Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Chacala: Tree Roots Entwined in Rock Columns

For a short time Chacala was one of the earliest port on the central Pacific coast of Mexico to be used for unloading freight from ships arriving from Spain and the East. The freight was hauled to the Guadalajara area. And the ores and agricultural products being shipped back to Spain were hauled back to Chacala. Or on to Vera Cruz. It is a very protected little cove and a safe harbor for boats.Quickly, however, the ships began landing at San Blas, and later in Mazatlan. Both were closer to Guadalajara and had less mountainous routes.

There are a couple of structures in Chacala from those days. I think in the late 1500's or early 1600's, but I am not sure of that.There is a tobacco barn, which has been modernized repeatedly over the years, right above the dingy beach, and the little fishing boat docking area.Then next to that building are a set of stone columns from the same period (or earlier). Recently the owner had a lovely building constructed on the site. The structure leaves the columns mostly untouched, surrounding a lovely open patio.These photos of tree roots entwined in the rocks columns always catch visitors' eyes. They are very striking and unusual.

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