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National Biosphere Reserve

A travel journal to Jalpan de Serra by lobosolo

Quote: You must like several things before coming here, namely: You must like nature; scenic drives; driving off the usual roads or more exactly enjoy doing so; want to mingle with the non-tourism related regionals; and please speak some Spanish (some schools for non Spanish speakers in Querétaro

National Biosphere Reserve

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Overview

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Other than enjoying wildlife a lot, scenic drives, and driving, coming to Jalpan could be an historical journey: the missions of Fray Junípero Serra (one of which is here in Jalpan de Serra and the reason of being named so) are a trip worth all the driving through curvy roads. All of them are within a 1 hour drive from here. It is said that the Spanish Viceroy granted the missionaries permission to erect this magnificent constructions "wherever your bells are heard" meaning the conversion of all of those "savages" to Caatholicism. Thus, Junípero and other Jesuit missionaries constructed a "camino real" (royal granted road) all the way to the Californian missions but with signaling bells every couple o...Read More
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The rooms are decorated with rustic furniture, but this is only part of the ambiance. In the new area the air conditioned and king-size beds will let you sleep as a king. The pool is small but it is always a pleasure to take a dip at night after touring. It''s also nice to try to get a suntan in the day.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 19, 2001

Maria del Carmen
Main Plaza
Jalpan de Serra, Mexico

Concá

Hotel

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The hotel is an old hacienda converted into a hotel. Swim in spring water and enjoy a relaxing weekend in the middle of the jungle. The restaurant in the hotel, El Trapiche, will bring you the best regional food at prices your jaw will drop! After a day of exploring or even a day activity: try a relaxing temazcal, a steam and herbs bath that will revitalize you from head to toe!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 12, 2001

Concá
Carr. a Xilitla km 69
Jalpan de Serra, Mexico

Karina

Restaurant

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If you like real Mexican food, it cannot get realer than this: enchiladas and steak, or enchiladas and fried chicken or the marvelous river lobsters with beer or orange juice, mmmmm. Please don't ask for any more than a plate because this is really a bang for you money, but did not want to list it that way, because this food such a good specialty food. When we were here once we saw a couple coming with a look of extremely well manered, but once the river lobsters, cooked in garlic and onion and ever soooo delicious got to her mouth, we could see how she was forgetting to keep her manners and start helping the fork with not one but her two hands just not to leave any of the river lobster she had. She n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2001

Karina
Carr. Querétaro-Jalpan and Jalpan-Xili
Jalpan de Serra, Mexico

Military Macaws Refuge

Attraction | "Military Macaws' Refuge"

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The deepest dip in the world (at least that is what the documental video in Animal Planet said) is home to one of the biggest and last flocks of military macaws. This is itself the main event of the hike. Groups have to be small and avoid unnecesary noise and you have to make the proper reservations and go throught an estrict screening.

The macaws escaped from a huge fire just after Gilbert, the hurricane hit their previous home near Monterrey, NL, and adopted this for their new home. It is a paradise, especially for bird watchers.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 22, 2001

Military Macaws Refuge
Sótano del Barro
Jalpan de Serra, Mexico

About the Writer

lobosolo

lobosolo
Querétaro, Mexico

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