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Tequesquitengo Lake

Tequesquitengo

Legend goes that the Mosso brothers, owners of the Vista Hermosa hacienda, flooded the ancient town of San Juan Bautista de Tequesquitengo because of a quarrel with its inhabitants, who were dedicated to extracting the tequesquite mineral on the lake's shore, to make soap.

However, according to underwater archeological research, it has been proven that Tequesquitengo Lake originated from a great earthquake that shook the region on April 7, 1845. This caused the small aquifer to fracture, forming subway caves where water seeped to the surface, leaving the ancient town submerged.

For this reason, one of the most sought after activities in Tequesquitengo is diving. It is the only way to admire the remains of the town, such as the bell tower of its church.

The lake of Tequesquitengo has a maximum depth of 130 meters ( 426 feet ) and a length of 4.2 kilometers ( 2.6 miles ). It is supplied by springs and, in the rainy season, receives water that descends from the Honda and Muerto ravines.

Legend goes that the Mosso brothers, owners of the Vista Hermosa hacienda, flooded the ancient town of San Juan Bautista de Tequesquitengo because of a quarrel with its inhabitants, who were dedicated to extracting the tequesquite mineral on the lake's shore, to make soap.

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However, according to underwater archeological research, it has been proven that Tequesquitengo Lake originated from a great earthquake that shook the region on April 7, 1845. This caused the small aquifer to fracture, forming subway caves where water seeped to the surface, leaving the ancient town submerged.

For this reason, one of the most sought after activities in Tequesquitengo is diving. It is the only way to admire the remains of the town, such as the bell tower of its church.

The lake of Tequesquitengo has a maximum depth of 130 meters ( 426 feet ) and a length of 4.2 kilometers ( 2.6 miles ). It is supplied by springs and, in the rainy season, receives water that descends from the Honda and Muerto ravines.

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