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Jalisco’s 10,000-year love affair with obsidian

Archaeologist Rodrigo Esparza has been studying obsidian for 20 years. In a recent online conference sponsored by the University of Guadalajara, he summed up his observations about this volcanic glass which played a vital role in the history of Mexico.

The mines of El Pedernal: 2.4 square miles of volcanic glass

Jalisco has the fourth-largest deposits of obsidian in the world. The ancient rulers of the Teuchitlan Nation, which dominated western Mexico for about 800 years, found that the very purest obsidian could be found in two large deposits: La Joya and El Pedernal.

Patolli: the ancient Mexican board game

While hiking along the Angostura Interpretive Trail—located seven kilometers north of Lake Chapala—I came upon a flat rock about the size and height of a low table.

The marvels of nature at Turtle Beach

For an up-close-and-personal turtle experience, you can’t beat the aptly named Playa de las Tortugas, located 21 kilometers due south of San Blas, in the state of Nayarit.