Feeling a bit of the excitement promised by the name – “¡A volar!” (Let’s fly!) – of the new bird exhibit at Guadalajara’s Museo de Paleontología (Museum of Paleontology),
I passed through the entrance gates of Parque Agua Azul and headed to the museum, located at the eastern edge of the city’s largest, most verdant park (except arguably for the Colomos and Metropolitano, situated in swankier, peripheral areas).
The quiet, towering trees, inviting grass, aviary, and butterfly and orchid houses made me realize it had been much too long since I’d visited the park, which is either free or very inexpensive to enter, and boasts, at the corner of Calzada Indepéndencia and Gonzalez Gallo, the largest, most dramatic fountain I’ve ever seen. (When I passed, three men who appeared to be Central American refugees – the park is near railway tracks connected with the distant south – were washing in its upper reaches, but I consider this a public service to the less fortunate.)
Since both the park and paleontology museum are located within a few blocks of the Antigua Central Camionera (Old Central Bus Station, where buses from Chapala unload), I soon began planning a bucolic getaway for Ajijic-based bird lovers.