the lingering spirits on our lips we soon were on very rough cobblestones which meant we were entering the town of San Sebastian de Oesta
|An orange tree in front of our first view of the ancient cathedral|
|The round building was the bank with spaces in the walls for protection with gunfire|
|Original buildings are deteriorating over the centuries and so the |
adobe bricks are plastered and painted
white with red trim, the official colour of this town.
|Stepping ever so carefully over the cobble stones, and there was a heart rock.|
|An old Hotel has these keys ready for a room for the night and an escape alarm!!|
|The town square with a band shell and courtyard for festivals and parties|
The Cathedral stands tall and strong, an open door inviting all inside.
It was heavily decorated with fresh flowers that filled the space with a strong aroma.
In the late afternoon we rested and shared stories with fellow travellers over a delicious Mexican lunch in a family owned restaurant. A little time for shopping, and then the trip back to the seacoast for more wonderful days at the Grand Palladium resort.
|A serene scene after a very full day immersed in ancient history.|