Mascota, One of Mexico’s Pueblos Mágicos Near Puerto Vallarta

As of 2016 there are 111 small towns in Mexico that have been declared Pueblos Mágicos, the Mexican equivalent of a UNESCO Heritage Site.

Mascota is one of them, located on the slow bus route that runs through the Sierra Madre Occidental between Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta.

Maybe it’s the slightly intoxicating high altitude that makes this place magical. Even the walls seem a little bit brighter and more interesting than down in the coast.
A coloured wall and barred window in Mascota, a 'Pueblo Magico' on the Sierra Madres Occidental on the Pacific coast of Mexico A coloured wall and doors in Mascota, a 'Pueblo Magico' on the Sierra Madres Occidental on the Pacific coast of MexicoThere are ‘sights’ in Mascota such as this monastery, left a ruin with a collapsed roof.
The monastery ruin in Mascota, a 'Pueblo Magico' on the Sierra Madres Occidental on the Pacific coast of Mexico Monastery ruins in Mascota, a Pueblo Magico in Mexico Another sight is the church. The tower collapsed in an earthquake but has since been restored.
The church steeple in Mascota, a 'Pueblo Magico' on the Sierra Madres Occidental on the Pacific coast of Mexico Inside the church the ceilings are vaulted.
The church ceiling in Mascota, a 'Pueblo Magico' on the Sierra Madres Occidental on the Pacific coast of MexicoChildren practising the ‘Posadas’, a Christmas pageant where the journey of Joseph and Mary into Jerusalem is reenacted every day from December 13 until Christmas Eve. Children practising 'posadas', a Christmas pageant, in the church in Mascota, Mexico A small statue of the virgin in the garden of the church.
A representation of the virgin in Mascota, a 'Pueblo Magico' on the Sierra Madres Occidental on the Pacific coast of Mexico The owner and builder of the ‘Stone House’ where everything is made of stone, even the pillows. (El Pedregal Rock Museum)
The owner and builder of the 'Stone House' where everything is made of stone, even the pillows (Mascota, a Pueblo Magico in Mexico) Perhaps it was the mountain air but I haven’t had tortillas so tasty in many years – all they needed was a sprinkle of salt.
A tortilla shop in MascotaAn avocado tree literally dripping with avocados – they would have been fabulous on the tortillas.
Avocados in Mascota, a 'Pueblo Magico' on the Sierra Madres Occidental on the Pacific coast of Mexico There are three Pueblos Mágicos up in the Sierra Madre Occidental above Puerto Vallarta on Mexico’s Pacific Coast: San Sebastián, Mascota and Talpa. They can be reached either by taking a somewhat pricey tour from Puerto Vallarta, by renting a car, or, with more difficulty, by local bus, in which case I would recommend staying overnight in one of these charming towns, all having a range of accommodation.

This site has an excellent set of things to do in Mascota as well as a self-driving tour of the region around.

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