The host : I'am John Pint. For many years my wife and I traveled around the world, supporting ourselves by teaching Spanish and English. We lived in Korea, Spain, France and spent 12 years in Saudi Arabia. Finally we settled on top of a mile-high mountain near Guadalajara, Mexico. This is a fascinating area where all five of Mexico’s ecosystems converge, so we can easily visit deep canyons, not-quite dormant volcanoes, dramatic waterfalls, cloud forests, sandy beaches, mangrove swamps, and so on. For years we have been exploring and writing about this area, which we call « Mexico’s Magic Circle ».
The experience : This is a short, 3.2 kilometer hike which begins in a Pine and oak forest, passes through the world famous Giant Pumice Horizon and ends in a narrow slot canyon with sheer walls 50 meters high. You will learn to read the canyon walls and discover the amazing history of the Primavera Caldera...which begins with a colossal explosion 95,000 years ago. We will also identify important trees in this area as well as obsidian and pumice, which abound here. No dogs allowed in this protected forest. Kids of all ages have done this walk on numerous occasions.
Meeting : The canyon-filled northern sector of the Primavera Forest (“Guadalajara’s lung). We meet at the west entrance to Pinar de la Venta, located 8 kms west of Guadalajara.
Language : English, spanish
Included in the price : Guided hike by (about 3 hours), interpretive map