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The definitive guide to Guachimontones

Launching his new book, “A Guide to West Mexico’s Guachimontones and Surrounding Area, The Lost Civilization of Teuchitlán,” at Guadalajara’s Paleontology Museum this week, Reporter columnist and cave explorer John Pint described his initial encounter with the late archaeologist Phil Weigand, the discoverer of Jalisco’s most famous ruins.

Guadalajara ultra runner accepts Triple Volcano Challenge

One of the many geographical benefits of living in Guadalajara is its proximity to volcanoes. There are few towns in the world where you could visit three of the principle types of volcanic landforms in just one day. Several years ago I suggested that some athlete ought to climb el Cerro de Mazatepec (a cinder cone or scoria volcano), cross the Primavera forest (a caldera, or collapsed volcano) and end the tour at the top of El Volcán de Tequila (a classic stratovolcano).

The ‘20-minute’ drive from San Sebastián to Los Reyes ... and why I never got there

Not long ago a friend sent me photos of a huge cave entrance entirely composed of tall basaltic prisms: roughly hexagonal columns which are sometimes formed as basaltic lava cools. The cave was located near a pueblito called Los Reyes, located 7.5 kilometers northeast of San Sebastián del Oeste, as the crow flies. The only problem, I had heard, was the road, which was said to be in bad shape, requiring four-wheel drive and nerves of steel to put up with hours of negotiating blind curves overlooking deep chasms. Amazingly, I found someone interested in going to check out that bad road: my neighbor Josh Wolf, who said he needed a break from sitting in front of a computer screen day after day. “My family and I are up for an adventure this weekend,” he told me.