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Rural Circuit

Mascota

El Pueblo Mágico de Mascota is surrounded by small towns, all quiet and beautiful, each with a particular touch that distinguishes it. El Circuito Rural is a 35-kilometer (22 miles) route that leads to the towns of Yerbabuena, Santa Rosa, Cimarrón Chico de la Raicilla, Navidad and finally to Lake Juanacatlán. The tour can be done by car, although more and more travelers are encouraged to get on a mountain bike to enjoy this charming route.

A little more than two kilometers (1.2 miles) from Mascota is the community of Yerbabuena, surrounded by agricultural fields, which is characterized by its houses with tile roofs and walls of quarry and adobe. In the center of the town stands out its simple chapel dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe and also has a small lake where you can practice fishing or canoeing. In addition, the town has a foco tonal or light tube, a place marked within a circular platform where, they assure, it is possible to change the body's energy.

The next community in el Circuito Rural is Cimarrón Chico de la Raicilla, which receives that name because there they are dedicated to producing raicilla, an artisanal alcoholic drink similar to mezcal, whose ingredient is lechuguilla agave.

A short distance away is the community of Santa Rosa, which offers spectacular views of the open landscape of the sierra. It is a very small town and can be completely explored in minutes. It has very narrow streets and trails that go deep into the pine and oak forests. There, on the hill, Rancho Paraiso offers ecotourism activities and spectacular views. Nearby is also El Tacote Canyon, where you can practice canyoning and rappelling.

The town of Navidad, on the other hand, seems to have stopped in time. In the past, its main activity was mining, but today it is dedicated to agriculture and livestock. It has barely 190 inhabitants and is picturesque with its adobe and wooden houses with tile roofs. Its temple of Santa Ana and San Joaquín is iconic. The town has the El Molino Museum, the only one in the region that exhibits objects used in milling.

Finally, the road turns northwest to lead the traveler to Lake Juanacatlán, which is the favorite destination of mountain biking lovers and has a pleasant resort with a spa.

El Pueblo Mágico de Mascota is surrounded by small towns, all quiet and beautiful, each with a particular touch that distinguishes it. El Circuito Rural is a 35-kilometer (22 miles) route that leads to the towns of Yerbabuena, Santa Rosa, Cimarrón Chico de la Raicilla, Navidad and finally to Lake Juanacatlán. The tour can be done by car, although more and more travelers are encouraged to get on a mountain bike to enjoy this charming route.

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A little more than two kilometers (1.2 miles) from Mascota is the community of Yerbabuena, surrounded by agricultural fields, which is characterized by its houses with tile roofs and walls of quarry and adobe. In the center of the town stands out its simple chapel dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe and also has a small lake where you can practice fishing or canoeing. In addition, the town has a foco tonal or light tube, a place marked within a circular platform where, they assure, it is possible to change the body's energy.

The next community in el Circuito Rural is Cimarrón Chico de la Raicilla, which receives that name because there they are dedicated to producing raicilla, an artisanal alcoholic drink similar to mezcal, whose ingredient is lechuguilla agave.

A short distance away is the community of Santa Rosa, which offers spectacular views of the open landscape of the sierra. It is a very small town and can be completely explored in minutes. It has very narrow streets and trails that go deep into the pine and oak forests. There, on the hill, Rancho Paraiso offers ecotourism activities and spectacular views. Nearby is also El Tacote Canyon, where you can practice canyoning and rappelling.

The town of Navidad, on the other hand, seems to have stopped in time. In the past, its main activity was mining, but today it is dedicated to agriculture and livestock. It has barely 190 inhabitants and is picturesque with its adobe and wooden houses with tile roofs. Its temple of Santa Ana and San Joaquín is iconic. The town has the El Molino Museum, the only one in the region that exhibits objects used in milling.

Finally, the road turns northwest to lead the traveler to Lake Juanacatlán, which is the favorite destination of mountain biking lovers and has a pleasant resort with a spa.

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